2-21-02—- Anime / Manga Gaming
According to The Magic Box:
Studio Skip announced that a new GameCube RPG is under development, Kenichi Nishi is the leading producer of the project, who produced Nintendo’s Super Mario RPG 2 (Paper Mario in US) for Nintendo 64. The game is scheduled for release by the end of the year.
Media Ring has delayed the release of their GameBoy Advance RPG Lunar Legends in Japan by one month from March 15 to April 12.
2-21-02—- Asia AICN Items
Thanks to Daniel for this HK/China news:
1) Shaolin Soccer has been nominated for the 7th Golden Bauhinia Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.
2) Jay Chou’s manager, Jacky Wu, confirmed that Jay will star in the $25 mil US remake of Bruce Lee’s classic “Fist of Fury”. Jackie Chan also spoke up to approve the choice. Jackie was hurt last week during the shooting of “Highbinders”. The actor was struck by a flying wire and was sent to hospital immediately. Producer Alfred Cheung said that while the close-up shots are delayed, the production cannot be shut down, as the film has to be finished before March 3rd.
3) Stephen Fung will star in a Japanese production, the film is literally titled “White Hair Ghost”. [Stephen Fung is best known here for his role in Gen X Cops. (Amazon Link ) ]
2-21-02—- Anime Figure Items
Figures.com has coverage of Bandai America’s unveilings at Toy Fair, a snap of the bbi figures and the 12″ Vash The Stampede figure.
2-21-02—- Matrix Reloaded Official Website Opens – New Media Overload
The following is from Corona thanks to Daniel for the scoop:
“1. Go to this website address: hackthematrix.warnerbros.com
2. Click on the keyboard that appears on your monitor until the ENTER CODE box appears.
3. Enter “reload”.
4. Clear the next couple of hours from your schedule because a ton of new interviews, QuickTime VRs, stills, videos and downloads from The Matrix Reloaded just went online today. And soon there will be a lot more..” Daniel adds, click on the first box from the left on “Mainframe”, you see a few stills from the anime, a production staff list for the shorts, and a statement telling you of more details coming soon.
2-21-02—- Japanese Sammo Hung Site
Thanks to Daniel for mentioning the Japanese Sammo Hung fan site, for those interested is at http://www.sammohung.com/Japan/.
2-21-02—- New Tekken Film Announced
This just in from Cinescape:
“Looks like the next video game series to get a big screen version will be the violent fight game, TEKKEN. Crystal Sky will be the production company doing the heavy work of translating a remarkably story-lite game into a feature film.
“Tetsu Fujimura, CEO of Gaga, and I have wanted to make a big commercial movie together for a long time,” said Steven Paul, Crystal Sky president, to the Hollywood Reporter. “I have had a long and wonderful relationship with (him) and Masaya Nakamura, chairman of Namco, for over 12 years now. The time was right, and ‘Tekken’ was the perfect game to pursue our dreams together.” No word on actor, director, script or release date as of yet.”
[Note: This film is not to be confused with the Hong Kong production with Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao previously referred to as “Legend of Tekken”, and now known as “Avenging Fist”.]
2-21-02—- Metropolis In Cleveland
Excerpted from a newsgroup posting by Allen Peters:
The Madstone Cetrum (http://www.madstonecentrum.com/) in Cleveland Heights will be showing Metroplis starting Friday, March 1. They have a detailed description of the movie at this webpage (http://www.madstonecentrum.com/flicks/metropolis.html). This movie is rated PG-13 for violence and destruction.
2-21-02—- Imai Hobby Declares Bankruptcy
According to Scott Hards of Hobby Link Japan Japan’s Imai Hobby has gone bankrupt. HLJ has reportedly confirmed rumors which have been circulateing in the Japanese hobby industry since last week. This is the fourth time the company has achieved the status in 25 years, however this time, it is expected that there may be no chance for recovery due to Japan’s bankruptcy laws which impose a liquidation upon a firm that has failed repeatedly to get their business back on its feet.
Fans may recall Imai as being responsible for kits including Harley-Davidson motorcycles, wooden sailing vessels, traditional Japanese architecture and character-related merchandise from shows like Thunderbirds, Gotchaman, Mospeada, Orguss and most recently, Speed Racer.
2-21-02—- Japan’s First Ninja School Opens Outside Of The Shadows
The Mainichi is running an article today via Weekly Playboy on Japan’s first publicly acknowledged ninja school, Koga Iga Ninjutsu Gakuen. Tuition for an entire course will set one back 1.5 million Yen, the school will begin offering classes in the Shiga Prefecture village of Koga in six weeks.
“We haven’t made or done anything special. And the school will not be officially recognized by the government,” ninja expert and ninja school boss Keiichiro Kashiwagi tells Weekly Playboy. “What we aim to do is help people develop by instructing them in the practical skills of ninjutsu.”
Students will be taught ninja history, ninja logic and undergo practical lessons on the fighting arts of the ninja. Graduation from one level requires students to complete all seven subjects offered.
“We’ll also make sure people learn such things as defending themselves from an armed attack, as well as train them thoroughly in the use of throwing stars, swords and chains,” Kashiwagi tells Weekly Playboy.
2-20-02—- DVD Replacement Unveiled
According to the Asia BizTech article:
The world’s 10 leading electronics companies have reached agreement to standardize their recordable digital video disc (DVD) devices.
The 10 electronics leaders are Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Sony Corp., Toshiba Corp., Hitachi Ltd., Sharp Corp., Pioneer Corp., Royal Philips Electronics NV, France’s Thomson Multimedia Group, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and LG Electronics Inc.
They are slated to make public the basic standard in the week and start the concerted effort by forming a joint technology development team for launching the new DVD disc and drive in 2003. The agreement was