[PR] CRUNCHYROLL CONTINUES STREAMS OF TAI SENG ENTERTAINMENT DRAMAS!

I love these live action dramas!  I have to make time to watch some of them.  You can’t beat the over the top drama, questionable special effects, and, as an added bonus, the guys are usually pretty hot, too!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CRUNCHYROLL CONTINUES STREAMS OF TAI SENG ENTERTAINMENT DRAMAS TWIN OF
BROTHERS AND THE NEW HEAVEN SWORD AND THE MARTIAL ARTS THEATER COLLECTION
TITLES

Asian Celebrities Li Qi An, Yeung Tak Cheong, Cheng Dodo, Ng Cheuk Hai, Mao
Huafeng, Shiu Mei Ki, Raymond Lam, Hwang Jang Lee, Loh Lieh, Tang Chui Man,
Leila Tong, Yam Tat Wah, Leung Chiu Wai, Lai Mei Han, Wu Ting Yan, Yeung Yi
Appear on the Number One Online Destination for Anime and Asian
Entertainment

San Francisco, CA (July 7, 2009) ‹ Crunchyroll and Tai Seng Entertainment
streams  more new dramas and kung-fu action titles on the number one (1)
online destination for anime and asian content Š Crunchyroll!  More
information can be found at
http://www.crunchyroll.com/publisher/TAI_SENG_ENTERTAINMENT.

Titles that are/will-be-shortly streaming for free on the highly popular and
legal site include:

·      TWIN OF BROTHERS (episodes 22-42)
·      THE NEW HEAVEN SWORD AND THE DRAGON SABRE (episodes 20-40)
·      NINJA WOLVES
·     THE EIGHTEEN JADE ARHATS
·     HIT MAN IN THE HAND OF BUDDHA

These titles are available to all Crunchyroll fans and members residing in
the U.S., American Samoa, U.S. Minor Outlying Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam and
Virgin Islands.

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[PR] Catch Death Note II: The Last Name on the Big Screen!

NCM FATHOM AND VIZ PICTURES BRING LIVE-ACTION DEATH NOTE II: THE LAST NAME TO THE BIG SCREEN BY POPULAR DEMAND FOR AN EXCLUSIVE TWO-NIGHT EVENT ON OCTOBER 15TH & 16TH

Tickets Now on Sale to DEATH NOTE Sequel in Nearly 400 Select Theatres Nationwide

Centennial, Colo. (Sept. 8, 2008) – What will be the last name written in the Death Note? The drama and suspense surrounding that very question is brought to life when NCM Fathom and VIZ pictures once again team up to present DEATH NOTE II: THE LAST NAME in movie theatres nationwide on Wednesday, Oct. 15th and Thursday, Oct. 16th at 7:30 p.m. local time. This breakthrough live-action Japanese mystery event will feature an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the creation of DEATH NOTE II: THE LAST NAME, an in-depth interview with Director Shusuke Kaneko and a unique profile of the Death Note cast.

Tickets for this special event are available at presenting theatre box offices and at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theatre locations and prices, please visit the website (theatres are subject to change).

DEATH NOTE II: THE LAST NAME (English dubbed) is the sequel to, and immediate continuation of, the DEATH NOTE, brought to U.S. movie theatres earlier this year by VIZ Pictures and Fathom. Due to the overwhelming popularity of the original event, the two companies bring this next chapter of the thrilling saga based on the popular Japanese manga (graphic novel) series to nearly 400 movie theatres next month.

Written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, DEATH NOTE II: THE LAST NAME is a sequel to DEATH NOTE as Light Yagami joins the investigation team in pursuit of the serial killer known as “Kira.” While L still strongly suspects that Light is “Kira,” Light Yagami continues to seek out the real name of L so he can kill him with his Death Note. Making things even more unpredictable are the “Eyes of Death,” given to the second Kira, enabling the owner to know the true identity and lifespan of any person. Adding further confusion, a new rash of murders attributed to the Death Note occurs all over the world and is attributed to “the Second Kira.” Light Yagami learns the identity of the other Kira and wants to join forces to get rid of L. Will L be able to catch “Kira” before he gets killed? Who will be the last name written in the Death Note book?

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[PR] VIZ PICTURES ANNOUNCES DVD RELEASE OF LIVE-ACTION DEATH NOTE FEATURE FILM

VIZ PICTURES ANNOUNCES DVD RELEASE OF LIVE-ACTION DEATH NOTE FEATURE FILM

Highly Anticipated Supernatural Action Mystery Based On Popular Manga And Animated Series And Features New English Dialogue Track And Special Bonus Material

San Francisco, CA, September 5, 2008 – VIZ Pictures, an affiliate of VIZ Media, LLC that focuses on Japanese live-action film distribution, has announced the highly anticipated DVD release on September 16th of the live-action film, DEATH NOTE, based on the popular manga (graphic novel) and animated series. The DVD features a newly dubbed English soundtrack, along with the original Japanese dialogue with English subtitles. Special bonus features include an interview with the film’s director Shusuke Kaneko, an insightful “Making of DEATH NOTE” segment and the original theatrical trailers. DEATH NOTE will carry a suggested retail price of $24.98 and will be distributed in North America by VIZ Media.

Based on the hit supernatural action mystery manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, DEATH NOTE was released in Japan in 2006 and mirrors the manga’s story of Light Yagami, an ace student with great prospects who is bored out of his mind. All of that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god named Ryuk. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals mysteriously begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to investigate, and he is soon hot on the trail of Light, who must now reevaluate his one noble goal. Both Light and L believe themselves to be on the side of justice, and the two match wits trying to show exactly which of them is “good” and which of them is “evil.”

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NANA Movie Review

Title:  NANA

Starring:  Mika Nakashima, Aoi Miyazaki, Ryuhei Matsuda, Tomomi Maruyama,  Tetsuji Tamayama

Publisher:  Viz Pictures

ISBN:  1934244112

May Contain Spoilers 

This film adaptation of Ai Yawaza’s manga series, NANA, was spot on, and I was delighted to watch some of my favorite scenes from the comic played out on my 42″ LCD. I am huge fan of the manga series, and I was little apprehensive that the movie would leave me disappointed.  While I do have a few minor complaints, overall I found the movie a great way to spend 114 minutes.

My only quibble with the casting was  Hiroki Narimiya as Nobu.  He just didn’t fit the image of Nobu that I had in my head.  He was really kind of minor character in this film, as the Hachi/Nobu romantic mess doesn’t get touched  on here.  Maybe he’ll grow on me if I see NANA 2.  Mika Nakashima was convincingly stand-offish as Nana Osaki, an aspiring singer who meets the talkative Nana (Hachi) Komatsu on a train bound for Tokyo.  Aoi Miyazaki, as Hachi, didn’t really convey her character’s impulsive, flighty nature, but her endless string of crushes weren’t really paraded through the movie, either.  Most of the run-away train episodes of ther personal life were skipped.  Hachi is self-centered and impetuous, always flinging herself headlong into a new endeavor, be it a job or a new love, but her interest soon wanes and turns in another direction.  That aspect of her character wasn’t explored much at all.

The differences between the two Nanas was captured, and their personalities were like day and night.  Hachi is gregarious and passionate about everything, while Nana is reserved, confining her emotions within herself.  She’s so stubborn that she’s willing to let pride stand in the way of her love for Ren, the guitarist for the rival band, Trapnest.  When he tells her he’s quitting their band and moving to Tokyo, she doesn’t let him see her inner turmoil, nor does she ask him to stay.  When he asks her to go with him, her own ambitions won’t allow her to remain with the man she loves.  Though I’d love to tell her to get over herself, I can understand her fear of losing her independence, and her inability to give up her own dreams of singing in her own band.

Painted with melancholy strokes, the story of two strangers becoming close friends is not always a smooth journey.  Nana doesn’t want to get sucked into Hachi’s life – she’s content to remain a loner, distancing herself from her past as she tries to live her dreams.  However, as hard as she tries to put it behind her, she’s unable to move forward.  By not making a clean break from Ren, all she’s done for both of them is leave a painful wound that refuses to heal.  Now Hachi, with her open, gregarious personality, is slowly drawing Nana out of her shell.  Whether the two emerge from their friendship stronger and better for the relationship is yet to be seen, but for now, Nana’s rough edges as slowly being eased away.

The soundtrack was the element of the movie that I felt the most trepidation about.  Could the music ever live up to what I imagined  while reading the manga?  The answer is yes, it can and it did.  The concert scenes were well done, bathing the screen in a wash of flickering lights and jamming guitars.  The soundtrack was catchy, and I especially liked the somber Trapnest song, “Endless Story.”

If you’re a fan of the manga, you’ll be satisfied with this movie version of the NANA.  If you have been avoiding reading the manga, sit down with this movie, and I bet you’ll give in and start flying through those graphic novels.

Grade: A

Not Rated

Review copy provided by Viz