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Otakon Confirms HK Guest

posted on 2000-07-26 21:31 EDT
Yesterday, Otakon confirmed Simon Yam, a famous Hong Kong actor who has played roles alongside Jet Li, Chow Yun-Fat, and Andy Lau.

Unfortunately, with the announcement of Simon Yam came disappointing news: Hiroyuki Okiura (JIN-ROH) will be unable to attend Otakon 2000 due to a scheduling conflict.

The complete listing of all guests is here (with a minor edit; The original press release credits Mr. Yam with appearing in "Once Upon A Time In China", but he actually appeared in "Once Upon A Time A Hero In China" according to multiple posts in rec.arts.anime.misc):

SIMON YAM
A talented and versatile character actor who has appeared in over 100 films, Simon is OTAKON's first guest from Hong Kong. His many films include John Woo's Bullet in the Head (1990), [ED Note: Once Upon A Time A Hero In China], Ringo Lam's Full Contact (1992), and the recent The Legend of Speed (1999). His roles have brought him together with many other leading Hong Kong actors including Jet Li, Chow Yun-Fat, and Andy Lau.

KUNIHIKO IKUHARA (Be-Papas)
Mr. Ikuhara is one of the great talents of recent television anime
production. After establishing himself as the director of the tremendously popular Sailor Moon TV series, he went on to found the collaborative group Be-Papas. He went on to create and direct the acclaimed Revolutionary Girl Utena TV series, and later the Utena movie Revelation of Adolescence. His most-recent work includes Shell Bullet, co-authored with Mamoru Nagano (Five Star Stories)

SHINYA HASEGAWA
Mr. Hasegawa is a gifted illustrator, best known as the character designer for Revolutionary Girl Utena. He has worked as an animation producer on such memorable shows as Sailor Moon (R, S, and SS), Neon Genesis Evangelion, and of course Utena. He is currently working on a new manga title, and an illustration collection to be published soon.

HIROAKI SAKURAI
Mr. Sakurai made his solo directorial debut with the Cyberteam in Akihabara movie, and has since gone on to direct DiGi Carat (left), currently the # 1 OAV series in Japan. He had previously worked as an assistant/episode director on such showa as Jubei-chan, Martian Successor Nadesico, Nurse Angel Ririka SOS, Child's Toy, and Akazukin ChaCha.

SCOTT FRAZIER - Animator and Digital Animation Consultant
IAN KIM - Artist
STEVE BENNETT - Studio Ironcat
CHRIS BEVERIDGE - AnimeonDVD (http://www.animeondvd.com)
STEVE PEARL - Fan Guest
JEFF THOMPSON - The Right Stuf, Intl.
NEIL NADELMAN - Translator
AMY HOWARD - Voice Actress
ADAM WARREN - Artist
AMANDA BONHOMME - Voice Actress
GILLES POITRAS - Author
SCOTT HOULE - Coastal Carolina Studios
ROBERT FENELON - Fan Guest
PAMELA WEIDNER - Voice Actress
JOHN STATON - Artist

Previously-announced guests include Serial Experiments Lain creator/producer Yasuyuki Ueda of production 2nd, Lain character designer Yoshitoshi ABe, Production I.G's Hiroyuki Kitakubo (BLOOD) and Mitsuhisa Ishikawa (Founder), as well as the British band, BOA, known for the Serial Experiments Lain OP song, 'Duvet'.

Hiroyuki Okiura (JIN-ROH), previously announced, will be unable to attend.

OTAKON 2000 will be held August 4-5-6, 2000 at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Maryland. Lodging is currently provided by the Days Inn Inner Harbor, the Holiday Inn Inner Harbor, and the Hyatt Regency Downtown Baltimore. You can learn more about OTAKON at http://www.otakon.com

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