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Viz Pictures, the live-action film affiliate of Viz Media, has announced that it has licensed the North American theatrical and DVD distribution rights to NTV's live-action film trilogy version of Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys manga. In the award-winning suspense manga's story, a man realizes that calamities cropping up around the world have eerie similarities to idle plans he and his childhood friends made decades ago.
Viz Pictures will release the first two films on DVD later this year, followed by the third film next year. (The third film will not open in Japanese theaters until August 29.) Viz Media will publish the fourth volume of the original manga in North America next month. In Japan, the manga has sold over 20 million copies.
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