Bandai Entertainment Lets the Dogs Out with a Special Screening of Junkers Come Here

Aug 19th 2003
DVD Release Follows The Highly Anticipated Canadian Theatrical Premiere

Cypress, CA (August 19, 2003) - After years of barking from enthusiastic
fans, Bandai Entertainment, the premiere distributor of Japanese animation
in North America, has slated August 19 for the DVD release of the animated
feature film, Junkers Come Here. An anime family classic released in 1995,
the film's story has developed a diverse following from audiences who cannot
seem to get enough of Junkers, a dog that speaks the human language and the
companionship he provides his owner during troubled times.

"We are delighted to bring to North America one of the most compelling anime
feature films produced in Japan," said Jerry Chu, Marketing Manager, Bandai
Entertainment. "Junkers Come Here is a story of life, hardship and growth
told through the eyes of a young girl. With the recent success of Hayao
Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, Junkers Come Here is a film
that we believe American audiences can appreciate and relate to."

Based on Naoto Kine's two-volume novel published in 1989, Junkers Come Here
boasts an impressive assembly of anime creators, including director Junichi
Sato (Sailor Moon) and animator director Kazuo Komatsubara (Miyazaki's
Nausicaä: The Valley of the Wind). Junkers Come Here is a touching tale that
illustrates the subtle and confused teenage emotions experienced by
11-year-old Hiromi, and her unique friendship with Junkers, a talking dog.
As their relationship develops, Hiromi struggles with a longing for
adulthood as she is faced with the challenges of her parents' unexpected
divorce. Will Hiromi be able to restore happiness in her life?


Junkers Come Here originally debuted during a limited theatrical release in
Japan in 1995 where it received critical acclaim. To this day, independent
screenings continue to be held annually throughout Japan at the request of
the local communities, schools, and universities. Junkers Come Here has
received the distinct honor of being officially approved by the Japanese
Ministry of Education. As an advance preview to the DVD release, Bandai
Entertainment will present Junkers Come Here on Friday, August 22nd in its
original Japanese-language format (English subtitles) as part of the
Canadian National Anime Expo in Toronto. The film will be shown at the Bloor
Cinema (506 Bloor St. W / at Bathurst Subway Station). For pricing and
showtime, please visit www.hobbystar.com.


ABOUT BANDAI ENTERTAINMENT
Bandai Entertainment, INC. is the premier distributor of Japanese animation
on DVD home video in North America. The company has distributed notable
titles like Mobile Fighter G Gundam, Escaflowne, Cowboy Bebop, and s-CRY-ed.
Bandai Entertainment, INC. is a subsidiary of Bandai America Inc., who makes
the toys for the hit television series, Power Rangers, Digimon, and Mobile
Suit Gundam. All U.S. operations are headquartered in a large, ultra-modern
facility in Cypress, Calif. Bandai Co., Ltd. is the third largest toy company
in the

world comprising 53 subsidiaries in 18 countries. In addition to toys and
children's entertainment, Bandai Co.'s global interests include video game
software, multimedia, music and full-length feature films, vending machines,
trading cards, candies, and licensed apparel.
Bandai Entertainment is headquartered in Cypress, California and additional
company and product information is available through our website at
www.bandai-ent.com.

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