ADV Films Acquires Samurai Gun

May 17th 2005
ADV FILMS ACQUIRES SAMURAI GUN

Rurouni Kenshin With A Better Body Count

HOUSTON, May 16, 2005—ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Samurai Gun, anime's answer to the spaghetti western. The 13 episode series will be released on four DVDs, with the first release, Cocked and Loaded, hitting store shelves August 16. A preview of the series is available here.

Samurai Gun is a blood-drenched tour of the bakumatsu years, a turbulent time that ultimately brought an end to Japan's feudal system. A special breed of samurai stands against the corrupt Shogunate, armed with superior strength, speed, agility… and guns! Morally ambiguous “heroes,” razor sharp dialogue, and hair-trigger violence give Samurai Gun the feel of a taut western. When one lone gunman takes on an army of Samurai, they don't stand a chance.

Based on the popular manga by Kazuhiro Kumagai, Samurai Gun was produced by Studio Egg and Avex, Inc. (Initial D) in association with ADV Films. It was first aired on Japanese television less than a year ago. The DVD series will include a never-before-seen 13th episode.

Synopsis: It is the beginning of the industrial revolution, and feudal Japan is in turmoil. The ruling Shogun are wielding their abusive powers to instill fear and dominance over their oppressed subjects. Beatings, imprisonment, rape and even murder are the adopted tactics chosen to maintain their reign. The bloodshed must end. A group of Samurai have banded together, and, with the development of new weapons and new technology, they have both the will and the hardware to stand up and fight. Ichimatsu is one of these fighters. By day, he works incognito at a local tavern, in the evenings he frequents the brothels, and by the dark of night, he doles out some big-time, gun-barrel justice. He is here to help. He is Samurai Gun!

Samurai Gun: Cocked and Loaded (SRP DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes 1-4, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include production sketches, an original English trailer, and a special “Fun with Audio” segment, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.


Collectors Edition Available

Samurai Gun: Cocked and Loaded will be offered with a special collectors edition including the first volume of Samurai Gun plus a stunning custom series art box with full color artwork, sized to hold the entire four volume series (SRP $39.98).


DVD Product Details

Volume: 1 of 4
Running Time: 100 minutes
Age Rating: TV MA (V, S, L)
CAT: DSMG/002
UPC: 702727153228, (702727153624 w/ collectors box)
Pre-Book Date: 7/19/2005
Street Date: 8/16/2005
Format: DVD
SRP: $29.98 ($39.98 w/ collectors box)



Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.

About ADV Films:

In the 12 years since its inception, ADV Films has become the #1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation (“anime”) for the North American market and has also developed a leadership position in the UK. With best-selling titles such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, RahXephon, Robotech, Full Metal Panic!, Hello Kitty and Azumanga Daioh, ADV Films' extensive catalog is fueling the popularity of anime around the globe. ADV Films' library also includes popular live-action science fiction programs such as The Jim Henson Company's Farscape, the nationally syndicated Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda and the Saturn Award-nominated Mutant X.

Parent company, A.D. Vision, Inc., encompasses a multitude of complementary media divisions, spanning publishing, television, licensing and merchandising and continues to expand into new areas. Its Anime Network™ is America's first and only television network dedicated to bringing anime and anime-related programming to consumers nationwide via digital cable 24 hours a day. The company has two publishing arms: Newtype USA, the premier anime and manga monthly magazine, and ADV Manga™, dedicated to publishing graphic novels. Headquartered in Houston, the company has offices in Europe and Japan. For more information, visit www.advfilms.com.

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