VIZ Media to Release Kamikaze Girls Theatrically

Aug 5th 2005
TWO FEMALE J-POP STARS IN US THEATRICAL RELEASE OF WILD AND WACKY FEATURE FILM KAMIKAZE GIRLS

San Francisco, CA, August 5, 2005 – Viz Media, LLC, announces the theatrical release of the award winning Japanese film KAMIKAZE GIRLS in several major North American cities beginning September 9 in New York at the Village East Cinemas, followed on September 16 at Landmark's NuArt Theater in Los Angeles. Additional bookings in Seattle, San Francisco and other cities will follow.
<>KAMIKAZE GIRLS stars two hot young J-Pop talents as a Lolita-type character (Kyoko Fukada) and a high school biker girl (Anna Tsuchiya), whose strong personalities initially clash but eventually bind them together. With a strong focus on the eccentricities of many Japanese pop fashion obsessions, colorful shôjo comic book inspired visuals, and a complex, multilayered plot, KAMIKAZE GIRLS maps out its quirky world with an eccentric and infectious brand of humor that has already made the film a cult favorite among fans. The publication of the translated novel and manga graphic novel series arrive early 2006.

KAMIKAZE GIRLS won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best New Actor at the Yokohama Movie Awards, and Best New Director at the Fujimoto Awards.

Exhibitors interested in screening the film are encouraged to contact Anthony Jiwa at Viz Media at [email protected] For additional information on KAMIKAZE GIRLS please go to www.kamikazegirls.net.

About Viz Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Viz Media, LLC (Viz Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan's largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha, Inc., Shogakukan, Inc., and Shogakukan Production Co, Ltd. (Sho-Pro Japan), Viz Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America and a global licensor of Japanese animation. The company offers an integrated product line including, magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, videos, DVDs, audio soundtracks and develops and markets animated entertainment from initial production, television placement and distribution, to merchandise licensing and promotions for audiences and consumers of all ages.

Contact Viz Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at www.VIZ.com.

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