Viz Pictures Announces Hartford Screening of Train Man: Densha Otoko

Jan 11th 2007
VIZ PICTURES ANNOUNCES HARTFORD SCREENING OF TRAIN MAN: DENSHA OTOKO

Quirky Romantic Tale Of An Otaku Who Finds Love

San Francisco, CA, January 11, 2007 – VIZ Pictures, an affiliate of
Viz Media LLC, the leading U.S. publisher of Japanese animation and
comics that focuses on Japanese live-action film distribution, has
announced the forthcoming theatrical screening of the quirky romantic comedy
TRAIN MAN: DENSHA OTOKO. The film, which has received widespread critical
acclaim and caused a sensation in Japan upon its release, will be
showing in Hartford, CT for a limited run February 9th through February 15th
2007.

TRAIN MAN: DENSHA OTOKO is the film inspired by the phenomenal
bestseller by Hitori Nakano that took Japan by storm. Based on true events that
took place on a popular Internet Bulletin Board website (BBS) in Japan
called “2ch,” this fairy tale-like story has become a media
sensation, and has been adapted in book, comic, television drama, and movie
formats. Released in 2005, the movie became an instant hit, grossing over
35 million dollars in Japan.

TRAIN MAN: DENSHA OTOKO is the story of a computer engineer otaku (the
Japanese term for “geek”), who is an average young man dressed in
unstylish clothes and dorky glasses. As luck would have it, he
encounters a pretty young woman on a commuter train and saves her from a
lecherous molester, falling in love with her at first sight. A few days later
he receives a thank-you message from the woman along with a set of
Hermes teacups. Having never had a girlfriend or received a gift from a
girl in his life, the otaku seeks out his pals on the BBS website for
advice using his codename Train_Man (Densha Otoko). Deeply interested in
Train_Man’s first love, his BBS pals eagerly supply him with advice.
Encouraged by their support, Train_Man undergoes a total makeover for his
first-ever date with “Hermess.” Little does he know that he is
about to ignite an Internet phenomenon.

“TRAIN MAN: DENSHA OTOKO is a unique and heartwarming romantic story
and its focus on what ultimately attracts people will likely make this
film a favorite,” states Seiji Horibuchi, President and CEO for VIZ
Pictures. “Good stories always have an underdog or an unlikely hero to
root for, and TRAIN MAN: DENSHA OTOKO presents a believable and genuine
protagonist. The story will make people think fondly about their own
first experiences with love and the thrill and rush it caused. Perhaps it
will even inspire a few to take a chance on someone they like!”

For more information on the film go to http://www.trainman-movie.com.
The manga (graphic novel), TRAIN_MAN: DENSHA OTOKO, was released by VIZ
Media on October 3, 2006.

The showing of TRAIN MAN: DENSHA OTOKO will be held at REAL ART WAYS
located at 56 Arbor St, Hartford, CT. More information on this screening
at www.realartways.org.

About VIZ Pictures, Inc.
Based in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Pictures, Inc. distributes Japanese
live-action films and DVDs, with particular focus on Japanese "kawaii
(cute) and cool" pop culture. VIZ Pictures approaches each film release
from a J-pop fan's point of view. TRAIN MAN: DENSHA OTOKO is the first
VIZ Pictures title, and the company will continue to offer the most
entertaining live action motion pictures straight from the "Kingdom of Pop"
for audiences of all ages in North America. VIZ Pictures, Inc. is an
affiliate of Viz Media, LLC, the San Francisco-based leading U.S.
publisher of Japanese manga (comics) and merchandise licensor of Japanese
animation such as the popular "NARUTO" animated TV series.
© 2006 VIZ Pictures, Inc

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 manga and 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.

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