North American Theatrical Debut of First Naruto Film

Mar 21st 2007
VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES
EXCLUSIVE NORTH AMERICAN THEATRICAL DEBUT OF NARUTO THE MOVIE: NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW

First Feature Film Based On Hit Manga And Anime Series To Bring All The Action and Familiar Characters To The Big Screen

San Francisco, CA, March 20, 2007 – Viz Media, LLC (Viz Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced the exclusive North American theatrical debut of the first NARUTO™ feature film NARUTO THE MOVIE: NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW.
The film will debut in select theatres through National CineMedia's Fathom in major markets across the country including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and more in a one-night exclusive limited engagement premiere event on June 6, 2007. More information on tickets and participating theatres will be available soon at www.FathomEvents.com.

NARUTO is now one of the hottest manga and anime properties in North America and anticipation for the release of the feature title has continued to build. The edited animated version of the NARUTO TV series captivates millions of loyal fans each week on Cartoon Network while the T-rated manga version (also published by Viz Media) has emerged as one of the best selling and most popular series throughout North America, regularly placing in both Graphic Novel and Overall General Fiction categories on noted literary sales rosters including BookScan and the USA Today Top 150. The manga series was also the recent winner of the 2006 Quill Award for Best Graphic Novel, a first for any manga. For more information go to www.Naruto.com. The film is rated T for teens.
The general storyline of NARUTO depicts the adventures of a young boy named Uzumaki Naruto who trains to become a ninja. Naruto, cursed with the spirit of the nine-tailed fox demon sealed within his body, is forced to live a bullied life discriminated against by his fellow villagers. But Naruto is resilient and undaunted and his determination often inspires those around him. Through the adventures, the young ninja learns the importance of friendship, teamwork, loyalty, hard work, creativity, ingenuity, and right vs. wrong.

NARUTO THE MOVIE: NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW is a theatrical side story based on the continuity of the animated TV series and was a box office hit upon its initial release in Japan. New and existing fans of the hit title will not want to miss this exciting latest chapter in the NARUTO saga.

In the movie, Naruto and his team are sent on a mission to guard Yukie Fujikaze, a popular actress starring in the hit movie “The Adventures of Princess Gale.” The crew is heading toward the Land of Snow, a land forever covered in snow, to shoot the final scenes of the film. When Yukie refuses to go and escapes from the set, she is brought back by force by Naruto and his teammates. But little do they know there are three rogue Snow Ninja lying in wait with a sinister purpose that forces Yukie to make a crucial decision and face her hidden past.

“We are extremely excited to bring the first NARUTO theatrical feature to North American theaters,” states Liza Coppola, Sr. Vice President, Marketing Viz Media. “Anticipation has steadily built surrounding the domestic release of this film and Viz Media is pleased to bring fans with this theatrical debut. NARUTO THE MOVIE: NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW is filled with non-stop action and new plot and character twists that will delight and surprise audiences. We look forward to new and old fans coming out in force to support this release and to building excitement for the eventual DVD release of the film.”

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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