The Sushi Typhoon, FUNimation Entertainment a Match Made in Cult Movie Heaven

Jun 30th 2010
FUNimation Entertainment and Nikkatsu Corporation partner to bring films from the Sushi Typhoon label to North America.

Flower Mound, Texas - June 30, 2010 – Nikkatsu Corporation, Japan's oldest film studio, and FUNimation® Entertainment, the leading distributor of Japanese animation in North America, announced today an agreement that gives FUNimation Entertainment an exclusive first look option on the home entertainment distribution of titles premiering from Nikkatsu Corporation's new genre film label, The Sushi Typhoon. The first two films slated for release on DVD and Blu-ray through the partnership are the action gore comedy film ALIEN VS. NINJA and the splatter action comedy MUTANT GIRLS SQUAD in early 2011.

“The Nikkatsu Corporation is delighted to bring The Sushi Typhoon brand to this side of the Pacific,” said Akifumi Sugihara, Executive Producer of The Sushi Typhoon. “We believe FUNimation Entertainment's experience with the Japanese entertainment industry is a great asset to helping our films succeed in the North American market.”

“It is a privilege to work with The Nikkatsu Corporation on The Sushi Typhoon label,” said Gen Fukunaga, President and CEO of FUNimation Entertainment. “We can't wait to scare and thrill audiences with our upcoming slate of films.”

Created by Producer Yoshinori Chiba, The Sushi Typhoon aims to bring the best talent from Japanese cult cinema to world-wide audiences. MUTANT GIRLS SQUAD is presented by three of Japan's premier genre directors: Yoshihiro Nishimura (VAMPIRE GIRL VS. FRANKENSTEIN GIRL, TOKYO GORE POLICE), Noboru Iguchi (ROBOGEISHA, THE MACHINE GIRL), and Tak Sakaguchi (SAMURAI ZOMBIE).

To celebrate the launch of The Sushi Typhoon in North America, The New York Asian Film Festival will present the world premiere of ALIEN VS. NINJA and the international premiere of MUTANT GIRLS SQUAD, followed by launch party for The Sushi Typhoon on July 3rd at New York's Japan Society. Following the New York dates, the films will screen at film festivals around the world including The Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Canada, and the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival in Switzerland. The Sushi Typhoon will also have a presence at this year's San Diego Comic Con. Fans will have a chance to meet Nishimura and the stars of ALIEN VS. NINJA, attend The Sushi Typhoon panel previewing upcoming films from the label, and see Friday night screenings of both films.

Keep up with The Sushi Typhoon on its official Twitter, www.twitter.com/sushi_typhoon, and Facebook, www.facebook.com/SushiTyphoon.

For more information or to attend the July 3rd launch party and screenings in New York, contact Subway Cinema's Marc Walkow at [email protected]

ABOUT FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT

FUNimation® Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is the leading company for Japanese animation in the United States. FUNimation is known for acquiring top-rated anime series from Japan and for being the market share leader for home video sales of anime in the United States. The company has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution.

ABOUT NIKKATSU CORPORATION

Nikkatsu Corporation is proud to be Japan's oldest major film studio still in operation. Since 1912, NIKKATSU continues to bring quality entertainment to Japanese audiences with its expansive library of over three thousand titles. The studio is known for producing and distributing the best from Japanese film-makers, importing high caliber films from around the world to Japan, and operating broadcast networks that reach millions of homes daily.

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