Discotek Adds 2 Galaxy Express 999 Films, Project A-Ko
posted on by Egan Loo
The North American DVD distributor Discotek Media has announced on Tuesday that it licensed Rintaro and Leiji Matsumoto's Galaxy Express 999 space opera anime film and their Adieu Galaxy Express 999 anime film sequel. Discotek also licensed the first Project A-Ko action comedy anime film as well as Shinsuke Satō's 2001 live-action film adaptation of the Shura Yukihime (The Princess Blade/Lady Snowblood) manga and the 2007 live-action film adaptation of the Aquarian Age game and manga franchise.
Viz had once licensed the two Galaxy Express 999 films in North America, and Central Park Media had previously held the Project A-Ko license. Similarly, ADV Films once held the license for The Princess Blade science-fiction film, which reimagines a historical manga by Kazuo Kamimura (Shinanogawa) and Kazuo Koike (Lone Wolf and Cub). Broccoli International USA had indicated before the Japanese opening of the Aquarian Age supernatural fantasy film that an American release was possible, depending on the interest.
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© 2008 Aquarian Age Production Committee, Broccoli
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