ADV Films Acquires Original Japanese Dark Water Movie

HOUSTON, June 14, 2004—ADV Films announced its acquisition to the exclusive home video and broadcast distribution rights to Dark Water, the second smash hit to come from the creators of Ringu, the original version of the popular American film, The Ring.

With an American version coming out this fall starring Jennifer Connelly, Dark Water is the eagerly awaited and triumphant directorial return of Nakata Hideo. Hideo joins back with the Ringu team of writer Suzuki Kôji, who also wrote the Ringu series of novels, and Kenji Kawai, who was responsible for Ringu's terrifyingly creepy soundtrack.

“We've long been fans of Nakata Hideo and his genius team, and we couldn't be more excited to have this outstanding film in our library. This film has been hailed as a phenomenal thriller and is a brilliant follow-up to Ringu!” said John Ledford, CEO, president and co-founder, ADV Films.

The Story
In the style of Ringu, Dark Water is an equally troubling psychological thriller. The story revolves around a mother and daughter who escape a bitter custody battle by retreating to a dilapidated apartment building. But instead of finding solace, they are haunted by a ghost. With gripping suspense, you are masterfully taken from the opening scene to a riveting conclusion. Hauntingly brilliant and masterfully distributing, this film is a radiant follow-up to Ringu, which was hailed by fans across the world.

Release Plans
ADV Films has not yet announced a specific street date for this title, but its release will be slated to coincide with the debut of the American version of Dark Water.

About ADV Films:
In the 12 years since its inception, ADV Films has become the #1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation (“anime”) for the North American market and has also developed a leadership position in the UK. With best-selling titles such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, RahXephon, Robotech, Full Metal Panic!, Hello Kitty and Azumanga Daioh, ADV Films' extensive catalog is fueling the popularity of anime around the globe. ADV Films' library also includes popular live-action science fiction programs such as The Jim Henson Company's Farscape, the nationally syndicated Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda and the Saturn Award-nominated Mutant X.

Parent company, A.D. Vision, Inc., encompasses a multitude of complementary media divisions, spanning publishing, television, licensing and merchandising and continues to expand into new areas. Its Anime Network™ is America's first and only television network dedicated to bringing anime and anime-related programming to consumers nationwide via digital cable 24 hours a day. The company has two publishing arms: Newtype USA, the premier anime and manga monthly magazine, and ADV Manga, dedicated to publishing graphic novels. Most recently, the company formed ADV Toys, creating exclusive toys and collectible merchandise based upon the company's extensive original content holdings. Headquartered in Houston, the company has offices in Europe and Japan. For more information, visit

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