Central Park Media Apprehends Ichi the Killer

In September, Central Park Media set to release Ichi the Killer: Episode Zero ($24.99 SRP), Black Jack: Trauma ($19.99 SRP), and Seduce & Swindle ($19.99 SRP) on DVD.

New York, NY (June 25, 2004) – Central Park Media announced the September release of the mind-shattering anime prequel to the cult hit Ichi the Killer with the release of Ichi the Killer: Episode Zero. Additional September DVD releases include Black Jack: Trauma by the legendary god of manga Osamu Tezuka, and the live action Seduce & Swindle, which follows the erotic exploits of a smooth talking con man.

All DVDs will have audio tracks in both English and Japanese with English subtitles, a pre-order date of August 23, 2004, and a street date of September 21, 2004.

Ichi the Killer: Episode Zero
A masochistic mobster meets his match in the dark streets of Tokyo. His nemesis, Ichi, is a psychopathic killer with an unrelenting thirst for bloodshed. A horrifying secret burns in his mind, and his hands deal death without mercy. At last, the shrouds of mystery are parted to reveal the origin of the monster. The city will know its greatest fear at the unveiling of Ichi the Killer.

Running time: 47 minutes
Genre: Action/Thriller
Rating: 16UP
Catalog #: USMD 2432
SRP: $24.99

Black Jack: Trauma
In a war zone devastated by minefields and strife, a dying child is missing. She fights a foe more deadly than any terrorist. Her heart is a time bomb that will kill her even as the explosions annihilate her home. Can renegade doctor Black Jack recover his patient before both their lives are claimed by war?
" The doctor is in, and you should check him out" – Newtype USA Magazine

Running time: 50 minutes
Genre: Action/Adventure
Rating: 13UP
Catalog #: USMD 2380
SRP: $19.99

Seduce & Swindle (live action)
A con man named Fujisawa preys upon wealthy women for money and power. No matter how badly he cheats them, they still hunger for more. His next target, a lonely heiress, will be the most profitable scam he pulls in his life. But his luck is running out, and Fujisawa finds himself falling in love with his latest victim. In a game of seduction where lies are more real than the truth, who is the master swindler?

Running time: 84 minutes
Genre: Erotica
Rating: Not Rated
Catalog #: APCD 2415
SRP: $19.99

Central Park Media has been a leading supplier of anime in the United States since 1990. The company currently manufactures and distributes three home entertainment lines, each offering anime product for a distinct and discriminating audience: U. S. Manga Corps, Central Park Media and Software Sculptors. With exclusive rights to hundreds of book, video and music products, the company has become a leader in integrated media, as well as a leading publisher of graphic novels under its CPM Press label. In addition, the company also distributes a broad array of live action Japanese feature films under its Asia Pulp Cinema label.

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