ADV Films Brings Korea's Best Films to America

HOUSTON, July 6, 2004—ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in the U.S., today announced that they are bringing Korea's top selling live-action films to American fans.

ADV Films Theatrical Division is bringing top-grossing Korean live-action films to US theatres nationwide. ADV Films' current release schedule is jam-packed with a wide variety of blockbuster, hit films ranging from action, comedy and drama that have never been shown in US movie theatres.

The 2004 film timetable starts with 2009 Lost Memories, Conduct Zero and Yesterday, with the fall schedule to be announced soon. These films were acquired from Korea, the current hotbed of film production. ADV Films is distributing Korean films at a time when filmmaking from that country is attracting worldwide attention. The New York Times, in its coverage of the Cannes Film Festival, this year said, “at the moment, the biggest boom may be happening in South Korea, one of the few countries outside the United States where domestic productions dominate the box office. …Their presence in Cannes is further evidence that both large-scale commercial filmmaking and art house cinema are thriving in Korea.”

“It's exciting to bring Korea's number one films to an always hungry American market,” said John Ledford, president, CEO and co-founder of ADV Films. “We are tapping into the Korean film production market to bring American fans something fresh and new.”

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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