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Bandai to Premiere Gundam F91 at Otakon


The Highly Anticipated North American Theatrical Premiere in July

Cypress, CA (July 19, 2004) – North American Gundam fans can rejoice, Bandai Entertainment, the premier distributor of Japanese animation in North America, will be joining with Otakon 2004 in screening the upcoming film, Mobile Suit Gundam F91 by famed director, Yoshiyuki Tomino. With the current broadcast of the new Gundam Seed on Cartoon Network and the upcoming DVD release of the epic saga, Zeta Gundam, 2004 is shaping up to be the ‘Year of the Gundam’.

Mobile Suit Gundam F91 was originally released theatrically in Japan in 1991 where it helped to re-launch the Gundam franchise as a separate feature without ties to the original Gundam series characters or story continuity. The theatrical feature will be presented in its original Japanese language with English subtitles. Directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino, key creative members from previous Gundam projects have also lent a hand in the theatrical creative production including Kunio Okawara for mecha designs and Yoshikazu Yasuhiko for character designs.

“The Gundam franchise is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in Japan and along with a new Gundam series [Gundam Seed] on TV, the highly anticipated Zeta Gundam release on DVD, and now the theatrical/DVD release of Gundam F91 here in North America, this is definitely turning out to be a great year for old and new Gundam fans alike,” said Jerry Chu, Marketing Manager, Bandai Entertainment.

Directed by legendary director Yoshiyuki Tomino (Mobile Suit Gundam, Overman King Gainer) – Mobile Suit Gundam F91 takes place many years after the devastating One Year War. The Earth Federation has begun constructing new space colonies to replace the former Side 4 cluster. This new Frontier Side now consists of four colonies, among them the Frontier IV colony where young Seabook Arno lives with his father and his sister Reese. Their peaceful lives are disrupted when the colony is attacked by the Crossbone Vanguard, an elite fighting force seeking to reestablish the aristocratic ideals of the Ronah family. Fleeing from the attacks, Seabrook is forced to pilot the F91 Gundam in defense of the Space Ark training facility in a journey to escape a new and destructive war.

The North American premiere will take place on Saturday afternoon July 31, 2004 at the Otakon convention located at the Balitmore Convention Center. Bandai Entertainment will be handing out raffle tickets to attendees at the screening for exclusive Gundam prizes to be drawn at the Bandai Booth in the exhibit hall. For more information, please visit www.Otakon.com or visit www.gundamofficial.com for further theatrical screening dates.

Bandai Entertainment, INC. is the premier distributor of Japanese animation on DVD home video in North America. The company has distributed notable titles like Cowboy Bebop, Gundam Seed, Witch Hunter Robin, and Wolf's Rain. Bandai Entertainment, INC. is a subsidiary of Bandai America Inc., who makes the toys for the hit television series, Power Rangers, Digimon, and Mobile Suit Gundam. All U.S. operations are headquartered in a large, ultra-modern facility in Cypress, Calif. Bandai Co., Ltd. is the third largest toy company in the world comprising 53 subsidiaries in 18 countries. In addition to toys and children's entertainment, Bandai Co.'s global interests include video game software, multimedia, music and full-length feature films, vending machines, trading cards, candies, and licensed apparel. Bandai Entertainment is headquartered in Cypress, California and additional company and product information is available through our website at www.bandai-ent.com.

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