Bandai Entertainment Announces Theatrical Dates for Mobile Suit Gundam F91 film

Sep 17th 2004
BANDAI ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES THEATRICAL SCREENING OF YOSHIYUKI TOMINO'S FILM, MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM F91
FOR NEW YORK AND SAN FRANCISCO


Cypress, CA (September 17, 2004) – Bandai Entertainment unveiled several screening dates for the upcoming limited theatrical engagement of Yoshiyuki Tomino's Mobile Suit Gundam F91. The film will begin its run in theaters on October 1 in New York with a screening at the Festival of Anime to follow soon after on October 10th.

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.

Mobile Suit Gundam F91 which premiered at the Otakon convention over the Summer was well-received with well over a thousand estimated convention goers present for the screening. “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 New York theatrical screening of Mobile Suit Gundam F91 will take place at ‘The Imaginasian’ theater located within midtown Manhattan at 239 East 59th Street and begin on October 1st. Please visit www.theimaginasian.com for more information.

The San Francisco theatrical screening will be presented at the LOWES theater at the Metreon located at 101 Fourth in downtown San Francisco on October 10th during the Metreon Festival of Anime. Gundam F91 Producer Nobuo Masuda and well-known Gundam enthusiast Mark Simmons will be on hand for a panel discussion on the film and its production prior to the screening. Passes to Metreon Festival of Anime are $15 and are available at www.acteva.com/go/metreon

Please visit www.gundamofficial.com or www.bandai-ent.com as future screening dates and locations are announced.


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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