ADV Presents Yugo the Negotiator and Top Korean Comedy


HOUSTON, June 24, 2005 —ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is pleased to announce two exciting titles set to hit the streets on July 26: the first volume of the new anime series Yugo the Negotiator and the hit Korean comedy feature film Marrying the Mafia.


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Special Introductory Pricing for the First Volume

On July 26 ADV films presents American audiences with a different sort of anime, when Yugo the Negotiator – Pakistan 1: Departure is released on DVD. And to ensure that this important series reaches as many fans as possible, the first volume is being offered at the low introductory suggested retail price of just $14.98.

Yugo the Negotiator is an anime tour of the world's hot spots, where terrorism is hatched and kidnappings are commonplace. Our hero is not a dashing spy or unstoppable soldier, but a globe-trotting negotiator whose mastery of multiple languages, psychology, and iron will set him apart from all others in his trade. Yugo the Negotiator strives for a degree of realism rare in anime.

Based upon the original manga by Shinji Makari and Shu Akana, Yugo the Negotiator breaks into a fresh new genre of anime by featuring a highly realistic storyline and setting. Sometimes, a strong wit and a sharp tongue are the deadliest weapons a soldier can wield.

Synopsis: A hostage has been taken in Pakistan; the chances of his survival are slim to none. With keen intellect, quick wits and indomitable willpower, Yugo Beppu has earned a reputation as the world's leading private negotiator. When the negotiations in Pakistan break down, Yugo is called to the scene by the hostage's beautiful daughter to deal with a fierce anti-government faction. Walking a dangerous line between the powerful military and ruthless guerrillas, it will take more than words for Yugo to survive in the blazing desert.

Yugo the Negotiator – Pakistan 1: Departure (SRP $14.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release including episodes 1 through 3, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. The disk is packed with extras, including a video segment “What is Yugo the Negotiator?,” an interview with the original story's author, Shinji Makari, and Character Designer Shu Akana, an interview with Directors Kishi & Hanai, and an interview with Japanese voice actor Takashi Hagino (Yugo), and a special segment,

“The Japanese Depiction of Pakistan: Comments on Yugo” by Cultural Advisor Nawaz Charania & ADR Director Scott McClennen, plus clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV Films releases.

Collectors Edition Also Available At a Super Low Price!

A Yugo the Negotiator Collectors Box is also available. This special collectors edition contains the first volume of Yugo the Negotiator in a stunning custom series art box with full color artwork sized to hold the entire four volume series. Best of all, this beautiful collectors box edition is being offered at the super low suggested retail price of just $19.98.

DVD Product Details

Volume: 1 of 4
Running Time: 75 minutes
Age Rating: TV 14 (V, L)
CAT: DYG/001

DYG/BX1 (Collectors Box)
UPC: 702727124525

702727132520 (Collectors Box)
Pre-Book Date: 6/28/2005
Street Date: 7/26/2005
Format: DVD
SRP: $14.98

$19.98 (Collectors Box)

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.


The Top-Grossing Korean Comedy Is Finally Available in America!

ADV is proud to present yet another hilarious comedy straight out of Korea, the blockbuster feature film Marrying the Mafia, available on DVD July 28. This romantic comedy with a mob movie flair is set to be remade as a Hollywood feature. ADV is presenting the original in an exclusive anamorphic widescreen version for the DVD release.

Welcome to the family! This is usually something everyone likes to hear, but for Dae-suh, it means the end to his perfectly normal life.

He has the perfect pedigree, the perfect resume, the perfect girlfriend; everything is perfectly perfect. But one morning, Dae-suh wakes up next to a beautifully perfect stranger, Jin-kyung. They are both perfectly confused, and have absolutely no idea how they ended up in bed together. Regardless of what happened or what didn't happen, Dae-suh is struggling to do the right thing. Or shall we say, he is “forced” to do the right thing.

You see, Jin-kyung, her three older brothers and her father are not your average, respectable Korean household – they just so happen to be one of the most powerful mob families in the country. Her father has always wanted to bring (in a legitimate way) prestige and honor to the family – and well, Dae-suh is the ticket. All Jin-kyung's brothers have to do is get these two perfect strangers to fall in love. And if they can't get it to happen, then they will have to make it happen!

Marrying the Mafia (SRP $19.98 DVD) is a DVD-only release presented in both English 5.1 and Korean 2.0 with English subtitles. It is being presented in an exclusive widescreen anamorphic version.

DVD Product Details

Running Time: 115 minutes
Age Rating: TV MA (V, L, S)
UPC: 702727131523
Pre-Book Date: 6/28/2005
Street Date: 7/26/2005
Format: DVD
SRP: $19.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.

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. Headquartered in Houston, the company has offices in Europe and Japan. For more information, visit

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