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Brave Story Production Teams to Provide Aid to UNICEF

Brave Story Production Teams to Provide Aid to UNICEF

“Our Brave Fund” charity contribution to be made via FNS pledge campaign

2006.05.10 (Japanese Release, English Release on 2006-05-15)

GDH K.K. (Head Office: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Shinichiro Ishikawa, Securities Code: TSE Mothers 3755, hereafter GDH) has announced the establishment of a charity enterprise “Our Brave Fund” tied to the release of their theatrical animated feature film Brave Story. The film is produced by GDH group company GONZO K.K. (Head Office: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Managing Director: Koji Kajita, hereafter GONZO) and co-funded by Fuji Television Network, Inc. (Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo, President: Koichi Murakami, hereafter Fuji Television), Warner Entertainment Japan Inc. (Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo, Managing Director: William Ireton), DENTSU K.K. (Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo, President and CEO: Tateo Mataki), SKY Perfect Well Think Ltd. Co. (Head Office: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, President and Representative Director: Junichi Watanabe) and GDH. A part of the profit generated from the film, which will be released on July 8 to Shochiku-Tokyu's Theatre circuit, will be donated to the UNICEF foundation in Japan.

Brave Story tells the story of a shy young boy who sets out on a quest in a magical fantasy world to gain a single wish and so mend the broken pieces of his shattered family life. The co-financing producers behind this film have established “Our Brave Fund” to assist underprivileged children from Asian and African nations.

A donation of JPY10 per box office ticket will be made from the co-financing companies profits. This donation will be paid to UNICEF by the administrative agent of the Brave Story enterprise, Fuji Television, via FNS pledge campaign. The donations will be used to assist children infected with HIV and its repercussions in Asian and African nations, particularly children in the Republic of Malawi (an official aid target nation for FNS's 2006 pledge campaign). GDH will be providing updates on the fund, including information on the total amount raised, on the official Brave Story website http://www.bravestory.net/.

As GDH enters the family film market with Brave Story, the firm believes that-in addition to creating engaging animations and striving for continued corporate growth, it is important to give something back to society/children in need. Working with Brave Story's co-financing companies and UNICEF and FNS, GDH believes “Our Brave Fund” achieves this goal.

[ Story of the animation film Brave Story ]
When life takes a tragic turn for a shy boy named Wataru, fate gives him a second shot at happiness in the form of a magical door that leads to a fantastic other universe! In this magnificent world, befriended by a talking lizard and a baby fire-breathing dragon, Wataru learns the art of magic, collects hidden treasures, meets monsters both friendly and frightening, and begins an adventure that will lead him to the Goddess of the Realm who can grant a single wish to those who are worthy! Will his bold new spirit and friends win the day, or will Wataru simply return to his broken existence in the real world? Is there something even greater at stake than just his own small life?

Find-out in Gonzo's wonderful family film BRAVE STORY - the destiny of one small boy is the bravest story of them all!

Brave Story Official website http://www.bravestory.net/

[ About GDH K.K ]
GDH (Security code: TSE Mothers 3755) is a globally-focused Japanese media company founded in February 2000. The group produces cutting edge entertainment for teens and young adults including the famous GONZO animation brand and for kids and family under the recently launched GONZO FILMS and GONZINO brands. GDH is a world leader in content development that actively targets both domestic and international audiences with Japan's trend-setting animation culture and, usually, GDH controls licensing management and international distribution for the content it produces. GDH group companies include GONZO K.K., G-creators K.K., Future Vision Music K.K., GONZINO K.K., GONZO Rosso Online K.K., GDH Capital K.K. and GK Entertainment K.K.
For additional information, visit www.gdh.co.jp (for GDH) and http://www.gonzo.co.jp/index.html (for GONZO).

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