RZA to Score Music for Afro Samurai

Jun 16th 2006
Celebrated Rap Artist the RZA to Score Music for
GDH's Animation Series AFRO SAMURAI

Hip-Hop Culture Meets Japanese Animation
2006.06.16
GDH K.K. (Head Office: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Shinichiro Ishikawa, Securities Code: TSE Mothers 3755, hereafter GDH) has announced that renowned U.S. Hip-Hop artist the RZA will be composing the soundtrack for the upcoming animated series AFRO SAMURAI which is currently being produced by its main production subsidiary, GONZO K.K. (Head Office: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, President: Koji Kajita, hereafter GONZO).

Based on Takashi Okazaki's comic, AFRO SAMURAI is a five episode animated series in which the protagonist - Afro Samurai - sets out on a journey to avenge his father who was brutally murdered before his own eyes. The series is scheduled to premier nationwide in the US on Spike TV this fall and stars Academy-Award Nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson as the voice of the hero.

The talented RZA is arguably best known as a musical mastermind and MC in the influential hip-hop group the Wu-Tang Clan. He followed this success with a solo career as a rapper and producer and has an increasing list of Hollywood credits, including composing the music for Quentin Tarentino's "Kill Bill" movies, Jim Jarmusch's "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai" and "Blade: Trinity".

GDH, under its highly acclaimed GONZO brand, has always sought to create animations that appeal to global audiences. The combination of GONZO's high quality animation and the musical talents of the RZA will deliver an animation experience to audiences around the world unlike anything seen before.

[ About AFRO SAMURAI ]
In the dark world of the swordsman, it is said that the one who becomes the “No.1” samurai who shall rule the world. The one and only law in the world is that only the “No.2“ is allowed to challenge the “No.1”. Afro Samurai is out for revenge against “No.1”, a gunman who killed Afro's father years before, and so takes on the burden of “No.2“. Assassins lurk in his shadow in pursuit of the prestige that comes with the title of “No.2” and will risk their very lives for the chance to challenge “No.1”. As every power-hungry warrior in this dark land tracks Afro's journey looking for their chance to strike, can Afro survive the dangers that pursue him long enough to exact the revenge that drives him towards his destiny?The animated TV series will initially be aired in the US in fall/winter 2006, and will then be aired in Japan with the original English voices and Japanese subtitles. Original concept by Takashi Okazaki. For more information, visit www.afrosamurai.com.

[ 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.G.D.H.co.jp (for GDH) and http://www.gonzo.co.jp/index.html (for GONZO).

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