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Brave Story Selected for RomeFilmFest

BRAVE STORY selected to compete
at the first edition of the RomeFilmFest
GDH K.K. (Head Office: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Shinichiro Ishikawa, Securities Code: TSE Mothers 3755, hereafter GDH) has announced that the animated theatrical feature BRAVE STORY, produced by its main production subsidiary GONZO K.K. (Head Office: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, President: Koji Kajita, hereafter GONZO), was selected to compete in the children's films category at the first edition of the RomeFilmFest.

The RomeFilmFest, which will begin on Friday, October 13th, 2006, is a full-fledged international film festival to be held for the first time in Rome. Approximately 100 works will be exhibited in this new festival. In the competition, a people's jury made up of fifty filmgoers and presided by a highly acclaimed Italian film director Ettore Scola, will assign the award for the best film as well as the awards for best actor and best actress. The inaugural event will feature works from various countries from Europe, North America, South America and Asia. BRAVE STORY was selected to compete in the category for children of ages from 8 to 13 years old. The animated adventure story will be screened daily from Sunday, October 15th to Thursday, October 19th. A jury made up of children of the target age group will announce the winner of the Best Film in the category on Friday, October 20th.

BRAVE STORY is based on a fantasy novel by popular Japanese writer Miyuki Miyabe. The story revolves around an 11 year old boy whose dreams and wishes eventually open the door to a great adventure.

GDH has always sought to create animations that appeal to global audiences. GDH believes that having this animated feature film in the competition of the inaugural film festival of the global scale will bring further international recognition to its highly acclaimed GONZO brand. GDH will continue to aspire providing high quality animations that will be embraced by a wide range of audience from both inside and outside Japan.

[ About RomeFilmFest ]
The RomeFilmFest is the third international film festival in Italy after Venice Film Festival and the Torino Film Festival. The first edition of the festival will take place from October 13th to 21st 2006 at the Auditorium Parco della Musica.
For more information, visit http://www.romacinemafest.org/

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!

Co-Partners: Fuji Television Network, Inc.
Warner Entertainment Japan INC.
SKY Perfect Well Think, Co. Ltd.

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 through its GONZO animation brand. Kids and family product is distributed through the recently launched GONZO FILMS and GONZINO brands.
GDH is a world leader in content development targeting 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 http://www.gdh.co.jp (for GDH) and http://www.gonzo.co.jp/index.html (for GONZO).

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