GDH Announces Theatrical Release of Its First Live-Action Film ROBO☆ROCK

Oct 22nd 2007
Available in nationwide theaters from Friday, November 23rd
2007.10.20
GDH K.K. (Head Office: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Shinichiro Ishikawa, Securities Code: TSE Mothers 3755, hereafter GDH) has announced that its live-action film ROBO☆ROCK, (formerly titled Long Armed Monkeys) will be released in theaters.

ROBO☆ROCK is GDH group's first live-action film that follows an amazing adventure of Masaru, an odd-job-man who has given up his dream to become a rock singer and Nirasawa, a fanatic who is convinced that a giant robot will save the world. ROBO☆ROCK will be played in approximately 40 theaters nationwide including Shibuya Q-AX Cinema from Friday, November 23rd.

This film is produced by genero studio (formerly GONZO Revolution), a studio operated by GDH's Movie Planning & Sales department with high expertise in VFX technologies (3DCG, synthetic imaging, SFX modeling, etc.). By incorporating production techniques and CG technologies acquired from GDH's subsidiary GONZO's experience in animation production, genero has created compelling hybrid of live-action visuals and high-quality full CG.

GDH group has always been providing extensive genres of contents via different channels including animation and online games. With the addition of a new media, GDH will continue to develop contents that appeal to a wide scope of audience.

[About ROBO☆ROCK]
Masaru, a 23-year-old who has a passive attitude toward life in general, professes himself as a “genius odd-job-man” but is screwing up all of the time. He is freeloading off his girlfriend Kiriko, who works as a tattoo artist. One day, he is offered to do a rather eccentric job from an otaku-looking public employee named Nirasawa, who claims that Masaru's voice is necessary in activating a giant robot named Land Zeppelin. He goes on straight-faced that the Earth is about to be attacked by Saturnians, and the robot is necessary in the fight against them. At first, Masaru ignores this far-fetched story, but one day he is framed in a dangerous job he takes on together with his friend Kou, and is driven into a tight squeeze. What will happen to Masaru? Does this robot Land Zeppelin really exist?

Cast:
Shun Shioya
Yuuichirou Nakayama
Minami
Shoichi Honda
Ken Ayugai
Dennis Gunn
Tatsuya Gashuin
Toshifumi Muramatsu
Arata Saeki
Hiroshi Yamamoto
Masaki Okada
Shun Ueda
Kenichi Endo

Staff:
Original story: Taikan Suga
Directed by: Taikan Suga
Main theme song: Tokyo Jonny Guitar, from album CAVE PARTY, performed by The CRO-MAGNONS
(HAPPYSONG RECORDS / BMG JAPAN)
Screenplay by: Toshimitsu Takeuchi and Yūsuke Watanabe
Scored by: Norihiko Hibino
Robot designs: Eisaku Kito
Produced by: ROBO☆ROCK Production Committee
(mobcast/GDH/Hakuhodo DY Media Partners/Media Factory)
Production and VFX: genero studio
Distribution and advertising: Astaire inc.
Advertising support: Petit Grand Publishing
c2007 ROBO☆ROCK Production Committee
Official website: http://roborock.jp (Japanese only)

[About genero studio]
genero studio is a VFX production studio concentrating on live-action films and TV series, established by GDH, which is animation production company GONZO's holding company. It is a team consisting of creative talent with vast expertise in VFX technologies (3DCG, synthetic imaging, SFX modeling, etc.) that can provide input on ideas and images from the planning/development stage of the title. It has produced the VFX for theatrical features such as Nightmare Detective (Directed by Shinya Tsukamoto, Starring Ryuhei Matsuda) and The Invitation From Cinema Orion (Directed by Kenki Saegusa, Starring Rie Miyazawa, Theatrical release Nov. 3, 2007), as well as video games, TV series, and TV commercials.


[About GDH K.K.]
GDH 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 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.
For additional information, visit www.G.D.H.co.jp/english (for GDH) and www.gonzo.co.jp (for GONZO - Japanese only).
GDH group companies include GONZO Rosso K.K., GONZO K.K., Future Vision Music K.K., GONZINO K.K., GDH Capital K.K. and GK Entertainment K.K.
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