FUNimation Entertainment Announces Acquisition of Live Action Japanese Film Mushi-shi

From the Director of the Landmark Animated Film AKIRA and
Based on the Award Winning Manga

New York City, New York – September 26th, 2008 – FUNimation® Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, and the market share leader for home entertainment sales of Japanese animation in the U.S., has acquired varied rights in North America to the Japanese live action film MUSHI-SHI, also known as BUGMASTER.

MUSHI-SHI is an award winning film from Director/Writer Katsuhiro Otomo. Cinematical says, “You'll love this film,“ and Variety says the film is “an eclectic mix of melancholy and magic.” The film has played at prestigious film festivals such as the Sundance Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Sitges International Film Festival and received its world wide premiere at the Venice International Film Festival.

Resembling Yuki Urushibara's manga, MUSHI-SHI follows the journeys of Ginko, a quite, peculiar, traveler. He lives his life going from town to town helping out people with unique problems of an eerie nature. Ginko is a “Mushi-shi,” a Bugmaster. “Mushi” are neither good nor evil, they are life in its purest form. With extraordinary special effects by Nobuaki Koga, who worked on NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, MUSHI-SHI is an ethereal and yet chillingly beautiful story of mystery.

FUNimation Entertainment will bring MUSHI-SHI to the U.S. as part of the FUNimation Films program and will release the film on DVD in 2009.

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