Kadokawa Tuesdays on Crunchyroll to Launch Mail, Onmyoji and Kadokawa Mystery & Horror Tales
Bone Chilling New Titles from Kadokawa Pictures USA on the Number One Online Destination for Anime and Asian Entertainment
San Francisco, CA (May 5, 2009) — Live action films of horror, mystery and
horror from Japan are now available on Crunchyroll for fans and members as
“Kadokawa Tuesdays” continues with MAIL, ONMYOJI and KADOKAWA MYSTERY &
HORROR TALES. More information can be found at:
MAIL is a cinematic adaptation of Shigemizu Takasaki's comic book series of the same name and is from the Kadokawa Horror publishing label that brought such titles as THE RING and DARK WATER.
ONMYOJI is a tale of supernatural powers during the Heian period of feudal Japan.
KADOKAWA MYSTERY & HORROR TALES include spine tingling titles including MEINICHI, CRUEL KIDNAPPING, DESIRE TO KILL, WOODEN CLOGS, REGENERATION, LAST DAY AS A TEENAGER, GHOST HOUSE, WHISPER TREE and WORLD OF INFINITY.
These “Kadokawa Tuesday” titles are available at 12:00 pm PST today, for FREE, to all fans and members in the U.S., Canada, American Samoa, United States Minor Outlying Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam and Virgin Island regions.
Based on the Shigemizu Takasaki's comic book series, MAIL is the latest cinematic adaptation from the Kadokawa Horror publishing label that brought us mega-hits like Ring ('98), Dark Water ('02) and One Missed Call ('03). Told through nine short episodes, the film follows psychic Detective Akiba (Takamasa Suga) and the enigmatic 19-year-old female assistant, Mikoto (Kill Bill's Chiaki Kuriyama), as they root out and release the restless spirits that terrorize this world. Each episode is centered around an ascension of the spirits, taken from a chapter of the comic book.
During a dark age of demons and ghosts in the Heian period (794-1185 AD), the Emperor relies upon the imperial order of the ONMYOJI, who are the experts of the supernatural power, to protect the kingdom. However, as the birth of the emperor's heir approaches, political intrigue and jealousy will lead to the most dangerous of betrayals - from within the ONMYOJI and the Emperor's family! It will be up to the most talented of the order, Seimei (Mansai Nomura), to face his master, Doson (Hiroyuki Sanada), and the dark magic that threatens to destroy them all!
KADOKAWA MYSTERY & HORROR TALES
http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Kadokawa_Mystery_and_Horror_Tales MEINICHI - "Maybe father was right. Maybe we should not have moved into that house..." When Minako loses her boyfriend in an accident, her sister tries to cheer her up, though sinister forces would have it otherwise.
CRUEL KIDNAPPING - As Toshio struggles to make ends meet, his daughter is kidnapped and a ransom note arrives. Desperation leads him to a cruel plan designed to procure the money he needs.
DESIRE TO KILL - Alone in her house, Rie comes face-to-face with a murderer. Determined to protect her child, she makes a desperate attempt to convince the man to leave.
WOODEN CLOGS - The distraught Takagi goes to a temple to reconnect with a relative but instead encounters the exceedingly beautiful Yoshie. Their love is ultimately doomed, as Yoshie has a secret too horrible to mention.
REGENERATION - While undergoing treatment for alcoholism, Professor Ujo meets an intriguing girl. Madly in love, the couple seem destined for happiness, were it not for a dark secret that conspires to keep them apart.
LAST DAY AS A TEENAGER - When he was seventeen years old, Tomoya made a grim pact with a girl who claimed to be the god of death. Today, on his 20th birthday, the ominous entity has returned to collect on that desperate promise.
GHOST HOUSE - A young couple is irreversibly linked to a gruesome traffic accident and horrible death. Try as they might to escape the past, it won't be long before it catches up to them.
WHISPER TREE - A writer is sent by his boss to investigate a strange tree known to the locals as Whispers. He remains unconvinced that is possesses mystical powers until unthinkable things begin to occur all around him.
WORLD OF INFINITY - After Takeo loses his job, he wanders aimlessly and meets a woman whose brooding personality lures him in to a world of trysts and deceit. Soon the line between reality and evil becomes inextricably blurred.
About Kadokawa Pictures USA
Kadokawa Pictures USA (KPUSA) is the Los Angeles based arm of entertainment giant KADOKAWA GROUP HOLDINGS, INC (KGH) in Japan. KGH includes KADOKAWA GROUP PUBLISHING and KADOKAWA PICTURES. KADOKAWA GROUP PUBLISHING is one of the oldest and largest publishing groups in Japan and the largest publishers of Japanese Manga. KADOKAWA PICTURES with its library of over 2,000 titles, develops, finances, produces and distributes live action and anime films theatrically and for TV throughout Japan and Asia and boasts a state-of-the art production facility in Tokyo. Films that have garnered worldwide attention from these libraries include: THE RING, DARK WATER, PULSE and SHALL WE DANCE? KGH also includes a major exhibitor in Japan, Kadokawa Cineplex.
KPUSA distributes, licenses, remakes and adapts library films and books for an international audience in the English language, such as; “One Missed Call,””Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.”
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