Anime Action Comes to San Francisco as Viz Cinema Presents Gurren Lagann The Movie 1 and 2

Theatre's Weeknight Anime People Screens A Special Double-Feature Of Films Based On The Popular Anime Series

San Francisco, CA, November 11, 2009 – VIZ Cinema, the nation's first and only movie theatre dedicated to Japanese film, invites anime fans around the San Francisco Bay Area to a special back-to-back theatrical presentation of Gurren Lagann The Movie 1: Childhood's End and Gurren Lagann The Movie 2: The Lights In The Sky Are Stars for two-nights only on Tuesday, November 17th and Wednesday, November 18th. The films (subtitled) will be presented as part of the theatre's Weeknight Anime People program.

Fans interested in catching the double-feature each night can receive a special discount. Ticket information, preview trailers and screening times are available at:

Gurran Lagann is a science fiction, comedy action series reminiscent of great “mecha” titles like Gunbuster, Nadia, and Evangelion and was created by anime powerhouse studio GAINAX. Based on a popular animated television series, the first film takes place in a fictional future in which human beings have been forced to live in closed-off underground villages. Kamina and Simon are constrained by the limits imposed by the village elder, but all of that changes when Simon stumbles across a fantastic device – just as the village's peace is broken by a violent intrusion. They soon become embroiled in a conflict with surface “Beastmen” who pilot giant robots known as Gunmen, one of which they take for themselves and name GURREN, and lead the battle against the Beastmen.

In Gurren Lagann The Movie 2: The Lights In The Sky Are Stars Simon must overcome the loss of loved ones after he survives mortal combat with the Beastmen leader Lordgenome. Seven years later, humans again return to the surface to build a flourishing civilization. However, peace does not last long as the humans begin expanding their world into outer space and soon encounter a new enemy.

VIZ Cinema is the nation's first movie theatre devoted exclusively to Japanese film and anime. The 143-seat subterranean theatre is located in the basement of the NEW PEOPLE building and features plush seating, digital as well as 35mm projection, and a THX®-certified sound system.

NEW PEOPLE offers the latest films, art, fashion and retail brands from Japan and is the creative vision of the J-Pop Center Project and VIZ Pictures, a distributor and producer of Japanese live action film. Located at 1746 Post Street, the 20,000 square foot structure features a striking 3-floor transparent glass façade that frames a fun and exotic new environment to engage the imagination into the 21st Century. A dedicated web site is also now available at:

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