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Viz Pictures Releases New Artist Documentary DVD - Hisashi Tenmyouya: Samurai Nouveau


Perceptive Documentary Profiles The Life Of A Graphic Designer Turned Contemporary Artist

San Francisco, March 2, 2010– Viz Pictures, an affiliate of Viz Media, LLC, that focuses on Japanese live-action film distribution, will release the newest volume of its ongoing NEW PEOPLE Artist Series – HISASHI TENMYOUYA: SAMURAI NOUVEAU. This interesting documentary follows the life of one of the most talented young artists in Japan today. The DVD, due to release on March 9th with an MSRP of $24.92 U.S. / $35.99 CAN, will be distributed by Viz Media.

HISASHI TENMYOUYA: SAMURAI NOUVEAU presents a look into the artist Hisashi Tenmyouya, a graphic designer turned contemporary artist, and his NEO-Traditional Japanese Painting style. He uses gold foil and fine brushes to prepare for various exhibitions while people surrounding the artist share their thoughts. In this film, Tenmyouya reveals his soul through the melding of modern urban subjects with traditional painting methods.

In celebration of this new release, Viz Pictures has scheduled special screenings of HISASHI TENMYOUYA at VIZ Cinema on Saturday, March 6th at 1:00 pm, and Sunday, March 7th at 3:00 pm. VIZ Cinema is located inside NEW PEOPLE, a newly opened entertainment destination in San Francisco at 1746 Post Street devoted to Japanese pop culture. For more information about this event, please visit www.vizcinema.com or www.viz-pictures.com.

“Hisashi Tenmyouya has shown steadily since his first show in 1990 at age 24, including shows at the Whitney in New York and others in Tokyo, Berlin, London, Paris, Madrid, Kiev and Sao Paulo,” says Seiji Horibuchi, President and CEO of Viz Pictures and the founder of NEW PEOPLE. “Besides winning the Taro Okamoto Memorial Award in 2003, he was chosen as one of 14 artists in the world to participate in the design of the FIFA World Cup Poster for the in 2006 World Cup. We're honored to release this new documentary and look forward to more people discovering the world of Hisashi Tenmyouya.”

The NEW PEOPLE Artist Series is an intriguing collection of documentaries introducing modern Japanese Pop artists to the American audience. All of the highlighted artists possess unique views and inspirations, allowing them to create captivating works of art. For more information on the NEW PEOPLE Artist Series visit www.viz-pictures.com or www.newpeopleartistseries.com, and for information on movie schedules at VIZ Cinema, please visit www.vizcinema.com.

For more information on DVD titles distributed by Viz Media please visit www.viz.com.

About Viz Pictures, Inc.:
Based in San Francisco, California, Viz Pictures, Inc. licenses and distributes selective Japanese live-action films and DVDs, focusing on Japanese "kawaii (cute) and cool" pop culture. Viz Pictures strives to offer the most entertaining motion pictures straight from the "Kingdom of Pop" for North American audiences of all ages, especially the manga and Anime Generation. Viz Pictures titles include DEATH NOTE, 20TH CENTURY BOYS, KAMIKAZE GIRLS, TRAIN MAN: DENSHA OTOKO and others. Viz Pictures is also the producer of NEW PEOPLE, a part of the J-Pop Center Project, a unique entertainment destination showcasing Japanese pop culture through film, art, fashion, and retail products. For more information, please visit www.viz-pictures.com or www.newpeopleworld.com. NEW PEOPLE and VIZ Cinema are located at 1746 Post Street, San Francisco, California. Phone: (415) 345-1975.

© 2009 Viz Pictures, Inc.

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