Sleeping Bride – A Classic Manga from the Creator of Astro Boy Brought to Life by the Director of Ring and Dark Water

“This sweet, little love story… has charm and sympathy… helped by an impressive cast who each deliver credible performances.” - DVD Times

Palisades Tartan is pleased to bring to the UK market a rare gem from the filmography of the godfather of J-horror, Hideo Nakata: Sleeping Bride, available on DVD nationwide from Monday 31st May. Based on the manga Garasu no Noh or The Glass Brain, originally published in Shonen Sunday magazine, it remains one of Tezuka's most inspired one-shot stories, a modern twist on a classic fairy-tale romance tinged with maturity, wisdom, and a hint of classic sci-fi feature Charly from the novel Flowers For Algernon. Made between his Ringu movies and Dark Water, director Hideo Nakata and writer Chiaki Konaka brought this tale to the screen using a mix of fresh-faced talents and industry stalwarts.

Synopsis: From Osamu Tezuka, godfather of manga, and Hideo Nakata, godfather of J-horror, comes this quirky romance between a boy and the comatose girl with whom he falls in love. Born asleep after a terrible crash, Yumi (Risa Hoto) grows up unaware of the world around her. Yuichi (Yuki Kohara) grows up convinced that one day his kiss will awaken her like the princess of legend. When she finally does awake, they find that the real world is no fairy tale. Can they face the harshness of reality together? Or will it be too much for them to bear?

Starring: Risa Hoto (Unusual Secrets, Color of Pain, Love Ghost), Yuki Kohara (Shinjuku Boy Detectives), Takaaki Enomoto (Clouds on the Hill, Kaidan, Chosyu Five, Spring Snow), Tomoka Hayashi (Stacy: Attack of the Schoolgirl Zombies, School Day of the Dead, GTO)

Directed by: Hideo Nakata (Ringu 1 & 2, Dark Water, L: Change The World, The Ring Two, Kaidan); original story by Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy, Kimba The White Lion, Black Jack); adapted by Chiaki Konaka (Hellsing, RahXephon, Bubblegum Crisis 2040, Eureka Seven); music by Kenji Kawai (Ringu 1 & 2, Dark Water, Death Note Trilogy, Ip Man 1 & 2, Seven Swords, The Sky Crawlers, Avalon, Ghost in the Shell 1 & 2, Patlabor Trilogy)

SLEEPING BRIDE (cert. PG) will be released on region 2 PAL DVD (RRP £12.99) by Palisades Tartan on 31st May 2010.

DVD Features
Product Code: TVD4027
Feature length: 100 mins
Audio & subtitles: Dolby 2.0 and 5.1 Japanese audio options; optional English subs
Extra: UK Exclusive featurette: The 2 Godfathers – Jonathan Clements on the history of Sleeping Bride.

About Palisades Tartan UK:
Tartan Films was originally founded in 1984 and is credited with bringing Asian Extreme films to the attention of audiences as well as some of the most compelling art house films of the last quarter century. In July 2008, Palisades Pictures acquired a majority of Tartan Films UK's 400+ film library assets and branded the new company Palisades Tartan UK. The company also has a US counterpart, Palisades Tartan USA. Palisades Tartan will continue to expand an already distinctive and provocative slate of films in both territories by focusing on quality film acquisitions, thus significantly increasing the size of their overall library. Palisades Pictures and its parent company Palisades Media Corp is a prestigious financier of print & advertising for the independent film market. Together with its affiliate, Palisades Media Asset Fund, Palisades has securitized and financed more than 550 films.

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