Funimation Entertainment Acquires The Treasure Hunter

Flower Mound, Texas (April 22, 2010) - FUNimation® Entertainment today announced it has acquired home entertainment, digital and merchandising rights to the live action film THE TREASURE HUNTER from Eleven Arts Entertainment.

Starring Jay Chou (GREEN HORNET) and supermodel Lin Chi-ling, THE TREASURE HUNTER (also known as CI LING) is directed by Kevin Chu (KUNG FU DUNK). The chinese blockbuster opened in Asia in late 2009 and set box office records its first week of release.

In the northwest desert, there is rumour of a buried treasure of unbelievable riches. A group of mysterious guardians have kept the map to the location of the treasure safe, until a fierce rivalry erupts. A notorious international crime group is after the map but before they manage to take it the keeper passes the map to a young man: Ciao Fei (Jay Chou). Ciao Fei is forced to give up the map to save the live of his mentor's daughter Lan Ting (Lin Chi Ling). Teaming up with a famous archaeologist, they all embark on a dangerous journey to recover the map and fight to protect the ancient treasure.

The dusty landscape of THE TREASURE HUNTER is captured by renowned cinematographer Xiao-Ding Zhao (HERO, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS).
Eleven Arts will release the film in theaters in late summer 2011 and FUNimation Entertainment will release the film on DVD and Blu-ray in the fall.

About FUNimation Entertainment
FUNimation® Entertainment is the leading company for Japanese animation in the United States. FUNimation is known for acquiring top-rated anime series from Japan and for being the market share leader for home video sales of anime in the United States. The company has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution.

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