Crunchyroll to Offer Live-Action Movie: Mooncake

Dec 30th 2011
Maintaining its momentum, the leader in streaming Asian content prepares to offer its first live action movie today

San Francisco, Calif. (December 30, 2011)Crunchyroll, in partnership with Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc. (TBS), prepares to launch Japanese live action movie: MOONCAKE. MOONCAKE will be available on Crunchyroll January 1st at 10am PST for its viewers. More information can be found on www.crunchyroll.com/mooncake.

MOONCAKE will be available worldwide except for Japan and Singapore on Crunchyroll.

Crunchyroll's Senior Brand Manager Michelle Hwang said, “We're excited to add a multicultural live action film to our collection. MOONCAKE unifies us through the kaleidoscope of cultures and with its heartwarmingly tragic story, and symbolizes the hope for a stronger, compassionate future.”

“Singapore – the booming economic center of Asia, a kaleidoscope of cultures, and blessed with natural greenery, it is said to be the most beautiful country under the sun. Singapore's exotic allure as the crossroads of the unique Asian culture of the East with that of the West provides the perfect backdrop for a dramatic love-story between a Japanese woman from Tohoku and a Singaporean man. The man, a former elite banker, has lost his family to the Great Sumatran earthquake and tsunami, has chosen to re-start his life as a rescue and search professional. The woman is looking for a new life as well. The two meet under the radiant Singapore sun, and are magnetically attracted to each other.

But a tearful parting awaits them…The man wants to focus on his new goal in life , and the distance between the couple grows. Misunderstandings take place, and amidst confused feelings, the March 11 earthquake and tsunami strike Japan. The man rises to the occasion and heads to Japan as a member of DART, the elite, urban rescue unit of the SCDF. In this drama, we hope to portray how a woman, through her relationship with a Singaporean man, matures in the face of a tragedy that brutally takes away precious lives and communities developed over time and history.”

Episodes can be accessed from Crunchyroll.com, iPad, iPhone, Android devices, major set top boxes, and select web connected TVs. More information on Crunchyroll-ready devices can be found here: www.crunchyroll.com/devices#ios

Crunchyroll premium members will have access to the largest anime and drama selection, same-day access for simulcasted titles, no advertisements and can be viewed in up to 720p quality on selected titles. More information about the Crunchyroll membership plan can be found at: www.crunchyroll.com/freetrial/

About Crunchyroll, Inc.

Crunchyroll is a leading global video network and developer of social media applications for Japanese anime and Asian media. Through applications like Crunchyroll for iPhone, iPad, Android, TV set-top boxes, affiliate websites and its own streaming website, Crunchyroll delivers officially-licensed content from leading Asian media producers directly to consumers.

Crunchyroll has offices in San Francisco, Calif. and Tokyo, Japan, and is a member of the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) and Licensing International Merchandisers' Association (LIMA). Founded in 2006, Crunchyroll is funded by leading venture capital firm, Venrock, Japanese entertainment giant TV TOKYO, digital publishing leader Bitway and a group of angel investors representing some of the brightest and most successful entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. More information can be found at www.crunchyroll.com.

About Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc. (TBS)

Established in 1951, Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc. (TBS) and 32 TBS Group companies constitute one of the largest media conglomerates in Japan encompassing a wide range of media and business activities including broadcast (nationwide terrestrial TV/radio networks to digital satellite, mobile, and broadband), content production (TV/radio programs, formats, movies, video/DVDs, internet, computer graphics), domestic/overseas distribution, concerts and other events. With over 40 years of experience licensing programming overseas, TBS has distributed programs of all genres – dramas, anime, documentaries, formats, movies – totaling several tens of thousands of hours of programming in over 150 countries worldwide and has firmly established its presence as a major content provider in the global arena. TBS is one of the most innovative broadcasters in creating variety formats, having licensed nearly 200 localized versions with several thousand episodes being produced. Looking ahead, TBS aims to further raise its profile overseas by expanding sales around the world of TBS hit shows and take advantage of new opportunities in the digital market place. For more information visit www.tbs.co.jp/eng/

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