Fantastic Fest

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

FF '07 favorite DEATH NOTE earns a series of US screenings!

One of the most stunning films to play last year's Fantastic Fest was DEATH NOTE from Japan, a mind-twisting tale that has created an avalanche of excitement in its native country. We're happy to hear that some of that excitement has carried the film to the US for a limited release, and Fantastic Fest congratulates the folks behind DEATH NOTE on their international success!

Details on the upcoming US screenings are below in this official press release from Viz Entertainment:

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San Francisco, CA, April 14, 2008 - VIZ Pictures, an affiliate of VIZ Media, LLC that focuses on Japanese live-action film distribution, has announced that it will team with NCM FATHOM, the entertainment division of National CineMedia, to present a special two-night multi-city debut at over 300 theaters across the United States for the live-action special event DEATH NOTE on May 20 and 21, at 7:30 pm. local time.

This special two-night event includes a specially produced 20-minute feature on how the manga translates to live action as well as the first-ever interview with director Shusuke Kaneko.

Advance purchase tickets will be available from April 18th through April 20th to all subscribers of the SHONEN JUMP e-mail newsletter (sign-up is available at Tickets for the general public will be available starting on April 21st at presenting theater box offices and online at For a complete list of theater locations and prices, please visit the website.

DEATH NOTE is based on the hit supernatural action mystery manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. The live-action film, directed by Shusuke Kaneko, known as the director of popular monster film GAMERA series, was released in Japan in 2006 and mirrors the manga's story of Light Yagami, an ace student with great prospects who is bored out of his mind. All of that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god named Ryuk. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals mysteriously begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to investigate, and he is soon hot on the trail of Light, who must now reevaluate his one noble goal. Both Light and L believe themselves to be on the side of justice, and the two match wits trying to show exactly which of them is "good" and which of them is "evil."

Presented by NCM Fathom and VIZ Pictures, the DEATH NOTE live action feature appears on the big screen in high-definition with Cinema Surround Sound in select locations throughout the U.S., screening in more than 300 theaters.

"NCM Fathom is excited to partner with VIZ once again to bring such a unique event to the big screen for DEATH NOTE fans across the country," said Dan Diamond, vice president of NCM Fathom. "DEATH NOTE is a perfect fit for NCM Fathom's line-up of alternative in-theatre entertainment of all types - from anime, music concerts, extreme sports, comedy, children's programming, the Metropolitan Opera and more."

The DEATH NOTE manga and animated series have become extremely popular domestically. The 37-episode animated series is seen by millions each week on cable broadcast and the series is also distributed on DVD by VIZ Media (rated T+ for Older Teens). On the print side, DEATH NOTE 13: HOW TO READ, a companion volume to the successful manga series, also published domestically by VIZ Media, was recently ranked in USA Today's Top 150 list of America's best-selling books in February.

"DEATH NOTE is a riveting and critically acclaimed drama that has become the latest animated and manga series to capture the attention of millions of fans across North America," says Seiji Horibuchi President and CEO of VIZ Pictures. "Inspired by its manga and animation counterparts, the live-action DEATH NOTE combines the best aspects of suspenseful crime dramas like Heat, Seven and Sea Of Love with supernatural plot elements to make for a very unique story. We are very excited to partner with NCM FATHOM to present this special two-night event in major markets across the country. With multiple genres available to enjoy the story we hope the film attracts fans of the manga and animated series and vice versa."


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