PANG Ho-Cheung

PANG Ho-Cheung
With Hong Kong director PANG Ho-cheung after interviewing him in 2012

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Yuya Sato's novel DENDERA coming February 17th from Haikasoru imprint

DENDERA by Yuya Sato
Copyright © Yuya Sato, 2009
English translation © 2015 VIZ Media, LLC
Cover design by Fawn Lau

Moving Novel Debuts In February About An Elderly’s
Woman’s Resilience And Discovery Of A Hidden
UtopianCommunity After Society Casts Her Aside

VIZ Media’s Haikasoru imprint opens 2015 with its first release of the New Year. DENDERA is the stark and moving novel by award winning author Yuya Sato set to be published on February 17th. An eBook edition also will debut on the same day for the Amazon Kindle, Apple’s iBooks Store, Barnes & Noble’s Nook Book Store, the Kobo eBooks Store, and the Google Play store.

DENDERA focuses on an ancient Japanese practice of leading the elderly to die in the mountains during times of drought or famine in order to ensure enough resources are available for the next generation to survive. The book was inspired by the classic novel, The Ballad of Narayama by Shichiro Fukazawa, which was notably adapted into a feature film directed by Shohei Imamura and won the prestigious Palme d’Or award at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival. DENDERA was also turned into a feature film in 2011 that was directed by Daisuke Tengan, the son of director Shohei Imamura.

Haikasoru publishes some of the most compelling contemporary Japanese science fiction and fantasy stories for English-speaking audiences, and is the first imprint based in the U.S. dedicated to Japanese science fiction and fantasy in translation.

DENDERA • Print MSRP: $15.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN • Available February 17th
When Kayu Saitoh wakes up, she is in an unfamiliar place. Taken to a snowy mountainside, she was left there by her family and her village according to the tradition of sacrificing the lives of the elderly for the benefit of the young. Kayu was supposed to have passed quickly into the afterlife. Instead, she finds herself in Dendera, a utopian community built over decades by old women who, like her, were abandoned. Together, they must now face a new threat: a hungry mother bear.

DENDERA is a captivating work that presents a strong female lead character and evocative story based around ubasute, the custom of leaving the elderly to die via exposure, a recurring theme in Japanese literature,” says Nick Mamatas, Editor. “This fabulist tale will be of interest to both fans of fantasy and literary fiction.”

Author Yuya Sato was born 1980 and is a writer of “strange fiction,” which features fantastic or horrific concepts treated in a refined literary style. Some of his short works of fiction have appeared in English in the mixed manga/prose anthology series Faust. His novel 1000 Novels and Backbeard won the Yukio Mishima Prize, one of Japan’s highest literary awards.

For additional information DENDERA and the Haikasoru imprint, visit the dedicated website at

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

RUNNING MAN and SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW to be released in major markets by China Lion

China Lion Film Announces Acquisitions of Running Man 
and Somewhere Only We Know as January & February
Releases for US/Canada & Australia/New Zealand

China Lion Film Distribution has announced that it has acquired the films Running Man from Wanda Media Group and Somewhere Only We Know from Distribution Workshop. Running Man will open on January 29th in Australia and New Zealand and January 30th in the United States and Canada; Somewhere Only We Know will open February 12th in Australia and New Zealand and February 13th in the United States and Canada. Both releases will continue a day-and-date release strategy, allowing audiences in both areas of the world to experience the films in the same weekend as Mainland Chinese audiences.

Running Man from Wanda Media Group is the feature film spin-off of the very popular reality television show originally based on a South Korean variety format. The film stars Wang Baoqiang (Lost in Thailand), Li Chen (Aftershock), Zheng Kai (So Young), Angelababy (Love on the Cloud) Korean singer and TV personality Kim Jong-Kook and Chen He (Back In Time), among others. The show was adapted by Zhejiang TV in China and is produced by Zhenjiang Blue Star Media Co. Ltd., Huayi Bros. and Wanda Media and the story revolves around the celebrities divided into teams and competing against one and other for the ultimate annual prize. The film follows in the footsteps of the $100M USD Mainland grossing reality TV feature spin-off Where Are We Going Dad? which was released in the same weekend last year.

The trailer for Running Man can be seen at:

Somewhere Only We Know from Distribution Workshop is set to be China Lion Film’s biggest release ever, celebrating both the Valentine’s Day Weekend and an early Chinese New Year. Directed and co-written by popular actress Xu Jinglei, the romantic drama takes place in Prague and stars Kris Wu, a former member of the popular Korean music group EXO, along with Claudia Wang and Gordon Alexander. The film will mark Kris’ debut as an actor, who has also contributed to the soundtrack with the song “There is a Place”. Xu also co-stars in the film, which centers on a love story across time; the film is produced by Kaila Pictures and is co-written by Wang Shuo, who wrote the Feng Xiaogang films (and China Lion Film releases) Personal Tailor and If You Are The One. Distribution Workshop is founded by veteran producers/filmmakers Nansun Shi and Jeffrey Chan, with Nasdaq listed Bona Film Group as one of its major shareholders. Based in Hong Kong, it aims to represent and produce the best quality Asian films for distributors worldwide.

The teaser trailer for Somewhere Only We Know can be seen at:

The music video for “There is a Place” from Somewhere Only We Know can be seen at:

China Lion Film will release both films in major metro areas throughout North America in addition to Australia and New Zealand; specific release locations will be announced on the company’s website, as well as its Facebook and Weibo. China Lion Film Distribution recently released the films Breakup Buddies, Back In Time and Love on the Cloud.

Sentai Filmworks announces acquisition of THE WORLD GOD ONLY KNOWS OVA COLLECTION

Sentai Filmworks has announced its latest acquisition, The World God Only Knows OVA Collection. The duo of Keima Katsuragi and Elsie return in a set of stories that tie together the various seasons of the popular romance comedy series by animation production studio Manglobe.

Four Girls and an Idol
Summer comes around, and Chihiro, along with Elsie, Ayumi and Miyako, have been enjoying the activities of the band called "2B PENCILS". They decide to start up a band club and thoroughly devote themselves to their studies in order to secure a clubroom. Meanwhile, before the very eyes appears the celebrity idol Kanon-chan! Meanwhile, Kanon-chan seems to have her eye on Keima, which makes Chihiro and the others uneasily jealous.

The Reunion/The Encounter
Childhood friend Tenri Ayukawa moves in next door to Keima, who behaves in a curt manner, having not seen each other for 10 years. It turns out another girl named Diana resides inside Tenri. Diana tells Keima of something that occurred 10 years ago. A tale a decade in the making is finally revealed in a thrilling two part story with Tenri’s very heart on the line.

Magical Star Kanon 100%!
Kanon has it tough every day, what with being a pop idol and a high-school student. But one day, suddenly, she turns into an elementary-school student! What's more, another "Kanon" shows up and tries to win over the children, including the real Kanon herself. Things get even crazier when Kanon is turned into a witch! What will happen to our leading idol when she must literally and figuratively face herself? This 100% Kanon OVA spinoff features familiar friends and new characters in an all new original story by Tamiki Wakaki himself.

The World God Only Knows OVA Collection will be available soon through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Free Korean film series "Fathers on Screen" coming to Asia Society

L to R: "Broken," "Ode to My Father," "Hwayi: A Monster Boy."
Korean Cultural Service NY and Asia Society co-present
Korean Movie Night New York
Series One: Fathers on Screen
When: Feb. 9 - Mar. 31, 2015
Where: Asia Society
725 Park Avenue (at 70 Street), NYC
Free admission
First-come, first-served

The popular, ongoing Korean Movie Night New York kicks off 2015 with the series Fathers on Screen, which explores different types of Korean father figures, both positive and negative, as they have been shaped by the cultural and socio-economic conditions in contemporary Korea: a hard-working, devoted family man in ODE TO MY FATHER, an authoritarian and cold blooded murderer in HWAYI, a vengeful vigilante in BROKEN, and a heroic ex-firefighter forced to commit non-heroic acts in GUARDIAN.

Korean Movie Night New York is an ongoing, twice-a-month film program that introduces the full spectrum of contemporary and classic Korean cinema to New York audiences, from popular blockbusters, independent films, and documentaries to animation and family movies.

Click here to learn more.

Monday, January 26, 2015

THE LAST: NARUTO THE MOVIE to screen starting February 20th


The World’s Most Popular Ninja Will Tap Every Bit Of
Ninjutsu Skills And Knowledge To Save The Planet

VIZ Media and Los Angeles-based film distributor ELEVEN ARTS will debut the highly anticipated seventh feature film in the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN series in a limited theatrical engagement around the United States starting February 20, 2015.

Anime fans and filmgoers nationwide have a very special opportunity to catch the epic, big-screen action of THE LAST: NARUTO THE MOVIE in over 20 cities, including New York, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and more!

The film will be presented with original Japanese dialogue with English subtitles. The run time of the film is 112 minutes. Attendees also will receive a special commemorative NARUTO film poster (while supplies last). For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit:

To view a trailer for THE LAST: NARUTO THE MOVIE, visit:

Cities confirmed to host THE LAST: NARUTO THE MOVIE premiere screenings include:

Los Angeles
San Diego
San Francisco
Kansas City
New York
Hollywood Theater
San Antonio

THE LAST: NARUTO THE MOVIE is based on the internationally bestselling NARUTO manga (graphic novel) series created by Masashi Kishimoto. In the film, the moon is approaching dangerously close to Earth! Unless something is done, the moon will disintegrate, showering the earth with gigantic meteorites. As the clock ticks towards the end of the world, can Naruto save the earth from this crisis?

In the NARUTO manga and animated series, Naruto Uzumaki wants to be the best ninja in the land. He's done well so far, but Naruto knows he must train harder than ever and leaves his village for intense exercises that will push him to his limits. NARUTO SHIPPUDEN begins two and a half years later, when Naruto returns to find that everyone has been promoted up the ninja ranks – except him. Sakura’s a medic ninja, Gaara’s advanced to Kazekage, and Kakashi…well he remains the same. But pride isn’t necessarily becoming of a ninja, especially when Naruto realizes that Sasuke never returned from his search for Orochimaru. Plus, the mysterious Akatsuki organization is still an ever-present danger. As Naruto finds out more about the Akatsuki’s goals, he realizes that nothing in his universe is as it seems. Naruto is finding that he’s older, but will he also prove wiser and stronger?

Additional information on NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN is available at

For more information on manga titles available from VIZ Media, visit