Thursday, May 24, 2012

RightStuf Press Releases For May

RIGHT STUF, INC. Announces Exclusive Deal With Creator M. Alice LeGrow & TOKYOPOP to Publish BIZENGHAST, Vol. 8 RightStuf.com to publish series’ latest volume for first time ever in July 2012; pre-orders receive an exclusive art card.

GRIMES, Iowa, May 22, 2012 – Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to announce that, through a special arrangement with creator M. Alice LeGrow and TOKYOPOP, fans will be able to purchase the eighth volume of BIZENGHAST in book form for the first time ever, exclusively through RightStuf.com.

The initial print run of Bizenghast, Vol. 8 will be available in late July 2012. Fans who pre-order Vol. 8 will also receive an exclusive postcard featuring art from the series. For a limited time, fans can pre-order Bizenghast, Vol. 8 for $10.99 per copy. (This is a savings of more than 30% off the $15.99 SRP.) Shawne Kleckner, Right Stuf’s president and CEO, said, “We know fans of Bizenghast have been waiting a long time for new material, and I'm glad we can make this happen for them!”

“I'm glad to have this opportunity to finally deliver the next volume of Bizenghast! Readers have been waiting for over a year to see the end of this first story-arc, which is a real testament to their patience. Anyone who has been waiting a year and a half to hear from me again is either a true fan or my dentist,” said the series’ creator, M. Alice LeGrow.

TOKYOPOP founder Stu Levy added, “I am truly thrilled to be able to facilitate publication of the latest and greatest Bizenghast volume through such a dedicated partner as RightStuf. Bizenghast has become a true OEL franchise, proving that manga is not about ethnicity or nationality but engaging visual storytelling with compelling characters. Many thanks to the fans and Ms. LeGrow for their patience and continued support!”

Bizenghast was developed and successfully pitched to TOKYOPOP, after LeGrow placed in the publisher’s Rising Stars of Manga contest with her short story “Nikolai.” Propelled by the support of fans who love the dark fantasy’s gothic-style art and themes, Bizenghast has grown into a multi-media work that spans seven (and soon eight) graphic novels, in addition to inspiring a limited-edition art book, a coloring book, a novelization, animated shorts, a tabletop roleplaying game, and a line of merchandise. LeGrow is currently at work on her next graphic novel, The Elephant Book. Fans can find out more about the comic and its successful Kickstarter project at www.bizenghast.com.

ABOUT RIGHT STUF, INC.
Currently celebrating its 25th year in business, Right Stuf, Inc. was one of the first players in the U.S. Japanese Animation ("anime") industry, as both an anime producer/distributor and a retailer. Right Stuf works to promote knowledge of its own products, as well as the anime and manga industry, in general, through its online storefront at RightStuf.com and a variety of media including podcasts and special publications. For more about Right Stuf and its divisions, visit www.rightstuf.com.

ABOUT TOKYOPOP
Founded in 1997 by filmmaker and entrepreneur Stu Levy, media manga pioneer TOKYOPOP established the market for manga in North America, introducing the term to the English language in the process. Over its history, TOKYOPOP has published over 3000 books, distributed anime and Asian films on home video and television, licensed merchandise to consumer goods companies, created graphic novels of major brands and led the way digitally in social media, e-commerce and user-generated content. TOKYOPOP’s brand expanded internationally with offices in Europe and Japan and a network of over 160 partners in more than 50 countries and 30 languages. Through TOKYOPOP, Levy has produced live-action and animated film and television content based on its extensive intellectual property library, including Priest, America’s Greatest Otaku, Van Von Hunter, and a slate of projects currently in development. Visit TOKYOPOP’s Asian Pop Culture newsletter at www.facebook.com/tokyopop or follow at www.twitter.com/tokyopop.


5 POINTS PICTURES Announces the September 2012 Special-Edition DVD Release of TAZZA: THE HIGH ROLLERS Gambling drama from Director CHOI Dong-hoon to include new English subtitles, plus almost 2 hours & 50 minutes of translated video extras.

GRIMES, Iowa, May 23, 2012 – Film distributor 5 Points Pictures is pleased to announce the two-disc, special-edition DVD release of TAZZA: THE HIGH ROLLERS will be available on September 18, 2012.

This popular and critically acclaimed drama about master gamblers (“tazza”) and the games they play features direction from CHOI Dong-hoon (The Thieves, The Big Swindle, Woochi) and an all-star cast including CHO Seung-woo (The Sword With No Name, Marathon), KIM Hye-soo (The Thieves, Modern Boy), BAEK Yoon-sik (The Taste of Money, The Big Swindle), YOO Hae-jin (Moss, Public Enemy), and KIM Yun-seok (The Chaser, Punch).

Based on the comic illustrated by HUH Young-man and written by KIM Se-young, Tazza was produced by Sidus FNH and Charm Films. It is presented by CJ Entertainment and IM Pictures.
Grand Prize (Daesang) and Best Director: Choi Dong-hoon
2007 Baeksang Arts Awards
Best Actress: Kim Hye-soo
2006 Blue Dragon Awards ▪ 2006 Chunsa Film Art Awards
2007 Korea Visual Arts Festival
Best Supporting Actor: Kim Yun-seok
2007 Daejong (Grand Bell) Film Awards
Jury Award - Best Feature ▪ Best Director: Choi Dong-hoon
Jury Award - Best Actor: Cho Seung-woo ▪ Jury Award - Best Actress: Kim Hye-soo
2007 Newport Beach Film Festival
Jury Prize - Best Feature Film
2007 Philadelphia Film Festival

5 Points Pictures’ release of Tazza: The High Rollers will feature an upgraded English translation of the film, plus approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes of translated and subtitled video extras from the South Korean limited-edition releases.
About TAZZA: THE HIGH ROLLERS
From the Director of The Thieves and The Big Swindle! After losing his entire savings in an illegal, backroom card game, Goni (CHO Seung-woo, The Sword With No Name) discovers it was all a set up – he was swindled by professional gamblers. Enraged and desperate, he sets out to get his money back by any means necessary.
Impressed by the young man’s determination, veteran gambler Mr. Pyeong (BAEK Yoon-sik, The Taste of Money) takes Goni on as his apprentice and teaches him all there is to know about hwatu, a card game also known as “The War of Flowers.”
Now Goni is ready to make his debut in an underworld where the stakes are high and the rules are few: To win, you must be ruthless. The hand must be quicker than the eye. No game is safe. And there are no friends for life, just as there are no enemies for life.


Includes the feature film – plus almost 2 hours and 50 minutes of video extras – all with on/off English subtitles!

Features:
Tazza: Comic vs. Movie, Adaptation of the Comic, The Making of Tazza: The High Rollers, staff and cast interviews, character discussion by the cast and crew, documentary about action sequences, Hwatu Explained, deleted and alternate scenes (with on/off director commentary), promotional footage, plus 5 Points Pictures trailers.

ABOUT 5 POINTS PICTURES
5 Points Pictures is the live-action film distribution arm of Right Stuf, Inc., a firm with 25 years of experience in marketing Asian entertainment to English-speaking audiences, via online retailer RightStuf.com and anime specialty label Nozomi Entertainment. 5 Points Pictures is dedicated to acquiring, introducing and distributing an eclectic array of live-action programming to North American audiences who demand both quality presentation and premier content. For more information, visit www.5pointspictures.com.

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