THE HOTTEST ANIME SERIES HITS THE BIG SCREEN IN A SPECIAL ONE-NIGHT ONLY- U.S. THEATRICAL ENGAGEMENT OF NARUTO THE MOVIE: NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW
IN 162 MOVIE THEATERS NATIONWIDE ON JUNE 6TH TICKETS ON SALE NOW
San Francisco, CA & Centennial, CO – May 4, 2007 – VIZ Media, one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, and NCM FATHOM, the entertainment division of National CineMedia, have announced that tickets are now on sale for the special one-night-only event of the first NARUTO™ feature film — NARUTO THE MOVIE: NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW.NARUTO THE MOVIE will make its US debut in 162 select AMC, Cinemark, Regal Entertainment Group and Georgia Theatre Company movie theatres nationwide on June 6th at 7:00 p.m. local time. Tickets for this special one-night event can be purchased for $10.00 at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theatre box offices. For a complete list of theatre locations, please visit the Web site (theatres are subject to change).NARUTO is now one of the most popular and successful manga and anime properties in North America. The edited animated version of the NARUTO TV series captivates millions of loyal fans each week on Cartoon Network while the T-rated manga version (also published by VIZ Media) has become one of the best selling and most popular graphic novels throughout North America, regularly placing in both Graphic Novel and Overall General Fiction categories on noted literary sales rosters including BookScan and the USA Today Top 150. The manga series was also the recent winner of the 2006 Quill Award for Best Graphic Novel, a first for the manga genre. For more information go to
www.naruto.com.“The NARUTO phenomenon has captivated teens and adults alike and this special theatrical event is designed as a family event and a way for fans to meet, revel in their love for NARUTO, and all see the film, which has never been shown on the big screen before in North America,”
states Liza Coppola, Sr. Vice President, Marketing VIZ Media. “We look forward to everyone coming out for a ninja-filled night of fun and action!”
NARUTO THE MOVIE: NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW is a theatrical side story based on the continuity of the animated TV series and was a box office hit upon its initial release in Japan. New and existing fans of the hit title will not want to miss this exciting latest chapter in the NARUTO saga.
The general storyline of both the NARUTO manga and animated series depict the adventures of a young boy named Uzumaki Naruto who trains to become a ninja. Naruto, cursed with the spirit of the nine-tailed fox demon sealed within his body, is forced to live a bullied life discriminated against by his fellow villagers. But Naruto is resilient and undaunted and his determination often inspires those around him.
Through the adventures, the young ninja learns the importance of friendship, teamwork, loyalty, hard work, creativity, ingenuity, and right vs. wrong.
About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content.
Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan Production Co., Ltd. (ShoPro Japan), VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America and a global licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including, magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, videos, DVDs, audio soundtracks and develops and markets animated entertainment from initial production, television placement and distribution, to merchandise licensing and promotions for audiences and consumers of all ages.
Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone
(415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at www.VIZ.com.About National CineMedia
National CineMedia LLC operates the largest digital in-theatre network in North America through long-term agreements with its founding members, AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark USA, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), the three largest movie theatre operators in the U.S., and through multi-year agreements with several other theatre operators. The company produces and distributes its FirstLook pre feature program; cinema and lobby advertising products; comprehensive meeting and event services and other entertainment content. NCM’s national network includes over 14,000 screens of which approximately 12,000 are part of the company’s Digital Content Network (DCN). The national DCN is available in 154 Designated Market Areas® (49 of the top 50). During 2006, approximately 550 million patrons attended movies shown in theatres owned by NCM’s founding members. National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) owns a 44.8% interest in and is the managing member of NCM LLC. For additional information, visit www.ncm.com.