‘Tekken’ movie to be shown in U.S.

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

The computer-generated 3-D feature film “Tekken: Blood Vengeance” will have a special screening in at least 375 theaters across the United States on July 26, Namco Bandai Games Inc. announced.

The film, based on the popular video game, will be accompanied by a screening of an interview with screenwriter Dai Sato and Yoshinari Mizushima, the film’s producer.

The “Tekken” movie will be released on Sept. 3 at the Wald 9 cinema complex in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward and elsewhere across Japan.

The feature was also showcased at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival that opened on June 6.

The movie was produced by Digital Frontier Inc., a production house known for its computer-generated imagery (CGI).

The screening event in the United States, where the game series is popular, is being organized by Bandai Entertainment Inc., Namco Bandai Games and NCM Fathom, a division of National CineMedia LLC.

Bandai Entertainment has organized similar events featuring anime titles such as “Sword of the Stranger” and “Eureka Seven.” NCM Fathom has produced large-scale events for many works including a live-action adaptation of “Death Note,” “Gantz” and the “Naruto” film series.

Bandai Entertainment has already obtained a license to release the movie on DVD.

Sales of Japanese animation software are depressed in the United States, but feature films and video game-based titles are still performing well. Other video game-based anime titles such as “Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children” and “Resident Evil: Degeneration” have been healthy.

For further details, visit (http://tekken-bloodvengeance.com/).

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