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Geneon To Bring Appleseed to the World

Geneon Ent. has acquired worldwide theatrical and home video rights from Micott & Basara to anime feature APPLESEED. The pact excludes Japan and South Korea. North American theatrical distribution is scheduled for late summer. The film will mark the debut of Geneon Films, which will focus on marketing and distributing Japanese and Asian live-action and animated features around the globe.

In addition, Geneon has acquired North American and European distribution rights for TETSUJIN 28TH. The company has released the anime masterpiece AKIRA, PATLABOR WXIII and the Japanese blockbuster hit ONMYOJI.

Based on the manga story by Masamune Shirow (GHOST IN THE SHELL) and directed by Shinji Aramaki (BUBBLEGUM CRISIS), APPLESEED features a groundbreaking animation style, "3D live anime," utilizing motion capture animation techniques. APPLESEED was released theatrically in Japan earlier this year.

"Long before its debut during the American Film Market in February, the buzz about APPLESEED has grown at a rapid rate," said Yosuke Kobayashi, president/ceo, Geneon Ent. "The animation style is like none other, and anime gurus, curious fans and general audiences will be attracted to this amazing sci-fi adventure."

Set in the year 2131, after most of the world has been devastated by war, APPLESEED chronicles the battle between mankind and bioroids, a race of cybernetic pseudo-clones designed to aid humans in domestic capacities. But when ideologies flare and aggression rises to the surface, the thin veneer of peaceful coexistence is shattered.

Geneon Ent. (USA) Inc. (www.Geneon-Ent.Com) is a full-service producer and distributor of entertainment content including film, music, animation and television shows on VHS, DVD and CD. Headquartered in Long Beach, California, Geneon Entertainment's parent company is Tokyo-based advertising giant Dentsu, Inc.

Dentsu Inc., founded in 1901, is the largest advertising agency brand and the fifth largest marketing and communications organization in the world. Based in Tokyo, Dentsu offers national, multinational and global clients advertising and marketing services through its unique "Total Communications Services" approach.

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