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"Negadon: The Monster from Mars" Attacks Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Award-Winning “Negadon,” “Kakurenbo,” and “Cat Soup” Are Set To Play At Albuquerque’s Guild Cinema

New York, NY (May 17, 2006) – Leading North American anime publisher Central Park Media announced today that its highly anticipated computer-generated monster movie Negadon: The Monster From Mars along with Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek and Cat Soup, two additional award-winning Central Park Media films, will play for a limited theatrical run at The Guild Cinema in Albuquerque, New Mexico at 11 PM on Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27.??”We’ve seen a very positive response to the films’ New York run, and we’re delighted to expand Negadon, Kakurenbo, and Cat Soup to additional cities,” Central Park Media Marketing Manager Peter Tatara said. “We hope New Mexico anime, animation, and independent film fans will take this opportunity to witness three of Japan’s most stunning animations at The Guild Cinema.”??”The Guild Cinema is committed to showing a wide diversity of independent and creative cinema that includes the incredible phenomena of anime and Negadon fits right in with that,” Guild Cinema Co-Owner Keif Henley stated.??More Negadon, Kakurenbo, and Cat Soup information will be posted at www.guildcinema.com in the near future.

About Negadon: The Monster From Mars: Directed by Jun Awazu from his original script and rendered in staggeringly realistic computer graphics, Negadon: The Monster From Mars pays homage to a wide variety of 1950’s and 60’s Japanese monster movies such as Godzilla, Mothra, and other classics which first brought global attention to Japan’s then-emerging post-war feature film industry. Negadon, the world’s first completely computer-generated monster movie, was in production for almost three years and required the invention of special rendering algorithms to reproduce a 1950’s style look. Unleashed in Japan in October 2005, Negadon won the Outstanding Production Award at the 2006 Digital Contents Grand Prix and was named a Jury Recommended Work at the 2006 Japan Media Arts Festival. Central Park Media will be releasing Negadon this summer on DVD. Run time: 26 minutes.??For more information about Negadon, visit www.negadonattacks.com. In addition, visit www.negadonattacks.com/gallery.html for downloadable artwork and www.negadonattacks.com/press/ for the Negadon electronic press kit.

About Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek: The first film from the studio YAMATOWORKS, Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek is a revolutionary computer-generated horror film with the look and feel of traditional, hand drawn animation. Kakurenbo tells the story of a taboo game of hide & seek between children and monsters and a boy, Hikora, who plays this forbidden game to find his sister. Kakurenbo won the Outstanding Production Award at the 2005 Tokyo Anime Fair and Best Short Film at the 2005 Fantasia Film Festival. For more on Kakurenbo, visit www.centralparkmedia.com/kakurenbo. Run time: 25 minutes.

About Cat Soup: When little kitten Nyaako’s soul is stolen by Death, she and her brother Nyatta embark on a bizarre journey to reclaim it. In the surreal dreamscape of the Other Side, they encounter fantastic characters and remarkable, often disturbing adventures. From a hallucinatory sea voyage to a rambunctious carnival, the two kittens travel far from home and discover just how strange life and death can be. Cat Soup won the Excellence Award at the 2001 Japan Media Arts Festival and Best Short Film at the 2001 Fantasia Film Festival. For more on Cat Soup, visit www.centralparkmedia.com/catsoup. Run time: 34 minutes.

About Central Park Media: Central Park Media is a 16-year-old Manhattan-based independent video and book publisher focused on Japanese and Korean animation and graphic novels. Central Park Media has been a leading supplier of anime in the United States since 1990, and a major publisher of manga since 1994. The company currently manufactures and distributes animated video programming under several label names, including US Manga Corps, Be Beautiful, Software Sculptors and Central Park Media, as well as live-action Asian feature films under its Asia Pulp Cinema label. ??With exclusive rights to hundreds of graphic novels, the company has become a leading North American publisher of Japanese manga and Korean manhwa. Among CPM’s fan-favorite graphic novel titles are Lee Hyun Se’s Nambul (the best-selling manhwa in Korean publishing history), and Kia Asamiya’s Dark Angel. Under its Be Beautiful imprint, the company also publishes popular yaoi manga such as the best-selling Kizuna: Bonds of Love (the best-selling yaoi title in Japanese publishing history). Visit www.centralparkmedia.com, www.cpmpress.com and www.bebeautifulmanga.com for more information.

The Guild Cinema: Albuquerque’s oldest still-running movie theater (since 1966) and the only independently owned art house in Albuquerque, The Guild Cinema is located at 3405 Central NE in the Nob Hill area two blocks west of Carlisle. Free parking in the dirt parking lot at Tulane and Central. Visit www.GuildCinema.com or call 505-255-1848 for more information.

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