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PR: FUNimation Entertainment and The Bigger Picture Launch Foreign Exchange Program

by on February 4, 2008

One Piece Movie 8: The Desert Princess and The Pirates Adventures in Alabasta debuts Thursday, February 7, in an exclusive run in 98 theatres nationwide. From the popular manga and the series currently airing on Cartoon Network comes the eighth movie from the One Piece tale. Six pirates may be all that stands between salvation and total destruction. The island kingdom of Alabasta is about to erupt in civil war – a war engineered by Crocodile, one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea, and his criminal organization Baroque Works. Monkey D. Luffy, his Straw Hat pirates and Princess Vivi race to the island, where the strongest warriors of Baroque Works wait to stop them.

The Foreign Exchange program will present two other Japanese films this month, including:

2/14/08 – 2/17/08
Vexille — Director Fumihiko Sori and the team behind the 2004 big-screen version of “Appleseed” have reunited to create Vexille. In addition, Paul Oakenfold of The Matrix Reloaded has created the score for the film written by Haruka Handa. A dark, futuristic CGI anime about illegal robotics research and set in 2067 Japan , the story follows Japan ‘s isolation after the United Nations bans further research on robotic technology out of concerns of a threat to mankind. The U.S. has intelligence that Japan is developing the banned technology and dispatches a team led by a female commander named Vexille on a secret mission to determine Japan ‘s ambitions.

2/21/08 – 2/24/08
Genghis Khan – To the Ends of the Earth and Sea (released as Aoki Ookami, 2007) — This full-scale Japanese epic follows the life of Genghis Khan, founder of the Mongolian Empire who took the throne in 1206. The film, adapted from a novel by Seiichi Morimura, covers Genghis’ life, his battles and his loves. The infamous historical figure was brought to life by director by Shinichiro Sawai.

FUNimation Entertainment is bringing all three films to DVD in 2008.

For more information and to find theatre locations and show times in your area please visit www.funimationfilms.com.

FUNimation® Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is a brand management company and one of the nation’s leading independent home video entertainment companies. FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution.

The Bigger Picture is a leader in the digital distribution of movies targeted to specific audiences. The programs include Kidtoons, G-rated movies for kids on the weekends, anime films for teen and college audiences, inspirational faith-based movies, and High Octane Sports. The Bigger Picture has released 40+ movies digitally. The company is a subsidiary of Access Integrated Technologies, Inc. (AccessIT).

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