Official Press Release
York Comic Con (NYCC) revealed earlier in the month that maverick Japanese director Takashi Miike and superstar actor and pop star Sho Sakurai will attend New York Comic Con and present the World Premiere of their upcoming feature film, Yatterman. The news of Yatterman's premiere and Miike and Sakurai's appearances quickly spread throughout the media, talked about by press and fans from America to Japan. NYCC today revealed updates and additional information about Yatterman, Miike, and Sakurai's events at NYCC.
Meet Yatterman Star Sho Sakurai
2:45 PM, Friday, February 6, Yatterman / Nikkatsu Booth (#1315) (Jacob Javits Center)
Star of Yatterman and Japan's top pop idol Sho Sakurai makes a rare personal appearance for his fans, many of whom have come from very far away to see him. Stop by the booth to hear his personal greeting to his fans and to get a glimpse at one of Japan's top stars. (Please note that Sakurai's time will be limited and that his appearance is subject to change or cancellation for security reasons. All photography and video recording of Sakurai is strictly prohibited, and he is unable to sign autographs at this time.)
Booth #1315 (Jacob Javits Center)
Get a glimpse of Yatterman all weekend long at the Nikkatsu booth on the New York Comic Con show floor. Additionally, on Friday, February 6, tickets for that night's 8:00 pm World Premiere screening of Yatterman will be distributed free to fans beginning promptly at 3:00 â€” ask a booth staff member for your ticket. (Ticket numbers are limited and do not guarantee movie admission.)
4:00 PM, Friday, February 6, IGN Theater (Jacob Javits Center)
Fans have been waiting for Takashi Miike to create a giant robot movie for years, and finally it's here! Takashi Miike will premiere the first nine minutes of Yatterman for the first time anywhere in the world at NYCC's Yatterman panel and then speak about the film and take questions from fans in a panel moderated by Subway Cinema.
4:00 PM, Friday, February 6, IGN Theater (Jacob Javits Center)
Following the Yatterman panel, director Takashi Miike will be signing autographs for fans for a limited time. Sakurai will not be signing autographs at NYCC.
Yatterman World Premiere
8:00 PM, Friday, February 6, Directors Guild Theater (110 West 57th Street)
This is it! The first time the brand-new, live-action, Japanese feature film Yatterman is screened anywhere in the world, and New York Comic Con, Subway Cinema, and Nikkatsu are all thrilled to open this event to fans. Free tickets to the Yatterman premiere will be distributed to fans on Friday, February 6 at the Nikkatsu booth (#1315), starting at 3:00 pm. Takashi Miike and Sho Sakurai will both be present at this special event. Please note, though, that Sakurai's appearance is subject to change or cancellation for security reasons. Tickets are subject to limited availability and access to the cinema is on a strictly first-come, first-served basis; arrive early to guarantee your seat. Note that no cameras or recording devices will be allowed inside the DGA Theater.
"New York Comic Con is excited to welcome Miike, Sakurai, and Yatterman to New York," NYCC Programming Manager Peter Tatara said. "We know plans have changed since our original announcement, and we hope fans understand the reason for these changes. Not present in New York Comic Con's revised Yatterman plans are Sho Sakurai's autographing signing and a second screening of Yatterman, originally scheduled for Saturday night. Both of these events have been canceled due to security concerns. We know fans have been clamoring for more information and more access to Sakurai, and NYCC has been working with all our partners to make this a possibility, but there are some security issues we cannot get around, and as such, we have to announce this revised schedule."
The world premiere of Yatterman would not be possible without the tremendous support of Nikkatsu, Subway Cinema and The Kitano Hotel, the official hotel sponsor for the event.
For more information about Yatterman and along with other premieres and events at New York Comic Con, visit www.newyorkcomiccon.com and www.mediumatlarge.net.
Fans have been waiting for Takashi Miike (Audition, Ichi the Killer, Sukiyaki Western Django) to create a giant robot movie for years, and finally it's here. Starring Sho Sakurai, Yatterman is the story of two teenagers who run a high-tech toy shop which serves as a cover for their crime-busting exploits as a pair of masked super heroes. Miike's Yatterman is based on a classic anime series created by Tatsuo Yoshida (founder of anime studio Tatsunoko Productions, which produced Speed Racer, Battle of the Planets, Casshern and Macross). Yoshida's Yatterman originally premiered in 1977 and ran for 108 wildly popular episodes and was long considered by Miike as one of his dream projects. It was revived in 2008 as a crowd-pleasing television series, and now it hits the big screen as Nikkatsu's Spring tentpole action blockbuster. With a massive budget and character and mecha designs by Katsuya Terada of Blood: The Last Vampire and Cutie Honey, it's an over-the-top ride that, par for the course for director Miike, promises to turn the giant robot movie on its mechanical head.
ABOUT TAKASHI MIIKE:
Born in 1960, Takashi Miike served as an assistant director to legendary filmmaker Shohei Imamura and later worked primarily in the direct-to-video V-Cinema industry before the one-two punch of Audition and Dead or Alive made his name on the international film festival circuit in 2000. Turning out literally dozens of movies, television episodes and V-Cinema productions over the next few years, Miike has directed everything from the ultra-violent Ichi the Killer, to taboo-busting sex films (Visitor Q), to teen pop star vehicles (Andromedia), and even musicals (Happiness of the Katakuris) and lavish westerns (Sukiyaki Western Django). Among Miike's many Western fans are directors Quentin Tarantino, who appeared in Sukiyaki Western Django, and Eli Roth, who cast Miike as a sadistic customer in Hostel.
ABOUT SHO SAKURAI:
Starting his career with the popular talent management agency Johnny & Associates, Sho Sakurai is the singer of the J-Pop group Arashi. Every Monday he presents a special news segment on NTV's News Zero, and he was NTV's main on-air correspondent covering the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Born in 1982, he is already a veteran of seven films (including a live action adaptation of the popular manga series Honey & Clover) and over 15 television dramas, as well as two stage musicals, including West Side Story, in which he played Tony.
ABOUT NEW YORK COMIC CON:
New York Comic Con is the East Coast's biggest and most exciting popular culture convention. Our show floor plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. Our panels and autograph sessions give fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators. Our screening rooms feature sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either big or small screens. And with dedicated professional hours, New York Comic Con is a market place, bringing together the major players in the entertainment industry. New York Comic Con is the second largest pop culture convention in America and the only one that takes place in the comic book, publishing, media, and licensing capital of the world -- Gotham City. Further information can be found at newyorkcomiccon.com.
ABOUT SUBWAY CINEMA:
Subway Cinema is a New York-based film programming, exhibition, and marketing collective, committed to increasing exposure and appreciation for Asia's popular cinema with year-round events and screenings. Its annual event is the New York Asian Film Festival, a celebration of the latest and greatest pop masterpieces from across Asia that the New York Times has called, â€œ...one of the city's most valuable cultural events.â€ Now in its ninth year, the New York Asian Film Festival will land at the IFC Center and the Japan Society this summer from June 19 â€“ July 5, 2009 like some kind of crazy, happy time UFO. For more information please go to www.subwaycinema.com
ABOUT REED EXHIBITIONS:
The New York Comic Con is operated by Reed Exhibitions, the world's leading events organizer. In 2007, Reed brought together over six million industry professionals from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today, Reed events are held in 38 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia and organized by 39 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a FTSE-100 company and world-leading publisher and information provider. In 2006, Reed Elsevier made adjusted profit before taxation of Â£1,052 million on turnover of Â£5,398 million.