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Shout! Factory Debuts Digital Web Series BUSHIDO MAN

TIMED TO COINCIDE WITH THE UPCOMING HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASE

OF ACTION-PACKED FEATURE BUSHIDO MAN: SEVEN DEADLY BATTLES


In conjunction with the upcoming home entertainment release of BUSHIDO MAN: SEVEN DEADLY BATTLES, Shout! Factory is launching a digital web series BUSHIDO MAN to target online martial arts enthusiasts. BUSHIDO MAN tells the thrilling story of a Japanese martial arts warrior and his seven epic battles against Japan’s most legendary fighters of various disciplines: kung fu, stick, knife, sword, nunchaku, firearm, and special weapons. The 8 episode web series showcases each fight as well as the final battle. Presented by Shout! Factory, the web series premieres Monday, May 26, with a new episode running every Monday on shoutfactory.com and Shout! Factory’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/shoutfactory). BUSHIDO MAN: SEVEN DEADLY BATTLES arrives on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD on June 10, 2014.

WATCH EPISODE ONE: KUNG FU:

“The web series and the feature film tell the same story, but in the style that is conducive to the audience and the medium” says Gene Pao, VP of Digital Media at Shout! Factory. “Whereas the feature film tells the story within the setting of a two-hour movie presentation, the web series is faster paced, and tells the story through a series of three to four minute segments. The web series does not replace packaged media (DVD/Blu-ray); we believe that the two are complementary. The feature-length movie presentation provides additional context and allows the viewer to fully appreciate the story lines and themes of the film. The web series is meant to highlight the action scenes and key parts of the film that can be enjoyed over and over. Bushido Man presents a unique opportunity to experiment with storytelling on two very different types of media, and we believe that fans will enjoy both versions.”

Boasting a large cult following in Japan, Germany and a festival favorite at the 2013 Fantasia International Film Festival, the feature film BUSHIDO MAN: SEVEN DEADLY BATTLES is a wildly entertaining action comedy that combines hard-hitting martial arts fight sequences and visceral action with plenty of surprises. Incredibly choreographed fights encompassing seven different disciplines make this the action movie of choice for summer home viewing. Writer/Director Takanori Tsujimoto (Red Tears and Hard Revenge, Milly: Bloody Battle) reteams with renowned action choreographer Kensuke Sonomura (Resident Evil: Degeneration) and martial arts expert/action star Mitsuki Koga for his best film to date.

In addition to the action sequences, BUSHIDO MAN: SEVEN DEADLY BATTLES peppers in mouth-watering interludes at assorted eateries, making the film a mini-travelogue for foodies with a fondness for fisticuffs. Toramaru’s (Koga) philosophy dictates that Gensai “know the enemy by eating his food” and each masterfully-choreographed fight is preceded by a helping of his adversary’s favorite dish. Writer/director Tsujimoto serves up a winner, seven times over!

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