San Francisco, CA, May 13, 2015 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, delivers the kinetic big screen punch of the seventh climactic anime movie in the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN saga – THE LAST: NARUTO THE MOVIE – to Latin America for a series of theatrical releases in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Peru.
The NARUTO entertainment property enjoys widespread popularity across Latin America. VIZ Media has teamed with prominent partners such as ClaroVideo, Bandai Namco Games, and publisher, Panini, to develop NARUTO SHIPPUDEN into strong multimedia brands supported by print, video, and gaming products localized for burgeoning Latin American markets.
VIZ Media is the master licensor for NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN. The company publishes the bestselling manga (graphic novel), licenses the brand for consumer products, and distributes the popular anime series and feature films in North and Latin America and also licenses localization for multiple international territories.
THE LAST: NARUTO THE MOVIE features the epic, big screen adventures of ninja, Naruto Uzumaki. It will be presented with original Japanese dialogue with Spanish subtitles (a Portuguese dub with English subtitles will also be offered in Brazil); run time is 112 minutes. THE LAST: NARUTO THE MOVIE will premiere in:
Release Date Territory Local Theatrical Partner
May 14th Chile Andes Films
May 14th Peru Andes Films
May 28th Brazil PlayArte
May 28th Mexico Cinepolis
June 4th Argentina DSX Films
Screenings in additional territories will be announced.
“NARUTO resonates with a global audience, and in conjunction with our Latin American media partners, the property has captivated fervent legions of fans” says Stephane Hellin, Senior Animation Licensing Manager, Latin America. “THE LAST: NARUTO THE MOVIE is a pulse-racing adventure that has our ninja hero facing the most dangerous mission he has ever undertaken! We invite audiences throughout Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Peru to attend these upcoming screenings and we look forward to announcing dates in additional territories soon!”
The NARUTO SHIPPUDEN anime series is currently streaming throughout Latin America via ClaroVideo and Netflix, and in Brazil, broadcast via PlayTV. In addition, VIZ Media’s local broadcast, home media and theatrical distribution partners for NARUTO SHIPPUDEN include: in Argentina – DSX Films (theatrical distribution); in Brazil – PlayArte (home video & theatrical distribution) and PlayTV (cable/pay TV distribution); in Chile – Edisur and Andes Films (theatrical distribution), Etc. TV (cable/pay TV distribution); in Mexico – KOKUBAN and Cinepolis (theatrical distribution); in Peru – Edisur and Andes Films (theatrical distribution)
THE LAST: NARUTO THE MOVIE is based on the internationally bestselling NARUTO manga series created by Masashi Kishimoto. In the film, the moon is approaching dangerously close to Earth! Unless something is done, the moon will disintegrate, showering the earth with gigantic meteorites. As the clock ticks towards the end of the world, can Naruto save the earth from this crisis?
In the NARUTO manga and animated series, Naruto Uzumaki wants to be the best ninja in the land. He’s done well so far, but Naruto knows he must train harder than ever and leaves his village for intense exercises that will push him to his limits. NARUTO SHIPPUDEN begins two and a half years later, when Naruto returns to find that everyone has been promoted up the ninja ranks – except him. Sakura’s a medic ninja, Gaara’s advanced to Kazekage, and Kakashi…well he remains the same. But pride isn’t necessarily becoming of a ninja, especially when Naruto realizes that Sasuke never returned from his search for Orochimaru. Plus, the mysterious Akatsuki organization is still an ever-present danger. As Naruto finds out more about the Akatsuki’s goals, he realizes that nothing in his universe is as it seems. Naruto is finding that he’s older, but will he also prove wiser and stronger?
Additional information on NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN is available at www.Naruto.com.
For more information on manga titles available from VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.