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J-POP 2012 Music Acts

New People has announced the dynamic musical line-up designed for “J-Pop Lovers” as part of the live programming for the 2012 J-POP Summit Festival. The annual cultural event, now in its fourth year and presented in association with the Japantown Merchants Association, will be held across San Francisco’s Japantown district on Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26th.

J-POP Summit Festival 2012 will feature FREE live performances for “J-Pop Lovers” by Kylee, The Akabane Vulgars, All Ages, Capital, and the Bay Area Girls. These live sets will take place on the main stage of Japantown’s spacious Peace Plaza, located across the street from the New People venue which is at 1746 Post St. Check the dates below for each performance. Additional live performers will be announced in coming days.

THE AKABANE VULGARS – Saturday, August 25th

The 2012 J-POP Summit Festival is pleased to welcome the first-ever West Coast appearance by The Akabane Vulgars On Strong Bypass, a bluesy, all-girl power trio hailing from Tokyo, Japan. The group, composed of sisters Yumi Uchizono on guitar and vocals and Miki Uchizono on bass, is joined by drummer Kei Sofue. The Akabane Vulgars formed while the members were still in high school and have gone on to enjoy a wide following in Japan with its unique brand of bluesy-rock vocals and soulful lyrics. The band is heavily influenced by Green Day, Joan Jett, The Beatles, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Japanese groups such as Blankey Jet City and Thee Michelle Gun Elephant. The Akabane Vulgars have released a self-produced CD, “The Rumps Smolder at the Gloom” as well as a 3-song EP, “We Need The Riot, Our Riot, Your Riot.” The band is preparing to record and release their full length debut on a U.S.-based record label later this year. More information on the band is available at: www.akabane-vulgars.com

 

Kylee – Sunday, August 26th

Kylee is an upbeat 18 year-old pop singer/songwriter born to an American father and Japanese mother. She is currently signed to Sony Music Japan and has become a fast-rising multi-cultural star that is developing a major following in both the U.S. and Japan. Kylee has been featured in the U.S. on the Today Show, and her second single, “missing/IT’S YOU,” released in 2010, was featured heavily in a commercial for online apparel retailer NISSEN. In 2011 she performed for an audience of more than 50,000 people at an official Major League Baseball game and also sang for President Barack Obama during a visit to her home state of Arizona earlier this year.  More information on Kylee is available at: www.facebook.com/kyleeofficialfanpage.

 

ALL AGES – Sunday, August 26th

The San Francisco-based rock band, All Ages, formed in 2005 and has thrived as a national and international live touring musical act. The band is heavily influenced by J-rock and has performed in Japan with preeminent acts such as The Pillows, Noodles, Red Bacteria Vacuum and many more. In 2008 All Ages was featured in the documentary “Pop! How Japanese Culture Took Over My Life”. All Ages opened The Pillows’ 2011 NAP TOUR and Red Bacteria Vacuums’ California tour in June of 2012. All Ages recently released the single “42 Sub Machine Guns,” now available on iTunes. More information on All Ages is available at: www.iloveallages.com

 

CAPITAL – Sunday, August 26th

Capital is a prolific artist/scholar from Los Angeles, already featured on over 20 albums ranging from rock to Japanese hip-hop to Brazilian electronica alongside artists such as Marco Bosco, Airto Moreira, Paulo Calasans, Swing Out Sister, Del the Funky Homosapien, DJ Nozawa and more. His latest release, FLOATS ON FLAT TIRES, combines Brazilian overtones with electronic beats. Capital has a master’s degree in J-Pop music research, and also speaks and sings fluent Japanese.  He has toured extensively in the U.S., Canada, Japan and Brazil and has performed at numerous music festivals including Japan’s massive Fuji Rock Festival. Capital’s performances also have been broadcast in Japan on Space Shower TV, and he recently performed live on KTLA’s “Good Day L.A.” More information on Capital is available at: http://www.capitalguitar.com

 

BAY AREA GIRLS – Sunday, August 26th

The Bay Area Girls are a dynamic all-girl rock band consisting of five talented 12 and 13 year olds. The girls first got together to perform at their school talent show, which then inspired them to take things to the next level to entertain people of all ages as a band. Their musical repertoire ranges from the likes of Joan Jett to Avril Lavine, Miley Cirus, Journey and Bob Markey. Among their notable gigs, the Bay Area Girls have performed a “Tribute to Armando Peraza” (the notable former Santana percussionist), as well as a performance at Yoshi’s in San Francisco with Pete Escovedo and Sheila E. Last year the girls performed at the 2011 J-POP Summit where they covered “Four Seasons,” by Japanese pop diva Namie Amuro! Catch their inspired set this year as they return to rock the 2012 J-POP Summit! More information on the Bay Area Girls is available at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bay-Area-Girls/139005686184005

A variety of other pop-inspired attractions including fashion shows, theatrical film premieres,  live art performances, celebrity appearances, and mini-concerts by some of Japan’s hottest bands are planned for the 2012 J-POP Summit both inside the NEW PEOPLE complex, and outdoors at the adjacent Peace Plaza. Innovative artists from Japan will join a variety of product merchants and food vendors from the Bay Area to offer an array of pop-inspired products and delicacies for sale in open air displays on both sides of Post Street, the main Japantown thoroughfare.

2012 J-POP Summit Presents Edgy Japanese Fashion Events

New People has announced an array of colorful fashion events scheduled to take place during the 2012 J-POP Summit Festival, which takes place across San Francisco’s Japantown district on Saturday and Sunday, August 25th and 26th. Catch the latest inspired designs from cutting edge Japanese brands such as Liz Lisa, h. NAOTO and Baby, The Stars Shine Bright as they stage several fun and free fashion shows and contests throughout the weekend. For event schedule, please visit www.j-pop.com.

The J-POP Summit Festival is honored to welcome Japanese fashion brand, Liz Lisa, for a first-ever appearance in the United States. Founded in the popular Tokyo shopping district of Shibuya, the Liz Lisa brand is built upon a fashion fusion of retro-meets-trendy, infused with a touch of feminine luxury and sensuality to accentuate the wearer’s charm and allure. During the 2012 J-POP Summit, Liz Lisa will host a pop-up boutique inside the NEW PEOPLE retail store offering an array of fashions and unique accessories for sale. Shoppers that spend at least $50 at the boutique will also enjoy free Liz Lisa eyelash makeup on-site by the brand’s official girls team that flying all the way from Tokyo to join in the festival.

Liz Lisa will also host a rose flower-inspired “Shibuya Girls Fashion Contest,” scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 25th at 1:00pm on the Main Pagoda Stage at Peace Plaza. Attendees that feel they that are the best example of a Shibya Fashionista are invited to participate in the contest and show their style at the J-POP Summit Festival! For entry information, check http://www.j-pop.com/2012/liz-lisa-fashion-contest. Prizes will include gorgeous Liz Lisa items. More information on Liz Lisa is available at: http://www.lizlisa.com/en.

Harajuku fashion will also bloom at the festival. Edgy Harajuku fashion brand, h. NAOTO has issued a call to potential female models to participate in their special live J-POP Summit fashion show showcasing the latest Autumn and Winter collections from the new FRILL and GRAMM clothing lines. The show will take place on Saturday, August 25th at3:00pmon the Main Pagoda Stage in Japantown’s Peace Plaza. FRILL is the brand’s new Lolita-inspired line, while GRAMM is h. NAOTO’s romantic and more organic, “mori” (meaning forest) girl-inspired brand. More information on h. NAOTO is available at: http://www.hnaoto.us.

The 2012 J-Pop Summit Welcomes Vocalekt Visions

New People celebrates the Vocaloid music phenomenon at the 2012 J-Pop Summit Festival as it welcomes Vocalekt Visions to present a special Vocaloid holographic live event, featuring virtual pop star Hatsune Miku, inside the New People Cinema on Saturday, August 25th. Two shows will be held, at 7:30pm and at 9:00pm; tickets are $15.00. Advance tickets and more information are available at: www.j-pop.com/2012/vocalekt-visions.

Vocalekt Visions is a unique concert troupe, which composes music using Vocaloid software and presents it as a “concert” using a unique HD projection system and special screen to give a smooth, lifelike holographic appearance to Vocaloid singers, as they would normally appear on stage. Also complementing the Vocalekt Visions concert with a live on-stage performance will be distinguished Vocaloid dancers from the Bay Area.

The 2012 J-POP Summit Festival will be held across San Francisco’s Japantown on Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26th.

J-Pop Summit Presents Real Escape Game x Evangelion In August

New People is co-presenting, along with creative company SCRAP, a brand new installment of “Real Escape Game,”  for the upcoming 2012 J-Pop Summit Festival, an all-day, weekend-long event taking place in San Francisco’s Japantown (presented in association with the Japantown Merchant Association) on Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26th. Multiple daily game sessions will be offered during the J-Pop Summit Festival on both Saturday and Sunday.

“The Real Escape Game,” is an inventive puzzle solving interactive game event, originally created in Japan, which requires players to cooperate and use their intuition and detective skills to solve multiple mysteries within a limited time.

For the J-Pop Summit Festival, a very special version of the game – “Real Escape Game x Evangelion: Escape from an Angel” – will be presented by New People, Real Escape Game creative company, SCRAP, along with Nippon Television and Evangelion licensor Ground Works. The game will begin inside the New People venue’s cinema and then move outdoors with participants seeking out clues, puzzles and hints that will be hidden throughout Japantown.

More than 10,000 people played the “Real Escape Game x Evangelion: Escape from an Angel” when it debuted in Japan last year.

Game Times For “Real Escape Game x Evangelion: Escape from an Angel ”
Saturday, August 25th:

11:00 AM, 11:45 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:15 PM, 2:00 PM, 2:45 PM, 3:30 PM, 4:15 PM

Sunday, August 26th:

11:00 AM, 11:45 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:15 PM, 2:00 PM, 2:45 PM, 3:30 PM, 4:15 PM

Early bird tickets are now available for $20 if purchased 30 days before event; Advance tickets are $25 if purchased 6 hours before event; Tickets at the door (subject to availability) are $30. Each game session lasts about 90 minutes. Advance tickets and complete game details are available at: http://regxeva.eventbrite.com.

**Note: The Game puzzles require no special skills or knowledge to solve; all puzzles can be solved with use of intuitive logic and deductive reasoning. All aspects of The Game will be conducted in English.

The game is built around the theme of a secret NERV outpost that is suddenly surrounded by hostiles. The operatives are trapped by a group of invisible “Angels.” Suddenly, a strange melody can be heard and a cryptic code comes through on MAGI. As NERV agent, you must now figure out how to escape from this mysterious place, if you can!

Information about the Festival is available at J-Pop.com and features regular updates. Additional official news alerts over the coming weeks will detail specific events, attractions, event partners and sponsors as well as Guest of Honor appearances. Additional information about Real Escape Game is available at RealEscapeGame.com.

New People In San Francisco Presents Evangelion Stamp Rally For 2012 J-Pop Summit

New People brings the latest Japanese game phenomenon to the U.S. for the 2012 J-POP Summit Festival as it participates in the first-ever Evangelion Worldwide Stamp-Rally. The 2012 J-POP Summit Festival takes place across San Francisco’s Japantown in cooperation with the Japantown Merchant Association on Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26th.

The Evangelion Worldwide Stamp-Rally is inspired by a popular summertime activity in Japan where players travel to different locations (usually train stations) to acquire special stamps, which are collected and often redeemed for prizes. The Evangelion Worldwide Stamp-Rally is a global event billed as the most difficult and longest distance stamp-rally in history. The Rally will be entered into the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records and will require players to secure specially-made Evangelion stamps from venues in Tokyo, Beijing and Paris, in addition to New People in San Francisco during the 2012 J-POP Summit Festival.

Players that secure stamps from all 4 international venues are eligible to win rare Evangelion collectables as prizes! Even for those who only collect stamps from Japan and one other country (France, USA, or China) can be eligible for a little special gift. More details about the prize collection will be announced in the near future.

Other participating cities/venues for the EVANGELION WOLRDWIDE STAMP-RALLY include:

Paris, France – 2012 Japan Expo, July 5th – 8th

Tokyo, Japan – Shiohaku 2012, NTV Tower Shiodome, July 25th – Aug. 26th

Beijing, China – ICAC: International Comic and Animation Convention, Nov. 3rd – 11th

The special Evangelion stamp station will be located at the U.S. Premiere of the Evangelion Pop-Up Museum, to be installed for the duration of the J-POP Summit (8/25 & 8/26) inside New People’s Superfrog Gallery. The accompanying stamp sheet will be given away at the same location (while supplies last). Even if you are unable to collect all four stamps, the stamp sheet with the San Francisco Evangelion design on it will become a wonderful collectable for fans.

New People’s spacious 3rd floor exhibit space will be transformed for a limited time to showcase an extensive collection of original concept and production art, character drawings and other key artifacts from the famed Evangelion 1.0 and 2.0 feature films. A variety of rare and valuable Evangelion books, toys and collectables, and other items will also be on display.

In the Evangelion: 1.0 and 2.0 films,fourteen year old Shinji Ikari is called the futuristic Tokyo-3 by his father who he hasn’t seen in more than eight years. His father reveals to him a gigantic humanoid weapons system that the special governmental agency has secretly developed to fight alien invaders called Angels. He enlists Shinji to pilot the giant artificial human Evangelion Unit One. In an explosive new storyline full of brutal action and primal emotion, a group of young pilots maneuver their towering, cyborg Eva Units into combat against a deadly and disturbing enemy.  The third film of the series, Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, is set for release in Japan this fall.

A variety of other pop-inspired attractions including fashion shows, theatrical film premieres,  live art performances, celebrity appearances, and mini-concerts by some of Japan’s hottest bands are planned for the 2012 J-POP Summit both inside the New People complex, and outdoors at the adjacent Peace Plaza. Innovative artists from Japan will join a variety of product merchants and food vendors from the Bay Area to offer an array of pop-inspired products and delicacies for sale in open air displays on both sides of Post Street, the main Japantown thoroughfare.

New People Entertainment Releases Japanese Sci-Fi Thriller Gantz On DVD And Blu-Ray

Official Press Release

NEW PEOPLE ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE JAPANESE SCI-FI THILLER GANTZ ON DVD AND BLU-RAY IN AUGUST

Sci-Fi Live-Action Film Based On Hit Anime/Manga Series Features Two Of The Biggest Stars Of Japanese Cinema

San Francisco, CA – August 2, 2011 – NEW PEOPLE Entertainment, a film division of NEW PEOPLE, Inc. that focuses on the licensing and distribution of Japanese films and media, will delight sci-fi, action and anime/manga fans across North America with the release of GANTZ on DVD (SRP $24.92) and Blu-ray/DVD combo-pack(SRP $29.99) on August 30th. The film, which is unrated, features both English and Japanese dialogue options and a bonus disc with an exclusive director’s interview and film trailers.

To celebrate the film’s release, a special screening of GANTZ is scheduled for Friday, August 26th at 7:00pm in San Francisco at NEW PEOPLE’s Cinema as part of the 2011 J-Pop Summit Festival. The film will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles. Get a great deal by purchasing a ticket bundle that also includes the brand-new DVD or Blu-ray plus a poster. Tickets and more information are available at http://www.newpeopleworld.com/films.

In addition, the San Francisco theatrical premiere of GANTZ II: Perfect Answer will also take place during the J-Pop Summit Festival on both Saturday, August 27th and Sunday August 28th. The film will also be shown in Japanese with English subtitles. Complete details on the J-Pop Summit are available at: www.J-Pop.com.

GANTZ is based on a hit manga series created by Hiroya Oku and stars leading Japanese actors Kazunari Ninomiya (Letters from Iwo Jima) and Kenichi Matsuyama (Death Note, Detroit Metal City). The film tells the story of two childhood friends that are accidentally killed while trying to save another man’s life. Rather than find themselves in the hereafter, however, they awaken in a strange apartment in which they find a mysterious black orb they come to know as “GANTZ.” Along with similar abductees, they are provided with equipment and weaponry and manipulated into playing a kind of game in which they are sent back out to the greater world to do battle with alien beings, all while never quite knowing whether this game is an illusion or their new reality.

GANTZ first thrilled domestic audiences when we presented the film theatrically in a special one-night-only premiere at over 300 movie theatres nationally earlier this year that was attended by thousands of people across North America,” says Seiji Horibuchi, President and CEO of NEW PEOPLE, Inc. “Anticipation has risen steadily since then and fans now have the exclusive opportunity to own the film on DVD and Blu-ray with our release on August 30th. GANTZ features two of the biggest stars in Japanese cinema and remains true to the innovative storyline from the original manga series. Fans won’t want to miss this exciting release and stay tuned for news coming soon on the upcoming release of the film’s action-packed sequel, GANTZ II: Perfect Answer!”

Kazunari Ninomiya, best known in America for his role in Clint Eastwood’s 2006 blockbuster, Letters from Iwo Jima, is both an actor and a singer. He is also world-renowned as a member of the Japanese boy band “Arashi,” which topped Japan’s music charts in 2009 with the three best-selling singles.

Kenichi Matsuyama is currently one of the most sought-after actors in Japanese film and he has won several awards including Japanese Academy Awards Best New Actor (2007) and Most Popular Actor (2009). Matsuyama is widely recognized for his part as L in Death Note (2006), Death Note II: the Last Name (2006) and Death Note: L, change the WorLd (2008) and also for his portrayal of Johannes Krauser II in the outlandish rock and roll comedy, Detroit Metal City (2009).

About NEW PEOPLE, Inc.
Based in San Francisco, California, NEW PEOPLE, Inc. (www.newpeopleworld.com) offers the latest films, art, fashion and retail brands from Japan through its unique entertainment destination as well as through licensing and distribution of selective Japanese films. NEW PEOPLE Entertainment (www.newpeopleent.com), a film division of NEW PEOPLE, Inc. strives to offer the most entertaining motion pictures straight from the “Kingdom of Pop” for audiences of all ages, especially the manga and anime generation, in North America. Some titles include DEATH NOTE, GANTZ, KAMIKAZE GIRLS, and THE TASTE OF TEA.

Gantz 2 Live Action Japanese SciFi Film Showing During Comic-Con

Official Press Release

THEATRICAL SCREENINGS OF LIVE ACTION SCI-FI THRILLER GANTZ AND GANTZ II: PERFECT ANSWER ANNOUNCED BY NEW PEOPLE ENTERTAINMENT

Japanese Sci-Fi Live-Action Film And New Sequel Based On Hit Anime/Manga Series Set To Screen In San Diego During 2011 Comic-Con

San Francisco, CA, July 18, 2011 – NEW PEOPLE Entertainment, a film division of NEW PEOPLE, Inc. that focuses on the licensing and distribution of Japanese films and media, has announced a series of special theatrical screenings of the live action sci-fi thriller GANTZ and its sequel, GANTZ II: Perfect Answer, at the Pacific Gaslamp 15 Theatres in San Diego, CA.

GANTZ screens on Friday, July 22nd at 6:00pm and 9:00pm, while GANTZ II: Perfect Answer screens on Saturday, July 23rd at 6:00pm and also at 9:00pm. Both films will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles. The film screenings will take place during the 2011 Comic-Con International, the country’s largest comic book, science fiction and pop culture event, which takes place at the nearby San Diego Convention Center.

Tickets to the GANTZ screenings are now available for online purchase at www.fandango.com/gaslampstadium_aaeet/theaterpage?date=7/22/2011. Seating is extremely limited to advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.  Tickets are $15.00 each.

GANTZ is based on a popular manga series created by Hiroya Oku. The ongoing 31-volume sci-fi action epic is a bestseller in Japan with sales exceeding 16 million copies and is also published in North America by Dark Horse Comics. Both films star leading Japanese actors Kazunari Ninomiya (Letters from Iwo Jima) and Kenichi Matsuyama (Death Note, Detroit Metal City).

NEW PEOPLE Entertainment plans to release the first GANTZ film on DVD and Blu-ray on August 30th. The release will include both English and Japanese dialogue options and a bonus disc with an exclusive director’s interview.

“Audiences will be in for a thrill with the kinetic big screen action of these films with elements that remain true to the original manga comic and anime series as well as an exciting original storyline for the second film,” says Seiji Horibuchi, President and CEO of NEW PEOPLE Inc. “Ever since the U.S. premiere of the first GANTZ film in January, legions of fans asked us when the sequel would be released. Comic-Con provides the ideal backdrop for these screenings and we’ll be teaming up with Dark Horse Comics to do some special promotions during the convention. Stay tuned for more details coming later this month on this exciting film event!”

In the first GANTZ film, Kei Kurono and his childhood friend, Masaru Kato, attempt to save a man who has fallen onto the train tracks but are run down by an oncoming train. However, rather than finding themselves dead, they are transported to a strange apartment in which they find a mysterious black orb known as ‘GANTZ’. Along with others there, they are provided weaponry and sent on missions to battle alien beings and gain “points”. Is this world, which tests your will to survive, a game or reality?

How will we face the end? The GANTZ saga meets its ultimate conclusion in GANTZ II: Perfect Answer, which offers an intensely gripping story-line yet to be known to even readers of the original manga series. Determined to resurrect his friends who have died on previous missions, Kei and other members trapped in the world of GANTZ aim to score the 100 points needed to break through and regain their freedom. But with the emergence of a mysterious man investigating the Gantz members, Gantz begins to act up and the next target shocks the members. Some fight for love, some for justice but what will each member sacrifice?

About NEW PEOPLE, Inc.
Based in San Francisco, California, NEW PEOPLE, Inc. (www.newpeopleworld.com) offers the latest films, art, fashion and retail brands from Japan through its unique entertainment destination as well as through licensing and distribution of selective Japanese films. NEW PEOPLE Entertainment (www.newpeopleent.com), a film division of NEW PEOPLE, Inc. strives to offer the most entertaining motion pictures straight from the “Kingdom of Pop” for audiences of all ages, especially the manga and anime generation, in North America. Some titles include DEATH NOTE, GANTZ, KAMIKAZE GIRLS, and THE TASTE OF TEA.

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