NAMCO BANDAI GAMES ANNOUNCES DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT WITH KAZÉ FOR DVD OF‘TEKKEN™: BLOOD VENGEANCE’ FILM

FOR IMMEDIATE

RELEASE

- Signing Friday 1 st July and Special Appearance Saturday 2 nd July by TEKKEN Project Leader Katsuhiro Harada at Japan Expo, Paris -

LYON, FRANCE– 30th June 2011– NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe today announced that Kazé (Viz Media Group), Europe’s leading publisher and distributor of anime, will be its distribution partner for the DVD of the forthcoming full-length computer animated feature film TEKKEN™: Blood Vengeance . In advance of the film’s DVD release this autumn, NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe is organizing a series of exclusive screenings of the film across Europe on July 27 th. For more information on a screening near you, please contact your NAMCO BANDAI Games PR representative.

To help mark the film’s forthcoming release, Mr. TEKKEN himself, Katsuhiro Harada, is attending Japan Expo 2011 in Paris this week to meet fans and talk about the project. On Friday 1 st July at 11:00 Harada-san will host a signing session for fans in Signing Room 3, and on Saturday 2 nd July at 15:30 he will make another signing session on the Kazé stand BE02 Hall 5A to talk about the film. Japan Expo 2011 takes place from June 30 th to July 3 rd at Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, France. For more information visit www.japan-expo.com.

Set in the TEKKEN universe with its rich characters and history, TEKKEN: Blood Vengeance is produced by Digital Frontier (Resident Evil: Degeneration, Death Note and Appleseed) with the screenplay written by Dai Sato (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Cowboy Bebop). Directing the project is Youichi Mouri, director of the opening movies for both Tekken 5 and Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion. The film’s music is created by Hitoshi Sakimoto (Revolter, Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen and Final Fantasy Tactics), the renowned Japanese composer responsible for the music in over 150 games, and whose other credits include anime projects and TV commercials.

With audio in English, French, German, Italian and Japanese, TEKKEN: Blood Vengeance will bring the TEKKEN universe to dazzling life in a full length computer animated movie, giving fans the chance to immerse themselves deeper than ever in the compelling universe and discover what really motivates the complex characters as they sign up for each new King of Iron Fist Tournament.

The European distribution of the DVD release of TEKKEN™: Blood Vengeance by Kazé is separate from the recently announced TEKKEN Hybrid Blu-ray, which is scheduled for launch in November 2011 exclusively for PlayStation®3. TEKKEN Hybrid is a collection featuring the new full-length 3D compatible feature film  TEKKEN™: Blood Vengeance 3D, the timeless TEKKEN smash hit game TEKKEN ® Tag Tournament HD, and additional content yet to be announced.

To keep up to date with everything going on in the TEKKEN universe, join the global TEKKEN family today at http://www.facebook.com/tekken.

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About TEKKEN

Created and published worldwide by NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc., the TEKKEN™ fighting game series is among the world’s most popular and well-known gaming brands with franchise sales of more than 40million units to date. Originally a 1994 arcade game, subsequent titles have been released for PS one®, PlayStation®2, PlayStation®3, PlayStation®Portable, Wonder Swan, Game Boy™ Advance and Xbox 360®. The series is renowned for the visual style of its many characters including Heihachi Mishima, Jin Kazama, and Anna Williams, and for its martial arts-based combat set in the universe of the King of Iron Fist Tournament. Forthcoming titles include TEKKEN™ Tag Tournament 2 for Arcade, TEKKEN™ 3D for Nintendo 3DS™, TEKKEN™ for Wii U, and two games being produced in collaboration with Capcom, Street Fighter™ X TEKKEN™ and TEKKEN™ X Street Fighter™, which will see characters from each game enter the universe of their rivals to settle old scores.  For more information go to www.tekken.com.

About NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe S.A.S.

NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe S.A.S., part of NAMCO BANDAI Holdings Inc., is a leading global publisher and developer of interactive content for platforms including all major video game consoles and PC, with marketing and sales operations in 50 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australasia.  The company is known for creating and publishing many of the industry’s top video game franchises, including PAC-MAN™, Tekken™, SOULCALIBUR™, NARUTO™, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™, Dragon Ball®, GALAGA™, RIDGE RACER™ and ACE COMBAT™.  More information about the company and its products can be found at www.namcobandaigames.eu or  www.facebook.com/namcobandaigames.europe.

About Kazé

Kazé is the leading European company in the ever-growing segment of japanese animation. Founded in 1994, the company  is strong with theatrical and DVD releases, Music production, VoD, TV, as well as book publishing.

Active all over Europe, in France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, TheNetherlands and Italy, Kaze has integrated all means of operation : publishing, marketing, communication, event management, distribution, graphic design and manufacturing.

With a catalog of more than 150 titles and over 1.000 hours of programming, Kaze is presently the most important and diversified japanese animation catalogue in Europe, with  critically-acclaimed programs such as Hotaru no Kaka, Lodoss War, Nana, Bleach, Monster, The Girl who Leapt through Time.

Kazé joined in 2009 Viz Media Europe, subsidiary Company of the main manga and anime publishing companies of Japan, Shogakukan et Shueisha.

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