SAN FRANCISCO — New People Entertainment, a film division of New People Inc. that focuses on the licensing and distribution of Japanese films and media, has announced the beta launch of its own exclusive web channel where audiences will be able to instantly stream a variety of the company’s films and content.
New People’s online channel is now available at www.newpeoplechannel.com. Films are $2.99 for a 48-hour rental.
“The launch of the New People Web Channel provides a versatile and secure portal that we look to expand in coming months to include additional genres like science fiction, drama, comedies and other acclaimed Japanese live-action film titles,” says Seiji Horibuchi, president and CEO of New People Inc. “We invite audiences to explore the acclaimed artist documentaries that offer captivating insights into the lives and work of some of Japan’s greatest modern artists.”
The channel launches with the following New People Artist Series documentaries. Additional titles are set to be announced shortly.
• “Yayoi Kusama: I Love ME” (2008, 102 minutes). The avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama is the queen of polka dots. Become a witness to a genius at work as she diligently completes her series of 50 large monochrome drawings and enter her world with never a dull moment. Directed by Takako Matsumoto.
• “Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog of Tokyo” (2001, 84 minutes). Follow the charismatic photographer Daido Moriyama as he takes his first digital photos and observe his style of quick snapshots without looking in the finder. His stark and high contrast black-and-white images symbolize his fervent lifestyle. Directed by Kenjiro Fujii.
• “Hisashi Tenmyouya: Samurai Nouveau” (2006, 80 minutes). A graphic designer turned contemporary artist, Hisashi Tenmyouya brings his own style of neo-traditional Japanese painting to the art world. He reveals his soul through melding of modern urban subjects with traditional methods of painting. Directed by Go Ishizaki.
• “Makoto Aida: Cynic in the Playground” (2003, 98 minutes). Known for his diverse and controversial works in various media, Makoto Aida shares his work and private life as he creates his “Human Project” and “Shinjuku Castle.” Through his creative process, his unique character surfaces. Directed by Yusuke Tamari.
• “Katsura Funakoshi: Whispering Gaze” (2004, 98 minutes). Witness the visionary sculptor Katsura Funakoshi as he breathes life into camphor wood. His human-like sculptures are known for their distant gaze as if pondering philosophical thoughts and projecting subtle yet bold emotions. Directed by Kenjiro Fujii.
Based in San Francisco, 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 selected Japanese films.
New People Entertainment (www.newpeopleent.com) 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.”