A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SUPPORTED AND ENJOYED THE SHOW!
MUCH MAHALOS!!! :)
INTERVIEW with KATSUHITO ISHII and SHUNICHIRO MIKI Films Include Kill Bill Vol. 1 Anime Flashback Sequence Taste of Tea (Cha no Aji), Funky Forest, Sorasoi, Party 7 Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl Starring Tadanobu Asano Darling of the Mountains (Yama no Anata) Starring Tsuyoshi Kusanagi
Q & A WITH GARY JAY COFFMAN (Metal Samurai) by Aaron Yamasato
KEVIN YAMADA'S (Ninja EX/Blood of the Samurai 2) NEW SHOW ON PBS KIDS SPROUT!
WATCH THE EXCITING NEW
BLOOD OF THE SAMURAI: THE SERIES
HAWAII'S REEL STORIES!
NOW PLAYING ON HAWAII'S CHANNEL OC 16!
Premieres Thursday: 8:30 pm
Friday: 2am & 1pm
Sunday: 1pm & 11:30pm
Monday: 5am & 11am
Wednesday: 11am & 4:30pm
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
And in Japanese...
BLOOD OF THE SAMURAI
GENERATION KIKAIDA TV!
on Hawaii Oceanic/Time/Warner Cable
SEE BEHIND THE SCENES!
CAST and CREW INTERVIEWS!
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH BAN DAISUKE!
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AVAILABLE AT TIMES SUPER MARKETS SHIROKIYA (Ala Moana Shopping Center) BEST SELLERS (1001 Bishop Street #138) 9.1.05 LAST CHANCE TO ORDER! NINJA EX ENDS THIS WEDNESDAY! LAST DAY: September 7th, 2005
ORDER NINJA EX NOW BEFORE HE'S GONE! ANY EPISODE! ANY TIME! FOR FREE! Now Playing On Oceanic/Time/Warner Digital Cable's NEW CHANNEL 15 "OC16 ON DEMAND"
BLOOD OF THE SAMURAI SCREENING At MauiFEST! MAUI COUNTY OUTDOOR PREMIERE!
MauiFEST Hawai’i-MCC Drive-in Movie Theater series continues… The Drive-in Theater is back on Maui! Hawaiian Style! A very special SATURDAY NIGHT-August 27, 2005
Episode 5 NINJA EX MEETS THE BLOOD OF THE SAMURAI!
Starring KEVIN WON (Ninja EX/Hawaii Martial Arts Champion) SHAWN FORSYTHE (Blood of the Samurai) BRYAN YAMASAKI (Blood of the Samurai) MICHAEL NG (Blood of the Samurai) JOEY CALDERONE (The Toxic Avenger)
Special Guest Appearance By BAN DAISUKE (Kikaida/Ringu)
HAWAII'S NEW SUPERHERO SHOW! ONLY ON OCEANIC/TIME/WARNER CABLE CHANNEL OC 16!
BLOOD OF THE SAMURAI(2001) DVD REVIEW (Excerpt) by Stina Chyn
Yamasato gives you what you fundamentally want from an action film: spectacle. Limbs are hacked off, mists of blood spray from wounded bodies, and the good guys cant triumph without fighting the bad guys. Yamasatos film is having a blast and you are too. I dont know about you, but I certainly couldnt ask for more! -FILM THREAT MAGAZINE
1.20.05 NEW NINJA EX PICTURES ADDED IN THE "PHOTOS" SECTION! Hawaii TV GUIDE COVERS and Episode 2 "Behind the Scenes"
1.12.05 NEW PICTURES ADDED IN THE PHOTO SECTION! "Only the Brave" Special Screening
NEW EPISODE PREMIERE! DECEMBER 30, 2004 (LAST SHOWING on 1/12/05)
THURSDAY at 7pm
NINJA EX EPISODE 4 KUNOICHI! NINJA EX MEETS YUKI THE NINJA GIRL!
SEE NINJA EX AND YUKI RESCUE A KIDNAPPED GIRL FROM THE CLUTCHES OF KIRA THE DEADLY ASSASSIN! SEE THEM DO BATTLE IN A BUILDING GUARDED BY EVIL SYNDICATE GUARDS! WILL KIRA SUCCEED IN HER SINISTER PLAN TO STOP NINJA EX? WHY IS NINJA EX MEOWING LIKE A CAT?
Starring KEVIN WON (Ninja EX/Hawaii Martial Arts Champion) ALICIA JONES (Miss Hawaii USA/Blood of the Samurai 2) STEPHANIE SANCHEZ (Blood of the Samurai/See Steph Run) ELISA AU (World Karate Champion)
Special Guest Appearance by HIROMITSU AGATSUMA! (Japan Music Star)
Question: WHAT IS A KUNOICHI?
Answer: A FEMALE NINJA
1.05.04 WATCH the talented and lovely KA'OHI YOJO(Ashley) DANCE LIVE!
HALAU O KEKUHI AND TAU DANCE THEATRE PRESENT: HANAU KA MOKU: AN ISLAND IS BORN FRIDAY JAN 14 AND SATURDAY JAN 15 7:30 PM @ LCC
TAU DANCE THEATRE CONCERT FRIDAY FEB 4 AND SATURDAY FEB 5 7:30PM @ LCC
Tickets to both shows can be purchased through the venue, Leeward Community College (LCC).
Special PRIVATE SCREENING of LANE NISHIKAWA's new motion picture ONLY THE BRAVE
ONE SHOWING ONLY JANUARY 8, 2005 at 1:00 PM
BLAISDELL CONCERT HALL 777 Ward Avenue, Honolulu ONE SHOWING ONLY at JANUARY 8, 2005, 1:00 PM Doors will open at 12:00 noon Guest MC: Hawaii's Miss Universe, BROOK LEE Dessert refreshments to follow the screening Event Sponsor: 100th Battalion Veterans Club and 442nd Veterans Club
Meet the film's stars: LANE NISHIKAWA, JASON SCOTT LEE, MARK DACASCOS, YUJI OKUMOTO, TAMLYN TOMITA, GREG WATANABE
ALL WWII VETERANS ARE OUR GUESTS All others, we suggest a $35.00 donation All proceeds raised will go towards the film's post-production costs. A portion of your ticket is tax deductible as allowable by law Please make checks payable to: 442nd Veterans Club with the notation "Only The Brave" Mail to: 442nd Veterans Club, 933 Wiliwili Street, Honolulu, HI 96826 or FAX your reservation to: (808) 949-1539 and bring your check to ticket will-call at the theater.
For any questions, please call (808) 949-7997
ONLY THE BRAVE is based on the 100th/442nd Regiment's rescue of the "Lost Battalion," Texans of the 141st Regiment during World War II
NINJA EX EPISODE 3 SAITO THE DARK SAMURAI STRIKES!
SEE THE POWERFUL AND MYSTERIOUS DARK SAMURAI! WHO IS HE? WHAT DOES HE WANT? SEE NINJA VS SAMURAI! WHO WILL WIN? WHY IS KEN MOMOCHI EATING SALAD?
Starring KEVIN WON (Ninja EX) BRYAN YAMASAKI (Blood of the Samurai 1&2) EGAN INOUE (Superbrawl Champion/Blood of the Samurai 2) EDDY GUDOY (Blood of the Samurai/Once Upon One Time) ANDY PANG (Once Upon One Time) TANNER HENDERSON (Hawaiian Group CHANT/Once Upon One Time)
"NINJA EX" TV hero battles more evil -- this time against a dark samurai! Look for cameos by local celebrities in this new episode!
Honolulu's criminals were being good boys and girls by spending Thanksgiving with their relatives, and Ninja EX had a few weeks off, too. But the bad guys' vacations are over, so Ninja EX is back this week!
Episode 3 of Hawaii's new action TV series "NINJA EX" begs a few questions: When will our hero rid the fair city of Honolulu of evil? Will his coworkers at the architecture find out his secret identity? How long will he keep battling these persistent enemies? And, just how many martial arts has Ninja EX mastered?
The ninja's latest adventure has him fighting a dark samurai in the banquet hall of a favorite eatery at the corner of S. King Street and Piikoi. Bryan Yamasaki, who can be seen as an elf in Ala Moana Shopping Center's holiday commercials, plays the powerful samurai.
NINJA EX will be broadcast on Oceanic Time Warner Cable's OC16 on Thursday, Dec. 16th at 7 p.m. The show repeats several times during the week. NINJA EX is written, directed and produced by Aaron Yamasato of Lihue, Kauai.
"I have been receiving emails from fans all over the state, saying 'we want more Ninja EX!'" says Paul Booth, associate producer. "I think Ninja EX is well-liked because it's a good, clean fun show for families."
Viewers of all ages will have a blast with the Hawaii-style humor mixed with hilarious fight scenes reminiscent of 1970s kung fu flicks, comic book superheroes and Japanese anime.
Playing the title character of Ninja EX is Kevin Won, a champion martial artist in Wu Shu Kung Fu. He works as a Honolulu firefighter. Won's black belt in karate and brown belt in judo helped him to take part in the fight choreography. In addition to Yamasaki, NINJA EX has featured "Blood of the Samurai" cast members Michael Ng, Stephanie Sanchez and Colleen Fujioka. Later in the season, keep an eye out for former Miss Hawaii USA Alicia Michioka Jones.
Oceanic Time Warner Cable's channel OC16 presents shows that are all created in Hawaii.
ENCORE PRESENTATION DECEMBER 9, 2004 THURSDAY at 7pm
NINJA EX EPISODE 2 ATTACK OF THE EVIL VAMPIRES!
Starring KEVIN WON (Ninja EX) MICHAEL NG (Blood of the Samurai 1&2) ANN'E AU (The Animatrix: Final Flight of the Osiris) COLLEEN FUJIOKA (Blood of the Samurai 1&2) DARYL BONNILLA (Beyond Paradise, Bank of Hawaii "That's My Bank!") DEREK SUZUKI (Blood of the Samurai/Ninja EX Composer) GENEVIEVE SUZUKI (Writer-Honolulu Weekly, Honolulu Star Bulletin)
12.08.04 WATCH "SEE STEPH RUN!" NOW on OC16 The hilarious new show Starring Stephanie Sanchez! ("Roxy" from Blood of the Samurai and "Kira the Assassin" from Ninja EX)
WATCH "LOSING IT!" NOW on OC16 Starring Matt Jones Fun exercise show produced by Alicia Jones ("Yuki the Ninja Girl" from Blood of the Samurai and Ninja EX)
NOW through December 23, 2004 THE CHRISTMAS GIFT OF ALOHA SHOW & Santa's Aloha Christmas Parade
Where: Ala Moana Centerstage When: 6:00 pm - every night except Monday
A 30 minute production in true 'Ohi'a fashion. Come early so you can catch the whole show from beginning to end . . . it's FREE!
An 'Ohi'a Production STARRING BRYAN YAMASAKI and many other cast members from Blood of the Samurai and Ninja EX!
At 7:00 pm, you can also catch Santa's Aloha Christmas Parade! Come early so you can buy a train ticket for your kids! Fun for everyone! Also, books of this production are also available at Borders or Borders Express. Go check it out! The Christmas Gift of Aloha. . . Ohi'a Production's New Book by Lisa Matsumoto and Michael Furuya.
12.02.04 "Ninja EX" is featured on Hawaii entertainment show "DIS-N-DAT!" See interviews from the Premiere Screening with Kevin Won(Ken/Ninja Ex), Ka'ohi Yojo(Ashley), Aaron Yamasato(director) and Alicia Jones(Yuki)!
DIS-N-DAT can bee seen on Hawaii's Oceanic Cable Time Warner's OC16 (new episode every Monday). Mondays 6:00 PM Tuesdays 12:00 AM & 4:00 PM Wednesdays 3:30 AM & 6:00 PM Thursdays 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM Fridays 12:00 AM Saturdays 5:00 AM
MUCH MAHALOS to Jake, Spaz and Duckdon!
And don't forget to visit www.disndat.tv
11.23.04 Just returned from DRAGONFEST in Los Angeles!
The writers/producers of "Blood of the Samurai 2: Blade of Destiny (Anderson Le and Ian Hirokawa) and I(Aaron Yamasato) had a BLAST! The table we had to promote "Blood of the Samurai/Ninja EX" was located in a prime spot and gained lots of interest all day long! I guess the large posters, flyers and portable video players playing action scenes also helped! It was great to meet up with Michael Ng(Rob/Kang) and Leroy Bartlett(fight choreographer/Trexler).
It was AWESOME getting to "talk story" with masters like Jeff Imada(fight coordinator- Daredevil, The Bourne Supremacy, The Fight Club, Blade) and Steve Wang(Special effects- Underworld, Hellboy, The Guyver, Predator)!
Leroy Bartlett(fight choreography) was stoked to discover that our table was located next to Grappling(King of the Cage) Champion Dean Lister!
MUCH MAHALOS to martial arts star Gerald Okamura for hosting such a wonderful and fun event! Dragonfest gave us the opportunity to meet MANY cool stars and industry contacts!
Check out some Dragonfest 2004 pictures in the "Photo Section!"
11.16.04 PRESS RELEASE NINJA EX -- episode 2 November 16, 2004 Contact: Paul Booth, associate producer / email@example.com www.ninjaex.com
The second episode of Ninja EX will debut on Oceanic Time Warner Cable's OC16 Thursday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.
This week, viewers of all ages will have a blast with exciting vampire fight scenes and throwback to the `70s-style kung fu cinema and comic book crime fighting.
"We got a very good response to the premiere episode," says Booth.
"The premiere reminded me of HIFF in 2001," said Yamasato. His super-low budget action flick "Blood of the Samurai" won the Hawaii International Film Festival's Aloha Airlines Film and Video Makers Award in 2001.
Ninja EX will run 4 more new episodes (every Thursday) starting this Thursday, Nov. 18th at 7 p.m. and will repeat with a second five-week run. All programs broadcast on OC16 are produced in Hawaii.
Thanks for the support of local filmmaking.
For updates, check www.ninjaex.com
VIEWING SCHEDULE New episodes premiere Thursdays at 7 p.m. Wednesdays: 3:30 p.m. Fridays: 5:30 p.m. Saturdays: 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sundays: 8 a.m.
10.16.04 PRESS RELEASE October 16, 2004 Contact: Paul Booth, 808-822-9683 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ninjaex.com
NINJA EX is newest release from award-winning Hawaii filmmaking team!
Ninja EX, the newest martial arts series from the award-winning team of Aaron Yamasato (writer/producer/director) and Paul Booth (associate producer) comes to Oceanic Time Warner Cables OC16 starting Thursday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. Hawaii time.
Ninja EX is Yamasatos follow-up to the early-2004 OC16 hit Blood of the Samurai: The Series, and marks Booths first television series as associate producer. The five-episode miniseries follows the adventures of Ninja EX as he protects the innocent and defends the weak.
The duo first teamed up in 2000 to create the critically acclaimed, international, award-winning local hit movie Blood the Samurai (available at Borders and Blockbuster statewide).
Our first project together exceeded all expectations, so were very excited for this next project. We believe its all about the passion, so as long as we love it, our fans will too, says Booth. Blood of the Samurai played film festivals in Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver, Hawaii, Argentina and Brazil, and won the 2001 Hawaii International Film Festivals Aloha Airlines Hawaii Filmmaker Award.
This series will go back to the heart of the original movie but this time ... its for kids, laughed Yamasato. Ninja EX will feature campy, martial arts fun with humorous pop culture references and good family fun. Adults, too, will enjoy the throwback to the 70s kung-fu cinema and comic book crime fighting.
Playing the title character is Kevin Won. This rising Hawaii talent is a champion martial artist in Wu Shu Kung Fu, and works as a Honolulu firefighter. Wons black belt in karate and brown belt in judo helped him to take part in the fight choreography. The show features Blood of the Samurai cast members Bryan Yamasaki, Michael Ng, Stephanie Sanchez and Colleen Fujioka. In supporting roles are SuperBrawl champion Egan Inoue and former Miss Hawaii USA Alicia Michioka. A bevy of local celebrities will make surprise cameo appearances.
Yamasatos talent for directing mixed with Booths passion for producing, the team hopes that Ninja EX will bring Hawaii to the attention of Mainland and international markets. Their first DVD was distributed to Thailand and Indonesia, and its sequel Blood of the Samurai 2:Blade of Destiny will be up for sale at this years American Film Market in Los Angeles.
We hope to show the film industry that Hawaii is making a change from being known (stereotypically) for its pretty locations and cheap crew to being recognized for its pool of talented producers and directors, says Booth.
Ninja EX will run for five weeks beginning Thursday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. and will repeat with a second five-week run. All programs broadcast on OC 16 are produced in Hawaii.