Naruto Hits 17 Empire Theatres Locations Across Canada For A Special Saturday One-Day-Only Engagement Of Naruto The Movie

San Francisco, CA– May 29, 2007 – Empire Theatres and VIZ Media, one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, have announced the special showing of the first NARUTO™ feature film — NARUTO™ THE MOVIE: NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW in 17 Empire Theatres locations across Canada on Saturday June 23, 2007.

Advance Tickets for this special one-Day-only event can be purchased online at or at participating Empire Theatres Box Offices. Child Admission is $8.95 plus taxes and Adult Admission is $9.95 plus taxes. For a complete list of Empire Theatres' locations, please visit or

NARUTO, which tells the story of a young boy training to become a ninja, is now one of the most popular and successful manga and anime properties in North America. In Canada, the edited animated version of the NARUTO TV series captivates a dedicated and fast growing legion of fans each week on YTV, while the T-rated manga version (also published by VIZ Media) has become a best seller and was also the recent winner of the 2006 Quill Award for Best Graphic Novel, a first for the manga genre.

"We are very excited to be presenting NARUTO THE MOVIE: NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW across Canada", said Dean Leland, Vice President of Marketing and Media for Empire Theatres. "This is another excellent example of how Empire Theatres is able to leverage our facilities and technology to present high quality entertainment for niche markets. There are a lot of dedicated anime and manga fans in Canada and this special one day event is a rare chance for them to see Naruto on the big screen in high definition and surround sound. To help make the screening a special event, we are even encouraging attendees, especially the cosplay enthusiasts, to dress up as their favorite characters and there will be prizes for some lucky patrons".

NARUTO THE MOVIE: NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW is a theatrical side story based on the continuity of the animated TV series and was a box office hit upon its initial release in Japan. The general storyline of both the NARUTO manga and animated series depict the adventures of Uzumaki Naruto who is cursed with the spirit of the nine-tailed fox demon. Naruto lives a bullied life, but is resilient and his determination often inspires those around him. Through the adventures, the young ninja learns the importance of friendship, teamwork, loyalty, hard work, creativity, ingenuity, and right vs. wrong.

Empire Theatres will present this SPECIAL Saturday JUNE 23 ONE-DAY-ONLY ENGAGEMENT OF NARUTO™ THE MOVIE: NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW in High Definition at:

Newfoundland (Event Start 10am NDT)

- Empire Studio 12 - St. John's, NL

Maritimes (Event Start 10am ADT)

- Empire Studio 10 - Sydney, NS

- Empire 17 Cinemas, - Halifax, NS

- Empire Studio 8 - Charlottetown, PEI

- Empire 10 Cinemas, Regent Mall - Fredericton, NB

- Empire Studio 10 - Saint John, NB

- Empire 8, Trinity Drive - Moncton, NB

Ontario (Event Start 10am EST)

- Empire Studio 12 Gateway Park – Kitchener, ON

- Empire Theatres @ Empress Walk – North York, ON

- Empire Studio 10 at Square One – Mississauga, ON

- Empire 7 Ottawa – Ottawa, ON

- Empire Studio 8 Penn Centre – St. Catharine's, ON

Saskatchewan (Event Start 11am CDT)

- Empire Capitol Theatre – Saskatoon, SK

Alberta (Event Start 10am MDT)

- Empire City Centre 9 Cinemas - Edmonton, AB

- Empire Studio 16 Country Hills – Calgary, AB

British Columbia (Event Start 10am PDT)

- Empire Studio 12, Guildford - Surrey, BC

- Empire Granville 7 Cinemas - Vancouver, BC

About Empire Theatres Limited:

Empire Theatres Limited is a 100 percent owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited with its corporate headquarters in Stellarton, NS. Empire Theatres is committed to offering a terrific entertainment experience to its guests by offering modern entertainment venues and amenities along with branded food choices. Empire Theatres is Canada’s second largest film exhibitor owning and operating 53 theatres representing 384 screens across Canada. More information can be found at

About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan Production Co., Ltd. (ShoPro Japan), VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America and a global licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including, magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, videos, DVDs, audio soundtracks and develops and markets animated entertainment from initial production, television placement and distribution, to merchandise licensing and promotions for audiences and consumers of all ages.