Press Releases

September 11, 2006

News for Pacific Media Expo 2006:

Kamikaze Girls creator to visit Pacific Media Expo

LOS ANGELES - Novala Takemoto, Japanese cult author and fashion icon, will make his first U.S. appearance as a Guest of Honor at Pacific Media Expo (PMX) on Oct. 28 and 29. Internationally acclaimed, award-winning film Kamikaze Girls (Shimotsuma Monogatari, 2004), based on Takemoto's signature novel, will screen at PMX.

"Pacific Media Expo has been looking for guests who represent the convergence of all aspects of Pacific Rim media and culture. Mr. Takemoto's accomplishments as a fashion designer, novelist and now the creator of a hit film in both Japan and the U.S. makes him the perfect Renaissance man to represent these trends to the United States," said Mike Tatsugawa, PMX Event Chair. "With the growing popularity of the sweet Lolita fashion trend in Japan and the United States we felt that Halloween weekend was the perfect time to bring all his fans together."

Takemoto's debut novel, Sewing Machine (Mishin, 2000) sold 500,000 copies. Later works Emily (2002) and Lolita (2004) were nominated for the prestigious Yukio Mishima Literary Prize. Kamikaze Girls (Shimotsuma Monogatari, 2004) depicts the seemingly odd friendship between a frustrated and bored country girl fixated on the lifestyle of 18th-century frilly French dress, and a spunky member of an all-female biker gang. The film pays homage to fellow cultural luminaries Tank Girl, The Outsiders and Kill Bill while incorporating homegrown Japanese eccentricities.

Once labeled the "Lolita Bard" by overseas newspapers, Takemoto passionately supports the Lolita fashion style, which emphasizes Victorian-style and Edwardian fashion girl's dress and often aims to imitate the look of porcelain dolls. He created his own clothing and product line, Pour Lolita, in collaboration with Baby, The Stars Shine Bright, a leading boutique chain created in 1988.

About Pacific Media Expo: America's first major trade show dedicated to Asian-Pacific popular culture and entertainment media, Pacific Media Expo (PMX) is an industry event sponsored by the Pacific Media Association. Pacific Media Expo will be held Oct. 28 and 29 at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport. The show will feature honored guests, live performances, panel discussions, autograph sessions, Asian cinema and animation video rooms, art exhibitions and one of the country's only exhibit halls dedicated to Asian media and pop culture.

About Pacific Media Association: Pacific Media Association is dedicated to promoting the Pacific Rim's entertainment media industries. PMA specializes in Asia's cultural exports, such as anime and manga, music and live entertainment, live-action television and films, and diverse cultural lifestyles, while building creative communities and promoting Asian awareness within the United States. PMA is the parent of Pacific Media Expo. The Pacific Media Association is located in Los Angeles, Calif., USA.

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Business inquiries please write to:
Pacific Media Expo
914 Westwood Blvd, Suite 586
Los Angeles, CA 90024-2905

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