TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND GUESTS: Eihi Shiina and Yoshihiro Nishimura

GUESTS: Eihi Shiina and Yoshihiro Nishimura

Eihi Shiina Yoshihiro Nishimura  

AUDITION star Eihi Shiina and TOKYO GORE POLICE director and special effects artist Yoshihiro Nishimura are confirmed to attend this year's edition of the southwest's premier horror convention and film festival (April 29 - May 1). This will mark the first time that Shiina has made an appearance of this nature in the United States.

Eihi Shiina was a model (primarily for Benetton) from Fukuoka, Japan prior to her iconic performance in filmmaking legend Takashi Miike's AUDITION (1999). Recent films include Nishimura's TOKYO GORE POLICE (2008), Nishimura's and Naoyuki Tomomatsu's VAMPIRE GIRL VS FRANKENSTEIN GIRL (2009) and Nishimura's HELLDRIVER (2010). She will next be seen in Takeshi Kitano's latest film, OUTRAGE, which comes out in the US later this year from Magnolia Pictures.

Born in Tokyo in 1967, Yoshihiro Nishimura taught himself to do special effects, and went on to found one of the busiest special effects makeup companies in Japan, Nishi-Eizo, which has practically created a genre unto itself, with work on films ranging from SUICIDE CLUB (2001), L: CHANGE THE WORLD (2008), and GOTHIC AND LOLITA PSYCHO (2010). He began making short films in high school and college, and directed his first short film, ANATOMIA EXTINCTION (1995), providing the template for TOKYO GORE POLICE (2008). Nishimura has also been closely associated with the work of Sion Sono, contributing effects and production design to SUICIDE CLUB (2001), EXTE: HAIR EXTENSIONS (2007) and many others. Nishimura then co-directed VAMPIRE GIRL VS. FRANKENSTEIN GIRL (2009) with Tomomatsu, and made MUTANT GIRLS SQUAD (2010) for Sushi Typhoon with Noboru Iguchi and Tak Sakaguchi. One of the busiest creative forces in the low-budget Japanese film industry, his main project for 2010 was the completion of the Sushi Typhoon-produced zombie action epic HELLDRIVER, which had its World Premiere last October at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain.

Both Shiina and Nishimura will be appearing at Texas Frightmare Weekend to preview the DVD/Blu-Ray release of MUTANT GIRLS SQUAD on May 24th from TFW sponsor FUNimation as well as the Dallas-area premiere of HELLDRIVER which will screen Friday, April 29 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Irving, Texas.

Nishimura and Shiina's appearance are sponsored in part by FUNimation.

About FUNimation Entertainment FUNimation® Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is the leading company for home video sales of Japanese animation in the United States.  FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. For more information about FUNimation Entertainment and its brands, visit www.funimation.com.

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