- For the television network known as "Asia Vision", see Asia Vision (TV network).</br>
Urban Vision Entertainment Inc., an American based production/distribution company created in Los Angeles, California formed in July, 1996 by Mataichiro Yamamoto to help introduce the alternative animation genre known as anime or Japanimation to mainstream media.
Urban Vision Entertainment Inc., an American based production/distribution company created in Los Angeles, California formed in July, 1996 by Mataichiro Yamamoto to help introduce the alternative animation genre known as anime or Japanimation to mainstream media. The company primarily produces/acquires Japanese animation for direct-to-home video release and distributes to the home video market. Urban Vision founder Mataichiro Yamamoto helped pioneer the anime genre in the US with the computer-generated theatrical release, The Professional: Golgo 13, in 1983.
Urban Vision works closely with the world-renowned Studio Madhouse animation studio in Tokyo, Japan (Wicked City, Ninja Scroll, Vampire Hunter D). The company's initial release, another Madhouse project, was Bio Hunter, released on home video in July 1997. Additional Urban Vision releases include Tekkaman Blade II,Stage I: The New Generation, Gatchaman volumes 1, 2 and 3, Twilight of the Dark Master, Dragon Slayer, Psycho Diver: Soul Siren and Legend of the Crystals based on Final Fantasy volumes 1 and 2.
Urban Vision's Live action production/distribution subsidiary AsiaVision was launched in March, 2006 their first release for this label was Curse, Death & Spirit, an anthology of three short horror stories directed by Hideo Nakata (director of Ringu, The Ring 2). As with anime, AsiaVision plans to retain a focus on Asian horror, action, and thriller.
Films licensed by Urban Vision Entertainment
- Bio Hunter
- Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals
- Gatchaman (1994)
- Golgo 13: Queen Bee (from Streamline Pictures)
- Hurricane Polymar (1998)
- Ninja Scroll: The Series
- Pet Shop of Horrors (now licensed by ADV Films)
- The Professional: Golgo 13 (from Streamline Pictures)
- Psycho Diver: Soul Siren
- Strange Dawn (Lil' Vision)
- Tekkaman Blade II
- Twilight of the Dark Master
- Goku Midnight Eye
- The Cockpit
- Wild 7
- Vampire Hunter D (from CBS Theatrical Films and Streamline Pictures)
- Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
- Wicked City (from Streamline Pictures)
Live action (AsiaVision)
- Slammin' Sammy: The Sammy Sosa Story (American animation; Lil' Vision)