Afro creator Takashi Okazaki prefers a diet high in Primetime EmmysÂ®
The Tao of Wu - In Stores Now!
We wanted to show a little love to our good friend The RZA since he's been such an integral part of Afro Samurai
. Always extremely passionate about his work, he has gone above and beyond to help us promote Afro Samurai. Heck, he even did personal vlogs
just to talk more about Afro. If you watch the videos, you'll see that The RZA's not only a talented musician, but a very deep, spiritual person. So, it's only fitting that he writes a book to explain his way of life.
The Tao of Wu
(IN STORES NOW) describes itself as a book of wisdom and experience that reaches from the most violent slums of New York City to the highest planes of spiritual thought by the RZA, hip-hop's most exalted wise man.
Want to hear more?
RZA on The Colbert Report
and interview with Time
One of the passages in your book talks about the anime movie Dragon Ball Z and how it represents the journey of the black man in America. And it struck me because in Inglourious Basterds, there's a scene about how King Kong represents the plight of the black man in America. Is there another movie or book or piece of art that you think represents what African Americans have had to go through?
Tarantino and I agree on King Kong
. I'll give you another movie: John Carpenter's They Live
. That's perfect for our times right now. That's where we're at. I saw that movie, and it really made me think. I started bugging out in the mall. I just felt like, wow, there was something about that movie that was real. I got locked up like two hours [after watching it]; I was drunk and acting crazy.
Also, here is an excerpt from AllHipHop.com's interview
with The RZA about his new book:
: The book posits 7 Pillars as a pathway to gain spiritual enlightenment and peace. How long did it take you to finalize these attributes into a set system?
: The 7 Pillars was actually suggested to me by [co-author] Chris Norris. First we thought about 9, being weâ€™re always dealing with 9: 9 chambers of the heart, 9 Wu members and everything like that. But then when we started going through it, we didnâ€™t want to do 5 like it was the 5 Pillars of Islam and we were changing Islam. Thatâ€™s impossible. The 7 does represent the body of work of the book and the steps that can be taken for a person to gain the wisdom that Iâ€™m trying to instill. And I still strongly advocate the 12 Jewels of the Nation of Gods and Earths. Iâ€™m not the author of those, but Iâ€™m a person that lives by them and they are 12 steps that every man should be able to obtain.
The last jewel is happiness. But thereâ€™s basically enlightenment, an awakening you gain that leads to freedom. The goal of life is to be happy.
: Personally, what would you say was the most difficult jewel for you to master?
: I'll say this. To obtain the jewels you must have them mentally, spiritually, and physically. I ainâ€™t going to go into the other planes because that'll take forever. Now mentally you gain them all in one night simply by memorizing them. Spiritually you can gain them by living it and making sure the next man you come across you donâ€™t infringe on his jewels. But, physically? Thatâ€™s a difficult task in our society, because youâ€™re not given food, clothing and shelter. So that means I can get knowledge, wisdom, and understanding just from my own studies. But to get freedom, justice, and equality I have to turn to my government for that. And it may be hard to obtain that if they donâ€™t offer it. You may find love in the realm of a woman or children, but if you don't have food, clothing, and shelter how are you going to find peace? You ain't going to be at peace or feel free. How are you going to be happy? So you can obtain some of the jewels but if you donâ€™t have all of them, you liable to lack in more than one of them.
Afro Samurai: Resurrection @ the San Diego Asian Film Festival
The Primetime EmmyÂ® Award winning film AFRO SAMURAI: RESURRECTION will have its first U.S. festival and theatrical screening at the San Diego Asian Film Festival as part of the SDAFF Extreme series. Grab front row seats for this animated fusion of action and hip-hop created by Takashi Okazaki and produced by the renowned studio GONZO in association with Spike TV and FUNimation Entertainment.
Afro (Samuel L. Jackson) has finally found peace after avenging his fatherâ€™s death and becoming the number one Samurai in the world. But his life of peace soon ends when a mysterious woman from his past returns. While Sio (Lucy Liu) is prepared to destroy Afro just as he destroyed so many to avenge for his fatherâ€™s death, Afro struggles to understand why?
Led by the voice talents of Jackson and Liu, Mark Hamill (Star Wars), and Yuri Lowenthal (Ben 10) and a score by famed music producer and rap artist The RZA, the story of Afro Samurai thrills with blood, sex, and the baddest man in a headband ever!
AFRO SAMURAI: RESURRECTION screening
Friday, October 16 at 7:40 pm, screening followed by a Q&A
Writer/producers Leo Chu and Eric Garcia will be in attendance.
Please visit http://www.sdaff.org/
for more information.
Afro Samurai: Resurrection Wins Primetime EmmyÂ® Award
Critically-Acclaimed Series First Anime Ever To Be Nominated
The critically-acclaimed, funktastic anime movie "Afro Samurai: Resurrection" has been honored with a 2009 juried Primetime EmmyÂ® Award win for Art Director Shigemi Ikeda in the category of Outstanding Individual Achievement In Animation.
"Afro Samurai: Resurrection" was also nominated in the category of Outstanding Animated Program (for programming of one hour or more) earning Spike TV its first-ever Primetime Emmy nomination from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The nomination also marks the first time in Emmy history that an anime series has been nominated in any category.
"Afro Samurai: Resurrection" stars Academy AwardÂ®-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson opposite Emmy AwardÂ®-nominated actress Lucy Liu and featuring Mark Hamill and Yuri Lowenthal. Jackson also served as executive producer of the stylish series and the original score was provided by renowned rap artist and producer The RZA.
"Afro Samurai: Resurrection" is the sequel to the network's 2006 series â€œAfro Samurai" and best-selling anime DVD release of 2007. The series is based on the original art and story of manga artist Takashi Okazaki, about a black samurai's quest for revenge and justice for his murdered father. Samuel L. Jackson starred as the uncompromising hero, Afro and his motor-mouthed sidekick Ninja Ninja. When his fatherâ€™s body is stolen from its grave, Afro is forced to pick up his sword again and wreak bloody vengeance against an army of deadly foes lead by a sadistic mastermind.
"Afro Samurai: Resurrection" was produced for Spike TV by Japanese studio GONZO in association/partnership with GONZO K.K. and FUNimation Entertainment.
Afro Samurai Resurrection Blu-rayâ„¢ Product Exchange
We are aware of an audio problem affecting some units of the Afro Samurai: Resurrection Blu-rayâ„¢ release. While it was intended that the audio on this title be English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, it has come to our attention that the audio track on some of these units is a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix.
We wish to rectify this issue with any consumers who believe they may have purchased one of these units. If you have purchased Afro Samurai: Resurrection on Blu-Ray and believe this copy does not have the TrueHD audio track, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
to resolve the issue.
Afro Samurai Resurrection In Stores Today!
Afro Samurai Resurrection is IN STORES TODAY!
Get it at Best Buy
Sam Jackson & Afro Samurai in the Press
Samuel L. Jackson Interviewed: Discusses Hip Hop and Comics For the Premiere of Afro Samurai
21 years ago, Samuel L. Jackson snagged a bit part as Leeds in Spike Lee's School Daze. Since then, the prolific Tennessean has appeared in roughly 70 films - some of them good (Kill Bill, Do the Right Thing, Hard 8,), some not so good (S.W.A.T, Amos and Andrew, Deep Blue Sea), and some that can only be classified as "ironically awesome" (Great White Hype, Snakes on a Plane, Deep Blue Sea).
View the Full Article Here: http://blogs.laweekly.com/play/weiss/a-round-table-with-samuel-l-ja/
Los Angeles Times
Samuel L. Jackson is Animated About 'Afro Samurai: Resurrection'
It's a point of pride for Samuel L. Jackson that if you list every film in which he has starred or appeared and add up their box-office receipts, the collective total would be higher than any other on-screen actor in history. That might be some arcane career calculus, but it does speak to the 60-year-old actor's crowded schedule and crowd-pleasing sensibility.
View the Full Article Here: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-afrosamurai24-2009jan24,0,319824.story
Afro Samurai: The Coolest Cartoon on Television
Samuel L. Jackson may have chosen a few questionable roles in recent years (we're looking at you, Snakes and Jumper), but there's no denying his involvement in the latest anime-inspired project Afro Samurai is downright awesome.
View the Full Article Here: http://laist.com/2009/01/23/afro_samurai_the_coolest_cartoon_on.php
Salt Lake Weekly
Daaay-um! Afro Samurai is Back!
This week, the world will be privileged to see an African-American take charge in a role traditionally denied to his people. You were thinking "samurai," weren't you?
View the Full Article Here: http://blogs.news-journalonline.com/247/2009/01/day-um-afro-samurai-is-back.html
Afro Samurai Goes Gold for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3
Hip-Hop Inspired Samurai Showdown to Deliver Cutting Edge Gameplay and Striking Visuals
SURGE announced today that Afro Samurai has gone gold and will be released throughout North America on January 27, 2009 for the Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3. Based on the acclaimed animated series starring and executive-produced by Samuel L. Jackson, Afro Samurai expertly blends hip-hop culture and traditional Japanese aesthetics into a brutally fresh cinematic experience.
View the Full Article Here: http://www.gamezone.com/news/01_09_09_12_57PM.htm
Visit the Official Game Site Here: http://www.bloodisbeautiful.com
HipHopGame.com Interviews The RZA
Recently, HipHopGame.com was able to ask The RZA a few questions such as..
- The second Afro Samurai soundtrack is dropping in late January. How did you go about putting this one together?
- What was it like working with Sly Stone on this project?
- As far as the storyline goes, are you happy with how the plotline and characters are developing?
View the Full Article Here: http://www.hiphopgame.com/index2.php3?page=therza
Afro Samurai Overlooks Times Square
It is a 45'x45' square on the south-east corner of Broadway and W.44th St.
The board slightly angles to face uptown, so all traffic coming downtown sees it, and it faces directly into 1515 Broadway which is the Viacom building.
IGN.com Reviews Afro Samurai: Resurrection
"Afro Samurai: Resurrection is a welcome addition to the Afro Samurai franchise. If you saw the first installment, you absolutely have to catch the second one. You'll see this one and want it in your home collection (if for nothing else, to see the content that Spike TV will censor), and you won't have to wait long because the DVD and Blu-Ray releases become available on February 3rd. "
View the Full Article Here: http://tv.ign.com/articles/944/944470p1.html
Wu Music Group to release â€œAFRO SAMURAI: RESURRECTIONâ€ Jan 27, 2009
Wu Music Group, the label ran by Mitchell â€œDivineâ€ Diggs and the creative force of Wu-Tang Clan, â€œThe RZAâ€, will release their second album, Afro Samurai: The Resurrection, on January 27th, 2009.
The album is the soundtrack to season two of Spike TVâ€™s animated television show and DVD Afro Samurai featuring the voice of Samuel L. Jackson. The soundtrack features collaborations and guest drops from artists such as Sly Stone, members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Kool G Rap, Rah Digga, and a whole cast of RZAâ€™s protÃ©gÃ©â€™s, including the late Olâ€™ Dirty Bastardâ€™s son - Boy Jones.
View the Full Article Here: http://www.bpmmagazine.net/index.php/2008/12/wu-music-group-to-release-afro-samurai-resurrection-jan-27-2009/