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Paramount Launches Manchurian Candidate Game

Unique voice recognition game for wireless phones (July 06, 2004)

Wireless gamers across the country can now portray the lead character of Paramount Pictures "The Manchurian Candidate, Ben Marco, in the new ?The Manchurian Candidate Voice Recognition game, presented by Paramount Pictures and featuring prizes provided by Kyocera Wireless. The game gives players a taste of this highly anticipated psychological thriller before it hits theaters July 30.

Portrayed in the movie by two time Oscar winner Denzel Washington, decorated Major Ben Marcos world is becoming a living nightmare. Is he crazy? Are his nightmares real, or is everyone else out to get him? Fans will get hidden insights through their telephones in this world of brainwashing, conspiracies and political intrigue when the game finds them each day and they help Marco find his way through the psychological mysteries.

Beginning today, contestants can register at, the official movie web site,, or at Kyoceras for a chance to win an exclusive screening of the new movie in their hometown or a Kyocera Slider SE47 wireless phone. The game begins July 7 and will conclude July 28. All players will be entered into a sweepstakes for the Grand Prize of a special screening of ?Manchurian Candidate and a Kyocera Slider SE47 phone. Additionally, another 50 entrants will receive their own Kyocera Slider SE47.

During a pre-determined time period each day, players will help Ben Marco and other characters in the movie in their quest to gain information about his units mysterious experience during Desert Storm. Players prompt characters next moves with their own voices; a wise choice moves players ahead in the game, a poor choice puts them on the ?Danger path, and two poor choices eliminates the player from the game. Contestants are able to restart the game play by returning to

??The Manchurian Candidate is one of the most anticipated movies of the summer, said Gerry Rich, president worldwide marketing, Paramount Pictures. ?This Voice Recognition game will provide moviegoers with an exciting and entertaining early look into its story and characters.

?This is a fun, easy-to-play game that will get people excited about the movie through a device theyre quite attached to their mobile phones, said Don McGuire, VP of global marketing, Kyocera Wireless Corp. ?Mobile phones have become such a large part of peoples lives that its a natural connection to involve them in movie marketing. Were thrilled to be a part of whats sure to be one of the summers biggest hits.

Academy Award winners Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep, along with Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Liev Schreiber, mesmerize a whole new generation of audiences in Academy Award winner Jonathan Demmes ?The Manchurian Candidate. Set against the backdrop of a heated presidential election, this timely and prescient psychological thriller follows one mans battle to preserve our democratic process from the threat of a subversive conglomerate.

The game, written by ?The Manchurian Candidate co-screenwriter Dan Pyne, puts players in the plot of the movie with story messages (no spoilers!) and audio pulled directly from the film. Players can then choose from a number of options to advise the movie character or ask for a clue.

The game is broken up into two levels. Those players whove made the right decisions throughout Level 1 progress onto Level 2, where the scenarios, missions and decisions become even more intense and challenging. Level 1 includes calls from various characters in the film such as FBI Special Agent Goldring, whos after Marco and may be part of the conspiracy; Colonel Garrett, whos suspicious of Marcos stories; and Raymond Shaw, a member of Marcos Army unit and VP candidate; and many others. Level 2 is exclusively with Al Melvin from Marcos Desert Storm unit, and Delp, who may be Marcos only hope.

The very popular Kyocera Slider SE47 is the first CDMA handset to feature the distinctive sliding faceplate. Along with its unique styling, the Slider features a large, 65,000-color display, speakerphone, voice-activated dialing, polyphonic ringtones, predictive text and enhanced two-way messaging.

Paramount Pictures is part of the entertainment operations of Viacom Inc., which is one of the worlds largest entertainment and media companies, and a leader in the production, promotion and distribution of entertainment, news, sports, and music.

Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., which acquired QUALCOMM Incorporated's CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a leading supplier of innovative, feature-rich CDMA handsets and accessories for customers worldwide. Based in San Diego, the company is ISO-14001 and ISO-9001 certified and has won city, state and federal awards for its environmentally friendly manufacturing and recycling practices. For more information, please visit

Kyocera Corporation, the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cameras, laser printers, copiers, solar energy systems and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2004, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled approximately US$11 billion (JP¥ 1,140,814 million) with net income of approximately US$655 million (JP¥ 68,086 million).


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