Instead of giving American and European Dreamcast owners the chance to play Shenmue II, Sega felt that compiling all of the cinemas from Shenmue (Chapter 1) and slapping them together as a movie would be a better use of company resources.

After an upcoming, short stint in Japanese movie theaters, the 90-minute Shenmue: The Movie will be released on Region 2 NTSC DVD on December 21 for a suggested retail price of 4700 yen.  A North American release date has not yet been announced.