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    GODZILLA RESURGENCE: Exclusive High-Res Photos from Toho

    Press Notes and Images from Toho Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: shin-godzilla.jp (Japan)

    A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE

    Summer 2016: Godzilla is "born"... Toho Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with press notes and high-res photos from their upcoming film, GODZILLA RESURGENCE (??????, Shin Gojira). We are pleased to share a mix of images -- some new, some previously released -- in larger sizes and higher quality than has been seen before.

    Since the release of the original GODZILLA (???, Gojira) in 1954, nearly 100 million people have bought tickets to see Godzilla in Japanese cinemas. The monster`s popularity has spread far beyond Japan, resulting in the 2014 Hollywood version of GODZILLA which grossed approximately ¥57 billion ($529 million) worldwide, making him the international "King of the Monsters". The Japanese government`s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has even presented Godzilla as one of the symbols of "Cool Japan", a campaign promoting the country`s growing impact on world culture. And now, Toho answers the growing demand for the Japanese version of Godzilla with their first new Godzilla movie in 12 years. In the years since Toho put the Godzilla series on hiatus following the 50th anniversary production GODZILLA: FINAL WARS (??? ?????????, Gojira Fainaru Uoozu, 2004), the Japanese film industry has made a tremendous leap in visual effects technology. Toho has been involved in a number of high quality works and, with pride in the growth of Japanese film, has taken up the challenge to produce a new Godzilla. The writer and director of GODZILLA RESURGENCE is Hideaki Anno, the renowned creator of the anime NEON GENESIS EVANGELION (???????????, Shin Seiki Evangelion, 1995) whose works has earned him fans all over the world. In 2007 he revived his franchise with the first in a series of "Rebirth of Evangelion" feature films that have all been major hits as the box office -- EVANGELION: 1.0 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE (????????????: ?, Evangerion Shin Gekijooban: Jo) earned ¥2 billion (approximately $19 million), EVANGELION: 2.22 YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE (????????????: ?, Evangelion Shin Gekijoban: Ha, 2009) ¥4 billion ($38 million) and EVANGELION: 3.0 YOU CAN (NOT) REDO (?????????????Q, Evangerion Shin Gekijooban: Kyuu, 2012) ¥5.3 billion ($50 million). Despite this success, Anno decided to postpone the fourth and final "Rebuild" in order to make GODZILLA RESURGENCE. Co-directing GODZILLA RESURGENCE is Anno`s longtime ally, Shinji Higuchi. Shortly after graduating from high school, Higuchi joined the film industry as a staff member on THE RETURN OF GODZILLA (???, Gojira, 1984). After working with Anno on EVANGELION, he directed the special effects on the acclaimed Gamera Trilogy (1995-99). He has also directed blockbusters; SINKING OF JAPAN (????, Nihon Chinbotsu, 2006) made ¥5.34 billion ($50 million), THE FLOATING CASTLE (?????, Nobo no Shiro, 2012) ¥2.84 billion ($27 million) while the two live-action ATTACK ON TITAN (?????, Shingeki no Kyojin, 2015) movies earned a combined ¥4.93 billion ($46 million). Anno and Higuchi will introduce the largest Godzilla to date. Standing 118.5 meters (389 feet) tall, the new Godzilla takes the crown from the previous record holder: the 2014 Hollywood Godzilla (108 meters/354 feet). The monster also features a new design to instill "great fear" in its victims. While previous Godzilla movies have linked back to the 1954 original, the makers of GODZILLA RESURGENCE chose to present a story in which Godzilla appears in Japan for the first time. With a staff of 1000 peopleand shooting on an unprecedented scale for the franchise, Anno and Higuchi aim to bring the overwhelming reality of Godzilla to the big screen.

    CREDITS Official English Title: GODZILLA RESURGENCE Japanese Title: ?????? (Shin Gojira) Literal Translation: Shin (New/True) Godzilla Japanese Release Date: Friday, July 29, 2016 (Nationwide Roadshow) Cast Rando Yaguchi: Hiroki Hasegawa Hideki Akasaka: Yutaka Takenouchi Kayoko Ann Patterson: Satomi Ishihara Prime Minister: Ren Osugi Chief Cabinet Secretary: Akira Emoto Executive Secretary to Chief Cabinet Deputy Secretary: Kengo Kora Ministry of the Environment Bureaucrat: Mikako Ichikawa Self-Defense Forces Official: Jun Kunimura Self-Defense Forces Official: Pierre Taki Minister of Defense: Kimiko Yo Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries: Sei Hiraizumi Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism: Kenichi Yajima Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications: Akira Hamada Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology: Toru Tezuka National Police Agency Commissioner-General: Arata Furuta National Police Agency Criminal Investigation Bureau Director: Moro Morooka Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary for Crisis Management: Tetsu Watanabe Disaster Prevention Division Director: Taro Suwa Tokyo Governor: Ken Mitsuishi Tokyo Deputy Governor: Takashi Fujiki Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bureaucrat Official: Kyusaku Shimada Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Bureaucrat: Kanji Tsuda Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Bureaucrat: Issei Takahashi Foreign Ministry Official: Yu Kamio Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Official: Toru Nomaguchi Vice Chairman of the Policy Affairs Research Council for the LDP: Satoshi Matsuo Biologists: Shinya Tsukamoto, Kazuo Hara Paleontologist: Isshin Inudo Marine Biologist: Akira Ogata Self-Defense Force Official: Takumi Saito Refugees: Atsuko Maeda, Ren Mori Self-Defense Forces Officials: Shingo Tsurumi, KREVA, Jun Hashimoto Prime Minister`s Office Staffer: Hairi Katagiri Journalists: Matsuo Suzuki, Kawase Yota, Takahiro Miura Cabinet Office Minister of State for Special Missions: Ikuji Nakamura Fire Brigade Captain: Keisuke Koide National Police Agency in Charge of Crisis Management Personnel: Kosei Kato Fire and Disaster Management Agency in Charge of Crisis Management Personnel: Shohei Abe Nuclear Regulatory Agency Staffer: Daisuke Kuroda Crew Writer/Director: Hideaki Anno Co-Director/VFX Director: Shinji Higuchi Associate Director/VFX Creative Director: Katsuro Onoe Chief Producer: Minami Ichikawa Producers: Taichi Ueda, Yoshihiro Sato, Masaya Shibusawa, Kazutoshi Wadakura Executive Producer: Akihiro Yamauchi Production Manager: Takeshi Sato Line Producer: Kensei Mori Cinematography: Kosuke Yamada Lighting: Takayuki Kawabe Art Directors: Yuji Hayashida, Eri Sakushima Production Manager: Masato Inatsuki Set Decorators: Akira Sakamoto, Toshiaki Takahashi Sound: Jun Nakamura Sound Mixer: Haru Yamada Sound Effects: Toru Noguchi VFX Supervisor: Atsuki Sato VFX Producer: Tetsuo Ohya VFX: Takashi Yamazaki Concept Design: Mahiro Maeda Character Design: Takayuki Takeya Moldmaker Supervisor: Yoshihiro Nishimura Special Effects Cinematography: Keizo Suzuki, Keiichi Sakurai Special Effects Lighting: Atsushi Ogasawara Special Effects Production Designer: Toshio Miike Special Effects: Kazuaki Sekiyama Editors: Atsuki Sato, Hideaki Anno Assistant to Supervising Director: Ikki Todoroki Assistant Director: Kimiyoshi Adachi C Team Director: Yusuke Ishida D Team Cinematography/Directors: Masunayuki, Kazuki Todoroki Casting: Tsuyoshi Sugino Music: Shiro Sagisu Music Producer: Kyoko Kitahara Production: Toho Co., Ltd. Production: Toho Pictures, Cine Bazar Distributor: Toho International Sales: Toho © 2016 TOHO CO., LTD.


    About Toho Co., Ltd.

    Founded in 1932 and headquartered in Tokyo, Toho Company, Ltd. is one of the leading entertainment conglomerates in Japan. Toho is best known worldwide as the producer of twenty-nine Godzilla motion pictures, based upon a character the company unleashed on the world back in 1954, and masterpiece films directed by Akira Kurosawa. Toho has been the number one distributor of motion pictures in Japan (both domestic and foreign) for eight consecutive years since 2003. The company is also, throughout Japan, the leading producer of theatrical works and one of the largest owners of office buildings and theaters.

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