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    GODZILLA RESURGENCE: Exclusive High-Res Photos from Toho

    Direct from Toho, SciFi Japan has high-res images from GODZILLA RESURGENCE. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2016 TOHO CO., LTD.

    Press Notes and Images from Toho<
    Source: Toho Co., Ltd.
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    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 (シン・ゴジラ, 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.

    Theatrical poster, courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2016 TOHO CO., LTD.

    Since the release of the original GODZILLA  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 (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 (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 earned ¥2 billion (approximately $19 million), EVANGELION: 2.22 YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE ¥4 billion ($38 million) and EVANGELION: 3.0 YOU CAN (NOT) REDO ¥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 (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 (2006) made ¥5.34 billion ($50 million), THE FLOATING CASTLE (2012) ¥2.84 billion ($27 million) while the two live-action ATTACK ON TITAN (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.

    Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2016 TOHO CO., LTD.


    Japanese Release Date: Friday, July 29, 2016 (Nationwide Roadshow)


    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 R

    efugees: 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


    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.

    Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2016 TOHO CO., LTD.


    Hiroki Hasegawa as Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary, Rando Yaguchi. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2016 TOHO CO., LTD.


    Yutaka Takenouchi as Hideki Akasaka, a Special Advisor to the Japanese Prime Minister. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2016 TOHO CO., LTD.


    Satomi Ishihara as Kayoko Ann Patterson, Special Envoy to the President of the United States. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2016 TOHO CO., LTD.


    Rando Yaguchi meets with the Prime Minister (Ren Osugi). Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2016 TOHO CO., LTD.


    Logo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 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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