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    Source: Cinema Epoch Movie Website: demeking-movie.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Gregory Hatanaka and Edwin Santos Next month, the American movie and video distributor Cinema Epoch will release two 2009 independent Japanese monster movies on Region 1 DVD. Both DEMEKING, THE SEA MONSTER and PSYCHO SHARK will be available October 12th for the suggested retail price of $19.98 each. DEMEKING, THE SEA MONSTER is adapted from the 1991 cult hit manga Demeking by Takashi Imashiro. The film was produced by Tornado Film Co., Ltd. (MONSTER X STRIKES BACK/ ATTACK THE G8 SUMMIT!) and given a limited theatrical release in Japan by Jolly Roger Inc. starting March 7, 2009. Imashiro also co-wrote the film`s screenplay with director Kotaro Terauchi (SLIT MOUTH WOMAN 2, BOYS LOVE THE MOVIE, SHAOLIN GRANDMA). Takeshi Nadagi, a member of the comedy team The Plan 9 who has been highly praised

    Complete Series Goes on Sale October 19th Source: FUNimation Entertainment Official Site: juiz.jp (Japan), funimation.com/edenoftheeast (US) Special Thanks to Jackie Smith and Manny Alcala FUNimation Entertainment will release the award-winning anime series EDEN OF THE EAST (Higashi no Eden, 2009) next month on Blu-ray and Region 1 DVD. Produced by anime studio Production I.G. (GHOST IN THE SHELL, KILL BILL VOL. 1), the show was created, written and directed by Kenji Kamiyama (director of MORIBITO: GUARDIAN OF THE SPIRIT and the best-selling GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX), and features character designs by manga artist Chica Umino (Honey and Clover). Originally announced for September 28th, 2010, the FUNimation DVD and Blu-ray of EDEN OF THE EAST will now street on October 19th. The 2 disc sets will each contain the complete series of 11 episodes. Story Monday, November 22, 2010...

    Two Great Prizes from VIZ Pictures and SciFi Japan Source: VIZ Pictures Official Movie Sites: Death Note Films, horumo.com Special Thanks to Rieko Fuji A SciFi JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Our good friends at VIZ Pictures are giving SciFi Japan readers in the United States and Canada a chance to win one of two new releases from the company: the Blu-ray DEATH NOTE COLLECTION or the DVD of BATTLE LEAGUE HORUMO. Directed by Shusuke Kaneko, DEATH NOTE is a battle of wits based on the acclaimed manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata (published in North America by VIZ Media, rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens). Law student Light Yagami is upset with the justice system and when he finds the Death Note dropped by a Shinigami death god, he vows to rid the world of evil. Any human whose name is written in

    Source: FUNimation Entertainment Official Site: casshern-sins.jp (Japan), funimation.com/casshernsins (US) Special Thanks to Jackie Smith and Manny Alcala The complete 24 episode anime series CASSHERN SINS (Kyashan Sins, 2008) has been released on North American DVD and Blu-ray by FUNimation Entertainment. The series is loosely based on the original NEO-HUMAN CASSHERN (Shinzo Ningen Casshan, aka CASSHAN), a 1973 superhero show produced Tatsunoko Production (SPEED RACER, GATCHAMAN). Prior to CASSHERN SINS, the title character had previously been revived in 1993 for the four part Original Video Animation series ROBOT HUNTER CASSHERN (Robotto Hantaa Kyashan, released in the United States as the feature length CASSHAN: ROBOT HUNTER) and again in 2004 for director Kazuaki Kiriya`s live-action film CASSHERN. The new series is set in a post-apocalyptic world where mankind is nearly extinct. Robots far outnumber humans, but the inhospitable environment has begun to destroy even their

    Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release Official Movie Site: funimation.com/evangelion (US), evangelion.co.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Jackie Smith and Manny Alcala FUNimation Entertainment announced that it has acquired the North American home entertainment, broadcast, digital and merchandise rights to the animated sci-fi action film EVANGELION: 2.0 YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE (Evangelion Shin Gekijoban: Ha, 2009) from international sales agent NTV (Nippon Television Network). EVANGELION: 2.0 YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE is the second of four "Rebuild of Evangelion" films by Hideaki Anno and Studio Khara based on the Gainax television series NEON GENESIS EVANGELION (Shin Seiki Evangelion, 1995), a long-running anime about teenagers defending the world from monsters and mass destruction. The film is produced by Toshimichi Otsuki and directed by Hideaki Anno, Masayuki, and Kazuya Tsurumaki from the screenplay written by Anno. The mechanical designer is Ikuto Yamashita. The setting

    Source: FUNimation Entertainment Special Thanks to Jackie Smith and Manny Alcala FUNimation Entertainment has provided details on their new and upcoming Region 1 anime DVD and Blu-ray releases... DRAGON BALL Season 5 Available at major retailers July 27th SRP $49.98 Rated TV14 Episodes 123-153 on 5 discs Official Site: dragonball.com In the aftermath of his epic battle with Piccolo, Goku embarks on an electrifying quest to rescue his fallen friends from the realm of the dead. His perilous journey will take him to the heights of Korin Tower - and beyond - as he searches for Kami, a mystical being with the power to resurrect Shenron and restore the magic of the seven Dragon Balls! But even if Goku succeeds in raising the dead, there`s no guarantee he`ll live long enough to enjoy a reunion with his slain comrades. The World Martial Arts tournament is just

    Four Classic Gamera Movies Coming September 21st Source: Shout! Factory Special Thanks to Tom Chen and Brian Ward Our friends at Shout! Factory sent over advance copies of their GAMERA VS. GUIRON / GAMERA VS. JIGER and GAMERA VS. GYAOS / GAMERA VS. VIRAS Double-Feature Collector’s Edition DVD sets, so we`re pleased to give SciFi Japan readers an early look at what`s coming their way on September 21st. Each DVD set is sold separately and has a suggested retail price of $19.93. GAMERA VS. GYAOS / GAMERA VS. VIRAS DOUBLE-FEATURE COLLECTOR’S EDITION DVD MAIN MENU GAMERA VS. GYAOS MENUS AND EXTRA FEATURES GAMERA VS. GYAOS (Daikaiju Kuchusen: Gamera Tai Gyaosu, 1967) Running Time: 86 minutes Japanese Audio 2 English Dubs (AIP-TV RETURN OF THE GIANT MONSTERS and Sandy Frank GAMERA VS. GAOS versions) English Subtitles GAMERA

    Classic Kaiju Movies to be Released September 21st Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Tom Chen and Brian Ward The Gamera resurrection continues with two double-feature collector’s edition DVD sets of the titanic terrapin! Featuring North American DVD debuts of the original Japanese versions of the third through sixth Gamera movies, presented for the first time in anamorphic widescreen from recently restored masters. GAMERA VS. GUIRON / GAMERA VS. JIGER DOUBLE-FEATURE COLLECTOR’S EDITION DVD and GAMERA VS. GYAOS / GAMERA VS. VIRAS DOUBLE-FEATURE COLLECTOR’S EDITION DVD ROARING ONTO DVD ON SEPTEMBER 21, 2010 If you loved the first two Special Edition home entertainment releases of the original Gamera movies – GAMERA, THE GIANT MONSTER and GAMERA VS. BARUGON, prepare yourself for four times the fun! On September 21, 2010, Shout! Factory will further unleash four more Gamera movies (the original Japanese

    Source: Madman Entertainment Special Thanks to Ben Pollock and Philippa Lamb The Australian distributor Madman Entertainment is releasing the following anime and Asian live action titles on Region 4 DVD in September, 2010... THE SLAYERS EVOLUTION-R Collection (Series 5) The magical mayhem of THE SLAYERS REVOLUTION continues in THE SLAYERS EVOLUTION-R! With the original cast of THE SLAYERS back together for the first time in over a decade, Lina Inverse and her crew are reunited and doing what they do best - saving the world by almost destroying it! Lina`s gang and their new ally Pokota are hot on the trail of the Hellmaster`s Jar! It`s no ordinary piece of pottery: it holds the soul of Rezo the Red Priest. Opening the vessel and resurrecting Rezo is the only hope Pokota has of saving his kingdom`s people. With masked assassins, headless knights, and shifty Xellos in

    XAM’D Blu Ray Available on September 21st Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films has provided details on its September slate of releases, including XAM’D. The Stone Cold Mecha Action series will be released on DVD and Blu Ray, from Section23 client Sentai Filmworks. Product details follow, in order of release... BLUE DROP COMPLETE COLLECTION Published by: Sentai Filmworks Distributed by: Section23 Films Run Time: 325 min. Street Date: 9/7/2010 Format: DVD SRP: $59.98 Five years ago, something horrifying happened on Kamioki Island. Something so nightmarish that it stripped all memory from Mari Wakatake`s mind even as it left every other human on the island dead in its wake! Now enrolled against her will at an isolated girl`s academy, Mari is unaware that hidden eyes are watching her, waiting for her memory to return. For buried in her

    A Double-Dose of Hilarious B-Movie Lampoons Source: Shout! Factory, Bantam Street Official Movie Websites: THE LOST SKELETON RETURNS AGAIN, DARK AND STORMY NIGHT Special Thanks to Brian Ward and Tom Chen In the grand tradition of Mel Brooks and Preston Sturges, Larry Blamire brings his zany ensemble of actors back in two hysterically funny and instant cult-classics, when the highly-anticipated sequel THE LOST SKELETON RETURNS AGAIN and Blamire’s latest send-up DARK AND STORMY NIGHT hit the home entertainment shelves August 17, 2010 from Shout! Factory. Poised to deliver the cinematic chuckle-fests that loyal fans have been waiting for, both collectible DVDs boast cast and crew commentary, a behind-the-scenes featurette and more. Each DVD is sold separately and has a suggested retail price of $14.97. Director, writer and actor Larry Blamire brings his unique brand of parody to life in the sequel to his

    Vampires, Soul Reapers, Ninja, Mangaka, and Romance Heat Up the Summer Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, will delight anime fans with several exciting new DVD and manga releases scheduled for the summer. Anime titles are scheduled to include the North American debut of VAMPIRE KNIGHT, as well as the latest episodic releases of the popular BLEACH and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN series and a new POKÉMON collection. This summer also sees the launch of brand new manga series set to tantalize the most discriminating manga tastes and features romantic dramas, fantasy driven action, the trials of aspiring manga creators, and a tasty slice of life story set in a romantic bistro in Rome. For more information on other animated titles from VIZ Media please

    Highly Anticipated Double-Feature Includes DEATH NOTE, DEATH NOTE II: THE LAST NAME and Bonus Disc Source: VIZ Pictures, MediaLab press releases Official Movie Site: Death-Note-Movie (Japan), Death Note Films (US) Special Thanks to Erik Jansen The notebook of death that generated mind-blowing suspense is now in High-Def! VIZ Pictures, an affiliate of VIZ Media, LLC that focuses on Japanese live-action film distribution, will debut the Blu-ray DEATH NOTE COLLECTION on August 24th, 2010. The 3-disc set includes 2 feature films – DEATH NOTE and DEATH NOTE II: THE LAST NAME – as well as a bonus disc containing more than two hours of all new behind-the-scenes footage. Both films feature Japanese audio with English subtitles as well as an English dubbed dialogue track. MSRP for the DEATH NOTE COLLECTION is $39.98 U.S. / $57.99 CAN. To celebrate the new release, VIZ Pictures will

    Epic Adventure from the Producers of THE GRUDGE and the Director of CASSHERN Streets August 16th Source: The Associates press release Official Movie Site: Goemon (Japan) Five years ago, acclaimed Japanese fashion photographer and music video director Kazuaki Kiriya made an explosive and groundbreaking assault on the movie world with his directorial debut feature, the visually stunning and hugely ambitious sci-fi epic, CASSHERN. Now, Kiriya returns in his own inimitable style with the equally spectacular period, fantasy action-adventure, GOEMON. Produced by Kiriya and legendary producer Takashige Ichise (THE RING; DARK WATER; THE GRUDGE; SHUTTER) and boasting a star-studded cast that includes Yosuke Eguchi (SHAOLIN GIRL), Takao Osawa (ICHI; SKY HIGH), Jun Kaname (BLOOD; K-20; CASSHERN), Tetsuji Tamayama (NORWEGIAN WOOD; CASSHERN) and Susumu Terajima (CASSHERN; ICHI THE KILLER), GOEMON is based on the exploits of the film’s eponymous, ninja bandit hero – the Japanese

    Source: Image Entertainment Official Movie Site: janusfilms.com/house, criterion.com/house Special Thanks to Marsha Altmark The Criterion Collection is proud to present Toho`s stunningly bizarre horror movie HOUSE (Hausu, 1977) on Region 1 DVD and Blu-ray. Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi, this is a must have for any Japanese cult horror film fan. How to describe Nobuhiko Obayashi’s indescribable movie HOUSE? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of SCOOBY-DOO as directed by Mario Bava? Any of the above will do for this hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt’s creaky country home and comes face-to-face with evil spirits, a demonic house cat, a bloodthirsty piano, and other ghoulish visions. Equal parts absurd and nightmarish, HOUSE might have been beamed to Earth from some other planet. Or perhaps the mind of a child: the

    Source: VIZ Pictures, MediaLab press releases Official Site: go-to-dmc (Japan), DMCtheMovie.com (US) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Pictures, an affiliate of VIZ Media, LLC that focuses on Japanese live-action film distribution, has announced that it has licensed from Toho Company, Ltd the North American theatrical and DVD distribution rights to the heavy metal live-action comedy, DETROIT METAL CITY. The DVD is scheduled for release later in the fall of this year. DETROIT METAL CITY takes the zany rock antics inspired by films like THIS IS SPINAL TAP to hilarious new extremes in this film directed by Toshio Lee and based on the popular manga comic created by Kiminori Wakasugi. It features notable appearances by Gene Simmons from the legendary band, KISS, and Marty Friedman of Megadeth, and stars Kenichi Matsuyama, one of the most adored actors in Japan today

    Source: Madman Entertainment Special Thanks to Philippa Lamb The Australian distributor Madman Entertainment is releasing the following anime and Asian live action titles on Region 4 DVD in August, 2010... THE GRUDGE: WHITE GHOST/BLACK GHOST It is 10 years since the original Grudge movies appeared in Japan. We return once more to the dreaded house, to where the evil of the Grudge is spreading in two new feature films. White or Black, which is the scariest? WHITE GHOST In a certain house, a son who failed the bar examination kills five members of his family one by one. He then dies by hanging himself. At the moment of his death, he made a cassette tape recording in which he can be heard saying "I`ll go. I`ll go soon..." On the same tape can be heard the eerie sound of a young girl`s voice.

    Autograph Sessions, Parade, Dinner, and More During Nisei Week Festival, August 14-15 Source: Anime Jungle, JN Productions and Generation Kikaida Special Thanks to Tetsu Shiota, Yoichi K, and Joanne Ninomiya Anime Jungle, purveyors of everything anime in Japantown is proud to present an autograph session with Mr. Ban Daisuke, star of KIKAIDA (Jinzo Ningen Kikaida, 1972), KIKAIDA 01 (1973), and INAZUMAN (1973) at the upcoming Nisei Week Festival in Los Angeles. KIKAIDA took the Hawaiian Islands by storm over 35 years ago, and still going strong in Hawaii and the mainland due to the successful English-subtitled version of the DVD Box Sets. KIKAIDA, based on an original story by manga artist and writer Shotaro Ishinomori (Kamen Rider), was produced as a tokusatsu (live action) by Toei Movie Company for television in the mid-seventies. A classic good-versus evil tale, the show pitted a guitar-playing,

    The Critically-Acclaimed, International Martial Arts Phenomena Debuts on Blu-ray and DVD July 27 Source: Well Go USA, Inc. press release Special Thanks to Chrissy Walker The trio behind the cult hit KILL ZONE -- director Wilson Yip, star Donnie Yen, and action choreographer Sammo Hung -- reteam for the Hong Kong action smash IP MAN, debuting on Blu-ray and DVD July 27 from Well Go USA. Yen (HERO, SEVEN SWORDS), currently Hong Kong’s biggest action star and gaining international recognition as the most diverse martial artist in the world, stars with Simon Yam (BODYGUARDS AND ASSASSINS, TOMB RAIDER) and Hiroyuki Ikeuchi (TAJOMARU, SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO) in the biopic based on the life of Ip Man, a grandmaster of the martial art Wing Chun and mentor to the widely influential and acclaimed martial artist and filmmaker Bruce Lee. Released theatrically in Asia in December

    Hit Japanese Thriller Comes to DVD in the UK Source: Organic Marketing Official Movie Site: kaiji-movie.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Megan Han and Alexandra Beedell KAIJI: THE ULTIMATE GAMBLER (Kaiji: Jinsei Gyakuten Gemu, 2009) is based on Nobuyuki Fukumoto`s manga Ultimate Survivor Kaiji (Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji) and the 26 episode anime series by Madhouse Studios. The film stars Tatsuya Fujiwara (best known as "Light Yagami" in the DEATH NOTE films) as the titular character and features Kenichi Matuyama ("L") in a key supporting role, marking the first time the two have appeared onscreen together since that hugely successful series. A box office success in Japan (with a sequel planned for next year), KAIJI: THE ULTIMATE GAMBLER will be released on UK DVD (Region 2, PAL) by 4Digital Media on July 26th. Kaiji Ito (Tatsuya Fujiwara) moves to Japan after graduating from high school.

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