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    Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Sentai announced today that it acquired distribution rights to shounen fantasy series MORIBITO: GUARDIAN OF THE SPIRIT (精霊の守り人, Seirei no Moribito, 2007), based upon the works of award-winning author Nahoko Uehashi. Sentai will distribute the series in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal. An invisible world known as “Nayug” exists parallel to this one. The egg of the Water Spirit from Nayug has been laid within Chagum, the Second Crown Prince of New-Yogo — and as a result, Chagum’s father, the Emperor, has ordered him killed. After he’s ensnared in an assassin’s trap, Chagum is saved by a spear-wielding bodyguard named Balsa who agrees to protect Chagum as part of her journey to atone for the sins of her foster father. As Chagum interacts with

    Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Arrow Video US and MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the new Blu-ray of Toei’s BLACK TEST CAR/THE BLACK REPORT from maverick director Yasuzo Masumura (BLIND BEAST). BLACK TEST CAR (黒の試走車, Kuro no Shisō-sha, 1962) is a bitingly satirical espionage thriller set in the heart of the Japanese auto industry, which launched a series of similarly themed “Black” films. In a bitter, take-no-prisoners corporate war between the Tiger Motorcar Company and their competitors, the Yamato Company, undercover spies have infiltrated both sides. As Tiger prepares to launch its newest “Pioneer” car and a prototype bursts into flames, Toru Toru (Hideo Takamatsu, THE LAST EMPEROR) heads a secretive task force to root out Yamato’s spy, and find out what they can about the competitor’s

    Official Site: notzilla.movie Facebook: facebook.com/NotzillaMovie Special Thanks to Avery Guerra The hilarious award-winning kaiju comedy spoof NOTZILLA is releasing today (August 18, 2020) from Creepy Ex-Boyfriend Productions with distributors Indie Rights for digital and Allied Vaughn for the region-free physical media editions. When a scientist from Japan smuggles a monster’s egg into the United States, what could possibly go wrong when it actually hatches — and alcohol makes it grow taller than a skyscraper? The race is on as the monster drinks beer and wreaks havoc, the Japanese scientist tries to shrink it, and a crazed weapons physicist tries to nuke the monster—and possibly take the entire city of Cincinnati with it! NOTZILLA can now be streamed on Amazon and other services. The Blu-ray (SLP: $19.99) and DVD (SLP: $16.99) is available from online retailers and can also be purchased directly through

    Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group press release Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Two peerless masters of Japanese cinema — Kinji Fukasaku (BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR AND HUMANITY, BATTLE ROYALE) and Takashi Miike (DEAD OR ALIVE, AUDITION) — present their own distinctive adaptations of yakuza expert Goro Fujita’s gangster novel Graveyard of Honor, each tapping into the zeitgeist of a distinct period of Japanese history, in this exclusive two-disc set. Set during the turbulent post-war years, Fukasaku’s original 1975 film charts the rise and fall of real-life gangster Rikio Ishikawa (Tetsuya Watari, OUTLAW GANGSTER VIP). Shot through with the same stark realism and quasi-documentarian approach as Fukasaku’s earlier Battles Without Honor and Humanity, Fukasaku nonetheless breaks new ground through his portrayal of a gangster utterly without honor or ethics, surviving by any means necessary in a world of brutal criminality.

    Official Site: notzilla.movie Facebook: facebook.com/NotzillaMovie Special Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Creepy Ex-Boyfriend Productions is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the hilarious award-winning kaiju comedy spoof NOTZILLA. When a scientist from Japan smuggles a monster’s egg into the United States, what could possibly go wrong when it actually hatches — and alcohol makes it grow taller than a skyscraper? The race is on as the monster drinks beer and wreaks havoc, the Japanese scientist tries to shrink it, and a crazed weapons physicist tries to nuke the monster—and possibly take the entire city of Cincinnati with it! NOTZILLA debuts on Blu-ray (SLP: $19.99) and DVD (SLP: $16.99) August 18 from Creepy Ex-Boyfriend Productions and Allied Vaughn. The film has a runtime of approximately 78 minutes and is not rated.

    Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Sentai announced today that it acquired rights to WICKED CITY (妖獣都市, Yōjū Toshi, 1987), the acclaimed psychological horror feature directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri and based on the novels by Hideyuki Kikuchi, creator of VAMPIRE HUNTER D, for audiences in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Beyond the boundaries of our ordinary existence lies a dark and dreadful parallel world where demons dwell and humans dare not tread. For centuries, peace has existed between our world and theirs. To preserve that fragile balance and to ensure the survival of humankind, a new deal must be brokered, but dark and powerful forces lust to destroy the accord. When a militant group rises from the shadows, two elite agents are mobilized to counter the destructive forces and preserve the balance of our universe. From studio Madhouse (No Game, No Life,

    Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group press release Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Japanese maverick director Yasuzo Masumura (BLIND BEAST) helms a bitingly satirical espionage thriller set in the heart of the Japanese auto industry in his 1962 landmark BLACK TEST CAR (黒の試走車, Kuro no Shisō-sha), which launched a series of similarly themed “Black” films. In a bitter, take-no-prisoners corporate war between the Tiger Motorcar Company and their competitors, the Yamato Company, undercover spies have infiltrated both sides. As Tiger prepares to launch its newest “Pioneer” car and a prototype bursts into flames, Toru Toru (Hideo Takamatsu, THE LAST EMPEROR) heads a secretive task force to root out Yamato’s spy, and find out what they can about the competitor’s familiar-looking new model. Making its worldwide Blu-ray debut, BLACK TEST CAR is paired here with the English-language video premiere

    Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the all-new animated adventure A DOG’S COURAGE (언더독, Eondeodog, 2019). Jacob — a feisty and playful dog abandoned by his owners — joins a pack of strays and embarks on a journey filled with fun adventures and life lessons in their pursuit to find a perfect place of safety and peace — the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. Perfect entertainment for the whole family, the film is available in both the original Korean language and an all-new English dub. Directed by Chun-Baek Lee and Oh Sung-Yoon (DAISY, A HEN INTO THE WILD), A DOG’S COURAGE was nominated as Best Animated Feature Film at the 2019 Asia Pacific Screen Awards. A DOG’S

    Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group press release Special Thanks to Clint Weiler The first Japanese science fiction film to be made in color, Koji Shima’s WARNING FROM SPACE (宇宙人東京に現わる, Uchūjin Tokyo ni Arawaru, 1956) features eye-popping special effects from the same team at Daiei Studios that would bring Gamera to life a decade later. As Japan is rocked by mysterious sightings of UFOs over Tokyo and large one-eyed aliens attempting contact, scientists collaborate to investigate the unexpected rise in extraterrestrial activity. Unbeknownst to them, one of the aliens has already assumed human form and is about to deliver a very important message… that could be humanity’s last hope for survival. With a witty script by Hideo Oguni (screenwriter of several Akira Kurosawa classics including SEVEN SAMURAI) and iconic starfish-like aliens designed by avant-garde artist Taro Okamoto, the

    Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to Barrett Evans and Noah Sawyer Mill Creek Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their new Blu-ray + Digital set of Tsuburaya Productions’ NEO ULTRA Q (ネオ・ウルトラQ, Neo Urutora Kyū, 2013). The set contains stunning high definition video for all 12 half-hour episodes with the original Japanese soundtrack with English subtitles. In this continuation of the 1966 sci-fi drama ULTRA Q (ウルトラQ, Urutora Kyū), three people from completely different walks of life: Jin Haibara (Seiichi Tanabe), a psychologist doing research on the supernatural, Emiko Watarase (Rin Takanashi), a young beautiful journalist with an inquisitive mind and Shohei Shiroyama (Hiroyuki Onoe), a bartender sympathetic towards other forms of life, set out to investigate the bizarre monster appearances, futuristic phenomena, strange ecological catastrophes and paranormal events that confront our world. NEO

    Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Sentai announced today that it acquired DEMON CITY SHINJUKU (魔界都市〈新宿〉, Makai Toshi: Shinjuku, 1988) — aka MONSTER CITY — the Madhouse-produced epic that numbers among the trailblazing works that launched the 80s anime boom. Sentai will distribute DEMON CITY SHINJUKU in the United States, Canada and Mexico and will include the original English dub. Ten years ago, the mad psychic Levi Rah opened a gateway to hell in the center of Tokyo, slaying the great hero Genichiro and transforming the ward of Shinjuku into a city of demons. Not even the military dares enter the nightmare that Shinjuku has become, while Levi Rah plots to destroy the rest of the world. When Rah’s minions kidnap the World President, however, the insane tyrant fails to anticipate two things: the president’s headstrong daughter, Sayaka, who storms into Shinjuku to save

    Source: SRS Cinema LLC Official Site: sagirinokuni.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Distributor SRS Cinema has licensed North American home media rights to the critically acclaimed and fan adored kaiju film HOWL FROM BEYOND THE FOG (狭霧の國, Sagiri no Kuni, 2020). Written and directed by Daisuke Sato (GODZILLA MOTHRA KING GHIDORAH GIANT MONSTERS ALL OUT ATTACK, GODZILLA FINAL WARS, GAMERA THE BRAVE, ULTRAMAN MEBIUS & ULTRAMAN BROTHERS), the movie was made by using classic Japanese practical FX techniques including traditional bunraku puppetry, miniatures and suitmation, and features work by legendary Toho monster maker Keizō Murase (MOTHRA, KING KONG VS GODZILLA, FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD, GAMERA). HOWL FROM BEYOND THE FOG is set in a small village in Kyushu, Japan during the Meiji reformation era. A young boy named Izana and a blind woman named

    4K Ultra HD to Include Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos Source: Lionsgate, Click Communications press release Special Thanks to Mario Parra Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of one of the most critically acclaimed anime films of all time when GHOST IN THE SHELL (攻殻機動隊, Kōkaku Kidōtai, 1995) arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital 4K Ultra HD) and Digital 4K Ultra HD on September 8th from Lionsgate. Based on the beloved manga from Japanese writer and illustrator Shirow Masamune, the film’s voice cast includes Atsuko Tanaka (GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE, TV’s GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX, GHOST IN THE SHELL 2.0), Akio Ôtsuka (GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE, PAPRIKA, METAL GEAR SOLID 4: GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS), and Kôichi Yamadera (GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE, COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE, NINJA SCROLL).

    Source: MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler This November, SRS Cinema and distributor MVD Entertainment present a Blu-ray Double Feature of REIGO: KING OF THE SEA MONSTERS and RAIGA: GOD OF THE MONSTERS. The two daikaiju films were written, produced and directed by Shinpei Hayashiya. REIGO: KING OF THE SEA MONSTERS (深海獣レイゴー, Shinkaijū Reigō, 2005/2008) is set during World War II. The battleship Yamato, the largest and strongest of its time, is on patrol when a lookout spots a massive shape half-submerged in the distance. Believing it to be an enemy submarine, they fire and score a direct hit. But they are shocked when the object emits a strange cry as it sinks beneath the waves. Soon after, something much bigger arrives, the massive kaiju Reigo, seething with rage at the murder of its cub. The monster attacks the Combined

    Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Official Site: moviespree.com/ultraman Special Thanks to Barrett Evans Mill Creek Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a free digital redemption code for NEO ULTRA Q (ネオ・ウルトラQ, Neo Urutora Kyū, 2013) on Mill Creek’s transaction-based streaming service movieSPREE. Winners will be able to own and stream the complete 12 episode series in high-definition on movieSPREE’s website and apps, now available on Roku, Apple TV / iOS, Amazon Fire TV, and Android devices. In this continuation of the 1966 sci-fi drama ULTRA Q, three people from completely different walks of life: Jin Haibara (Seiichi Tanabe), a psychologist doing research on the supernatural, Emiko Watarase (Rin Takanashi), a young beautiful journalist with an inquisitive mind and Shohei Shiroyama (Hiroyuki Onoe), a bartender sympathetic towards other forms of life, set out to investigate the bizarre monster appearances, futuristic phenomena,

    Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the critically-acclaimed coming-of-age story HOUSE OF HUMMINGBIRD (벌새, Beol-sae, 2018). Positioned against the backdrop of a rapidly expanding Seoul in 1994, a lonely 14-year-old girl moves through life like a hummingbird searching for a taste of sweetness wherever she may find it. Deprived of attention from her family, the girl roams the neighborhood with her best friend, attempts romantic relationships with both girls and boys alike and is sent to the hospital with an unclear diagnosis. When a new teacher arrives, she becomes the first adult the young girl feels really understands her. Bora Kim makes her feature film directing debut, displaying “a world of potential” (FictionMachine). HOUSE OF HUMMINGBIRD stars Ji-hu Park (THE WITNESS), Sae-byuk Kim

    Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Official Site: moviespree.com/ultraman Special Thanks to Barrett Evans Mill Creek Entertainment’s transaction-based streaming service movieSPREE is pleased to announce the availability of NEO ULTRA Q (ネオ・ウルトラQ, Neo Urutora Kyū, 2013) to purchase and stream exclusively in high-definition on movieSPREE’s website and apps, ahead of the release on Blu-ray! The complete 12 episode series is now available to purchase and add to your movieSPREE library for only $19.99. In this continuation of the 1966 sci-fi drama ULTRA Q, three people from completely different walks of life: Jin Haibara (Seiichi Tanabe), a psychologist doing research on the supernatural, Emiko Watarase (Rin Takanashi), a young beautiful journalist with an inquisitive mind and Shohei Shiroyama (Hiroyuki Onoe), a bartender sympathetic towards other forms of life, set out to investigate the bizarre monster appearances, futuristic phenomena, strange ecological catastrophes and paranormal events that confront

    SHIROBAKO Available October 13th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its October slate of releases which includes Sentai Filmworks new dubbed release of SHIROBAKO! Product details follow, in order of release… BEAUTIFUL BONES Published by: Sentai Filmworks Distributed by: Section23 Films Run Time: 300 min. Street Date: 10/6/2020 Format: BD Language: Japanese with English Subtitles SRP: $49.98 Most young women have lots of obsessions, but Sakurako Kujo only has two: work and bones… and since the bones are part of her work, it really comes down to just bones. However, in between collecting de-fleshed animal and human remains for her studies, Sakurako also assists the local police as a forensic consultant, where she’s developed a formidable reputation as both a corpse magnet and detective. Assisting her in these tasks

    Source: Shout! Factory press release Official Site: promare-movie.com (Japan), PromareMovie.com (US) Special Thanks to Shannon Meehan Following a phenomenally successful North American theatrical run, PROMARE (プロメア, Puromea), the top-grossing original anime feature of 2019, comes to home entertainment with a new Collector’s Edition from GKIDS and Shout! Factory. The hyperkinetic, candy-colored visual masterpiece will be available next Tuesday, August 4 with new special packaging, an interview with director Hiroyuki Imaishi, a round table with Studio TRIGGER, and SIDE: GALO and SIDE: LIO short films with new English dubs featuring the original dub cast, as well as added bonus features exclusive to the Collector’s Edition. The PROMARE Collector’s Edition is being produced in partnership with Anime Limited, the film’s UK distributor, and will be available at a suggested retail price of $64.99. The first feature-length film from the acclaimed studio TRIGGER, creators of KILL

    Source: MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler This October, SRS Cinema and distributor MVD Entertainment present the independent kaiju comedy ATTACK OF THE GIANT TEACHER (アタック・オブ・ザ・ジャイアントティーチャー, Atakku Obu Za Jaianto Tīchā, 2019) from director Yoshikazu Ishii (ULTRAMAN GINGA). Kenzo Miyazawa is an earnest teacher who works at a night high school. His class is filled with unique and slightly odd students. Suddenly, the night school witnesses a drop in student numbers and has no choice but to shut down by the end of the year. Mr. Miyazawa’s class decides to create a musical for the school’s last festival. Then, an alien beast invades Earth and begins destroying the town. Mr. Miyazawa challenges the alien beast to a fight. Format: DVD SKU: MVD3997D UPC: 760137399797 Street Date: 10/13/20 Label: SRS Cinema Genre: Sci Fi/Fantasy Run Time: 70 mins Number of Discs:

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