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    From the Director of OF ALIEN VS. NINJA Source: The Associates press release Official Movie Site: nukenin.net (Japan) Directed by Seiji Chiba (ALIEN VS. NINJA; EVIL NINJA) and starring up-and-coming Japanese action heroine Mika Hijii (ALIEN VS. NINJA), the action-packed, period-set martial arts adventure ROGUE NINJA (???, Nukenin, 2009) delivers bone crunching thrills aplenty with a classic tale of comradeship, loyalty and betrayal. The time is the 16th Century and the whole of Japan is wracked by civil war. The Iga ninja, fated to be demolished by Nobunaga Oda, the greatest warlord of the time, have put their people under severe and harsh restrictions, with the upper echelons of the ninja brotherhood ruling their charges with an iron fist. Even the slightest and most minor of infractions can result in a death sentence for members of the lesser ninja, even those few women

    Witness The Government Conspiracy First-Hand from Magnolia Home Entertainment Source: Magnolia Home Entertainment, Bender Helper Impact press release Official Site: trollhunterfilm.com Special Thanks to Lauren Alexander “An enjoyably off-kilter hybrid of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT and WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE.” - The Hollywood Reporter “A monster thrill ride…with rollicking action reminiscent of JURASSIC PARK.” - Boxoffice Magazine Everyone will believe it when they see it! Norwegian director Andre Ovredal (FUTURE MURDER) presents an “enormously entertaining” (Variety) look at a creature thought only to exist in fairy tales when TROLLHUNTER is uncovered on Blu-ray Disc and DVD August 23 from Magnolia Home Entertainment under the Magnet label. Shot in vérité style in the vein of popular films like PARANORMAL ACTIVITY and CLOVERFIELD, TROLLHUNTER follows three Norwegian film students as they travel to the mountains to catch a real-life troll on camera, a creature

    Cover Art and Special Feature News; Plus a DAIMAJIN Update! Author: Keith Aiken Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to Barrett Evans and Roy McAree A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Mill Creek Entertainment has provided some updates regarding their upcoming Blu-ray release of Kadokawa Pictures` GAMERA 3: REVENGE OF IRIS (???3 ?????????, Gamera 3: Jyashin Iris Kakusei, 1999) and the GAMERA TRILOGY Collector`s Edition. The cover artwork for GAMERA 3 has been completely revised and now features images from the film (see the previous design here). The disc also comes with a variety of special features from GAMERA 3 and its prequels, GAMERA: GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE (??? ???????, Gamera Daikaiju Kuchu Kessen, 1995) and GAMERA 2: ATTACK OF THE LEGION (???2 ??????, Gamera 2: Region Shurai, 1996). The selection of bonus material will include... GAMERA: GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE: Gamera Behind the

    Source: Media Blasters, Inc. press release Special Thanks to Carl Morano Media Blasters Inc. and their Tokyo Shock label are proud to announce the exciting extras and supplementary materials for the upcoming DESTROY ALL MONSTERS DVD and Blu-ray. Media Blasters have enlisted the renowned Godzilla scholars Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski to supervise and create the definitive release for the most beloved of all rubber-suit monster movies ever made. DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (?????, Kaiju Soshingeki, 1968) is universally considered a strong fan favorite of the entire Godzilla series! It’s an all-star monster rally of epic proportions featuring Toho’s greatest and wildest mammoth monsters in the ultimate, all-out rubber suit rumble! See Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah, Anguirus, Minya, Spiega, Baragon, Gorosaurus, Manda and Varan in all their titanic glory! The film was directed by the famed Ishiro Honda, director of the original 1954 film and the

    Source: The Associates press release Official Site: 13assassins.jp (Japan), 13assassins.com (US) Following a hugely successful UK theatrical release that saw it garnering a Five Star review in Time Out and Four Star reviews in Loaded, The Sun, the Daily Express, the Daily Mirror, the Daily Telegraph and Nuts magazine, 13 ASSASSINS (??????, Jusan-nin no Shikaku, 2010) comes to DVD and Blu-ray this September riding a wave of critical acclaim hailing it as “one of the greatest samurai movies ever made… stunning” (Loaded), “one of the most memorable – and shocking – action films in an absolute age… brutal, bloody, brilliant” (Daily Mirror) and “an immediate action classic… magnificent” (Mail On Sunday). 13 ASSASSINS sees director Takashi Miike, the man behind such uncompromising and unforgettable movies as AUDITION and ICHI THE KILLER, indelibly stamping his trademark style on the Samurai genre with an ultra-violent,

    Second EDEN OF THE EAST Movie Comes to North America on August 23rd Source: FUNimation Entertainment Official Site: juiz.jp (Japan), funimation.com/edenoftheeast (US) Special Thanks to Jackie Smith Who is Mr. Outside? Who will win his twisted game? How did Akira Takizawa become a pawn in the mastermind’s hidden plan? The answers are revealed and the conspiracy unravels in writer/director Kenji Kamiyama`s EDEN OF THE EAST: PARADISE LOST (????? ???? Paradise Lost, Higashi no Eden Gekijooban II: Paradise Lost, 2010), the thrilling feature-length conclusion to the acclaimed anime EDEN OF THE EAST (?????, Higashi no Eden, 2009). Takizawa returns to Japan and hits the ground running. As he makes his final moves against the remaining Seleção, he fights to uncover the secrets of his mysterious past. The deck is stacked against him; he faces accusations of terrorism, and the truth behind his ties to

    Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to Roy McAree Mill Creek Entertainment will follow up last year`s Blu-ray Double Feature of GAMERA: GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE (Gamera Daikaiju Kuchu Kessen, 1995) and GAMERA 2: ATTACK OF THE LEGION (Gamera 2: Region Shurai, 1996) with two more Gamera Blu-ray releases scheduled for September 27th: GAMERA 3: REVENGE OF IRIS (Gamera 3: Iris Kakusei, 1999) and a GAMERA TRILOGY set of all three films. The upcoming releases will complete the acclaimed series by the team of directed Shusuke Kaneko (GMK, DEATH NOTE), writer Kazunori Ito (GHOST IN THE SHELL), and FX director Shinji Higuchi (SINKING OF JAPAN, HIDDEN FORTRESS: THE LAST PRINCESS). The Gamera movies were licensed from Joyplex, Inc., the US sales agent for Kadokawa Pictures, owners of the Gamera franchise. The GAMERA 3 Blu-ray will feature a brand-new high-def transfer from Kadokawa`s original film elements. For anyone

    Ruin is the Salvation of Man and Machine this August Source: FUNimation Entertainment Official Site: casshern-sins.jp (Japan), funimation.com/casshernsins (US) Special Thanks to Jackie Smith FUNimation Entertainment will release the complete, 24 episode series of CASSHERN SINS (?????? SINS, Kyashaan Shinsu, 2008) in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack on August 2nd. CASSHERN SINS is a millennial update of NEO-HUMAN CASSHERN (??????????, Shinzo Ningen Kyashaan, aka CASSHAN, 1973) a beloved classic of Japanese animation which saw a lone cyborg hero opposing a robot empire that threatened to overthrow the Earth. This darker reimagining was produced by Tatsunoko Production (NEO-HUMAN CASSHERN, SPEED RACER, GATCHAMAN) with animation by Madhouse, the studio behind DEATH NOTE, GUNSLINGER GIRL, and SAIKANO. The series was directed by Shigeyasu Yamauchi (DRAGON BALL Z). The unique animation style of CASSHERN SINS was supervised by Yoshihiko Umakoshi (FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, COWBOY BEEBOP). Casshern - a cybernetic

    Breaking rules. Breaking faces. Source: FUNimation Entertainment Official Movie Site: FUNimation.com/drop (US), drop-movie.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Jackie Smith The Japanese teenage delinquent action film DROP (????, Doroppu, 2009) has been released on DVD in North America by FUNimation Entertainment. Set in the 1980s, DROP was written and directed by actor/comedian Hiroshi Shinagawa of the comedy team "Shinagawa Shoki". The movie is based on Shinagawa`s 2006 autobiographical novel which was also adapted as a Monthly Shonen Champion manga by artist Dai Suzuki in 2007. Drawn to the hardcore life of a delinquent after reading the manga Be-Bop Highschool, student Hiroshi (Hiroki Narimiya, AZUMI) drops out of his upscale private school and enrolls in a gritty public school in Komae, Tokyo. On his first day he gets his ass kicked by Tatsuya (Hiro Mizushima, winner of the 2010 Japanese Academy Prize “Rookie of the

    SAMURAI GIRLS COMPLETE COLLECTION Available on August 23rd Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films has provided details on its August slate of releases; including the tantalizingly fun anime series, SAMURAI GIRLS. The complete collection will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray by Section23 client Sentai Filmworks. Product details follow, in order of release... MAID SAMA COLLECTION 2 Published by: Sentai Filmworks Distributed by: Section23 Films Run Time: 325 min. Street Date: 8/2/2011 Format: DVD Language: Japanese with English Subtitles SRP: $49.98 If Misaki Ayuzawa didn`t already have enough problems being the first female student council president of the formerly all-male Seika High School and carrying on a secret double life as a waitress at a local maid café by night, the fact that she may be starting to have feelings for Usui, the first boy to discover

    Source: Section23 Films press release Official Site: Ray the Animation (Japan) Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Entertainment label Maiden Japan has announced its acquisition of RAY (RAY THE ANIMATION, 2006), the 13 episode anime series based on the original manga by Akihito Yoshitomi (Blue Drop, Eat Man). Directed by Naohito Takahashi (Berserk, Steel Angel Kurumi) RAY also references the classic Osamu Tezuka (Astroboy, Kimba the White Lion) series BLACK JACK and follows the lead of that series in examining the complex ethical conflicts brought on by modern medical science, with a particular focus on the black market for human organs. If you have enough money, you can buy anything. So why wait for an organ you need to become available? Raised to be harvested for parts, Ray had already lost her eyes when renegade surgeon Black Jack rescued her. Now, ten years later, she has grown

    ANGEL BEATS COMPLETE COLLECTION Available on July 26th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films has provided details on its July 2011 slate of releases, including the white-hot anime series ANGEL BEATS. The complete collection will be released on DVD & Blu-Ray by Section23 client Sentai Filmworks. Product details follow, in order of release... ORPHEN COMPLETE COLLECTION Published by: Sentai Filmworks Distributed by: Section23 Films Run Time: 1175 min. Street Date: 7/5/2011 Format: DVD Language: English, Japanese with English Subtitles SRP: $49.98 A must-have for fans of anime and magic alike, ORPHEN is the exciting and adventurous quest of a young sorcerer as he desperately tries to rescue a beautiful enchantress from a curse that has transformed her into a fierce, vengeful dragon. Together with his apprentice Majic and the spoiled heiress Cleao, Orphen must battle his treacherous

    Source: The Associates press release Official Site: casshern-sins.jp (Japan), funimation.com/casshernsins (US) Casshern - a cybernetic assassin with no memory of his past - awakens in a corrosive wasteland where nothing survives for long. A plague known as the Ruin sweeps across this once-vibrant world, reducing everything in its path to rubble and scattering any chance for salvation. Robots and humans alike - or what little remains of them - seek vengeance against Casshern for the life he took and the role he played in their Ruin. A machine built to kill, Casshern murdered the last hope for this world, but now, lost in a future he does not recognize, he will fight to save the dying. CASSHERN SINS (?????? SINS, Kyashaan Shinsu, 2008) is a millennial update of NEO-HUMAN CASSHERN (??????????, Shinzo Ningen Kyashaan, aka CASSHAN, 1973) a beloved classic of Japanese animation which saw a lone

    Available in Stores Everywhere on July 5 Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Tom Chen This summer, loyal fans and collectors can finally bring home a new installment of the ongoing animated saga of TRANSFORMERS as Fortress Maximus, Scorponok and the rest of the Headmasters make their U.S. home entertainment debut in TRANSFORMERS: THE JAPANESE COLLECTION– HEADMASTERS DVD set from Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro, Inc. THE TRANSFORMERS– HEADMASTERS (????????? ??????????, Toransufoomaa za Heddomasutaazu, 1987) is the first part of the rare Japanese trilogy that followed the popular “Generation 1” animated series. Available for the first time in North America , this collectible 4-DVD set features the complete action-packed episodes from the HEADMASTERS series and contains the original Japanese language tracks along with updated English subtitles, a rare art gallery and more! Poised to attract an audience of pop culture enthusiasts, kids and

    Movie from the Creators of RING to be Released July 20th Source: Madman Entertainment Official Site: sentoshojo.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Ben Pollock and Philippa Lamb In 2004, producer Takashigi Ichise (the RING and JU-ON/THE GRUDGE films) launched J-HORROR THEATER (J horaa Shiataa), a series of six standalone horror films directed by genre favorites such as Hideo Nakata (RING, DARK WATER), Takashi Shimizu (JU-ON, THE GRUDGE), and Kiyoshi Kurosawa (CURE, PULSE). The final J-HORROR THEATER movie, KYOFU (??, 2010), was written and directed by Hiroshi Takahashi, the screenwriter of the original RING (???, Ringu, 1998) which made modern Japanese horror films a worldwide phenomenon. The theatrical poster for the film was rejected for display by Japanese train stations for being too graphic in its depiction of an exposed brain. KYOFU is the story of two sisters, Kaori (Mina Fujii, 10 PROMISES TO MY

    Distributor Dispels Recent Rumors and Provides Details on New Toho Acquisitions Author: Keith Aiken Source: Media Blasters, Inc. Special Thanks to Carl Morano and Ed Godziszewski A SciFi JAPAN EXCLUSIVE On May 27th, the New York-based home video and theatrical distributor Media Blasters announced that they have acquired North American rights from Toho Co. for the Godzilla movies DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (?????, Kaiju Soshingeki, 1968) and GODZILLA VS MEGALON (???????, Gojira tai Megaro, 1973). Both films will be released on Region 1 DVD and Blu-ray through the company`s live-action Asian cinema division, Tokyo Shock. DESTROY ALL MONSTERS was previously issued on VHS and DVD in America by the now-defunct label, ADV Films. Debuting before Toho began releasing the Godzilla movies on DVD in Japan, the ADV disc was a completely bare bones release lacking even such basic features as menus or chapter

    25 Years of Storytelling and Pioneering New Paths in Global Entertainment Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui, Candice Uyloan, and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, the largest distributor of anime and manga in the North America, will celebrate its 25th Anniversary on July 7th, 2011. Over its 25 year history, VIZ Media has led the transformation of manga and anime from a niche category sold only at specialty retailers into a mass media phenomenon popularized on Cartoon Network, Hulu and iTunes, and available at Barnes & Noble and Walmart. Today, VIZ Media is North America’s largest distributor of anime and manga, and is leading the global anime and manga industries to their digital futures. To celebrate 25 years of pioneering new paths in global entertainment and publishing, later this year VIZ Media will be unveiling new properties, marketing programs, and distribution partnerships.

    Source: Third Window Films press release Official Movie Site: coldfish.jp (Japan), thirdwindowfilms.com/cold-fish (UK), sushi-typhoon.com/coldfish (US) Special Thanks to Adam Torel UK label Third Window Films is pleased to announce the release of COLD FISH (??????, Tsumetai Nettaigyo, 2010), Sion Sono’s gruesome follow up to LOVE EXPOSURE, as a 2-disc DVD set and Blu-ray on June 27th, 2011. Inspired by and loosely based on the real-life exploits of serial killer couple Gen Sekine and his ex-wife Hiroko Kazama (the perpetrators of Tokyo’s notorious 1993 “Saitama serial murders of dog lovers” killings), COLD FISH is a psychotic cavalcade of sex, violence and comedy. Noboyuki Shamoto (Mitsuru Fukikoshi) runs a small tropical fish shop. His second wife, Taeko (Megumi Kagurazaka), does not get along with his daughter, Mitsuko (Hikari Kajiwara), and this worries him. One day Mitsuko is caught shoplifting at a grocery store. There they

    Special Edition Comes with Bonus Feature Film: EDEN OF THE EAST: AIR COMMUNICATION Source: Madman Entertainment Official Site: juiz.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Ben Pollock and Philippa Lamb The Air King returns! The intrigue goes international in EDEN OF THE EAST THE MOVIE 1: THE KING OF EDEN (????? ????The King of Eden, Higashi no Eden Gekijooban I: The King of Eden, 2009), a feature-length conspiracy thriller that continues the action of the anime series EDEN OF THE EAST. The deadly game that began in Japan now intensifies on the streets of New York City. The rules are the same: do whatever it takes to win. Die if you lose. Takizawa prevented Japan`s destruction - and then he vanished. Six months later, clues lead Saki to the Big Apple in search of her missing friend. Meanwhile, the remaining Selecao are plotting their final

    Source: FUNimation Entertainment Official Site: mv.avex.jp/to (Japan), funimation.com/tomovie (US) Special Thanks to Jackie Smith North American anime distributor FUNimation Entertainment has licensed the home entertainment, broadcast, digital rights and merchandise rights for the sci-fi original video anime TO (???, 2009) from Showgate, Inc. TO will be available from major retailers as a Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack on June 7, 2011. The suggested retail price is $34.98. The OVA is directed by Fumihiko Sori (APPLESEED, VEXILLE and the upcoming DRAGON AGE role-playing video game based anime film being produced by BioWare and FUNimation). In TO, Sori has adapted two stories from Yukinobu Hoshino`s manga 2001 Nights (2001???, Nisenichi Ya Monogatari). "Elliptical Orbit" and "Symbiotic Planet" are part of Hoshino`s centuries-long storyline about mankind`s voyages into space. Elliptical Orbit Fifteen years after its last contact with our world, a space freighter known as the Flying Dutchman

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