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    In the Midst of Disaster, Only One Signal Matters Source: The Associates press release Official Movie Site: 252 (Japan) Inspired by a miraculous real-life rescue event that occurred following the Chuetsu earthquake of 2004 and named after the Tokyo Fire Department code that indicates the discovery of survivors in need of rescue, 252: SIGN OF LIFE (252: Seizonsha Ari, aka 252: SIGNAL OF LIFE, 2008) is an epic, special effects-laden disaster movie that combines the thrills and dramatic heroics of THE TOWERING INFERNO with the elemental spectacle of SINKING OF JAPAN. Giant, baseball-sized hailstones and a devastating tidal wave are merely precursors to the main event, a mega-typhoon that strikes Japan and virtually destroys Tokyo, leaving a handful of survivors trapped in the rapidly flooding and collapsing subway system with their fate of hanging in the balance. Among them is a former Hyper

    Source: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Official Website: BBCAmericaShop.com Special Thanks to Bridget Groller Thank you to everyone who entered the BBC America Shop 2010 Holiday Sweepstakes from Warner Bros and BBC, and Warner Bros and SciFi Japan`s contest for a free BBC Holiday Prize Pack containing DVD copies of BEING HUMAN, TOP GEAR, DOCTOR WHO, and a UK inspired light switch cover. The winning entry is: Chris Hall Congratulations, Chris! Warner Bros has already shipped your Prize Pack so keep an eye on your mailbox. And SciFi Japan isn`t done with prizes for 2010! We`re currently running a contest for free tickets to the world premiere of GANTZ, and in the next few days will launch a DVD giveaway for KAMUI GAIDEN. So keep checking back with SciFi Japan for more chances to win some cool stuff! About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group Warner

    North American Release on December 28 Source: FUNimation Entertainment Official Movie Site: kamuigaiden.jp (Japan), funimation.com/kamui (US) Special Thanks to Manny Alcala FUNimation Entertainment will release the live-action dramatic epic KAMUI GAIDEN on Region 1 DVD and Blu-ray on December 20th. Produced by Shochiku Co. Ltd., the film was released in September 2009 in Japan. An adaptation of Sanpei Shirato`s 1964 manga series of the same name, the movie is directed by Japanese Academy Award winner Yoichi Sai (BLOOD AND BONES), written by Kankuro Kudo (PING PONG) and stars Kenichi Matsuyama (DETROIT METAL CITY, DEATH NOTE). Both the DVD (SRP $24.98) and Blu-ray ($29.98) present KAMUI GAIDEN in its original 1.85:1 theatrical aspect ratio with both Japanese and English dubbed audio tracks. There are also 45 minutes of extras, including "Making Of" and behind the scenes footage. The following press notes are courtesy of

    KOIHIME MUSO COMPLETE COLLECTION Available on January 4th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films has provided details on its January 2011 slate of releases, including the popular series KOIHIME MUSO. The complete collection will be released by Section23 client Sentai Filmworks. Product details follow, in order of release... KOIHIME MUSO COMPLETE COLLECTION Published by: Sentai Filmworks Distributed by: Section23 Films Run Time: 325 min. Street Date: 1/4/2011 Format: DVD Language: Japanese with English Subtitles SRP: $49.98 Before Hua Mulan, before Wu Zetian, China bore another great hero, one whose true name was lost to history… until now. Swearing vengeance after bandits destroy her family and village, a girl named Aisha takes the name Kan`u and sets forth on a journey that will take her across the ruins of a great nation, living not as a woman "should,"

    From the Director of THE GRUDGE Comes J-Horror`s First Live-Action 3D Shocker Source: The Associates press release Official Movie Site: 3d-shock.asmik-ace.co.jp (Japan) Japanese master of horror Takashi Shimizu, the writer-director and overall creative force behind the nerve-shredding and hugely successful JU-ON/THE GRUDGE franchise, takes J-Horror into a brand new era with the spooky and mysterious SHOCK LABYRINTH 3D (??????, Senritsu Meikyuu 3D), which comes to DVD in the United Kingdom in January 2011 and features both the 2D and 3D versions of Shimizu’s latest spine chiller complete with two pairs of 3D glasses. Directed by Shimizu and based on the world’s largest walk-through ‘haunted house’, The Haunted Hospital attraction situated at the world famous Fuji-Q Highland theme park, SHOCK LABYRINTH 3D is the first Japanese film shot in HD Digital 3D (and J-Horror’s first ever live action 3D movie) and stars some of

    Source: The Associates press release Official Movie Site: k20themovie (US) Editor`s Note: The entertaining K-20: LEGEND OF THE MASK (K-20: Kaijin Niju-Menso Den, 2008) is a movie we`ve covered several times on SciFi Japan after attending a premiere screening at the 2008 American Film Market. After playing the North American festival circuit the film was released on Region 1 DVD earlier this year by VIZ Pictures as K-20: THE FIEND WITH TWENTY FACES. Now comes word that Manga Entertainment will be bringing the film to DVD and Blu-ray in the United Kingdom with the title K-20: THE LEGEND OF THE BLACK MASK. Read on for details from Manga and The Associates... Riffing on period crimefighter movies such as THE SHADOW, THE ROCKETEER and THE PHANTOM while giving more than a passing nod to contemporary superhero movies such as BATMAN BEGINS and SPIDER-MAN, the

    Source: FUNimation Entertainment Special Thanks to Manny Alcala North American theatrical and home video distributor FUNimation Entertainment recently acquired rights to a number of Asian live action films. The following titles will be released on home entertainment in 2011. DROP (2009) A teenage delinquent action film written and directed by actor/comedian Hiroshi Shinagawa of the comedy team "Shinagawa Shoki". Set in the 1980s, the movie is based on Shinagawa`s 2006 autobiographical novel which was also adapted as a 2007 manga by artist Dai Suzuki. Inspired by the manga Be-Bop Highschool, student Hiroshi Shinanogawa (Hiroki Narimiya, AZUMI) drops out of private school and transfers to a public middle school. Shinanogawa`s dyed red hair catches the the attention of gang of juvenile delinquents. After a fight with gang leader Tatsuya Iguchi (Hiro Mizushima, MASKED RIDER KABUTO), Shinanogawa becomes a member of the gang and enjoys

    Deluxe Release of Kinji Fukasaku`s Cult Classic Arrives December 13th Source: The Associates press release Official Site: Arrow Films The cult Japanese movie that defines twisted action and sickening violence is ready to shock you all over again. Arrow Video`s BATTLE ROYALE Limited Edition DVD and Blu-Ray will be released on 13th December 2010 in the United Kingdom. Both format releases feature brand new restored high definition transfers of both the Theatrical Cut and Director`s Cut, brand new subtitle translations, limited edition packaging numbered #/5000 with certificate and a whole host of new and exclusive extra features. In a world where teenagers have no respect and adults are losing control there can be only one solution: Battle Royale! Now, see what happens when you let a high school class loose on an island, arm them and then give them a simple choice... Kill

    TWO Chances for Great Holidays Gifts from BBC America Shop Source: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Official Website: BBCAmericaShop.com Special Thanks to Bridget Groller The holiday season is right around the corner, and Warner Bros and the BBC are working together to promote their BIG holiday sweepstakes. The BBC has some great sci-fi titles including DOCTOR WHO, BEING HUMAN, TORCHWOOD, PRIMEVAL, RED DWARF and SURVIVORS, and now they want people like you to discover the BBC America Shop to find all the perfect holiday gifts including BBC films, TV series, and unique British Collectibles. So to get your attention, Warner Bros and the BBC will be giving away $1000 (two $500 Gift Cards, one for the winner and one for a friend) redeemable toward purchases at BBCAmericaShop.com. There are also 2nd and 3rd place prizes for two $250 and two $100 Gift Cards, respectively. Warner Bros has asked

    Source: VIZ Pictures Official Site: go-to-dmc (Japan), DMCtheMovie.com (US) Special Thanks to Rieko Fuji A SciFi JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Thank you to everyone who entered VIZ Pictures and SciFi Japan`s contest for a free DETROIT METAL CITY DVD. The winning entry is: Vince Flores Congratulations, Vince! VIZ Pictures will be shipping the Gift Pack shortly so keep an eye on your mailbox. More contests are in the works so keep checking back with SciFi Japan for more chances to win some cool stuff! About VIZ Pictures, Inc. Based in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Pictures, Inc. distributes Japanese live-action films and DVDs, with particular focus on Japanese "kawaii (cute) and cool" pop culture. VIZ Pictures approaches each release from a J-pop fan`s point of view to serve manga and anime generation in North America . VIZ Pictures titles include DEATH NOTE, KAMIKAZE GIRLS, LINDA LINDA

    NYAN KOI! COMPLETE COLLECTION Available on December 14th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films has provided details on its December 2010 slate of releases, including the wildly popular series NYAN KOI! The complete collection which will be released from Section23 client Sentai Filmworks. Product details follow, in order of release... KIMIKISS: PURE ROUGE COLLECTION 2 Published by: Sentai Filmworks Distributed by: Section23 Films Run Time: 300 min. Street Date: 12/7/2010 Format: DVD Language: Japanese with English Subtitles SRP: $49.98 Making a movie is supposed to be difficult, but as production begins on the movie club`s film, the complicated web that ties the members together quickly threatens to become far more complex than the movie itself. After all, any problem that occurs in a movie has to resolve itself in just a few hours, whereas things that happen

    Get the New Toho Heavy Metal Comedy for Free, Courtesy of VIZ Pictures and SciFi Japan Source: VIZ Pictures Official Site: go-to-dmc (Japan), DMCtheMovie.com (US) Special Thanks to Rieko Fuji A SciFi JAPAN EXCLUSIVE VIZ Pictures, an affiliate of VIZ Media, LLC that focuses on Japanese live-action film distribution, has released the Toho heavy metal comedy DETROIT METAL CITY on Region 1 DVD with Japanese audio and English subtitles. Directed by Toshio Lee and based on the popular manga comic created by Kiminori Wakasugi, DETROIT METAL CITY takes the zany rock antics inspired by films like SPINAL TAP to hilarious new extremes. It features notable appearances by Gene Simmons from the legendary band, KISS, and Marty Friedman of Megadeth, and stars Kenichi Matsuyama, widely for his role as `L` in the DEATH NOTE films. The suggested retail price for the DETROIT METAL CITY DVD is

    Director Mamoru Hosoda Delivers a Japanese Academy Award Winner Author: Elliot Gay Source: FUNimation Entertainment Official Site: s-wars.jp (Japan) Four years ago, animation studio Madhouse quietly released a little film called THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME (Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo, 2006). Directed by Mamoru Hosoda, the film went on to become a critical success around the world as audiences were captivated by its well-told tale. Before working on THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME, Hosoda directed several film extensions of anime television series, such as DIGIMON and ONE PIECE. In particular, his work on the ONE PIECE film, BARON OMATSURI AND THE SECRET ISLAND (Omatsuri Danshaku to Himitsu no Shima, 2005) received a lot of praise for its creative take on the well beloved franchise. But really, it was his Madhouse debut in 2006 that truly put him in the eyes of

    Source: VIZ Pictures Official Site: go-to-dmc (Japan), DMCtheMovie.com (US) Special Thanks to Rieko Fuji VIZ Pictures, an affiliate of VIZ Media, LLC that focuses on Japanese live-action film distribution, has provided the following press notes for DETROIT METAL CITY, the live-action heavy metal comedy based on the popular manga of the same name. DETROIT METAL CITY is now available on Region 1 DVD with Japanese audio and English subtitles. MSRP is $24.92 U.S. / $35.99 CAN. DETROIT METAL CITY Directed by Toshio Lee Based on the manga by Kiminori Wakasugi Starring: Kenichi Matsuyama, Rosa Kato, Ryuji Akiyama, Yoshihiko Hosoda Genre: Comedy / Drama / Music 2008 / Japan / 104 min. / Color / Not Rated (strong language and violence) © 2008 Toho /Horipro /Hakusensha /SME /Dentsu /d-rights /Parco /SDP /Tokyo FM /Yahoo! Japan /Nippan /Tsutaya Group INTRODUCTION Based

    New Japanese Giant Monsters for Free on Region 1 DVD Source: Cinema Epoch Movie Website: demeking-movie.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Gregory Hatanaka and Edwin Santos A SciFi JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Thank you to everyone who entered Well Go USA and SciFi Japan`s DEMEKING and PSYCHO SHARK contest. The winning entries are... Aaron Conway Timothy Padgett Heather Bradley Stuart Webner Don J. Krouskop Congratulations to the winners! The prizes will be shipping shortly so keep an eye on your mailbox. More contests and giveaways are in the works so keep checking back with SciFi Japan for more chances to win some cool stuff! About Cinema Epoch Cinema Epoch is a Los Angeles-based international sales, production and distribution company formed by distribution veteran Gregory Hatanaka. With a distribution slate that includes internationally acclaimed arthouse films, contemporary American films and edgy cult & midnight

    New Release Packed Full of Extras Plus a Bonus Digital Copy Source: Showbox Media Group press release View the Trailer: cine-asia.co.uk/trailer/LITTLE-BIG-SOLDIER Special Thanks to Louise Rivers Cine Asia are proud to announce the DVD and Blu-ray release of the long-awaited (it took 20 years in the making, but boy was it worth it!) and highly anticipated, LITTLE BIG SOLDIER (Da bing xiao jiamg, 2010), starring Jackie Chan and Leehom Wang. The film arrives on 2 Disc DVD and Blu-ray 8th November 2010, courtesy of Cine Asia. Join the undisputed ‘King of Action Comedy’ for a madcap action-packed journey across ancient China. In the aftermath of a great battle between rival kingdoms, only two men remain standing! One is a peasant soldier with a shameless ability for avoiding his responsibilities in battle (Jackie Chan); the other is a warrior prince, who has been wounded fighting for his

    DVD Sequel Contains Unrated Footage Not Seen on SyFy Source: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, MPRM press releases Special Thanks to Leif Helland and Corrie Hirokawa The monster crocodiles return in a frightening new installment of the successful horror franchise when the unrated LAKE PLACID 3 debuts on DVD October 26 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Colin Ferguson (TV’s EUREKA), Yancy Butler (KICK-ASS), Kacey Barnfield (RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE), and Michael Ironside (TERMINATOR SALVATION) star in the latest incarnation of the campy, blood-thirsty horror series. Fans will eat up the steamy, sexy and gory LAKE PLACID 3 when it arrives on DVD for $24.96 SRP, boasting unrated, unreleased scenes suitable only for adult audiences. Get ready for a living, feeding nightmare when a swarm of gigantic crocodiles terrorizes a secluded country lake. When local wildlife is brutally mauled and campers are reduced to carcasses, biologist

    XAM`D COLLECTION 2 BLU-RAY EDITION Available on November 9th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films has provided details on its November 2010 slate of releases, including XAM`D COLLECTION 2 which will be released on DVD and Blu Ray, from Section23 client Sentai Filmworks. Product details follow, in order of release... UTA-KATA COLLECTION 1 Published by: Sentai Filmworks Distributed by: Section23 Films Run Time: 325 min. Street Date: 11/2/2010 Format: DVD Language: Japanese with English Subtitles SRP: $49.98 Before you make a deal with a girl in a mirror, reflect seriously on the source of the offer. Ichika Tachibana fails to take this advice in order to retrieve a lost charm, and as a result suddenly ends up with the magical forces of a Djinn at her command. Sounds like a good deal, right? Wrong. At first things

    Source: Well Go USA, Inc. Official Site: assaultgirlsmovie.com (US), assault-girls.nifty.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Chrissy Walker A SciFi JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Thank you to everyone who entered Well Go USA and SciFi Japan`s ASSAULT GIRLS DVD and POSTER contest. The winning entries are... Andrea L Marbry Abel Castro Montero Treveno Colley Frank Polgar Lance Saltzman Congratulations to the winners! Well Go USA will be shipping the prizes shortly so keep an eye on your mailbox. Our giveaway competitions for DEMEKING and PSYCHO SHARK DVDs and THE EXORCIST: EXTENDED DIRECTOR`S CUT Blu-ray are still running, and more contests are planned for 2010 so keep checking back with SciFi Japan for more chances to win some cool stuff! About Well Go USA, Inc. Well Go USA, Inc. specializes in the acquisition and distribution of entertainment programs in the video, television and digital market

    Source: FUNimation Entertainment Official Movie Site: funimation.com/vampiregirl Special Thanks to Manny Alcala and Jackie Smith The deranged genius behind TOKYO GORE POLICE (Tokyo Zankoku Keisatsu, 2008) is back with a chilling new flick that’s re-writing the hallowed history of the horror genre. VAMPIRE GIRL VS FRANKENSTEIN GIRL (Kyuketsu Shojo tai Shojo Furanken, 2009) is the terrifying story of two classic monsters re-imagined as super hot – and extremely lethal – Japanese school girls. Gore rules supreme in this blood-cake cavalcade of carnage chosen as the winner of the Audience Award at the 2009 NY Asian Film Festival and also took home the Guru Prize for Most Energetic Film at the Fantasia Festival. Fan boys and movie blogs are already buzzing over this bloodbath du jour, and aficionados of psychedelic blood-filled chocolates, mad scientist principals, sumo wrestlers from hell, and sex-crazed school nurses are

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