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    Photo courtesy of Dark Star Pictures. Ⓒ Dark Star Pictures, LLC 2022 Source: Dark Star Pictures press release MISSING (Sagasu, さがす, 2021) Japan, 2021 (In Japanese with English Subtitles), 124 Minutes Directed by: Shinzô Katayama Starring: Aoi Ito, Hiroya Shimizu, Misato Morita, Jirô Satô ****SPECIAL LOS ANGELES SCREENING WITH ACA CINEMA PROJECT **** Tuesday, September 27th at 5:00PM Followed by Zoom Q and A with filmmaker Shinzô Katayama Location: Harmony Gold Theater (7655 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles) Further details: https://www.aca-cinema-japan.com   Dark Star and Bloody Disgusting plan a US theatrical release for MISSING on November 4, 2022, an On Demand release on November 18, 2022, and the Blu Ray release for the film to follow on December 6, 2022. OFFICIAL SELECTION: Busan International Film Festival, Fantasia International Film Festival. Depressed and in debt following the death of his wife, Santoshi (Jiro Sato)

      Tsuburaya kicks off the 55th anniversary of Ultraseven this October. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Tsuburaya ProductionsOfficial Site: https://seven55th.m-78.jp/ (Japan) 55 years ago, there was a future... Fifty-five years before SHIN ULTRAMAN, there was an immortal hero who loved the Earth and mankind, standing between them and many alien invaders... His name is Ultraseven.   Image courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. has announced of the Ultraseven 55th Anniversary Project (ウルトラセブン55周年, Urutorasebun 55-Shūnen) with the anniversary logo and key art (both shown here) and the launch of the official website. The event kicks off this October, the month the ULTRASEVEN (ウルトラセブン, Urutorasebun) televsion series premiered in Japan.  Full details will be announced in the near future.   ■What Is ULTRASEVEN? In 1967, ULTRASEVEN was broadcast following the

    Photo courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Mill Creek Entertainment press release Special Thanks to JW Starrett and Chris Johnsen   On July 10, 2022 Mill Creek Entertainment is excited to be a part of the annual, internationally celebrated ULTRAMAN DAY! As the exclusive North American home video distributor of the majority of the Ultraman series, Mill Creek boasts an unmatched deep catalog of Ultraman releases, featuring Complete Series sets, collectible SteelBook® titles, Movies & Specials Collections, all released over the past 4 years on DVD and high-definition Blu-ray™! In honor of Ultraman Day 2022, Mill Creek is offering ALL its Ultraman titles currently in stock at 50% off MSRP!   And that is not all! From 7/1-7/10, Mill Creek is holding DAILY “Enter-to-Win” contests via their social media accounts! Visit https://www.facebook.com/MillCreekEnt starting June 30 to enter. Each daily contest will

    Get 50% off all Ultraman Blu-rays and DVDs at DeepDiscount.com. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to Chris Johnsen and Spencer Kopp   Photo courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Ultraman Day 2022 is coming up fast on July 10, 2022!  To celebrate another year of everyone's favorite legendary warrior, Mill Creek Entertainment is having a GIGANTIC SALE on all Ultraman DVD's and Blu-rays, and a HUGE GIVEAWAY of Ultraman Blu-rays every day through July 10th.   Through July 10 50% off ALL Ultraman DVDs, Blu-rays, and Steelbooks on DeepDiscount.com (Movies, Complete Series, Steelbooks...EVERYTHING, including ULTRA Q and NEO ULTRA Q)   Through July 9 Daily Blu-ray Giveaways. Follow Mill Creek on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for details on how to enter. Five winners per day. Each daily giveaway entry also

      Ultraman Z, Ultraman Trigger and Trigger Dark in ULTRAMAN TRIGGER: EPISODE Z. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ULTRAMAN TRIGGER FILM PARTNERS Ultraman Connection Event & Screening Tonight at 6:00pm PST Official Site: https://m-78.jp/trigger/episodez/ (Japan), ultramanconnection.com/ultraman-trigger-episode-z (US) Special Thanks to Tsuburaya Productions, Iceberg Theory Starlight Runner, and The Licensing Group Ltd. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ULTRAMAN TRIGGER FILM PARTNERS  The movie ULTRAMAN TRIGGER: EPISODE Z (ウルトラマントリガー エピソードZ, Urutoraman Torigā Episōdo Zetto), following the story of the ULTRAMAN TRIGGER: NEW GENERATION TIGA (ウルトラマントリガー NEW GENERATION TIGA, Urutoraman Torigā Nyū Jenerēshon Tiga, 2021-22) series, will have its international premiere today.  This story acts as an epilogue, set two years after the events of Trigger’s final battle against Megalothor, and will answer mysteries left in the wake of that struggle. What brings Kengo Manaka/Ultraman Trigger (Raiga Terasaka) back, and why Ultraman Z is once again fighting the forces of

      Photo courtesy of The Licensing Group. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ULTRAMAN TRIGGER FILM PARTNERS   Source: Ultraman Connection Official Site: ultramanconnection.com/ultraman-trigger-episode-z Special Thanks to Tsuburaya Productions, Iceberg Theory Starlight Runner, and The Licensing Group Ltd Ultraman Connection is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win tickets to the Ultraman Connection Watch Party - Ultraman Trigger: Episode Z Event & Screening on March 18th. This special streaming event will allow fans to enjoy the global premier of ULTRAMAN TRIGGER: EPISODE Z with in-studio cast members Raiga Terasaka (Kengo Manaka/Ultraman Trigger), Runa Toyoda (Yuna Shizuma/Yuzare), and Kohshu Hirano (Haruki Natsukawa/Ultraman Z). Following the premier, there will be a discussion with additional details from the guests.   The Ultraman Connection Watch Party - Ultraman Trigger: Episode Z bundle can also be pre-ordered now for only $11.99. Pre-order "screening only" tickets

    Photo courtesy of Toei Animation. ©Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha, Toei Animation ©“2009 One Piece” Production committee Source: Toei Animation Inc. press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Photo courtesy of Toei Animation. ©Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha, Toei Animation ©“2009 One Piece” Production committee ONE PIECE, the  global hit anime series from Toei Animation, will air its 1,000th episode this November. To celebrate this franchise milestone, Toei Animation and Fathom Events will present ONE PIECE FILM: STRONG WORLD as a special two-night theatrical event on November 7 (English Dub) & November 9 (English Sub) in select U.S. theaters. This will be the first-ever U.S. theatrical release of ONE PIECE FILM: STRONG WORLD – the 2009 movie written by creator Eiichiro Oda and 10th film in the ONE PIECE franchise. As part of this special event, moviegoers will also experience the U.S. premiere of the ONE PIECE: MUGIWARA CHASE featurette.

    Photo courtesy of Toho. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Celebrate Godzilla’s Birthday This November with a 48-hour Marathon and Godzilla vs. TokuSHOUTsu: Friday Night Kaiju, Featuring 17 Classic Kaiju Films Source: Toho Co., Ltd. press release Official Site: godzilla.com Special Thanks to Sarah J. De Bruin This November, celebrate 67 years of Godzilla with your fellow Kaiju and toku fans with two monstrous events on TokuSHOUTsu and Shout! Factory TV. Utilizing high-definition restorations of the films, these marathons mark the first time these titles are available on either channel. The party kicks off on November 3rd with a 48-hour Godzilla movie marathon starting at 12 am PT on Shout! Factory TV with 17 Kaiju films starting with GODZILLA, THE UNCUT JAPANESE ORIGINAL (GOJIRA) with subsequent films, including GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN (1955), airing in chronological order. Following the two-day birthday marathon, fans can keep the party going

    Photo courtesy of Toho. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Toho Co., Ltd. press release Official Site: godzilla.com Special Thanks to Jessica Xie This year Toho International, Inc. is celebrating Godzilla Day like never before with a bunch of fun-filled activities and merchandise! ●      On Wednesday, November 3, 2021, the month-long celebrations kick off with screenings of 1954 GODZILLA (a.k.a. GOJIRA) in 4K restoration. Exclusively screened at Alamo Drafthouse cinemas across the nation, including LA, NYC, San Francisco and many more, the 11/3 screenings of GODZILLA in 4K act as the film’s worldwide premiere. Alamo is also screening classic films GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH, SHIN GODZILLA, THE RETURN OF GODZILLA and GODZILLA VS. BIOLLANTE during Godzilla’s birth-month. Find more info on the website here: drafthouse.com/los-angeles/movies/godzilla. ●      To continue celebrating the iconic monster’s 67th birthday, Toho has treated fans to all-new products to show off their true

    Source: MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler   Photo courtesy of MVD Entertainment. SRS Cinema and distributor MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the new DVD edition of ZILLAFOOT,  an epic kaiju homage to the Toho monsters and Tsuburaya heroes.   A UFO lands on Earth, unleashing a giant monster that is half lizard, half gorilla - Zillafoot! The monster rampages, decimating any military response and even awakening a strange dinosaur. Now it's up to scientists and the final member of the famed Ultrasquad to face the new threats and save humanity   The ZILLAFOOT DVD will be ravailable from SRS Cinema on October 5. The suggested retail price is $19.95. OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES and INFORMATION Prize: A. There are five (5) prizes, each consisting of

    Source: MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler   Photo courtesy of MVD Entertainment. ©2020 Monster Seafood Wars Production Committee SRS Cinema and distributor MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the new DVD edition of the  independent daikaiju film MONSTER SEAFOOD WARS (三大怪獣グルメ, San Daikaijū Gurume, 2020).  In the latest film from tdirector Minoru Kawasaki (THE WORLD SINKS EXCEPT JAPAN, MONSTER X STRIKES BACK/ ATTACK THE G8 SUMMIT!) and screenwriter Masakazu Migita (ULTRAMAN TIGA), Yuta, a young master at the Tsukiji Fish Market, accidentally drops his meal of mixed seafood into the Sumida River. Some time afterwards a gigantic mutated squid monster arises from the depths and begins to wreak havoc upon an awe-stricken Tokyo. Attempts by the Japan Self-Defense Forces to stop the creature prove futile. As it seems things couldn't get any worse an enormous mutant octopus

    Photo courtesy of Arrow Video. ©Sony Pictures Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group press release Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Zombies! Werewolves! Atomic Mutation! Intergalactic Avians! Arrow Video US and MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the Limited Edition Blu-ray set COLD WAR CREATURES: FOUR FILMS FROM SAM KATZMAN, a quartet of classic terrors to take you back to the golden age of B-Movie Monsters! Photo courtesy of Arrow Video. ©Sony Pictures A mob boss hires an ex-Nazi scientist to reanimate his dead thugs in CREATURE WITH THE ATOM BRAIN (1955). An auto-accident survivor is used as an experimental subject to create a vaccine for nuclear fall-out with hair-raising side-effects in THE WEREWOLF (1956). Treasure hunters get more than they bargained for in the search for a cargo of diamonds that went down with a sunken ship when

    The classic series THE ULTRAMAN and ULTRAMAN 80 come to DVD in North America for the first time! Photos courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to JW Starrett and Kirsten Van Peursem Mill Creek Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their new DVD sets of Tsuburaya Productions’ THE ULTRAMAN and ULTRAMAN 80. The sets feature audio of the original Japanese soundtracks with English subtitles. Episode guide booklets are also included. THE ULTRAMAN (ザ☆ウルトラマン, Za Urutoraman, 1979-80) is the eighth Ultraman television series and the first Ultraman anime show. The animation was done by Sunrise, the studio that has received international acclaim for their hugely popular MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM franchise. The show's hero, Ultraman Joneus, is a legendary warrior who hails from U40, a Star of Ultra outside of the Land of Light. Joneus made his first

    Source: MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler   Photo courtesy of MVD Entertainment. SRS Cinema and distributor MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the new DVD edition of the 1984 Korean movie WAR OF THE GOD MONSTERS. Released in its native country as THE UNDEAD BEAST (비천괴수, Bicheongoesu) and marketed internationally as THE FLYING MONSTER (飛天怪獸, Hiten Kaiju), this kaiju classic has never been released in North America until now!   Dr. Kim believes that ancient dinosaurs are waking up due to global warming rapidly melting the glaciers where they have slept for thousands of years. The recently widowed scientist, now in isolation to study his theories outside the judgemental eye of the public, struggles to find balance with his obsession and raising his young daughter, Sohee. A reporter, named Kang Ok-hee, discovers his hideout and

    Source: Diamond Select Toys Special Thanks to Zach Oat Win a Godzilla 1974 Figural Bank from Diamond Select Toys and SciFi Japan! Photo courtesy of Diamond Select. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Diamond Select Toys is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their Godzilla 1974 Figural Bank. Sculpted by Gentle Giant, this full-figure vinyl bank depicts Godzilla, exactly as he appeared in 1974`s GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA (ゴジラ対メカゴジラ, Gojira Tai Mekagojira). The 12-inch rendition of the King of All Monsters in his full 1970s glory features a coin slot on his back and a removable tail that reveals an access door. Measuring 18 inches long from nose to tail, he is the perfect addition to any Godzilla collection! The suggested retail price is $39.99. Diamond Select Toys’ Godzilla collectibles can now be ordered internationally from their web store. OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES and INFORMATION

    The Sasebo City Museum Shimase Art Center in Nagasaki is hosting an exhibition devoted to the legendary Toho production designer Yasuyuki Inoue. Photo courtesy of Toyomi Togo and Toshio Miike. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Oki Miyano Special Thanks to Toyomi Togo and Toshio Miike Yasuyuki Inoue. Through August 29th, the Sasebo City Museum Shimase Art Center in Nagasaki is hosting an exhibition devoted to the legendary Toho production designer Yasuyuki Inoue (1922-2012). The exhibit serves a runup to a bigger event to be held in at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo from March 19 to June 19, 2022, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Inoue's birth.  Yasuyuki Inoue was hired by Toho in 1954 to build the miniature sets for Godzilla’s stunning rampage thru Tokyo in the original GODZILLA (ゴジラ, Gojira, 1954). He would become the head of the studio's special arts department, leading

    Source: MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Photo courtesy of MVD. MVD Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their new Collector's Edition Blu-ray of THE DARK (1979), a chilling tale of alien terror f rom director John "Bud" Cardos (KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS, MUTANT). A writer (William Devane, ROLLING THUNDER) takes a personal interest in a series of baffling, shocking murders in Los Angeles ... and evidence suggests the suspect may not be human. Every night "The Mangler" stalks the streets, attacking and mutilating random victims. On the creature's trail is TV reporter Zoe Owens (Cathy Lee Crosby, COACH) and police detective Dave Mooney (Richard Jaeckel, THE DIRTY DOZEN), but the truth behind the murders is far more strange and horrifying than they could ever imagine in this cult classic featuring Keenan Wynn (DR. STRANGELOVE), Casey Kasem (radio legend and "American

      Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © KADOKAWA Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © KADOKAWA Arrow Video US and MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their new Blu-ray of Daiei's BLIND BEAST (盲獣, Mōjū, 1969), a grotesque portrait of the bizarre relationship between a blind sculptor and his captive muse, adapted from a short story from Japan's foremost master of the macabre, Edogawa Rampo (Horrors of Malformed Men, The Black Lizard, Caterpillar). An artist's model, Aki (Mako Midori), is abducted, and awakens in a dark warehouse studio whose walls are decorated with outsized women's body parts - eyes, lips, legs and breasts - and dominated by two recumbent giant statues of male and female nudes. Her kidnapper introduces himself as Michio (Eiji Funakoshi), a blind sculptor whom she

    Source: MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Photo courtesy of MVD. Unearthed Films and MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their new Blu-ray of the Japanese horror classic EVIL DEAD TRAP ( 死霊の罠, Shiryō no wana, 1988). Directed by Toshiharu Ikeda (MERMAID LEGEND) and originally produced by Japan Home Video, the movie features special effects created by Shinichi Wakasa, monster-suit maker for several Godzilla, Gamera and Ultraman films. A TV station employee takes a camera crew out to an abandoned factory to investigate a purported snuff film that was made there, only to end up running for her life. Nami hosts a late night home video program. She receives a tape which appears to be a real snuff film. She and her crew investigate the location where she meets a man looking for his brother who warns her to

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