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    Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events press release Official Site: ghiblifest.com Throughout 2018, GKIDS and Fathom Events continue their collaboration to bring a new line-up of treasured animated features to U.S. cinemas. STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2018 gives fans an opportunity to see nine of Studio Ghibli’s celebrated animated masterpieces on cinema screens nationwide, along with some very special surprises. Up next from STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2018, celebrating its 20th Anniversary, is GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES (?????, Hotaru no Haka, 1988), Directed by Academy Award-nominated Isao Takahata, the film has been universally hailed as an artistic and emotional tour de force. As the Empire of the Sun crumbles upon itself and a rain of firebombs falls upon Japan, the final death march of a nation is echoed in millions of smaller tragedies. This is the story of Seita and his younger sister Setsuko, two children forced to fend

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Official Site: godzillamovie.com #GodzillaMovie Earlier this month, Warner Bros. Pictures released the first photos from GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS exclusively to Entertainment Weekly for their annual San Diego Comic Con preview. With SDCC now past, Warner Bros. has made those pics -- and additional photos from Comic Con`s GKOTM panel -- available to other media outlets, including SciFi Japan. A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS hits theaters beginning May 31, 2019. It will be distributed in 3D and 2D and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd. About Warner Bros. Pictures Warner Bros. Pictures has been at the forefront of the motion picture industry since

    GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS Trailer 1, courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENT. © LEGENDARY 2018 Source: Warner Bros. Pictures press release Official Site: godzillamovie.com #GodzillaMovie Following the global success of GODZILLA and KONG: SKULL ISLAND comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse: GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history. The film was directed by Michael Dougherty (KRAMPUS), and stars Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga (UP IN THE AIR, THE CONJURING films), and Ken Watanabe (THE LAST SAMURAI) and Sally Hawkins (BLUE JASMINE), both reprising their GODZILLA roles; Kyle Chandler (THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA); Millie Bobby Brown (STRANGER THINGS) in her feature film

    Source: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Special Thanks to Tyler Robinson Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Combo Pack of Steven Spielberg’s action adventure READY PLAYER ONE. Based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, READY PLAYER ONE stars Tye Sheridan (X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, MUD), Olivia Cooke (ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL, TV’s BATES MOTEL) and Ben Mendelsohn (ROGUE ONE – A STAR WARS STORY, TV’s BLOODLINE). The ensemble cast also includes Lena Waithe (TV’s MASTER OF NONE), T.J. Miller (DEADPOOL, TV’s SILICON VALLEY), Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki, Hannah John-Kamen (STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS), Simon Pegg (the STAR TREK and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE movies) and Oscar winner Mark Rylance (BRIDGE OF SPIES, DUNKIRK). READY PLAYER ONE will be available in a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Additional Material: Anime Limited press release Official Site: penguin-highway.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided information and high-res images from PENGUIN HIGHWAY (??????????, Pengin Haiuei). The anime film will be screened nationwide in Japan on August 17 through Toho’s ODS (Other Digital Stuff) distribution division, which is also handling the domestic theatrical release of the Godzilla "Anigoji" Trilogy. British distributor Anime Limited will release the film in UK cinemas in early 2019. PENGUIN HIGHWAY is based on the novel of the same name by Tomihiko Morimi, author of such bestselling works as Night is Short, Walk on Girl and The Eccentric Family. It is the first feature film from the up-and-coming animation house, Studio Colorido, and is directed by Hiroyasu Ishida, a young filmmaker who has won several Japanese and international awards for his

    Author: Keith Aiken Source: Post Haste Digital, Netflix Official Site: godzilla-anime.com (Japan), netflix.com/godzilla-anime-2 (US) Twitter: @GODZILLA_ANIME Special Thanks to Brian Bartelt and Kristine de los Santos A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Last week, Netflix announced that Toho and Polygon Pictures` GODZILLA: CITY ON THE EDGE OF BATTLE (GODZILLA ????????, Gojira Kessen Kidoo Zooshoku Toshi, 2018) -- the second chapter of the "Anigoji" anime movie trilogy -- will launch worldwide (excluding Japan) on the streaming service Wednesday, July 18, 2018. As with Chapter 1, GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS (GODZILLA ????, Gojira Kaijuu Wakusei, 2017), the English language version of CITY ON THE EDGE OF BATTLE was created by Post Haste Digital, a Los Angeles-based audio and video post production facility. Post Haste Digital and Netflix have provided SciFi Japan with the complete English dubbing credits for the film. CREDITS GODZILLA A Netflix

    In Theaters July 22, 23 and 25 Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events press release Official Site: ghiblifest.com Throughout 2018, GKIDS and Fathom Events continue their collaboration to bring a new line-up of treasured animated features to U.S. cinemas. STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2018 gives fans an opportunity to see nine of Studio Ghibli’s celebrated animated masterpieces on cinema screens nationwide, along with some very special surprises. From Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki comes PRINCESS MONONOKE (?????, Mononoke Hime, 1997), an epic masterpiece that has dazzled audiences worldwide with its breathtaking imagination, exhilarating battles and deep humanity. Inflicted with a deadly curse, the young warrior Ashitaka heads west in search of a cure. There, he stumbles into bitter conflict between Lady Eboshi, the proud people of Iron Town, and the enigmatic Princess Mononoke, a young girl raised by wolves, who will stop at nothing to

    Source: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Special Thanks to Tyler Robinson Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray + Blu-ray + Digital Combo Pack of RAMPAGE. Global icon Dwayne Johnson headlines the action adventure as a primatologist trying to stop gigantic mutated creatures. Directed by Brad Peyton, RAMPAGE also stars Oscar nominee Naomie Harris (MOONLIGHT), Malin Akerman (TV’s BILLIONS), Jake Lacy (TV’s GIRLS), Joe Manganiello (TV’s TRUE BLOOD), and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (TV’s THE WALKING DEAD); as well as P.J. Byrne (THE WOLF OF WALL STREET), Marley Shelton (TV’s RISE), Breanne Hill (TV’s FRONTIER), Jack Quaid (THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE), Matt Gerald (TV’s DAREDEVIL), Jason Liles (DEATH NOTE), Demetrius Grosse (TV’s THE BRAVE), and Will Yun Lee (TV’s HAWAII FIVE-O). RAMPAGE will be available in a 4K

    New Info and Pics for Second Godzilla Anime Film Source: Netflix, Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: godzilla-anime.com (Japan), netflix.com/godzilla-anime-2 (US) Twitter: @GODZILLA_ANIME Today, as part of their NETFLIX?ANIME panel at Anime Expo, Netflix announced that Toho and Polygon Pictures` anime film GODZILLA: CITY ON THE EDGE OF BATTLE (GODZILLA ????????, Gojira Kessen Kidoo Zooshoku Toshi, 2018) will launch worldwide (excluding Japan) on Netflix on July 18, 2018. Netflix will be offering the movie with Japanese, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian audio tracks and optional English, Spanish, French, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese subtitles just two months after it opened theatrically in Japan. CITY ON THE EDGE OF BATTLE is the second chapter in the three-part, fully animated movie series, GODZILLA (aka “Anigoji,” a portmanteau of “anime” and “gojira”). Chapter 1, GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS (GODZILLA ????, Gojira Kaijuu Wakusei), was

    In Theaters July 3, 5 & 7 Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events press release Official Site: uchiagehanabi.jp (Japan), FireworksMovie.com (US) #FireworksMovie FIREWORKS (?????????????????????, Uchiage Hanabi, Shita Kara Miru ka? Yoko Kara Miru ka?, 2017), the first of five new titles announced by GKIDS presented through Fathom Events, will premiere in movie theaters nationwide on July 3 with encore showings on July 5 and 7. A film by Akiyuki Shinbo and Nobuyuki Takeuchi, FIREWORKS -- aka FIREWORKS, SHOULD WE SEE IT FROM THE SIDE OR THE BOTTOM? -- is the newest release from Toho animation and producer Genki Kawamura, following the worldwide blockbuster YOUR NAME (?????, Kimi no Na wa., 2016), the highest-grossing anime of all time. It will be shown in both its original Japanese version and a new English-language version produced by GKIDS. As with YOUR NAME, FIREWORKS is a tale of

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: mirai-no-mirai.jp (Japan), gkids.com/films/mirai (US) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided information and high-res images from MIRAI (??????, Mirai no Mirai), the new anime film from internationally acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda (SUMMER WARS, THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME, THE BOY AND THE BEAST). The movie opens in Japanese cinemas on July 20, 2018. INTRODUCTION MIRAI is an original story by Hosoda, and produced by his animation company, Studio Chizu. The film reunites many of the creative personnel behind his previous works, including producer Yuichiro Saito (SUMMER WARS, WOLF CHILDREN">WOLF CHILDREN, THE BOY AND THE BEAST), art directors Takashi Omori and Yohei Takamatsu (THE BOY AND THE BEAST), animation directors Hiroyuki Aoyama and Ayako Hata (THE BOY AND THE BEAST), and composer Masakatsu Takagi (WOLF CHILDREN, THE BOY AND THE BEAST). The voice

    Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events press release Official Site: ghiblifest.com From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of SPIRITED AWAY, and Academy Award-nominated director Isao Takahata comes an action-packed ecological fable about the clash between nature and human civilization, POM POKO (???????? ?????????, Heisei Tanuki Gassen Pompoko, 1994), in theaters during a special three-day only event this month as part of STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2018! POM POKO is about the tanuki (raccoon dogs) of Tama Hills who find their fun-loving community under attack when their quiet woodlands are threatened by encroaching developers looking to create still more houses and shopping malls. Desperate to survive, the tanuki band together and learn the ancient art of transformation, shape-shifting into a comical variety of humans and spirits as they undertake a last-ditch plan to scare away the humans and save their home, in this deeply affecting, funny

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: hitsuji-hagane-movie.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided press notes and high-res photos from their new movie, THE FOREST OF WOOL AND STEEL (?????, Hitsuji to Hagane no Mori), based on the novel of the same name by Natsu Miyashita. Winner of the National Booksellers Award in 2016, The Forest of Wool and Steel is a novel that captured the hearts of Japanese readers, selling half a million copies on its way to masterpiece status. And now, efforts are underway to turn it into a high-quality, live action feature film capable of earning film awards on its own merits, thanks to an all-star cast and crew and a breathtakingly beautiful score. While staying true to the world view that made the original work so popular, the movie seeks to tell an honest coming-of-age

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: overdrive-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided information and high-res photos from the racing drama OVER DRIVE (????????, Obaadoraibu). The movie opens in Japanese cinemas on June 1, 2018. INTRODUCTION A “brothers’ challenge” as depicted by Eiichiro Hasumi of the hit UMIZARU series... OVER DRIVE is a drama about two brothers who overcome their past and pursue their dream. Rally racing, competed on public streets and through nature, is a motorsport as popular as Formula One in Europe and America. This movie is a human drama about two brothers in the worldof rallies -- the older brother, a mechanic, and the young brother, a driver. The story was specifically written for the movie, which was filmed with extensive cooperation by Toyota, Japan’s largest automobile manufacturer. The plot is woven around Spica,

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: nomitori.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided information and high-res photos from their new samurai comedy, FLEA-PICKING SAMURAI (?????, Nomitori Samurai), opening in Japan on May 18, 2018. INTRODUCTION After incurring the wrath of his lord, he received one order -- to be a “cat flea picker”?! Witness the birth of a hilarious comedy about a mysterious secret life! FLEA-PICKING SAMURAI is written and directed by Yasuo Tsuruhashi. His most recent film, THE BLACK WIDOW BUSINESS (?????, Gosaigyo no Onna, 2016), a comedy with the theme of marriage fraud, became a smash hit. A highly decorated drama director, Tsuruhashi has received the Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts for his film TORIDE NAKI MONO (????, 2005), as well as the Purple Ribbon in 2007, and the Order of the Rising

    Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events press release Official Site: ghiblifest.com From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, and Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, comes a dazzling aerial adventure set in and above the scenic port towns of the Adriatic Sea. Watch PORCO ROSSO (???, Kurenai no Buta, 1992) in theaters during a special three-day only event on May 20 (Dubbed), 21 (Subtitled), & 23 (Dubbed) as part of STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2018! Porco Rosso is a world weary flying ace-turned-bounty-hunter, whose face has been transformed into that of a pig by a mysterious spell. When he infuriates a band of sky pirates with his heroics, the pirates hire Curtis, a hotshot American rival, to get rid of him. But with the help of the teenage girl Fio, an aspiring airplane designer, and sultry lounge singer named Gina, Porco takes to the

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: koiame-movie.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided information and high-res photos from the live action manga adaptation, AFTER THE RAIN (??????????, Koi wa Ameagari no You ni). The movie opens in Japan on May 25. INTRODUCTION A girl, who had to give up her dreams due to an injury, falls in love with the gentle spirit of a 45 year-old divorced single father, with nothing going on... Playing Akira, the protagonist high school student, is Nana Komatsu, who appeared in major films such as BAKUMAN (?????, 2015), DROWNING LOVE (??????, Oboreru Naifu, 2016), and MY TOMORROW, YOUR YESTERDAY. (?????????????????, Boku wa Ashita, Kinou no Kimi to Date Suru, 2016). Her performance has caught the attention of Martin Scorsese, and was cast in his film SILENCE, marking the global debut of the

    FIREWORKS Debuts with Premiere Event July 3 Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events press release GKIDS, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events, the leading distributor of event cinema, are proud to bring five all-new GKIDS animated titles to U.S cinema audiences in 2018. The first title to be announced is Akiyuki Shinbo’s FIREWORKS (?????????????????????, Uchiage Hanabi, Shita Kara Miru ka? Yoko Kara Miru ka?, 2017) which will be released in movie theaters nationwide starting July 3, 2018, in both its original Japanese version and a new English version produced by GKIDS. FIREWORKS -- aka FIREWORKS, SHOULD WE SEE IT FROM THE SIDE OR THE BOTTOM? -- is the newest release from Toho animation and producer Genki Kawamura, following the worldwide blockbuster YOUR NAME (?????, Kimi no Na wa., 2016), the highest-grossing anime of all time. GKIDS will premiere

    Godzilla Anime Information and BIG Images -- Direct from Toho! Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Polygon Pictures Official Site: godzilla-anime.com (Japan) Twitter: @GODZILLA_ANIME A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with press notes and high-res images from their upcoming movie, GODZILLA: CITY ON THE EDGE OF BATTLE (GODZILLA ????????, Gojira Kessen Kidoo Zooshoku Toshi). Featuring animation produced by Polygon Pictures, the second chapter in the anime feature film trilogy will be released nationwide in Japan on May 18 through Toho Animation and Toho`s ODS (Other Digital Stuff) distribution division. Netflix will distribute the movie worldwide later this year. The following text and images are courtesy of Toho, with additional content from Polygon... INTRODUCTION In 2017, Godzilla trampled over new ground with the birth of a three-part, fully animated movie series, GODZILLA (aka “Anigoji,” a portmanteau of “anime” and

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: tona-kai.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Masaki Suda & Tao Tsuchiya The two rising stars break new ground with their first co-appearance in a film! A new milestone in coming-to-age love stories!! Toho Co., Ltd. has provided press notes and high-res photos from MY LITTLE MONSTER (????????, Tonari no Kaibutsukun), the live-action movie based on the romance manga of the same name by Robico. My Little Monster was serialized in Kodansha’s Dessert magazine from 2008 to 2014, and the 13 collected volumes have over 5.9 million copies in print. The story begins when a cold, friendless schoolgirl -- whose only interest is academics and who has never had a boyfriend -- becomes the object of the affection of a troublemaker who sits next to her in class. First friend, first love, first kiss, first fight, first

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