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    Featuring an Exclusive Interview With Director Mamoru Hosoda Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events press release Official Site: mirai-no-mirai.jp (Japan), MiraiMovie.com (US) GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of multiple Academy Award-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events are proud to announce the U.S. debut of MIRAI (??????, Mirai no Mirai). The Japanese animated film from Mamoru Hosoda, the celebrated director behind THE BOY AND THE BEAST, WOLF CHILDREN, SUMMER WARS, and THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME, and Japan’s Studio Chizu, premiered at Cannes in the “Directors’ Fortnight” section. MIRAI will be released in both its original Japanese language and a new English dubbed version. In addition to enjoying the full animated feature, attendees will view an exclusive interview with director Mamoru Hosoda. MIRAI comes to more than 700 U.S. cinemas Thursday November 29 at 7 p.m. (dubbed) and at 8 p.m. (subtitled), Wednesday,

    Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events press release Official Site: ghiblifest.com Special Thanks to Katherine Schwappach and Erik Stein 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 the legendary Studio Ghibli’s celebrated animated masterpieces on cinema screens nationwide, along with some very special surprises. Up next, celebrate the 30th anniversary of MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (???????, Tonari no Totoro, 1988) from Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki. MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO is the story of Satsuki and her sister Mei who move with their father to a new home in the countryside where they find country life is not as simple as it seems. They soon discover that the house and nearby woods are full of strange and delightful creatures, including a

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd.. Pony Canyon Inc. Official Site: kasane-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. and Pony Canyon Inc. have provided information and high-res photos from their new thriller, KASANE -BEAUTY AND FATE- (? ?????, Rui -Kasane-). Described as "a shocking dark-Cinderella story", the movie opens in Japan on September 7, 2018. KASANE -BEAUTY AND FATE- is based on the manga series Kasane by Daruma Matsuura. Originally serialized in Evening magazine beginning in 2013, the tale of forbidden love and hate has been collected in 13 volumes which have sold more than 2.2 million copies to date (the series is available in English from Kodansha USA). The movie version was directed by Yuichi Sato (KISARAGI, STRAWBERRY NIGHT) from a screenplay by Tsutomu Kuroiwa (BLACK BUTLER, GANTZ:O, ONE PIECE FILM GOLD), and stars Tao Tsuchiya (ULTRAMAN ZERO: THE REVENGE

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: coffee-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided information and high-res photos from CAFE FUNICULI FUNICULA (????????????, K?h? ga Samenai Uchi Ni), the feature film adaptation of the 2015 novel Before The Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi. STORY Café Funiculi Funicula is a coffee shop where Kazu Tokita (Kasumi Arimura) works. There is a mysterious urban legend about this shop. When you sit at a certain table here, you can go back in time to any point you choose in the past. But there are also some uncompromising rules... 1) No matter what you do in the past, it won`t change the present or future. 2) If a customer is seated at the table, you must wait until they leave before sitting at the table. 3) You can only go back in

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures #DetectivePikachuMovie Warner Bros. Pictures has released the title treatment for their upcoming live-action movie, POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU. Starring Ryan Reynolds (DEADPOOL series), Ken Watanabe (GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS), Justice Smith (JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM) and Kathryn Newton (THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI), the film is from director Rob Letterman (GOOSEBUMPS, GULLIVER’S TRAVELS) and writers Nicole Perlman and Letterman — with Eric Pearson and Tom McCarthy having completed the production polishes. POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU arrives in theaters in North America in Summer 2019. Pokémon has delighted fans of all ages around the world for over two decades. With more than 300 million video games sold worldwide, 23.6 billion Pokémon TCG cards shipped to 74 countries, and an animated series spanning 20 seasons, Pokémon is one of the most successful entertainment properties in the world.

    Fathom Events and GKIDS Bring Second of All-New GKIDS Animated Titles to Movie Theaters on August 21 and 22 Only Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events press release Official Site: kurokaminootome.com (Japan), NightIsShort.com (US) Following July`s theatrical release of YOUR NAME (?????, Kimi no Na wa., 2016) producer Genki Kawamura’s FIREWORKS (?????????????????????, Uchiage Hanabi, Shita Kara Miru ka? Yoko Kara Miru ka?, 2017), GKIDS, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events will continue their extended partnership with two summer showings of director Masaaki Yuasa’s THE NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL (?????????, Yoru wa Mijikashi Aruke yo Otome, 2017). The second of several new titles selected for U.S. cinema audiences in 2018, THE NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL event will also feature an exclusive interview with Masaaki Yuasa (DEVILMAN CRYBABY, MIND GAME, LU OVER THE WALL). Tickets for

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: sunny-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided information and high-res photos from SUNNY - OUR HEARTS BEAT TOGETHER (SUNNY ?????????, Sunny Tsuyoi Kimochi Tsuyoi Ai), a remake the 2011 Korean film SUNNY (??, Sseoni). Directed by Hitoshi One (LOVE STRIKES, BAKUMAN, SCOOP!), the movie depicts the friendships of high school girls in the late 90s who were known as `kogals,` and features J-POP tunes from the era. STORY In the 1990s, six Japanese high school girls -- Nami (Suzu Hirose), Serika (Maika Yamamoto), Kokoro (Momoko Tanabe), Yuko (Mio Noda), Ume (Miu Tomita) and Nana (Elaiza Ikeda) -- who were caught up in the kogal boom formed their own tight-knit group called "Sunny". 22 years later, Nami (Ryoko Shinohara) is a 40-year-old homemaker with the typical adult problems. One day, she has a

    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

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