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    New Anime Film Opens in North America and Australia on January 18th Source: Toho Co., Ltd., GKIDS Inc., Madman Entertainment, Fathom Events Official Site: maryflower.jp (Japan), gkids.com/films/mary-and-the-witchs-flower (US), madmanfilms.com.au/mary-and-the-witchs-flower (Australia) MARY AND THE WITCH`S FLOWER (????????, Meari to Majo no Hana, 2017) -- the first film from Studio Ponoc -- opens in theaters in North America (from GKIDS and Fathom Events) and Australia (Madman Entertainment) on January 18, 2018. Please visit the movie`s official website`s (listed above) for ticket and theater information. SciFi Japan is pleased to share the film`s English Production Notes from GKIDS, along with images and promotional artwork provided by GKIDS, Fathom Events, Madman and Japanese distributor, Toho... SYNOPSIS From Academy Award-nominated Hiromasa Yonebayashi -- animator on Studio Ghibli masterpieces SPIRITED AWAY (????????, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, 2001), HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE (???????, Hauru no Ugoku Shiro, 2004), and

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: godzilla-anime.com (Japan) Twitter: @GODZILLA_ANIME Toho Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with another round of high-res images from GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS (GODZILLA ????, Gojira Kaijuu Wakusei). Produced by Polygon Pictures and Toho Animation, the first-ever high quality anime of the iconic monster roars onto screens in Japan this Friday, November 17th from Toho, and worldwide exclusively on Netflix in late 2017/early 2018. Be sure to check the links at the end of this article for more information, pics, promotional artwork and trailers for GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS! About Toho Co., Ltd. Founded in 1932 and headquartered in Tokyo, Toho Company, Ltd. is one of the leading entertainment conglomerates in Japan.

    New Information, Trailers, Poster and Images! Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Polygon Pictures, Netflix Official Site: godzilla-anime.com (Japan) Twitter: @GODZILLA_ANIME Godzilla of GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS shows his face!! The true form of Godzilla is finally revealed! Powerful battle scenes also revealed to the public! Visuals and preview trailer released!! Toho Co., Ltd. and Polygon Pictures have released some updates for their upcoming anime film, GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS (GODZILLA ????, Gojira Kaijuu Wakusei) featuring the new poster art, details on additions to the voice cast, another batch of high-res images, and two edits of the latest theatrical trailer. Produced by Polygon Pictures and Toho Animation, the first-ever high quality anime of the iconic monster roars onto screens in Japan this November 17th from Toho, and worldwide exclusively on Netflix in late 2017/early 2018. The following text and images are courtesy of

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures press release Following the global success of 2014’s GODZILLA and this year’s KONG: SKULL ISLAND, comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse: an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history. GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, which begins principal photography today, is being 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 debut; Bradley Whitford (GET OUT); Thomas Middleditch (HBO’s SILICON VALLEY); Charles Dance (HBO’s GAME OF THRONES); O’Shea Jackson Jr. (STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON); Aisha Hinds (STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS); and Golden Globe

    Press Notes For New Manga Adaptation Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Fuji Television Network, Inc. Official Site: teiichi.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. and Fuji Television Network, Inc. have provided information and large, high-res photos from their upcoming release, TEIICHI - BATTLE OF SUPREME HIGH - (????, Teiichi no Kuni). Toho is releasing the manga adaptation/political satire in Japanese cinemas on April 29, while Fuji Television is handling sales to foreign distributors. INTRODUCTION Meet Teiichi Akaba (Masaki Suda) -- a high school student who has committed his life to becoming the next student council president! A cast of hot young actors including Shuhei Nomura, Ryoma Takeuchi, Shotaro Mamiya, Jun Shison and Yudai Chiba present a hilarious story of ambition and political warfare set on a high school campus! The manga Teiichi no Kuni by Usamaru Furuya was serialized

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Asmik Ace Entertainment, Inc. Official Site: 3lion-movie.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION – Part 2 (3?????? ??, Sangatsu no Raion Kohen) opens this weekend in Japan, courtesy of distributors Asmik Ace and Toho. The film completes the 2-part live-action adaptation of the bestselling manga by Chika Umino. Part 1 was released on March 18th. MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION was directed by Keishi Otomo (RUROUNI KENSHIN Trilogy) and stars Ryunosuke Kamiki (THE KIRISHIMA THING, SPIRITED AWAY, YOUR NAME.). About Toho Co., Ltd. Founded in 1932 and headquartered in Tokyo, Toho Company, Ltd. is one of the leading entertainment conglomerates in Japan. Toho is best known worldwide as the producer of twenty-nine Godzilla motion pictures, based

    25th Shin-Chan Anime Film Opens in Japan This Weekend Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: shinchan-movie.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho has provided information and high-res images from their new anime film, CRAYON SHIN-CHAN 2017, opening in Japan this Saturday, April 15th. The movie is the 25th feature film based on the manga series created by Yoshito Usui, and follows the comedic misadventures of Shinnosuke "Shin-chan" Nohara, a mischievous five-year-old who often say inappropriate things and cannot resist pretty ladies, regardless of their age. Shin-chan`s family includes his baby sister Himawari, their mother Misae who gets hysterical whenever her two kids are misbehaving in public, dad Hiroshi, an average office worker who has smelly feet, and their pet dog Shiro. CRAYON SHIN-CHAN 2017 is directed and written by Masakazu Hashimoto. Hashimoto is a veteran of the franchise, having storyboarded previous entries and directed the

    New Anime Film Opens in Japan This Saturday Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: conan-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho has provided information and high-res images from their upcoming anime film, DETECTIVE CONAN: THE CRIMSON LOVE LETTER (?????? ????????????????????, Meitantei Konan Kara Kurenai no Renka (Kara Kurenai Nora Buretaa)). The movie is the 21st feature film based on the manga series by Aoyama Gosho, which follow the adventures of teenager Shinichi Kudo, a master detective who was transformed into a young boy after being poisoned by members of the criminal Black Organization. Kudo realized his new appearance was the perfect cover and adopted the name `Conan Edogawa` in order to continue using his skills against evildoers. Opening in Japan this Saturday, April 15th, THE CRIMSON LOVE LETTER is set in Osaka and Kyoto. Conan Edogawa investigates a bombing, with the case having a surprising

    Debut of International Hit Anime Movie Ranks #4 Among New Releases and #13 Overall Source: Funimation Films press release Official Site: kiminona.com (Japan), funimationfilms.com/movie/yourname (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Funimation Films released its opening weekend results for the North American debut of its theatrical release of (?????, Kimi no Na wa., 2016). The critically acclaimed anime film from director Makoto Shinkai brought in an excess of $1.7 Million at the box office from some 303 theater screens during its opening weekend. The movie, with a per screen average of $5,281, placed 4th among new releases and 13th place in overall box office gross among all films in the United States. “We are thrilled that anime and indie film fans, theatrical exhibitors and critics alike, have all embraced YOUR NAME. and helped deliver such a successful opening weekend,” said Michael DuBoise, EVP and COO of Funimation.

    Source: Dynit s.r.l. press release Official Site: shin-godzilla.jp (Japan) The international release of Toho`s SHIN GODZILLA (??????, Shin Gojira, 2016) continues. At 8:00pm on Thursday, April 6, the film had its Italian premiere at the Cinema Ambrosio of Turin. The screening was a part of Cartoons on the Bay (the 21st International Cross-Media and Children`s Television Festival), held in conjunction with Sottodiciotto Film Festival. Japan was a focus of this year`s Cartoons on the Bay, with special guests, panels, retrospectives, shows and meetings related to Japanese animation and fantasy films. In addition to SHIN GODZILLA, the screening list included the smash hit YOUR NAME. (?????, Kimi no Na wa., 2016), SWORD ART ONLINE THE MOVIE – ORDINAL SCALE – (??? ???????????? -???????????-, Gekijooban Soodo Aato Onrain -Oodinaru Sukeeru-, 2017), Studio Ghibli`s NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (????????, Kaze no Tani no

    Series Highlights Six of Studio Ghibli’s Most Treasured Films on the Big Screen Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events press release Official Site: ghiblifest.com Following the success of the SPIRITED AWAY and PRINCESS MONONOKE cinema events, GKIDS, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events, the leading distributor of event cinema, are proud to announce a partnership to bring Studio Ghibli’s revered animated classics to U.S audiences throughout 2017. The 2017 partnership kicks off with the iconic MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO from Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, on Sunday, June 25 and Monday, June 26. TOTORO is the first title in STUDIO GHIBLI FEST, a six film monthly series which continues with KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE, CASTLE IN THE SKY, NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND, HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE and a special cinema-run of the Academy Award-winning SPIRITED AWAY timed for Halloween. All GKIDS events

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Asmik Ace Entertainment, Inc. Official Site: 3lion-movie.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE A dramatic and moving two-part work of Japan`s very own mind sport is about to begin! Introduction March Comes in Like a Lion by Chika Umino, the bestselling comic that has swept numerous comic awards including the 4th Cartoon Grand Prize 2011 and the Grand Prize in the 18th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize, has been made into a live-action film! The director is Keishi Otomo, who has been breaking new ground in Japanese cinema with his solid character portrayal and action scenes in such films as the RUROUNI KENSHIN (??????, 2012-14) series and PLATINUM DATA (???????, Puratina Deta, 2013). "I intend to capture the changing landscape of the city of Tokyo as it prepares for the Summer Olympics and depict the world of professional shogi,

    Official Site: japan-academy-prize.jp (Japan) The Nippon Academy-sho Association hosted the 40th Japan Academy Film Prize (?40?????????) in Tokyo on March 3rd. Toho`s SHIN GODZILLA -- the top grossing Japanese live-action movie of 2016 -- took top honors with awards for best picture, co-directors Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, and five technical categories. Toho had a particularly strong showing at the event. In addition to SHIN GODZILLA, the major categories were dominated by movies released and/or co-produced by the studio... San-il Lee`s drama RAGE starring Ken Watanabe, the all-star police thriller 64 (SIX FOUR) Part 1 and the anime feature YOUR NAME, Japan`s biggest box office hit of the year. The top anime feature award went to IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD, director Sunao Katabuchi`s adaptation of the award-winning manga by Fumiyo Kouno. North American distributor Shout! Factory will give the film a theatrical release in the

    Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: kizumonogatari-movie.com (Japan), Kizumonogatari-USA.com (US) Special Thanks to Alex Crum Aniplex of America announced at their industry panel at Anime Milwaukee (Milwaukee,WI), their plans to premiere -KIZUMONOGATARI- PART 3: REIKETSU (?????????, Kizumonogatari ?? Reiketsu-hen?, 2017) in the U.S. on April 7. This is the highly anticipated third and final installment of the -KIZUMONOGATARI- film series. Aniplex of America also confirmed that theater patrons will receive an exclusive giveaway item with each purchased ticket while supplies last. Ticket sales for -KIZUMONOGATARI- PART 3: REIKETSU will begin Tuesday (February 21) through the official -KIZUMONOGATARI- website. -KIZUMONOGATARIPART 3: REIKETSU will be distributed by AZOLAND PICTURES in the original Japanese language with English subtitles. -KIZUMONOGATARI- PART 3: REIKETSU features the origin story of the highly popular MONOGATARI SERIES originally created by author NISIOISIN and is a direct prequel to the BAKEMONOGATARI television series.

    Author: Oki Miyano Official Site: facebook.com/inouetokusatsu (Japan) A special exhibit of late production designer Yasuyuki Inoue will be held at the Ebina Civic Art Gallery in the city of Ebina from March 25 to April 2. Ebina is a 45 minute train ride from Shinjuku (Tokyo). Inoue is originally from Fukuoka but moved to Ebina in the early 1970’s and live there until his passing in 2012. He was a production designer who specialized in special effects. He mainly worked for Toho Studios and created miniature sets for well-known monsters such as Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra and also designed creatures like Ebirah and Hedorah. He also worked for American films such as THE BIG WAVE (1961) and Frank Sinatra`s NONE BUT THE BRAVE (1965). Inoue created the Midway sea battle in miniature for Toho’s I BOMBED PEARL HARBOR (1960) and the footage was later

    Press Notes For New Movie Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Pony Canyon Official Site: survivalfamily.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided information and high-res photos from their upcoming release, SURVIVAL FAMILY (??????????, Sabaibaru Famirii). The highly-anticipated latest film from acclaimed director Shinobu Yaguchi (WATERBOYS, SWING GIRLS, ROBO-G) opens in Japanese cinemas on February 11. SURVIVAL FAMILY is also being offered to foreign distributors by sales agent Pony Canyon. INTRODUCTION One day, electricity suddenly disappears?! TVs, refrigerators, smartphones and computers... Everything requiring electricity comes to a total halt! With the incomprehensible disappearance of electricity rendering even simple batteries useless, Tokyo is on the verge of falling into ruin, but one family makes their escape! What could possibly await them?! The father and head of household, Yoshiyuki Suzuki, is played by Fumiyo Kohinata, a veteran of historical dramas who

    Source: A Contracorriente Films Official Site: shin-godzilla.jp (Japan), acontracorrientefilms.com/shin-godzilla (Spain) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE With the Japanese and North American theatrical runs of SHIN GODZILLA (??????, Shin Gojira, 2016) long past, fans in both territories are now looking forward to the upcoming home video releases (Japan: March 22; America: tba). But the movie continues to open in other international markets, including Spain, where distributor A Contracorriente Films brought it to cinemas on January 20th. SHIN GODZILLA premiered in Spain this past August 10th as an Official Selection of the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival 2016. The current theatrical run is part of A Contracorriente`s "CICLO SITGES TOUR", a series of five international films that wowed audiences at the 2016 Festival... the lineup also includes the South Korean Zombie blockbuster TRAIN TO BUSAN (???, Busanhaeng), the American horror films THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE (LA AUTOPSIA

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: koisaika.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE A humorous yet loving and unique tale of a family! Toho has provided production notes and high-res images from their new comedic drama, A LOVING HUSBAND (?????, Koisaika Miyamoto). The movie co-stars Hiroshi Abe (GODZILLA 2000, THERMAE ROMAE, SHIPPU RONDO) and Yuki Amami (KAIJI: THE ULTIMATE GAMBLER, THE KIYOSU CONFERENCE, DETECTIVE CONAN: THE DARKEST NIGHTMARE). A LOVING HUSBAND opens in Japan this weekend. INTRODUCTION The married couple began with divorce papers. Today, there are an abundance of films that depict young love. The up-and-coming screenwriter Kazuhiko Yukawa, who has gifted the world with his phenomenally highly rated TV dramas I`M MITA, YOUR HOUSEKEEPER (??????, Kaseifu no Mita, 2011), makes his long-awaited directorial debut with A LOVING HUSBAND, from a screenplay which he penned himself. His debut film has been nominated

    Press Notes For New Movie Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Pony Canyon Official Site: honnoji-hotel.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided information and high-res photos from their upcoming release, HONNOUJI HOTEL (??????, Honnouji Hoteru). Described as "a spectacular epic inspired by one of the greatest mysteries in Japanese history", the film opens in Japanese cinemas on January 14. HONNOUJI HOTEL is also being offered to foreign distributors by sales agent Pony Canyon. INTRODUCTION The most infamous incident in Japanese history remains shrouded in mystery -- The Honnouji Incident. In feudal era Japan, Nobunaga Oda had nearly accomplished his goal of unifying Japan. Why did his trusted general, Mitsuhide Akechi, betray him? Nobunaga allegedly committed ritual suicide, but his body was never found. What became of it? How was it that Nobunaga’s loyal retainer, Hideyoshi Hashiba, so quickly

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: doraeiga.com/2017 (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided information and high-res images from their upcoming release, DORAEMON THE MOVIE 2017: GREAT ADVENTURE IN THE ANTARCTIC KACHI KOCHI (??????? ?????????????, Eiga Doraemon Nobita no Nankyoku Kachikochi Daibooken), opening in Japan on March 4, 2017. GREAT ADVENTURE IN THE ANTARCTIC KACHI KOCHI is the 37th entry in the film series based on the manga created by Fujiko Fujio (Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko). The movies have become increasingly popular, with the 35th anniversary release, DORAEMON THE MOVIE: NOBITA AND THE BIRTH OF JAPAN 2016 (??????? ??????????, Eiga Doraemon Shin • Nobita no Nihon Tanjo, 2016), earning a record ¥4.85 billion ($46.3 million US) at the Japanese box office. The new film is written and directed by Atsushi Takahashi, a veteran animator whose credits include LUPIN

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