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    Source: Funimation Films press release Official Site: kiminona.com (Japan), funimationfilms.com/movie/yourname (US) Special Thanks to Scott Lonski The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) announced Sunday, December 4 that YOUR NAME. (?????, Kimi no Na wa., 2016) was selected as Best Animated Film for 2016. The critically acclaimed anime film from director Makoto Shinkai, CoMix Wave Films and Toho Co Ltd is the third anime film to ever win this prestigious award. Runner-up for the award was THE RED TURTLE from Studio Ghibli. Since 1975, the LAFCA, comprised of LA-based, professional print and electronic media film critics, gathers annually to vote on the “outstanding cinematic achievements” of the past year. The association will present the awards at its annual dinner on January 14, 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City, Calif. “We consider Makoto Shinkai’s YOUR NAME. a true masterpiece and its selection for the prestigious Best

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: bokuasu-movie.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The miraculous tale following 30 days of the lives of two lovers destined to be separated. Toho has provided production notes and high-res images from their upcoming sci-fi romance, MY TOMORROW, YOUR YESTERDAY. (?????????????????, Boku wa Ashita, Kinou no Kimi to Date Suru). The movie opens in Japan on December 17th. INTRODUCTION A newly story first released as a paperback novel in August 2014, the book My tomorrow, Your yesterday. has kept its place at no.1 on the “bookmeter” web page and has sold more than 1 million copies to date. The melancholy love story of two young lovers, with shocking reveals intertwining, and a separation scene driving viewers to tears has been made into a feature film as a new genuine love story. The director is Takahiro Miki (WE

    Film and Director Selected for Best Animated Feature – Independent and Directing in an Animated Feature Production Categories Source: Funimation Films press release Official Site: kiminona.com (Japan), funimationfilms.com/movie/yourname (US) Special Thanks to Scott Lonski The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced the nominations for its 44th Annual Annie Awards™ which recognize the best in the field of animation. YOUR NAME. (?????, Kimi no Na wa., 2016), the hit film from Toho Co. Ltd. which is being distributed in North America by Funimation Films, picked up a nomination for Best Animated Feature - Independent as well as a nomination for Directing in an Animated Feature Production for the film’s director Makoto Shinkai. ASIFA - Hollywood voting members will begin voting on January 2, 2017. Winners will be announced on February 4, 2017 at a black tie ceremony in Royce Hall at UCLA. YOUR NAME. has earned in excess

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: movie.orange-anime.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho has provided more than two dozen images from their new anime feature film, ORANGE -FUTURE- (???? -??-, Oranju -Mirai-). The movie is a sequel to the recently concluded, 13 episode ORANGE series based on the manga by Ichigo Takano that has sold more than 4.7 million copies. The manga and anime tell a bittersweet, adolescent sci-fi love story connecting the "present" and "future." Naho Takamiya, a high school sophomore in Matsumoto City, receives a letter written by herself 10 years in the future. The message states that she will fall in love with a transfer student from Tokyo named Kakeru, and that he would die a year later. At first Naho thinks the letter is a prank, but as events it describes come true one after another, she begins

    Special Event Includes Never Before Seen Studio Ghibli Short Film! Source: GKIDS Inc. press release Official Site: spiritedaway15.com Don’t miss a special 15th Anniversary celebration of Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award-winning classic, SPIRITED AWAY (????????, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, 2001), returning to select cinemas nationwide for two days only: December 4 (English dub) and December 5 (Japanese w/ English subtitles). Enter an enchanted world of witches, dragons and spirits in the critically acclaimed story that became a worldwide phenomenon, cementing Studio Ghibli’s legacy as one of the foremost animation studios in the world. Stay after the show for an exclusive screening of the short film GHIBLIES: EPISODE 2, never before released in North America! This special event is presented by Fathom Events, GKIDS, Studio Ghibli, and Hot Topic. For theater details and to purchase tickets, please visit fathomevents.com/event/spirited-away. About GKIDS

    Japanese Film Pursuing Oscar Nomination for Best Animated Feature Source: Funimation Films press release Official Site: kiminona.com (Japan), funimationfilms.com/movie/yourname (US) Special Thanks to Scott Lonski Funimation Films confirmed today that the Japanese film YOUR NAME. (?????, Kimi no Na wa., 2016) has made the official Oscar consideration list in the Best Animated Feature category. The film will be vying for one of five nomination spots in its category that will be voted on for the 89th annual Academy Awards. Funimation Films acquired North American distributions rights to YOUR NAME. earlier this year from Toho Co. Ltd. in Japan. YOUR NAME. is the latest film from the critically acclaimed director Makoto Shinkai and to date has earned in excess of $17.9 Billion Yen ($170 Million USD) at the box office in Japan since opening on August 26 -- making it the #1 highest grossing

    Source: Madman Entertainment press release Official Site: kiminona.com (Japan), YourNameFilm.com.au (Australia) Special Thanks to Ben Pollock Madman Entertainment is proud to announce Makoto Shinkai`s YOUR NAME. (?????, Kimi no Na wa., 2016) will release in cinemas in 2016 for a limited theatrical season from November 24 in Australia, and December 1 in New Zealand. Mitsuha and Taki are two total strangers living completely different lives. But when Mitsuha makes a wish to leave her mountain town and for the bustling city of Tokyo, they become connected in a bizarre way. She dreams she is a boy living in Tokyo while Taki dreams he is a girl from a rural town he’s never been to. What does their newfound connection mean? And how will it bring them together? Makoto Shinkai’s YOUR NAME. has captivated audiences in Japan, where patrons have attended screenings of the

    Matinee on Saturday October 22; Select Locations Offering Screenings Daily thru October 27 Source: Funimation Films Official Site: shin-godzilla.jp (Japan), funimationfilms.com/shingodzilla (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Funimation Films has provided SciFi Japan with an updated list of theaters screening SHIN GODZILLA (??????, Shin Gojira, 2016) in the United States into late October. The limited theatrical engagement of SHIN GODZILLA in the U.S. and Canada was scheduled to close October 18 but has been extended due to popular demand. A special Saturday matinee screening will take place on October 22 in 284 theaters, while the AMC national theater chain and the Gateway Film Center in OH will be offering daily screenings of SHIN GODZILLA thru October 27. To purchase tickets or find more information on SHIN GODZILLA, visit funimationfilms.com/shingodzilla. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 MATINEE ALABAMA CINEMARK MONACO PICTURES 14 -- 370 THE BRIDGE STREET, HUNTSVILLE

    Source: TNT Official Site: Godzillamovie.com (US), godzilla-movie.jp (Japan) Following the theatrical run, the home video and digital release, Video on Demand, and pay cable runs on Cinemax and HBO, Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ GODZILLA (2014) will make its basic cable debut on Friday, October 28th. The film will premiere at 8:00 PM (EST) on Time Warner`s TNT, with additional screenings on the network scheduled into November. GODZILLA Rated: PG13 for ADULT CONTENT, VIOLENCE, ADULT LANGUAGE Running Time: 150 Minutes TV-14 The government tried to destroy him in 1954, dropping nuclear bombs into the Pacific Ocean under the pretense of weapons testing. Instead, mankind, in its ignorance, awakened a new terror. Now, Godzilla rises again to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless. Friday, October 28 8:00pm Saturday, October 29 8:00pm, 10:30pm Sunday, October 30 8:00pm (preceded by PACIFIC RIM) Wednesday, November 2 8:00pm

    King of the Monsters to Screen on Saturday October 22 in More than 200 Theaters; Select Locations Offering Screenings Daily thru October 27 Source: Funimation Films press release Official Site: shin-godzilla.jp (Japan), funimationfilms.com/shingodzilla (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Godzilla, King of the Monsters, has taken over North America. The limited theatrical engagement of SHIN GODZILLA was scheduled to close tonight but in the wake of overwhelming fan response, Funimation Films announced that the movie will be extended due to popular demand. A special Saturday matinee screening of the film will take place on October 22 in more than 200 theaters across the U.S. and Canada. In addition, multiple national theater chains will be offering daily screenings of SHIN GODZILLA in select locations thru October 27. A complete list of locations for both this Saturday’s matinee as well as the new daily screenings is available via a

    Source: Madman Entertainment Official Site: shin-godzilla.jp (Japan), godzilla.com.au (Australia) Special Thanks to Ben Pollock Two days after smashing North America, SHIN GODZILLA (??????, Shin Gojira, 2016) surfaces in Australian cinemas (with New Zealand following October 20), courtesy of distributor Madman Entertainment. Tickets and theater listings are available from godzilla.com.au. A God Incarnate. A City Doomed. It`s a peaceful day in Japan when a strange fountain of water erupts in the bay, causing panic to spread among government officials. At first, they suspect only volcanic activity, but one young executive dares to wonder if it may be something different; something alive. His worst nightmare comes to life when a massive, gilled monster emerges from the deep and begins tearing through the city, leaving nothing but destruction in its wake. As the government scrambles to save the citizens, a rag-tag team of volunteers cuts through a web of red

    Official Site: shin-godzilla.jp (Japan), funimationfilms.com/shingodzilla (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto/Funimation Films SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details and images from an upcoming movie. Less than three months after opening in Japan, Toho`s SHIN GODZILLA (??????, Shin Gojira, 2016) comes to North America, courtesy of distributor Funimation Films. The movie debuts this evening in 534 theaters across the U.S. and Canada. Last week, Funimation invited several SciFi Japan staffers -- and some good friends/SFJ contributors -- to both the Los Angeles and New York VIP premieres. Read on for SHIN GODZILLA reviews by four attendees of the LA event (and be sure to check out John DeSentis` review and coverage of the film`s NYC premiere here). To purchase tickets to or find more information on SHIN GODZILLA, visit funimationfilms.com/shingodzilla. The Turning Point for the Franchise Author: Edward L. Holland Whether

    King of the Monsters Returns to Big Screen in 534 Theaters Across U.S. and Canada October 11 - 18 Source: Funimation Films press release Official Site: shin-godzilla.jp (Japan), funimationfilms.com/shingodzilla (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto The signature roar of Godzilla, King of the Monsters, will echo throughout North America tonight when SHIN GODZILLA opens in theaters. Funimation Films® will be screening the Japanese kaiju film in 534 theaters across the U.S. and Canada during its limited theatrical engagement from October 11 – 18. SHIN GODZILLA is the 29th film produced by Toho Co., Ltd. in the iconic science fiction monster franchise and is co-directed by Hideaki Anno (creator of EVANGELION) and co-directed by Shinji Higuchi (director of Toho’s 2015 ATTACK ON TITAN live action movies). The movie has been a huge box office hit in Japan -- grossing more than $68M at the box office in the

    Official Site: shin-godzilla.jp (Japan), funimationfilms.com/shingodzilla (US) The North American theatrical run of Toho`s SHIN GODZILLA (??????, Shin Gojira, 2016) kicks off today, courtesy of Funimation Films. Check back with SciFi Japan later today for the latest Funimation press release plus multiple SHIN GODZILLA reviews, updates, and exclusive photos from last week`s VIP premiere in Los Angeles! To purchase tickets to or find more information on SHIN GODZILLA, visit funimationfilms.com/shingodzilla. For more information on SHIN GODZILLA/GODZILLA RESURGENCE, please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan: GODZILLA RESURGENCE: Exclusive High-Res Photos from Toho GODZILLA RESURGENCE: More Exclusive High-Res Photos from Toho Exclusive! Funimation Licenses GODZILLA RESURGENCE SHIN GODZILLA Press Release from Funimation Films Toho`s SHIN GODZILLA International Sales Materials SHIN GODZILLA: Exclusive High-Res Photos from Golden Village Pictures Funimation Films Promo Materials SHIN GODZILLA International

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: nanimono-movie.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Can I become a ‘somebody’ if I join a good company? Who do I want to become? Toho has provided press notes and high-res images from their upcoming film, SOMEONE (??, Nanimono). The movie opens in Japan on October 15th. INTRODUCTION Someone (a.k.a. Nanimono), an original novel by Ryo Asai, won the 148th Naoki Prize, making Asai the first author born in the Heisei era to win the award. Asai is talented in creating a modern atmosphere, and has contemporary sensibilities, but is also capable of cutting deep into the universal theme of good and evil, depicted through his human dramas, solidifying his position as a new talent that represents the new generation. The story shows psychological descriptions that penetrate the duality of human nature, represented by the dual personalities

    Toho Produced Film to Screen on October 11–18 in More Than 440 Theaters Source: Funimation Films Official Site: shin-godzilla.jp (Japan), funimationfilms.com/shingodzilla (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Funimation Films has provided SciFi Japan with a list of theaters screening SHIN GODZILLA (??????, Shin Gojira, 2016) in the United States, October 11–18. Don`t see a cinema near you? Be sure to check your local listings and find theater locations on the official film website. Updates will be made in the coming weeks. Corrections and additions are appreciated; please contact SciFi Japan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. ALABAMA WYNNSONG 14 -- 2111 E. UNIVERSITY AVE., AUBURN AL 36830-3334 CARMIKE 12 -- 4883 MONTGOMERY HIGHWAY, DOTHAN AL 36303 PATTON CREEK 15 -- 4450 CREEKSIDE AVE., HOOVER AL 35244 CINEMARK MONACO PICTURES 14 -- 370

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Fuji Television Official Site: good-morning-show.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. and Fuji Television have provided information and high-res photos from their new collaboration, GOOD MORNING SHOW (???????????, Guddo Mooningu Shoo). The feature film comedy opens in Japan on October 8th. INTRODUCTION A winner at Montreal and the Japan Academy Prize, veteran director and screenwriter, Ryoichi Kimizuka, (BAYSIDE SHAKEDOWN series, NOBODY TO WATCH OVER ME) brings his thorough knowledge of the television industry and experience as a teleplay writer to bear with the subject of his latest film: the morning variety show. Combining news, sports, entertainment, food fashion trends, and daily life information, the so called “morning wide show” format offers viewers a little bit of everything to jump-start their day. Serving as main host of one such show is Shingo Sumida, a former television

    Written and Directed by Anime Superstar Hideaki Anno Source: Carmike Cinemas press release Official Site: shin-godzilla.jp (Japan), funimationfilms.com/shingodzilla (US) Special Thanks to Gina McKenzie The creators of Godzilla are unleashing their newest monster SHIN GODZILLA (??????, Shin Gojira, 2016) on 60 Carmike Cinemas locations next month. The Japanese sci-fi flick is co-directed by anime superstar Hideaki Anno (EVANGELION) and Shinji Higuchi (ATTACK ON TITAN) and it is set for a limited release for one week starting on Tuesday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. with encores set for Wednesday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, October 15 at 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available via carmike.com. While there have been a few U.S. based Godzilla films, the real classic series has come from Toho, a Japanese based media company. Toho produced the first Godzilla movie in 1954; the first of what has

    Part 2 of Highly Anticipated Trilogy to Hit Theaters Across the U.S. Starting on October 22 Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: kizumonogatari-movie.com (Japan), Kizumonogatari-USA.com (US) Special Thanks to Alex Crum Aniplex of America has confirmed their plans to release the theatrical feature -KIZUMONOGATARI- PART 2: NEKKETSU (?????????, Kizumonogatari ?? nekketsu-hen?, 2016) in 33 U.S. theaters starting on October 22. This is the highly anticipated second installment of the -KIZUMONOGATARI- film trilogy. Aniplex of America premiered the first film, -KIZUMONOGATARI- PART 1: TEKKETSU this past February across the U.S. and also in Canada last month. Fans can now visit the official U.S. website to get details on participating theaters, their respective showtimes, and how to purchase tickets. Aniplex of America has also confirmed that patrons will receive a special giveaway item with each purchased ticket at the theater while supplies last. -KIZUMONOGATARI- PART 2:

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: scoop-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Paparazzi photographer and novice reporter. A scandalous new buddy movie is born. Toho has provided press notes and high-res images from their film, SCOOP! (????!, Sukuupu!). The movie is based on the 1985 motion picture OUT OF FOCUS (?? 1?250?? OUT OF FOCUS, Tosha 250 Bunno 1 Byo/Out of Focus) written and directed by Masato Harada. INTRODUCTION SCOOP! will be actor Masaharu Fukuyama’s first foray into movies since the 2013 Cannes award-winning release, LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON (???????, Soshite Chichi ni Naru). In SCOOP! he plays Shizuka Miyakonojo, a gifted paparazzi photographer whose love of gambling has got him deep in debt. He`s supported by a notable and truly "cinematic" cast including Fumi Nikaido (WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL?, HIBI ROCK: PUKE AFRO AND THE POP STAR, WOLF GIRL

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