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    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: ikari-movie.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE How well must you know someone to have trust? Three couples touched by a horrible murder learn that beyond trust, there lies anger. Toho has provided press notes and high-res images from their new crime drama, RAGE (??, Ikari). The movie will have its world premiere this week at the Toronto International Film Festival. INTRODUCTION Director San-il Lee (VILLAIN, UNFORGIVEN) and the prize winning novelist Shuichi Yoshida (Villain) reunite with renewed passion for RAGE and aim for another landmark in Japanese cinema. RAGE promises to showcase Lee’s pluckiness and talent for distilling great realism from characters in emotionally-heightened circumstances. The treatment of three different relationships and multiple protagonists all struggling for a place to direct their emotions is quite fluent but unpredictable. A master at telling moving stories that penetrate

    Toho Produced Film to Screen on October 11 – 18 in More Than 440 Theaters Source: Funimation Films press release Official Site: shin-godzilla.jp (Japan), funimationfilms.com/shingodzilla (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Following weeks of rumors, fan speculation, a "leaked" poster design and a listing on Fandango, official word on the American theatrical release of SHIN GODZILLA (??????, Shin Gojira, 2016) has been provided by Funimation Films. After finalizing details with Toho, Funimation has issued a press release with theatrical release information, a link to the film`s new official website, and word on two theatrical premiere events. And, in an exclusive to SciFi Japan, the company offers a first look at the American poster art and logo which will replace the temp image as seen on Fandango. From the press release... “SHIN GODZILLA” STOMPS ACROSS NORTH AMERICA THIS OCTOBER

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: aozorayell-movie.jp (Japan) Toho has provided promotional materials for YELL FOR THE BLUE SKY (?????, Aozora Eeru), the new live-action adaptation of the manga of the same name. The movie was directed by Takahiro Miki (WE WERE THERE, HOT ROAD) and stars Tao Tsuchiya (ULTRAMAN ZERO: THE REVENGE OF BELIAL, RUROUNI KENSHIN series), Ryoma Takeuchi (KAMEN RIDER DRIVE), Mirai Shida (ARRIETTY, THE WIND RISES), Fujiko Kojima (LESSON OF THE EVIL) and Yuki Yamada (GOKAIGER). YELL FOR THE BLUE SKY opened in Japan on August 20th. Toho is now offering the film for international distribution. INTRODUCTION A gem of a story about adolescence, featuring two young people who support each other and mature together. The live-action film adaptation of long-running hit comic! Not a "couple," but "partners." Yell for the Blue Sky is a long-running comic serialized in the

    Interviewer/Translator: Kim Song-ho Special Thanks to Akira Takarada, Cho Young-ho (The Japan Foundation Seoul), Yeon Ji-mi (simultaneous interpreter), Hiroaki Iwasaki (Takarada Planning) and Hong Gi-hun (Big Monster Club) Editor`s Apology: Reporter Kim Song-ho submitted this interview to SciFi Japan months ago. It should have run at that time, and the reasons it didn`t are completely my fault. There are no excuses. I apologize to Song-ho, Akira Takarada, and everyone who contributed to this wonderful article. -- Keith Aiken From December 20, 2015 to March 6, 2016, The Japan Foundation Seoul, The Korean Association of Cinematheques, Busan Cinema Center and Korean Film Archive jointly organized a massive retrospective of Mikio Naruse, one of the most prolific and respected directors of the Japanese cinema. As a special event for the retrospective, actor Akira Takarada, who starred in several of Naruse`s works, visited Korea and showed three films of his

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: kiminona.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho has provided additional high-res images from your name. (?????, Kimi no Na wa.), the upcoming anime film from director Makoto Shinkai (THE PLACE PROMISED IN OUR EARLY DAYS, THE GARDEN OF WORDS). The movie opens in Japan on August 26th. About Toho Company. 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 upon a character the company unleashed on the world back in 1954, and masterpiece films directed by Akira Kurosawa. Toho has been the number

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: shin-godzilla.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE With the Japanese theatrical release of SHIN GODZILLA (??????, Shin Gojira, aka GODZILLA RESURGENCE) only a few days away, we thought we would share the English sales materials Toho has prepared for the international marketing of their latest Godzilla movie. The following text is courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd... ? Distributed by Toho Co., Ltd. (Major Release, 446 screens) ? Produced by Toho Pictures Inc. Fueled by Godzilla`s recent global success freshly ingrained in their minds, Japanese creators now brings this iconic monster back to its birthplace and its origins to yield yet another fear of Godzilla. Godzilla, originally conceived in 1954 as a destructive force that is unfathomable by man, resurrects to modern-day Tokyo to haunt civilization. A country that is still tormented by the aftermath of a

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Movie Site: red-turtle.jp (Japan) Distributor Toho Co., Ltd. has provided press notes and images for the Japanese release of Studio Ghibli`s latest film, THE RED TURTLE (??????? ??????, Reddo Taatoru Aru Shima no Monogatari), a co-production with Wild Bunch and Why Not Productions. The movie will open in Japan on September 17th. In related news, Sony Pictures Classics will release THE RED TURTLE in American theaters on January 20, 2017. INTRODUCTION Initiated 10 years ago; production lasting 8 years... Studio Ghibli`s latest work is coming from France! It began with the short film FATHER AND DAUGHTER (2000) by Michael Dudok de Wit, a Dutch animator based in France. Despite a running time of only 8 minutes, it captured international attention for its emotional depiction of the bond between parent and child. FATHER AND DAUGHTER won numerous accolades, including

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: kiminona.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Kazuki Sunami A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Anime director Makoto Shinkai (THE PLACE PROMISED IN OUR EARLY DAYS, THE GARDEN OF WORDS) returns with his latest film, your name. (?????, Kimi no Na wa.). Toho will release the movie in Japan August 26th, while Funimation Entertainment will distribute it in North America (dates tba). INTRODUCTION The best and brightest of the animation world assemble! Moving to the next level of feature film animation in quality and scale! Up-and-coming animation director Makoto Shinkai -- hailed as the next Mamoru Hosoda (award-winning director of THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME, SUMMER WARS, WOLF CHILDREN) -- teams up with Masayoshi Tanaka, character designer for ANOHANA -THE FLOWER WE SAW THAT DAY- (box office gross over $10 million US) and THE ANTHEM OF THE HEART –BEAUTIFUL

    Toho Produced Film of Iconic Science Fiction Monster Slated for Release in Late 2016 Source: Funimation Entertainment press release Official Site: shin-godzilla.jp (Japan), funimationfilms.com (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto As SciFi Japan reported last night, Funimation Entertainment has licensed GODZILLA RESURGENCE (??????, Shin Gojira) from Toho. The distributor will release the movie through their theatrical division, Funimation Films, and has issued a press release with further details. In an additional note, Toho -- despite promoting the new Godzilla at last year`s American Film Market and elsewhere as GODZILLA RESURGENCE -- has insisted that Funimation use the English title SHIN GODZILLA (a direct translation of the film`s Japanese name). From the press release... Funimation Films Secures Rights to SHIN GODZILLA Movie Throughout the Americas SAN DIEGO, CA – July 22, 2016. Last night in a surprise announcement to fans at San Diego Comic Con 2016, Funimation® Films

    US Theatrical Release Planned for Late 2016 Author: Keith Aiken Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Funimation Entertainment Official Site: shin-godzilla.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has revealed to SciFi Japan that they have licensed GODZILLA RESURGENCE (??????, Shin Gojira) to Funimation Entertainment, with the American distributor gaining the theatrical, home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast rights for North America, Central America and South America. Funimation has confirmed, and added that they are making a public announcement about the acquisition this evening during their Industry Panel at San Diego Comic-Con International. An official press release with additional details will go out to media outlets tomorrow. Co-directed by Hideaki Anno (EVANGELION) and Shinji Higuchi (Gamera Trilogy, ATTACK ON TITAN), GODZILLA RESURGENCE is the twenty-ninth Japanese Godzilla produced by Toho, and the first since the 50th anniversary production GODZILLA: FINAL

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Pony Canyon Official Site: koudaike-movie.jp (Japan) Haruka Ayase (CYBORG SHE, ICHI) and Takumi Saito (GODZILLA RESURGENCE) star in the romantic comedy THE KODAI FAMILY (??????, Kodai-ka no Hitobito), the live-action film adaptation of the bestselling manga by Kozueko Morimoto. The series was recently named #1 on the “50 Top Manga Poised to Make a Big Break!” list, voted on by booksellers representing 3,000 bookstores across Japan. The movie was released last month in Japan by Toho and is now being offered to foreign distributors by Pony Canyon. STORY Kie Hirano (Haruka Ayase) is an awkward, inarticulate secretary who escapes from reality by retreating into her own cartoon-like fantasy world. One day, Mitsumasa Kodai (Takumi Saito), a handsome businessman from the elite Kodai family, transfers to Kie’s office. The two are worlds apart, yet Mitsumasa finds himself drawn to Kie

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: rudolf-ippaiattena.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho has provided additional high-res images from RUDOLPH AND IPPAIATTENA (?????????????, Rudorufu to Ippaiattena), the new 3D CG anime movie based on the award-winning children`s books by Hiroshi Saito. Toho will release the film in theaters across Japan on August 6th. About Toho Company. 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-eight Godzilla motion pictures, based upon a character the company unleashed on the world back in 1954, and masterpiece films directed by Akira Kurosawa. Toho has been the number

    Info and High-Res Images from Toho for New Anime Film Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: conan-movie.jp (Japan) Toho has provided information and high-res images from their recent anime film, DETECTIVE CONAN: THE DARKEST NIGHTMARE (?????? ????????????, Meitantei Konan Junkuro no Akumu (Naitomea)). The movie is the 20th 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. Quickly realizing his new appearance is the perfect cover, Kudo adopted the name `Conan Edogawa` in order to continue using his skills against evildoers. Opening in Japan this past April 16th, DETECTIVE CONAN: THE DARKEST NIGHTMARE topped the box office for three consecutive weeks. The film earned ¥5.86 billion (approximately $57 million US) during its theatrical run,

    Info and High-Res Images from New Anime Film Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: doraeiga.com/2016 (Japan) In the spring of 2016, the Doraemon anime film franchise celebrated its 35th anniversary with 36TH DORAEMON THE MOVIE: NOBITA AND THE BIRTH OF JAPAN 2016 (??????? ??????????, Eiga Doraemon Shin • Nobita no Nihon Tanjo). Based on the manga created by Fujiko Fujio (Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko), the film series debuted in 1980 with a new movie released annually. The movies have become box office smashes, with 2015`s DORAEMON: NOBITA AND THE SPACE HEROES (??????? ???????????, Eiga Doraemon Shin Nobita no Supeesu Hiiroozu) selling a record 3.47 million tickets for a take of ¥3.89 billion (approximately $37 million US). The anniversary entry is a remake of the 10th film in the series, DORAEMON: NOBITA AND THE BIRTH OF JAPAN (????? ????????, Doraemon Nobita no Nihon

    Press Notes and Images from Toho Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: shin-godzilla.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE SciFi Japan is pleased to present additional photos from GODZILLA RESURGENCE (??????, Shin Gojira), courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. As with our first RESURGENCE report, the images -- some new, some previously released -- are now shown in larger sizes and higher quality than previously available. Directors Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi have assembled a team of top actors to deal with Godzilla`s attack on Japan. The film`s lead role of Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Rando Yaguchi is played by Hiroki Hasegawa from Higuchi`s live-action ATTACK ON TITAN (?????, Shingeki no Kyojin, 2015) movies. His credits include Sion Sono`s WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL? (???????, Jigoku de Naze Warui, 2013) and LOVE & PEACE (??????, Rabu & Pisu, 2015), PRINCESS JELLYFISH (???, Kuragehime,

    Press Notes and Images from Toho Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: shin-godzilla.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Summer 2016: Godzilla is "born"... Toho Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with press notes and high-res photos from their upcoming film, GODZILLA RESURGENCE (??????, Shin Gojira). We are pleased to share a mix of images -- some new, some previously released -- in larger sizes and higher quality than has been seen before. Since the release of the original GODZILLA (???, Gojira) in 1954, nearly 100 million people have bought tickets to see Godzilla in Japanese cinemas. The monster`s popularity has spread far beyond Japan, resulting in the 2014 Hollywood version of GODZILLA which grossed approximately ¥57 billion ($529 million) worldwide, making him the international "King of the Monsters". The Japanese government`s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has even presented Godzilla

    Beloved Martial Arts Anime Returns In Seven New Adventure-Packed Standard Edition Blu-ray Releases Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, a premiere company in the field of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, announces the release of new Blu-ray Standard Editions for all 7 RANMA ½ home media sets. The RANMA ½ Blu-ray sets, which present the complete 161-episode series, are available now and sold individually with an MSRP of $49.99 U.S. / $57.99 CAN. Each set features 23 episodes across 3 discs, along with a variety of bonus material. Extras include convention highlights and RANMA ½ panel discussions, episode previews, series trailers, and a special 7-part “We Love Ranma” series that takes audiences behind the scenes, detailing the processes of the manga and anime release and the enduring popularity of this iconic action adventure

    Source: Kadokawa Pictures Official Website: sadakovskayako.jp (Japan) Kadokawa Pictures has provided additional photos of the main cast for their JU-ON/THE RING crossover, SADAKO VS KAYAKO (??vs???). The film opens in Japan on June 18th. For more information on SADAKO VS KAYAKO, please see the previous coverage here on SciFi Japan: SADAKO VS KAYAKO Trailer and High-Res Photos

    The Second Season of the Popular Mecha Drama Series is Coming Soon! Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: aldnoahzero.com (Japan), aldnoahzerousa.com (US) Special Thanks to Joanna Metoki Fans of the extremely unique mecha anime title, ALDNOAH.ZERO (????????, Arudonoa Zero, 2015) will finally see what followed the shocking first season finale as Aniplex of America announces the details of their release plans for the third and fourth volumes of their Limited Edition Blu-ray and Standard Edition DVD. Volume 3 will be available on January 26th, 2016 and Volume 4 will be available on April 19th, 2016. Pre-orders have begun for all four SKUs on the official U.S. ALDNOAH.ZERO website and also through official Aniplex of America retailers. These will be the final two volumes for this fan-favorite mecha drama series which launched its streaming schedule during the summer anime season last year. Aniplex of America has

    Author: Philip Garnecki Official Site: Redford Theatre This Saturday, October 24, the horror host known as the Ghoul will present two classic Godzilla films at the historic Redford Theatre in Detroit. The films shown will be SON OF GODZILLA and GODZILLA VS. MONSTER ZERO (aka INVASION OF ASTRO-MONSTER). The Ghoul, aka Ron Sweed, was a fixture on local television in the Detroit and Cleveland areas in the 1970s. His shows were known for humorous sound effects played over low-budget sci-fi and horror movies, and host segments characterized by bizarre humor, abuse of his diminutive sidekick Froggy, and his propensity for blowing up model vehicles with firecrackers. The Redford Theatre is an old-style movie palace located on the outskirts of Detroit, MI. Currently owned and operated by the Motor City Theatre Organ Society, the Redford is the only theatre in the area to have its original pipe organ.

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