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    Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release Special Thanks to Jackie Smith and Michelle Lee FUNimation Entertainment has acquired the home entertainment, broadcast, digital, and mobile rights to the Production I.G. full length animated film, OBLIVION ISLAND: HARUKA AND THE MAGIC MIRROR (??????? ????????, Hottarake no Shima - Haruka to Maho no Kagami, 2009). Directed and co-written by Shinsuke Sato (the GANTZ live action films), the film was nominated for the award for Excellent Animation of the Year at the 33rd Japan Academy Prize. OBLIVION ISLAND: HARUKA AND THE MAGIC MIRROR is the first full length film from Production I.G. (GHOST IN THE SHELL, KILL BILL VOL. 1) done completely in 3D computer generated animation. To separate the film from American computer animated productions, the character designs have a unique “anime” style to them while the look and feel of the animation bear a closer

    Source: Third Window Films, Rabbit Publicity Official Movie Site: (Japan), (UK) Special Thanks to Adam Torel and Davide Previti VILLAIN (??, Akunin) A film by Lee Sang-il (HULA GIRLS) UK RELEASE DATE: 19 August 2011 Certificate: 15 Running time: 140 mins In Japanese with English subtitles Colour/35mm and Digital release NOMINATED for 15 Japanese Academy Awards WINNER of 5 Japanese Academy Awards including: Best Actress, Actor, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor and Music Score WINNER ‘Best Actress – Eri Fukatsu’ – Montreal Film Festival WINNER ‘Best Actor – Satoshi Tsumabuki’ – 53rd Blue Ribbon Awards WINNER ‘Best Japanese Film of 2010’ – Kinema Junpo Starring: Eri Fukatsu (THE MAGIC HOUR, BAYSIDE SHAKEDOWN) Satoshi Tsumabuki (TOKYO!, VILLON`S WIFE, PANDEMIC) Hikari Mitsushima (LOVE EXPOSURE, DEATH NOTE, SAWAKO DECIDES) Masaki Okada (CONFESSIONS) With over twenty companies bidding for the film adaptation rights, and many of

    Source: Media Blasters, Inc., Golden Media Group Special Thanks to Carl Morano and Roy McAree SciFi Japan has received some news updates today that should be of interest to daikaiju fans... • Media Blasters informed us that GODZILLA VS. MEGALON is scheduled for DVD and Blu-ray on November 29, 2011. • In response to demand, the Internet Channel will add the original Japanese (with English subtitles) versions of the Gamera films to their lineup, beginning with GAMERA vs GYAOS (English dubbed versions are already available). All of the Gamera movies will be streamed for free. For much more information on these topics, please see the previous coverage here on SciFi Japan: GODZILLA VS MEGALON Region 1 DVD/Blu-ray Rumors False Media Blasters Discusses DVD and Blu-ray Plans for DESTROY ALL MONSTERS and GODZILLA VS MEGALON And: Gamera

    Toho Monster Makers Attend Convention in Burbank, CA Source: Tetsu Shiota and Shinichi Wakasa Filmmakers, fans, collectors, and dealers from around the world flocked to Monsterpalooza 2011, held April 8-10 at the Marriott Burbank Hotel and Convention Center. Among the guests were two key figures from Toho`s Godzilla movie series: Haruo Nakajima and Shinichi Wakasa. Mr Nakajima played the title role in the original GODZILLA (Gojira, 1954) and would go on to portray the King of the Monsters in twelve films. He was also the "man in the monster suit" for such films as RODAN (Sora no Daikaiju Radon, 1956), THE MYSTERIANS (Chikyuu Boeigun, 1957), MOTHRA (Mosura, 1961), and KING KONG ESCAPES (Kingu Kongu no Gyakushu, 1967), as well as episodes of Tsuburaya Productions` ULTRA Q (Urutora Kyuu, 1966) and ULTRAMAN (Urutoraman, 1966). Haruo Nakajima spent much of the weekend signing autographs, with the proceeds going to

    Complete Animated Series Now Available Online Official Site: Special Thanks to Zen Faulkes Netflix subscribers can now watch all forty episodes of Sony Pictures Television`s animated program GODZILLA: THE SERIES. Spun off from the studio`s big budget GODZILLA (1998), the show aired Saturday mornings on the Fox Network from 1998 to 2000. Netflix has also made available two episodes of GODZILLA: THE SERIES, 126- THE BALLAD OF GENS DU MARAIS and 139- TOURIST TRAP, which were not broadcast on US television. To view the GODZILLA: THE SERIES episodes, visit For more on the series check out SciFi Japan`s The Ultimate Guide to GODZILLA: THE SERIES.

    Toho Heavy Metal Comedy To Screen This Month During J-Pop Summit Festival Source: VIZ Pictures Official Site: go-to-dmc (Japan), (US) Special Thanks to Rieko Fuji Toho`s 2008 heavy metal comedy DETROIT METAL CITY will make its San Francisco theatrical debut this month during the J-Pop Summit Festival. The film opens at the VIZ Cinema with a special Premiere Event on Saturday, September 18th, followed by a dozen screenings through the 27th. DETROIT METAL CITY takes the zany rock antics inspired by films like SPINAL TAP to hilarious new extremes in this film directed by Toshio Lee and based on the popular manga comic created by Kiminori Wakasugi. It features notable appearances by Gene Simmons from the legendary band, KISS, and Marty Friedman of Megadeth, and stars Kenichi Matsuyama, one of the most adored actors in Japan today and also known widely for

    U.S. Premiere Opens August 13, 2010 Source: TKO Entertainment press release Official Site: (Japanese) FREDDIE THE LEAF An all ages Japanese musical about the importance of every life, narrated by legendary Godzilla film actor Akira Takarada. Fri 8/13 at 7pm, Sat 8/14 at 2pm and 7pm, Sun 8/15 at 2pm New York, NY – Freddie Company in association with TKO Entertainment proudly presents the U.S. Premiere of the Japanese musical FREDDIE THE LEAF, written and directed by Takashi Inuishi, conceived by Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, with music and lyrics by Shoichi Tama and starring popular Japanese film actor, Akira Takarada, and a cast of 21 Japanese teens and children. FREDDIE THE LEAF runs from August 13 – 15, 2010 in a limited engagement at John Jay College’s Gerald W. Lynch Theater, located at 899 Tenth Avenue, between 58 and 59 Streets, in NYC.

    Author: Ed Godziszewski Official Site: yamato2009 SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO: RESURRECTION (Uchu Senkan Yamato: Fukkatsu Hen) Executive Producers: Shoji Nishizaki, Yoshinobu Nishizaki, Toshiaki Nakazawa Director: Yoshinobu Nishizaki Original Story: Yoshinobu Nishizaki Original Concept: Shintaro Ishihara Script: Buryu Ishihara, Atsuhiro Tomioka. Yoshinobu Nishizaki Music: Naoto Otomo, Hiroshi Miyagawa Theme Song: The Alfee Cast Susumu Kodai: Koichi Yamadera Yuki Kodai: Noriko Yume Miyuki "Miho" Kodai: Ayumi Fujimura Gorui: Masatoh Ibu Shiro Sanada: Takeshi Aono Dr. Sakezou Sado: Ichiro Nagai Narrator: Michio Hazama Distribution: Toho Co., Ltd., Emotion Released: December 12, 2009 (Japan) Running Time: 131 minutes Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details for a new movie. Synopsis: 2220 A.D.: Seventeen years have passed since the space battleship Yamato was destroyed while saving Earth from the flood waters of Planet Aquarius. Earth has enjoyed a period of peace and prosperity, and

    Rare 35mm Showing of the Original US Version of GODZILLA VS GIGAN Source: Timothy Price, Plaza Theatre GODZILLA ON MONSTER ISLAND (aka GODZILLA VS. GIGAN) 1972, Toho, 89 min. Directed by Jun Fukuda. Starring Hiroshi Ishikawa, Tomoko Umeda and Yuriko Hishimi. Special Effects by Teruyoshi Nakano. English dubbed version. From a secret base hidden inside a life-sized Godzilla-shaped office building in a children`s amusement park, alien cockroaches (!!) launch an assault on earth using King Ghidorah and the cyborg monster Gigan. While a comic book artist and his friends attempt to foil the invaders` plans, Godzilla and Angilas battle the space monsters. Despite a remarkably low budget and lots of obviously recycled stock footage, this entry is a high- energy slug-fest that introduces one of Toho`s most colorfully imaginative monsters: the sickle-armed evildoer Gigan. It is also your only chance to hear Godzilla

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    Japan Society Confirms 24 Titles for its 4th Annual Summer Fest of New Films from Japan Source: Japan Society Official Site: Japan Cuts Special Thanks to Shannon Jowett and Tahmid Mannan JAPAN CUTS: Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema July 1-16, 2010, at Japan Society Japan Society`s fourth annual JAPAN CUTS Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema screens 24 feature films--the most in the festival`s history and the largest showcase of contemporary Japanese cinema globally this year. In addition to 8 features co-presented with the New York Asian Film Festival, JAPAN CUTS 2010 includes an array of Japan`s best films from 2010 and 2009, and a special selection of the decade`s best films never before released in the U.S. Made by both established and emerging directors and starring today’s hottest actors and festival winners, most films in JAPAN CUTS 2010 are international, U.S., or New York premieres,

    Source: Subway Cinema press releases Special Thanks to Kristen Osborne and Grady Hendrix NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2010 June 25 – July 8 More of what you`ve loved and waited for all year 7 countries! 45 movies! 17 Guests! The Film Society of Lincoln Center`s Walter Reade Theater (June 25 - July 8 ) Japan Society (July 1 - 4) & midnight screenings at the IFC Center (on Friday and Saturdays) Presented in partnership with the Film Society of Lincoln Center and with the programming support of the Japan Society, this is the ninth New York Asian Film Festival and it will unleash more guests, more movies, and more fun than ever before! More movie madness than last year, including the Official Opening Night Film and North American Premiere of IP MAN 2 (Hong Kong, 2010) with Sammo Hung and

    Two-Part Film Festival Begins Tomorrow in Los Angeles Source: American Cinematheque The American Cinematheque joins the UCLA Film & Television Archive for a two-part retrospective celebrating the career of one of cinema’s most inventive and artful masters, Akira Kurosawa. Enraptured with the works of classic Hollywood director John Ford, Kurosawa skillfully borrowed elements from American genre films and wove them into the elegant tapestry of his Japanese works, which range from contemporary noirs to epic period pieces. Some of his greatest films include RASHOMON, THE SEVEN SAMURAI and RAN, though these three stunners hardly account for the entirety of his oeuvre, which spanned decades. Kurosawa`s career as a director featured a long-running professional relationship with actor Toshiro Mifune, whose charismatic, hyperbolic presence illuminated many of Kurosawa`s best films. Centennial Celebration: The Films of Akira Kurosawa, Part I— running at the Egyptian Theatre May 14 - 23,

    Bizarre Japanese Horror Film Now Playing in American Theaters Author: Kyle Byrd Source: Janus Films Official Movie Site: When sitting down to review a film like Nobuhiko Obayashi’s HOUSE (Hausu), one has to dismiss everything they know about film criticism. It’s a film that is truly one of a kind, so the “rules” of film criticism are almost impossible to apply to it. When Toho mega producer Tomoyuki Tanaka gave TV commercial director Nobuhiko Obayashi a small chunk of money to make a horror film, its doubtful that he realized he was funding what would be one of the oddest films to come out of Toho Studios. HOUSE is a film that is truly beyond description. Obayashi took the imaginative musings of his 11-year-old daughter and turned them into what could be the most bizarre film I’ve ever seen (which is saying

    Author: Kim Song-ho Official Movie Site: SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details for a new movie. IRON MAN 2 begins from the final scene of the previous film, where Tony Stark revealed his secret identity of Iron Man and made the press conference panic. However, this time we see it again not from where the film exactly ended, but from a different place - a shabby, small room in Russia. There lies an old man on his deathbed and his son, who keeps drinking vodka to get over sadness. At last, the old man dies and the son`s grief turns into rage. It`s the birth of Ivan Vanko/Whiplash, the new enemy of Tony Stark/Iron Man. But in this sequel, Whiplash is not the only enemy. The US government tries to confiscate the Iron Man suit because it considers the suit as

    Author: Sean Kotz On March 31, 2010, New York City’s Japan Society launched a fascinating film series called “Mad, Bad... and Dangerous to Know: Three Untamed Beauties” highlighting counter-culture images of women in Japanese society featuring the work of three actresses--Ayako Wakao, Meiko Kaji and Mariko Okada. In contrast to the customary Japanese model of deferring, silent and bashful servants, their upstart female characters challenge the tradition but mostly with negative (and often downright evil) characters. However, as early as 1958’s VARAN (Daikaiju Baran), Toho’s monster films were offering positive, even heroic, alternatives to the accepted molds of housewife and office lady—the female reporter, a role that would develop into a staple during the Showa period and beyond. It is something of an unfortunate accident of history that VARAN is not well known, even among kaiju fans. Riding the giant monster boom of

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    Legendary Pictures to Develop and Produce Major Motion Picture Based on Toho`s Iconic Monster Source: Legendary Pictures press release, Warner Bros. Special Thanks to Gemma Cacho, Melissa Zukerman, Jessica Zacholl, and Erica Zilinskas Burbank, CA – March 29, 2010 – Legendary Pictures announced today that they will develop and produce a new film based on Toho Company’s famed GODZILLA character. Through the terms of the agreement, Legendary Pictures has acquired the rights to produce a movie inspired by Toho’s Godzilla, a franchise the Japanese company created and has nurtured for over fifty years. Toho’s GODZILLA franchise boasts one of the most widely recognized film creatures worldwide, resulting in a series of books, television programs, video games and more than 25 films worldwide. Legendary intends to approach the film and its characters in the most authentic manner possible. The company will, in the near future, announce a

    Eighteen Classics to Screen During Festival at Stanford Theater Source: Stanford Theater, The historic Stanford Theater in Palo Alto, California reopens this weekend after remodeling and is off to a huge and auspicious start. Beginning February 20 and running through March 30, the theater will feature an Akira Kurosawa Film Festival. The festival will feature no less than eighteen of Kurosawa’s classic films, starting with THE SEVEN SAMURAI, considered by many to be the greatest film ever to come out of Japan. The Stanford Theatre first opened in 1925, and it served for decades as Palo Alto`s premier movie house. In 1987, after a blockbuster Fred Astaire Film Festival, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation bought the theatre and restored it to its original splendor. It is now owned and operated by the non-profit Stanford Theatre Foundation, presenting classic Hollywood films. The renovated Stanford Theatre

    New Ultraman Movie On DVD & Blu-ray In Japan With English Subtitles Author: Jim M. Ballard Official Movie Site: Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Source: Bandai Visual The latest Ultraman movie MEGA MONSTER BATTLE: ULTRA GALAXY (Daikaiju Batoru Urutora Ginga Densetsu THE MOVIE) will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in Japan on April 23 and will feature English subtitles. The DVD editions will be Region 2 encoded (only compatiable with DVD players in Japan, Europe and other Region 2 countries), while the Blu-ray disc will be fully compatiable with Blu-ray players in North America. Limited Edition DVD MEMORIAL BOX Product Code: BCBS-3600 Retail Price: 8,190 Yen Main Disc Specs: Color, 106 minutes total (96min movie + 10min features), Dolby Digital (5.1ch Dolby Surround / special features in stereo), single-sided and dual-layered, 16:9 (anamorphic), Japanese and English subtitles (removable) Bonus Disc Specs:

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