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    All four Mothra movies air in HD for the first time Author: James Ballard Source: Japanese Movie Speciality Channel Last year, the Japanese Movie Speciality Channel worked closely with Toho Co., Ltd to restore all twenty-eight Godzilla films. Over a three month period starting from October 2008, the channel broadcast the entire newly-restored series in high definition for the first time. The broadcasts were met with great praise from both genre fans and general audiences alike, with the channel reportedly receiving countless requests for other special effects series to be broadcast in HD. In response to this, the Japanese Movie Speciality Channel will periodically broadcast some of Japan`s greatest special effects film series in HD under the "Tokusatsu Kingdom Special" title. The first to air under this new banner were Toho`s Mothra films. From noon on March 20th, the channel aired all four Mothra films back-to-back for

    Rare 35mm German Prints of MONSTER ZERO and THE MYSTERIANS to be Shown at the 3001-Kino in Hamburg Source: Der Hamburger Monsterfilm, PRANKE Film Magazine Official Event Site: PRANKE-Filmnacht Vol.3 On October 3, PRANKE Film Magazine hosts a night of classic Toho sci-fi films at the 3001-Kino in Hamburg, Germany. The theater will screen rare 35mm prints of the German versions of MONSTER ZERO and THE MYSTERIANS plus a selection of monster movie trailers. Below is the PRANKE Film Night announcement in both German and English... PRANKE-Filmnacht Vol.3 | 03.10.2008 21 Uhr Liebe Freunde des Monsterfilms! Es ist wieder soweit: Am Freitag, den 3. Oktober 2008 um 21 Uhr findet im Hamburger 3001-Kino die dritte PRANKE-Filmnacht statt! Wir sind stolz Euch diesmal zwei ganz besonders seltene Filme in 35mm präsentieren zu können, die aus der Sammlung eines Privatsammlers stammen: 1. BEFEHL AUS DEM DUNKEL

    JAPAN SOCIETY ANNOUNCES THE FULL 2008 SCHEDULE FOR NORTH AMERICA`S ONLY LARGE-SCALE ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF NEW JAPANESE FILMS Source: Japan Society Special Thanks to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. JAPAN CUTS 17 Feature Premieres, 4 Guest Filmmakers and over 50 screenings in 12 days July 2-13, 2008 at Japan Society 333 East 47th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues) New York, NY 10017 Box Office: (212) 715-1258, Monday - Friday, 10 am - 4:45 pm Offering 12 days celebrating the latest films from Japan, Japan Society confirms the schedule for its second annual JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film. Running Wednesday, July 2 through Sunday, July 13, 2008 at Japan Society, JAPAN CUTS presents 17 U.S., New York and International feature film premieres ranging from blockbusters and art-house hits to

    Brand New Universal Pictures Print to be Shown at "Spooktacular" Event Source: Mark Nelson Official Site: Spooktacular: King Kong vs Godzilla Just a brief reminder to any monster movie fans near Keene, New Hampshire that this Friday, April 24th at 7:00PM, KING KONG VS GODZILLA (US version) will be playing at the Colonial Theatre. The film is part of the second "Spooktacular" event put together by the creators of the horror-host television show SATURDAY FRIGHT SPECIAL (seen on public access stations throughout the United States). The screening will feature the premiere of a brand-new 35mm print of KING KONG VS GODZILLA, freshly struck by Universal Pictures. The Spooktacular will also include vintage monster movie trailers and theater ads, in person visits from all of the SATURDAY FRIGHT SPECIAL crew, and tons of giveaways that include T-shirts and DVD copies of the new horror host documentary AMERICAN

    The Dryden Theatre to Screen GODZILLA 2000 and GODZILLA VS KING GHIDORAH in June Source: John Yeara Official Site: George Eastman House The King of the Monsters raids Rochester, New York once again when the historic Dryden Theatre (part of the George Eastman House motion picture museum) hosts the "Spaceships & Aliens & Godzilla Double Feature!" on June 5 and 7. The line up includes GODZILLA 2000 and GODZILLA VS KING GHIDORAH, with both films to be introduced by Rochester’s local Godzilla authority, John Yeara. FRIDAY, JUNE 5 DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one regular admission price! 7:00 PM - GODZILLA 2000 (director: Takao Okawara, 1999, 99 min., English dub, 35mm) A government team salvages a spaceship that had crashed into the ocean millions of years ago. Unfortunately the craft still houses the consciousness of the alien crew, who begin looking for the

    Brand New 35mm Print to be Shown on April 24 Source: Mark Nelson Official Site: Spooktacular: King Kong vs Godzilla The organizers of "Spooktacular" have sent a video promo for their upcoming KING KONG VS GODZILLA screening at the Colonial Theatre in Keene, New Hampshire. The event will feature a brand new 35mm print of the film, courtesy of Universal pictures. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on the Colonial Theatre website and from the theater box office. For more information visit the official website or check out the earlier report here on SciFi Japan.

    Brand New Print to be Shown at "Spooktacular" Event Source: Mark Nelson Official Site: Spooktacular: King Kong vs Godzilla The creators of New Hampshire`s first horror-host television show, SATURDAY FRIGHT SPECIAL (seen on public access stations throughout the United States), have announced their second live "Spooktacular" event at the Colonial Theatre in Keene, NH. On Friday, April 24th at 7PM, the Spooktacular will present an exceedingly rare screening of the classic KING KONG VS GODZILLA— so rare, in fact, that a brand new print has been struck for this screening, and Spooktacular audiences will be the first to see it. Screening Curator Mark Nelson explained, "We`re honored that Universal is striking a new print for this event, as their previous repertory print was lost in the fire last year. I`m THRILLED to be able to be doing another show like this, and can`t wait to see

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    Cast and Crew Reunite for Sequel to the Acclaimed Film... and Godzilla Tags Along for the Ride Source: NTV (Nippon Television Network) Additional Material: Keith Aiken Official Site: Always 2 Special Thanks to Poo-Monologue, Norman England, and Shinichi Wakasa One of the most highly acclaimed Japanese films has come back to the big screen as a sequel! With the same main cast and staff, another heartwarming story takes us back to the lively ‘Third Street’. The drama ALWAYS- SUNSET ON THIRD STREET (Always San-Chome no Yuhi) was released in Japan on November 5, 2005. Not only was it a big box office hit with 2,840,000 admissions; it won many awards including the Japan Academy Prizes. The film became so popular that it triggered a national fad of nostalgia for the “Showa Era” of Japan [1926-1989] and the movie itself became a social phenomenon. The movie is

    Comments from the Filmmakers Behind the Blockbuster Japanese Sci-Fi Movie series Source: NTV (Nippon Television Network) Official Movie Site: 20th Boys Special Thanks to Asuka Kimura and Tzeling Huang SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details for a new movie. The following interviews are courtesy of Nippon Television Network. For more information and images from the movie please see SciFi Japan`s earlier report, 20th CENTURY BOYS Production Notes. Interview with Toshiaki Karasawa (Kenji Endo) Q: Did you read the original manga? Karasawa: I did. It was so popular. The protagonist of 20th Century Boys is an ordinary man, like the everyman hero of DIE HARD. That`s the point that intrigued me. But when I read the manga, I never dreamed that one day I`d play Kenji. Q: Did you try to act just like the character in the original manga? Karasawa:

    PULGASARI Plays the Bloor Cinema in Toronto; GMK Strikes the Plaza Theatre in Atlanta Source: Silver Scream Spook Show, Bloor Cinema Giant Asian monsters return to movie theaters in North America this month with the Canadian premiere of the infamous PULGASARI (1985) and a screening of the popular GODZILLA, MOTHRA AND KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK (Gojira, Mosura, Kingughidora: Daikaiju Soshingeki, 2001) in Atlanta. At 9:30pm on January 30, the Bloor Cinema in Toronto, Canada will open their "Workers Paradise!—The North Korean Film Series" with PULGASARI. The film series is being presented by Koryo Canada— a group specializing in tourism and goodwill exchanges with the Democratic People`s Republic of Korea. Reminiscent of Germany`s Golem and Japan`s Daimajin, the monster Pulgasari first appears to help the people destroy the chains of the feudal Choson dynasty but soon grows out of control. PULGASARI was produced under the

    Restoring the iconic series for the future of high definition Author: James Ballard Official Website: Japanese Movie Speciality Channel Earlier this year, a joint collaboration between Toho and the Japanese Movie Speciality Channel saw the restoration of the entire Godzilla series in high definition (HD). Between October and December, all 28 of the newly remastered titles were broadcast in HD on the Japanese Movie Speciality Channel in Japan. Join SciFi Japan as we take a look at the tremendous work undertaken to prepare Godzilla for the world of high definition! Step 1: Film Check The original print: As tens of thousands of film reels are stored at the Tokyo Lab, the atmosphere temperature and humidity levels have to be strictly maintained. To prepare GODZILLA (Gojira, 1954) for it`s high definition broadcast on Japanese Movie Speciality Channel HD, the master positive film was

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    Source: Independent Film Channel Special Thanks to Doran Gaston This weekend, the Independent Film Channel will air Toho`s 1977 horror movie HOUSE (Hausu). While the film did have a few scattered theatrical screenings in the United States courtesy of Toho International, HOUSE has never received any kind of wide release in America and is not available on R1 DVD. HOUSE is a satirical take on the classic haunted house story. A teenager named Oshare (Kimiko Ikegami) struggles to deal with the recent death of her mother. Hoping to get away from her problems (and her father`s new girlfriend), Oshare invites six female classmates to join her on a visit to her aunt`s secluded mansion. Upon their arrival, the girls fall prey to the dark, supernatural power infesting the home; each experiences bizarre hallucinations before they are picked off one by one and literally devoured by the

    Official Site: Silent Movie Theatre Special Thanks to Oki Miyano and Twitch Beginning this week, the newly refurbished Silent Movie Theatre in West Hollywood is screening a number of films produced and/or released by Toho Studios. First up are ONIBABA and HOUSE this Sunday, while December features five weekends of Godzilla and kaiju eiga (monster movies). Ticket prices are $10.00 per film. The Silent Movie Theatre is located at 611 North Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036. The theater phone number is (323) 655-2520. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28 7:30 PM- ONIBABA (Witch, a.k.a. THE HOLE, 1965) Directed by Kaneto Shindo, Starring Nobuko Otawa, Jitsuko Yoshimura, Kei Sato, and Jukichi Uno. Deep within the wind-swept marshes of war-torn medieval Japan, an impoverished mother and her daughter-in-law eke out a lonely, desperate existence. Forced to murder lost samurai and sell their belongings for grain, they dump the corpses down

    Guest List Includes Don Frye, Bob Eggleton, Johnny Yong Bosch and More Source: Anime Kaiju Experience press release Official Site: animekaijuexperience.com Special Thanks to Paul Aldred and Mary Dumas The Anime Kaiju Experience, New England`s celebration of Japanese pop culture and the world`s adaptations of it, is proud to welcome Don Frye (UFC champion and star of GODZILLA: FINAL WARS), Bob Eggleton (kaiju expert and Hugo award winning illustrator), Vic Mignogna (voiced for the Gamera trilogy, but best remembered as the voice of Edward Elric in the mega-hit FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST) and Johnny Yong Bosch (Black Power Ranger kaiju smack-down buddy, who’s now known as the voice of Ichigo in the anime hit BLEACH). Appearing at the New England Fan Experience, November 21-23, 2008 at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge (575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02139-4896), these gentlemen are the final addition to a stellar

    Source: Portland Radio Authority, Kyle Yount Godzilla returns to the airwaves with a 54th birthday celebration on Portland Radio Authority’s show HORROR HOLOCAUST. For two hours, hosts DJ Fulci and Damien Karras will play music, audio clips, and rarities featuring the King of the Monsters and other Japanese favorites like Rodan, King Ghidorah, Mothra, Mechagodzilla, and Gamera. Adding to the fun will be conversation and Japanese monster news from special guest monster expert (and old friend) Kyle Yount of the Shrine of Gamera. HORROR HOLOCAUST`s Godzilla-themed show will air today, Friday, November 7 at 2:00pm PST. HORROR HOLOCAUST can be heard on the Portland Radio Authority website. Just click on one of the "128 mp3 stream" links to open the show in a web-enabled mp3 player and spend your afternoon enjoying hours of monster talk and music.

    New English Site for Director of GODZILLA and Other Toho Classics Source: Ishiro Honda Official Site The English language version of the Ishiro Honda Official Site was launched today. Honda (1911-1993) joined Toho (then known as PCL) as an assistant director in 1932. He directed his first feature film, THE BLUE PEARL (Aoi Shinju), in 1951. After co-writing and directing the original GODZILLA (Gojira, 1954), Ishiro Honda became Toho’s top director of monster and FX films; his credits include RODAN (Sora no Daikaiju Radon, 1956), THE MYSTERIANS (Chikyu Boeigun, 1957), MOTHRA (Mosura, 1961), GORATH (Yosei Gorasu, 1962), ATRAGON (Kaitei Gunkan, 1963), FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD (Furankenshutain tai Chite Kaiju Baragon, 1965) WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS (Furankenshutain no Kaiju: Sanda tai Gaira, 1966), and seven Godzilla sequels from 1962-1975. In his later years, Honda collaborated with his lifelong friend Akira Kurosawa on KAGEMUSHA (1980), RAN (1985), DREAMS (Yume,

    Director Norman England Talks About the New Japanese FX Documentary Author: John “Dutch” DeSentis Special Thanks to Keith Aiken and Ed Godziszewski Last month, Classic Media released the documentary BRINGING GODZILLA DOWN TO SIZE: The Art of Japanese Special Effects as part of their RODAN and WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS Toho Master Collection DVD set. Part two of SciFi Japan`s conversations with the brains behind the new film brings us to director Norman England. Fans will undoubtedly know Norman’s name as he has over a decade of Godzilla and Japanese cinema journalism under his belt for publications such as Fangoria, Hobby Japan, Japanzine, Starlog, Flix, Japanese Giants, and The Japan Times. He has also played bit parts in the J-horror film STACY (2001), Masaaki Tezuka`s GODZILLA: TOKYO SOS (2003), the WWII sci-fi tale LORELEI: THE WITCH OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN (2005), the hit

    A Conversation with Documentary Writer/Producers Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski Author: John “Dutch” DeSentis Special Thanks to Bill Gudmundson and Matthew Buzzell A SciFi JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Tuesday, September 9th saw the release of Classic Media’s final two movies in their Toho Master Collection DVD series: RODAN and WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS, which if you don’t have by now then you might want to get on that. For those that do have it, you have no doubt seen the extra treat that is included with the movies; BRINGING GODZILLA DOWN TO SIZE: The Art of Japanese Special Effects. Shot in Japan in 2007, the documentary is a very enlightening film for those unfamiliar with just how tricky the craft of Japanese special effects is. It was directed by longtime Godzilla set journalist Norman England and features interviews with many of the most recognizable

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