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    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: kimi-nami.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with press notes and high-res images from the original feature animation RIDE YOUR WAVE (??????????, Kimi to Nami ni Noretara) from acclaimed director Masaaki Yuasa. In 2017, Yuasa won the Annecy International Animated Film Festival Crystal Prize for LU OVER THE WALL (???????????, Yoake Tsugeru Ruu no Uta, 2017). He then directed the Japan Academy Award Best Animation Award winning film THE NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL (?????????, Yoru wa Mijikashi Aruke yo Otome, 2017). Last year he directed the Netflix anime series DEVILMAN Crybaby. He now returns with a coming-of-age love story depicting the romance between a young firefighter and a female university student. STORY Upon entering university, Hinako moves to a coastal town. She loves surfing, and when she`s

    Source: Comscore Official Movie Site: Godzillamovie.com Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian Comscore today announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of June 16, 2019, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore (formerly Rentrak) provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore`s suite of products. About Comscore, Inc. Comscore is a trusted partner for planning, transacting and evaluating media across platforms. With transformative data science and vast audience insights across digital, linear TV, over-the-top (OTT) and theatrical viewership, we are a powerful third-party source for reliable measurement of cross-platform audiences. About GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS Following the global success of GODZILLA and KONG: SKULL ISLAND comes the

    Product Info and Exclusive GIANT High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Author: Keith Aiken Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Shingo Fujimoto A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and more than 100 daikaiju-sized photos of their monster figures scheduled for release in July 2019.

    Source: Comscore Official Movie Site: Godzillamovie.com Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian Comscore today announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of June 9, 2019, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore (formerly Rentrak) provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore`s suite of products. After debuting at the top of the domestic and international box offices, GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS fell to fourth place in its second weekend. Ticket sales dropped by 67%, comparable to the second weekend of 2014`s GODZILLA, though that film had a much stronger opening weekend. G:KOTM is faring better overseas, bringing the film`s worldwide box office total to just shy of $293 million. About

    Heartwarming Coming?Of?Age Classic From the Legendary Studio Ghibli and Director Yoshifumi Kondo Comes to Select Theaters Nationwide Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events, Scoop Marketing press release Official Site: ghiblifest.com Special Thanks to Jessica Nelson, Katherine Schwappach, Erik Stein and Lucy Rubin Throughout 2019, GKIDS and Fathom Events’ STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2019 presents a series of Studio Ghibli’s celebrated animated masterpieces on cinema screens nationwide, along with some very special surprises. Following April’s showings of HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE (???????, Hauru no Ugoku Shiro, 2004) and May’s NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (????????, Kaze no Tani no Naushika, 1984), coming in July is WHISPER OF THE HEART (??????, Mimi o Sumaseba, 1995). This July, discover the brilliance of this heartwarming coming?of?age classic from the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (???????, Tonari no Totoro, 1988) and the Academy Award?winning SPIRITED AWAY

    Source: Comscore Official Movie Site: Godzillamovie.com Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian Comscore has announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of June 02, 2019, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore (formerly Rentrak) provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore`s suite of products. About Comscore, Inc. Comscore is a trusted partner for planning, transacting and evaluating media across platforms. With transformative data science and vast audience insights across digital, linear TV, over-the-top (OTT) and theatrical viewership, we are a powerful third-party source for reliable measurement of cross-platform audiences. About GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS Following the global success of GODZILLA and KONG: SKULL ISLAND

    Leave Your Plot Concerns at the Door Author: Matt Frank Official Site: godzillamovie.com (US), godzilla-movie.jp (Japan) Official Twitter: #GodzillaMovie If there is any universally accepted analysis for GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS that cannot be argued, it is that this film is never boring. The same could not be said for the previous 5 Godzilla features, depending on your mileage as an audience member. While there are aspects of each film that I personally enjoyed, and even loved, there was a restraint and deliberate approach to pacing that has characterized the last 5 years of movies featuring the King of all Kaiju. GODZILLA (2014) is a dramatic and borderline minimalist monster movie that is so desperate to be taken seriously that it ultimately shoots itself in the foot, despite a killer final act. SHIN GODZILLA (2016) is basically a “what if Godzilla really

    Author: Richard Pusateri Official Site: godzillamovie.com (US), godzilla-movie.jp (Japan) Official Twitter: #GodzillaMovie GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, the third installment in the Legendary Pictures MonsterVerse series, has been able to connect fondness for the classic 1960s Godzilla movies with the form of modern blockbuster action movie extravaganzas. GKOTM remembers where it came from. This movie is not your father’s Godzilla but it remembers your grandfather’s Godzilla as it has many references, large and small, to the classic Japanese giant monster movies of the 1950s and ‘60s. GKOTM begins with an aural and visual tribute to Toho’s original 1954 monster movie and continues symbolic references to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima first seen in GODZILLA (2014). The allusions to older versions of Godzilla begin immediately. The opening of GKOTM reprises scenes from GODZILLA (2014), first film in the MonsterVerse series, mirroring the opening scene

    Author: Edward L. Holland Official Site: sufes1 Special Thanks to X-Plus Company Ltd., Star Ace Japan Company Ltd., Jeremy Soles and Summit Kaiju International On April 28, 2019, the 80th spring edition of Super Festival was held at the Tokyo Science Museum near the Imperial Palace area. Vendors, toy makers, shop owners, production company reps, artists, actors, personalities and the hottest lines of tokusatsu, anime and independent toys were represented in full effect during the extremely popular one-day event.

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Official Site: godzillamovie.com (US), godzilla-movie.jp (Japan) Official Twitter: #GodzillaMovie Special Thanks to Melanie Klein Warner Bros. Pictures has provided SciFi Japan with another poster for GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS. This design is now being displayed at bus shelters. Following the global success of GODZILLA and KONG: SKULL ISLAND comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic Monsterverse: GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS. Directed by Michael Dougherty (KRAMPUS) from a script he wrote with Zach Shields, based on the character “Godzilla” owned and created by TOHO CO., LTD. The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species -- thought to be mere myths

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Official Site: godzillamovie.com (US), godzilla-movie.jp (Japan) Official Twitter: #GodzillaMovie Warner Bros. Pictures has provided the complete final credits for GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, opening worldwide on May 31, 2019. For much, much more on this film, please see the links at the end of this article. A WARNER BROS. PICTURES and LEGENDARY PICTURES PRESENTATION A LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTION In Association with Toho Co., Ltd. In Association with Huahua Media A FILM BY MICHAEL DOUGHERTY GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS CAST Dr. Mark Russell: KYLE CHANDLER Dr. Emma Russell: VERA FARMIGA Madison Russell: MILLIE BOBBY BROWN Dr. Ishiro Serizawa: KEN WATANABE Dr. Ilene Chen and Dr. Ling: ZIYI ZHANG Dr. Rick Stanton: BRADLEY WHITFORD Dr. Vivienne Graham: SALLY HAWKINS Alan Jonah: CHARLES DANCE Sam Coleman: THOMAS MIDDLEDITCH Colonel Diane Foster: AISHA HINDS Chief Warrant Officer Barnes: O’SHEA JACKSON, JR. Admiral

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: godzillamovie.com (US), godzilla-movie.jp (Japan) Official Twitter: #GodzillaMovie A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided press materials for the Japanese release of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS (?????????????????, Gojira Kingu Obu Monsut?zu). They will open the film in Japan on Friday, May 31; the same day as the international release from Warner Bros. Pictures, and the Chinese launch from Legendary East. INTRODUCTION The King awakens. The end of the world begins. 2014: "Resurrection" -- Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ GODZILLA 2016: “Resurgence” -- Toho`s SHIN GODZILLA 2019: Godzilla "Awakens"... A national icon that was "born" in Japan in 1954, Godzilla has continuously evolved over more than 30 feature films that have been viewed by an audience of over 100 million people in Japan alone. Godzilla, one of

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: kaijunokodomo.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with press notes and high-res images from the fantasy adventure CHILDREN OF THE SEA (?????, Kaiju no Kodomo), the new anime film from STUDIO4?. The movie is based on Daisuke Igarashi`s acclaimed manga of the same name. CHILDREN OF THE SEA will open nationwide in Japan on June 7th through Toho`s ODS (Other Digital Stuff) distribution division, Toho Visual Entertainment. INTRODUCTION Manga artist Daisuke Igarashi continues to enchant readers with his unique line work and artistic expressions. His first long-form work, Children of the Sea (published by Shogakukan IKKICOMIX) tells the story of a summer encounter between a 14-year-old girl and two brothers raised by dugongs. With a theme of respect for nature, this masterpiece transforms into pure entertainment through mysterious story

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Pony Canyon Official Site: confidenceman-movie.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Lies are always more interesting than the truth... Toho Co., Ltd. and Pony Canyon have provided SciFi Japan with press notes and high-res photos from THE CONFIDENCE MAN JP - THE MOVIE (?????????JP the movie, Konfidensuman JP the movie). The film is based on THE CONFIDENCE MAN JP (2018), an original TV drama written by Ryota Kosawa of MIXED DOUBLES (?????, Mikkusu, 2017), the ALWAYS- SUNSET ON 3RD STREET series (2005-12) and LEGAL HIGH (???????, Rigaru Hai, 2012). The theme is “money” and “desire.” Professional scammers Dako played by Masami Nagasawa, Boku-chan played by Masahiro Higashide and Richard played by Fumiyo Kohinata devise outrageous scams in the glamorous worlds of tourism, real estate, medicine and sports to swindle fortunes from their greedy victims. This entertaining TV series attained

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Official Site: godzillamovie.com Official Twitter: #GodzillaMovie Special Thanks to Melanie Klein Warner Bros. Pictures has provided SciFi Japan with the latest poster for GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS. Following the global success of GODZILLA and KONG: SKULL ISLAND comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic Monsterverse: GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS. Directed by Michael Dougherty (KRAMPUS) from a script he wrote with Zach Shields, based on the character “Godzilla” owned and created by TOHO CO., LTD. The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species -- thought to be mere myths -- rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: promare-movie.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with press notes and high-res images from PROMARE (????, Puromea, 2019), the first feature-length film from the acclaimed anime Studio TRIGGER (GURREN LAGANN, SSSS.GRIDMAN). PROMARE is is an original story that marks the long-awaited collaboration between director Hiroyuki Imaishi (GURREN LAGANN, KILL la KILL) and screenwriter Kazuki Nakajima. The project was conceived in 2013 and publicly announced at the 2017 Anime Expo, the biggest anime event in North America. The creative team includes character designer Shigeto Koyama (REBUILD OF EVANGELION series, MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM UC), composer Hiroyuki Sawano (BLUE EXORCIST, ATTACK ON TITAN), art director Tomotaka Kubo (MARY AND THE WITCH`S FLOWER) and logo designer Masashi Ichifuru (REBUILD OF EVANGELION series). PROMARE will open nationwide in Japan on May 24 through Toho Visual

    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 THE MOVIE: DANGEROUS HONEYMOON -THE LOST DADDY- (??????????? ????????? ?????????, Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Shinkon Ryoko Hurricane Ushinawareta Hiroshi), opening in Japan on April 19th. The movie is the 27th feature film for the popular TV anime and manga series created by Yoshito Usui, and follows the comedic misadventures of Shinnosuke "Shin-chan" Nohara, a mischievous five-year-old who often says 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. In this new film the Nohara family find themselves in all

    The Massive Hit Series Returns to Cinemas! Source: Toho Co., Ltd., TMS Entertainment Co., Ltd. Official Site: conan-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho and TMS Entertainment have provided information and high-res images from their new anime film, DETECTIVE CONAN: THE FIST OF BLUE SAPPHIRE (?????? ????????????????, Meitantei Konan Konj? no Ken (Konji ~Youno Fisuto). The the 23rd installment in the blockbuster series based on the Detective Conan manga by Gosho Aoyama will be released nationwide in Japan on April 12th. The previous movie in the series, DETECTIVE CONAN: ZERO THE ENFORCER (?????? ??????????????, Meitantei Konan Zero no Shikk? Hito (Shikkk? Nin) 2018), recorded the highest box office revenue of the franchise so far, earning 9.18 billion yen in Japan. It was also the top earning Japanese animated movie of 2018. Directing DETECTIVE CONAN: THE FIST OF BLUE SAPPHIRE is Tomoka Nagaoka,

    Source: ELEVEN ARTS press release Official Site: penguin-highway.com (Japan), elevenarts.net/titles/penguin-highway (US) The anime movie PENGUIN HIGHWAY (??????????, Pengin Haiuei, 2018) comes to U.S. and Canadian cinemas beginning April 12, courtesy of ELEVEN ARTS. Based on the novel of the same name by Tomihiko Morimi (The Night is Short, Walk on Girl), PENGUIN HIGHWAY is the first feature film from the up-and-coming animation house, Studio Colorido. The creative team includes director Hiroyasu Ishida, screenwriter Makoto Ueda (THE NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL), and character designer Yojiro Arai (THE WIND RISES, TYPHOON NORUDA), with music by Umitaro Abe. The theme song is by Hikaru Utada (KINGDOM HEARTS, EVANGELION: 3.0 YOU CAN (NOT) REDO). Budding genius Aoyama is only in the 4th grade, but already lives his life like a scientist. When penguins start appearing in his sleepy suburb hundreds of miles from the sea,

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Movie Site: detectivepikachumovie.com (US), meitantei-pikachu.jp (Japan) Official Movie Twitter: #DetectivePikachuMovie A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided press materials for the Japanese release of POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU (名探偵ピカチュウ, Meitantei Pikachū). They will open the film in Japan on Friday, May 3; one week ahead of the international release from Warner Bros. Pictures, and the Chinese launch from Legendary East.

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