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    Audiences Will Also Experience SHAZAM! and THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA In The Immersive Format; More Titles To Be Announced Source: CJ 4DPLEX press release Official Movie Site: godzillamovie.com Official Movie Twitter: #GodzillaMovie CJ 4DPLEX, the world`s leading cinema technology company, together with Warner Bros. Pictures, have announced a multi-picture deal that will see up to six new films released globally in 2019 in the immersive 270-degree ScreenX format. The agreement extends the relationship between the two companies that previously included five films in 2018. Under the agreement, the Studio`s slate of ScreenX releases will include New Line Cinema`s SHAZAM! on April 5th and THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA on April 19th, followed by Warner Bros.` and Legendary Pictures` GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS on May 31st, with three additional titles to be announced in the coming months. This will build on the success of the globally

    Nine of Studio Ghibli’s Most Cherished Films, Including Multiple Anniversary and Star-Studded Titles, Hit the Big Screen Beginning This Spring Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events press release Official Site: ghiblifest.com After kicking off in 2017 and returning for an even more successful 2018, STUDIO GHIBLI FEST is back for 2019. GKIDS, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events are proud to continue their collaboration and deliver a new and expanded selection of celebrated animated films to U.S. cinemas throughout the year with STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2019. Featuring nine of Studio Ghibli’s masterpieces, the series kicks off with the 15th anniversary of the Academy Award-nominated fantasy adventure HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE (???????, Hauru no Ugoku Shiro, 2004), and continues with the 35th anniversary of NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (????????, Kaze no Tani no Naushika, 1984), WHISPER OF THE HEART (??????,

    Author: Edward L. Holland Special Thanks to Takao Sasai A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The DNA Tokusatsu Exhibition held December 19, 2018 to January 27, 2019 in Kamata, Tokyo has come and gone, but plans are already in motion to bring another fantastic showcase of Toho Studios’ prized artifacts from Godzilla films and hero television series to tokusatsu enthusiasts in the not so distant future. The 8 Zone exhibition, which covered 64 years of special effects filmmaking, showcased one of the largest collection of props, models, art and displays in honor of the treasured past and current masters in the genre like directors and designers Eiji Tsuburaya, Teruyoshi Nakano, Koichi Kawakita, and Shinichi Wakasa, with highlights on SHIN GODZILLA (??????, Shin Gojira, 2016), directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi. Lesser known characters like Varan by designer Keizo Murase also basked in the

    Source: GKIDS Inc. press release Official Site: mirai-no-mirai.jp (Japan), MiraiMovie.com (US) Watch the Academy Award-nominated MIRAI (??????, Mirai no Mirai, 2018) in select theaters nationwide during a last chance screening on February 18. The Japanese animated film from Mamoru Hosoda, the celebrated director behind THE BOY AND THE BEAST, WOLF CHILDREN, SUMMER WARS, and THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME, and Japan’s Studio Chizu, is an Academy Awards Nominee for Best Animated Feature. It was also a Golden Globe Awards Nominee for Best Animated Feature, the Annie Awards Winner for Best Animated Independent Feature, and a Cannes 2018 Official Selection, Director`s Fortnight. MIRAI is a daringly original story of love passed down through generations. When four-year-old Kun meets his new baby sister, his world is turned upside down. Named Mirai (meaning “future”), the baby quickly wins the hearts of Kun’s entire family. As his mother returns

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: fortuna-movie.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with press notes and high-res photos from the heartbreaking fantasy love story FORTUNA`S EYE (????????, Fortuna no Hitomi). The film is adapted from best-selling author Naoki Hyakuta`s (The Eternal Zero, The Man Called Pirate) novel about a young man gifted with supernatural sight who fights to defy destiny when confronted with the impending death of the woman he loves. At the helm is Takahiro Miki, recognized as a master of youth films such as MY TOMORROW, YOUR YESTERDAY. (?????????????????, Boku wa Ashita, Kinou no Kimi to Date Suru) and YELL FOR THE BLUE SKY (?????, Aozora Eru, 2016). The main character, Shinichiro Kiyama, is played by Ryunosuke Kamiki (THE GREAT YOKAI WAR, BIG MAN JAPAN, 20TH CENTURY BOYS 3: REDEMPTION, THE KIRISHIMA THING), a talented actor

    Source: Post Haste Digital Official Site: godzilla-anime.com (Japan), netflix.com/godzilla-anime-3 (US) Twitter: @GODZILLA_ANIME Special Thanks to Kristine de los Santos and Mary Kay De Guzman A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE On January 9th, Toho and Polygon Pictures` anime film GODZILLA: THE PLANET EATER (GODZILLA ?????, Gojira Hoshi wo Kuu Mono, 2018) debuted worldwide on Netflix. THE PLANET EATER concluded the three-part, 3DCG movie series, GODZILLA (aka “Anigoji,” a portmanteau of “anime” and “gojira”), and followed GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS (GODZILLA ????, Gojira Kaij? Wakusei, 2017) and GODZILLA: CITY ON THE EDGE OF BATTLE (GODZILLA ????????, Gojira Kessen Kid? Z?shoku Toshi, 2018), which were both released on Netflix in 2018. Netflix offered all three films in multiple languages, including English. The English dubbed versions were created by Post Haste Digital, a Los Angeles-based audio and video post production facility. Post Haste Digital has provided SciFi Japan with

    Author: Edward L. Holland Godzilla, together with his friends and enemies, continues to entertain in theaters and on television screens around the world. The latest film, GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, will debut in the U.S. in May 2019. But, back in Japan, a committee of artisans, producers, and archivists have brought their collection of film props, models, art, and displays to the DNA Exhibition at the Japan Kogakuin University College in Kamata, Tokyo. At the exhibition, 64 years of Godzilla special effects illustrate the rich sense of Japan’s tokusatsu (special effects) filmmaking history in eight different zones, which include 200 artifacts in tribute to an industry that has slowly given way to CGI laden effects driven entertainment. After previous engagements, the Tokyo edition is located near where scenes were filmed in the blockbuster SHIN GODZILLA (2016). Tickets for the exhibit, which runs

    12 Months of Exclusive Content Direct From Studios and Distributors! Author: Keith Aiken SciFi Japan is proud to remain the one and ONLY English language website devoted to Japanese fantasy films and TV that is officially press registered with all five major Japanese studios (Toho, Toei, Shochiku, Nikkatsu and Kadokawa), several Japanese production companies, plus their distributors and licensees. While other sites will run information and images taken from Japanese news sources and publications, SciFi Japan regularly posts content provided directly to us by the companies and people making and releasing Japanese movies, programs and merchandise. This allows us to present our readers with accurate, verified information rather than rumors and speculation, and also run larger and higher quality photos and artwork than can be found elsewhere. Thanks to all our writers, contributors, sources and readers for your support! Be sure to check

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: nanakai-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with press notes and high-res images from WHISTLEBLOWER (?????, Nanatsu no Kaigi), based on the acclaimed novel The Seven Conferences by Jun Ikeido, author of Rikuoh, Downtown Rocket and the Naoki Hanzawa series. The movie is directed by Katsuo Fukuzawa (I`D RATHER BE A SHELLFISH, THE CRIMES THAT BIND). WHISTLEBLOWER looks at the tendency of Japanese corporations to sacrifice those employees at the bottom. A seemingly lazy businessman takes a stand to reveal the corruption running rampant throughout his corporation. STORY Sakado (Ainosuke Kataoka), #1 sales section chief for the manufacturer Tokyo Kenden, is asked to step down due to his harassment of a slacker employee named Yasumi (Mansai Nomura). Harashima (Mitsuhiro Oikawa), the #2 section chief who has come to terms

    Source: Netflix, Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: godzilla-anime.com (Japan), netflix.com/godzilla-anime-3 (US) Twitter: @GODZILLA_ANIME Special Thanks to Ami Yamaguchi Toho and Polygon Pictures` anime film GODZILLA: THE PLANET EATER (GODZILLA ?????, Gojira Hoshi wo Kuu Mono, 2018) will launch worldwide (excluding Japan) on Netflix on January 9, 2019. Netflix will be offering the movie with Japanese, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian audio tracks and optional English, Spanish, French, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese subtitles just two months after it opened in Japanese cinemas. THE PLANET EATER is the final chapter in the three-part, fully animated movie series, GODZILLA (aka “Anigoji,” a portmanteau of “anime” and “gojira”). Chapter 1, GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS (GODZILLA ????, Gojira Kaij? Wakusei), was the first-ever 3DCG animation in Godzilla franchise history, released theatrically in Japan on November 3, 2017 and worldwide by Netflix on January 18,

    Author Andrew Nguyen From October 26-28, 2018, the Los Angeles Convention Center played host to the annual Stan Lee’s LA Comic-Con. Formerly known as Stan Lee’s Comikaze, it followed the lead of other conventions in adapting the Comic Con name when it rebranded in 2016. Although the focus of the convention is on comic books, it also deals with animation and live-action properties.

    Author: Keith Aiken Source: Post Haste Digital, Netflix Official Site: godzilla-anime.com (Japan) Twitter: @GODZILLA_ANIME Special Thanks to Kristine de los Santos, Mary Kay De Guzman and Brian Bartelt A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho and Polygon Pictures’ GODZILLA: THE PLANET EATER (GODZILLA ?????, Gojira Hoshi wo Kuu Mono, 2018) -- the final chapter of the "Anigoji" anime movie trilogy -- will stream worldwide (excluding Japan) on Netflix on January 9, 2019. As with the previous chapters, GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS (GODZILLA ????, Gojira Kaij? Wakusei, 2017) and GODZILLA: CITY ON THE EDGE OF BATTLE (GODZILLA ????????, Gojira Kessen Kid? Z?shoku Toshi, 2018), the English language version of THE PLANET EATER was created by Post Haste Digital, a Los Angeles-based audio and video post production facility. Post Haste Digital has provided SciFi Japan with the English dubbing credits for the film. CREDITS GODZILLA A Netflix Film

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Official Site: godzillamovie.com Official Twitter: #GodzillaMovie Special Thanks to Melanie Klein Warner Bros. Pictures has provided SciFi Japan with new Ghidorah, Mothra and Rodan character posters for GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS. GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS In 3D and 2D in select theaters and IMAX on May 31 (Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures) Director: Michael Dougherty Writers: Michael Dougherty, Zach Shields Producers: Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Brian Rogers, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni Executive Producers: Zach Shields, Barry H. Waldman, Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Yoshimitsu Banno, Kenji Okuhira Cast: Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch, Charles Dance, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds, Zhang Ziyi Action Adventure. The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a

    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. GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS In 3D and 2D in select theaters and IMAX on May 31 (Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures) Director: Michael Dougherty Writers: Michael Dougherty, Zach Shields Producers: Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Brian Rogers, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni Executive Producers: Zach Shields, Barry H. Waldman, Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Yoshimitsu Banno, Kenji Okuhira Cast: Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch, Charles Dance, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds, Zhang Ziyi Action Adventure. 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,

    POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU Trailer 1 courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. © 2018 Pokémon. © 1997-2018 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK, TV Tokyo, ShoPro, JR Kikaku. TM, ® Nintendo. Source: Warner Bros. Pictures #DetectivePikachuMovie Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first trailer and poster for POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU. Directed by Rob Letterman (GOOSEBUMPS, MONSTERS VS ALIENS), the first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure stars Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, the iconic face of the global Pokémon phenomenon -- one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and the most successful media franchise of all time. The movie also stars Justice Smith (JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM) as Tim; Kathryn Newton (LADY BIRD, TV’s BIG LITTLE LIES) as Lucy, a junior reporter following her first big story; and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, THE LAST SAMURAI) as Lt. Yoshida. POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU is set for

    Source: Shout! Factory Official Site: uchiagehanabi.jp (Japan), FireworksMovie.com (US) Special Thanks to Shannon Meehan Shout! Factory is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a GKIDS Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack of the Toho anime film FIREWORKS (?????????????????????, Uchiage Hanabi, Shita Kara Miru ka? Yoko Kara Miru ka?, 2017). This tale of star-crossed teenage lovers with a sci-fi fantasy twist was produced by Genki Kawamura (YOUR NAME). Shy Norimichi and fast-talking Yusuke are both enraptured by the same elusive classmate, Nazuna. But Nazuna, unhappy over her mother’s decision to remarry and leave their countryside town, plans to run away and has secretly chosen Norimichi to accompany her. When things don’t go as planned, Norimichi discovers that a glowing multi-colored ball found in the sea has the power to reset the clock and give them a second chance to be together. But each reset adds

    Author: Andrew Nguyen Ever since Godzilla first appeared in theaters in 1954, there have been over 30 plus films produced by Toho or under Toho’s auspices. Nearly all the films were produced in the live action format with special effects that have mostly remained unchanged since the beginning of the series. However, 2016’s SHIN GODZILLA (??????, Shin Gojira) was produced with the latest advancement of Japanese special effects including a Godzilla portrayed via CGI. That and other factors helped with the blockbuster success that SHIN GODZILLA had at the Japanese box office and gave Toho confidence to try new filming methods. In the aftermath of SHIN GODZILLA`s release, Toho announced plans for a trio of new Godzilla movies coming out in 2017 and 2018, but in part due to contractual conditions relating to Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures` American Godzilla films, the movies would be produced as

    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 2018, GKIDS and Fathom Events continue their collaboration to bring a new line-up of treasured animated features to U.S. cinemas. STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2018 gives fans an opportunity to see nine of Studio Ghibli’s celebrated animated masterpieces on cinema screens nationwide, along with some very special surprises. The final feature for STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2018 is CASTLE IN THE SKY (???????? Tenkuu no Shiro Rapyuta, 1986). With stunning animation from acclaimed Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki and a star-studded English-dubbed cast including the vocal talents of Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill, Mandy Patinkin, and more, the stunningly animated CASTLE IN THE SKY is a timeless story of courage and friendship. The high-flying adventure

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: sumaho-otoshita.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE What if your friend drops their smartphone? And what if a serial killer finds it? And... what if you become the serial killer`s target? Toho Co., Ltd. has provided information and high-res photos from their new thriller, STOLEN IDENTITY (?????????????, Sumaho o Otoshita Dakenanoni). The movie is based on the acclaimed mystery novel He Just Dropped His Smartphone, written by Akira Shiga and published in April 2017. This novel struck a chord with readers as it detailed a horrifying experience that could happen to anybody in this day and age when smartphones are a must-have item. In the story, the man who finds a lost smartphone is a cold-blooded serial killer and a "cracker," a hacker with malicious intent. Asami, the main character, becomes the target of this serial killer,

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