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    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,

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures #DetectivePikachuMovie The world of Pokémon comes to life! The first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure, POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU 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. Fans everywhere can now experience Pikachu on the big screen as never before, as Detective Pikachu, a Pokémon like no other. The film also showcases a wide array of beloved Pokémon characters, each with its own unique abilities and personality. The story begins when ace private eye Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that

    Godzilla Anime Information and BIG Images -- Direct from Toho! Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Polygon Pictures Official Site: godzilla-anime.com (Japan) Twitter: @GODZILLA_ANIME A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The King of Destruction, Godzilla, against the God of the Void, Ghidorah! Toho Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with press notes and high-res images from GODZILLA: THE PLANET EATER (GODZILLA ?????, Gojira Hoshi wo Kuu Mono), the final chapter of the landmark animated GODZILLA trilogy. Featuring animation produced by Polygon Pictures, the movie will have its world premiere November 3, 2018 -- the 64th anniversary of the original GODZILLA (???, Gojira, 1954) -- as the Closing Film of the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF). It will then open nationwide in Japan on November 9 through Toho Visual Entertainment and Toho`s ODS (Other Digital Stuff) distribution division, followed by a worldwide release on Netflix in early 2019. The following

    Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events 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. On the horizon for Studio Ghibli Fest 2018 is the acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award-winning SPIRITED AWAY (????????, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, 2001). Miyazaki’s wondrous fantasy adventure is a dazzling masterpiece from one of the most celebrated filmmakers in the history of animation. SPIRITED AWAY follows Chihiro, whose family is moving to a new house, but when they stop on the way to explore an abandoned village, her parents undergo a

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: okuotoko-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided information and high-res photos from MILLION DOLLAR MAN (??, Okuotoko), a drama based on the novel by Kawamura Genki, producer of YOUR NAME (?????, Kimi no Na wa., 2016) and FIREWORKS (?????????????????????, Uchiage Hanabi, Shita Kara Miru ka? Yoko Kara Miru ka?, 2017). The film reunites directer Keishi Otomo and star Takeru Satoh for the first time since the RUROUNI KENSHIN (??????, 2012-14) series. STORY Kazuo (Takeru Sato) works nonstop each day to pay off his missing brother`s debts. Abandoned also by his wife and child, Kazuo unbelievably obtains 300 million yen through the lottery. For the time being he pays a visit to his entrepreneur friend Tsukumo (Issey Takahashi), but after a night of drinking he wakes to find Tsukumo and the 300 million

    New Showtimes Now Available on October 4 & 6 in U.S. and on October 5-11 in Canada Source: Funimation Films press release Official Movie Site: heroaca-movie.com (Japan), funimationfilms.com/myheroacademia (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto MY HERO ACADEMIA: TWO HEROES (??????????? THE MOVIE ???????, Boku no Hiiroo Akademia THE MOVIE ??-ri no H?roo?, 2018) has wowed audiences across the U.S. and Canada and had moviegoers flocking to theaters to watch the first ever feature film from the global hit anime franchise MY HERO ACADEMIA. To meet the ongoing demand from audiences, Funimation Films is extending the movie’s run, which was originally set to end last night. MY HERO ACADEMIA: TWO HEROES will now be available on additional dates of October 4 & 6 in the U.S. and October 5-11 in Canada. Virtually all 500+ U.S. and Canadian theaters from the original release are participating in the extended

    Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events press release Official Site: ghiblifest.com Special Thanks to Katherine Schwappach and Erik Stein GKIDS and Fathom Events added a 4:00 p.m. Sunday, September 30 showtime for MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (???????, Tonari no Totoro, 1988) at select theaters! Screenings are now scheduled for... Sunday, September 30 at 12:55 p.m. local time (English-language dubbed), 4:00 p.m. local time (English-language dubbed) Monday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m. local time (English-language subtitled) Wednesday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. local time (English-language dubbed) The 30th anniversary screenings of MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO are part of STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2018, which brings nine of the legendary Studio Ghibli’s celebrated animated masterpieces to U.S. cinemas, along with some very special surprises. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO is the story of Satsuki and her sister Mei who move with their father to a new home in the countryside

    Source: HIDIVE press release HIDIVE announced today that it acquired the exclusive streaming rights to the English dub of TADA NEVER FALLS IN LOVE (??????????; Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai, 2018) for subscribers in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and other select territories. HIDIVE members can watch the first English-language dub on September 30, 2018 at 17:00 UTC with subsequent episodes released every Sunday. High school student Tada and transfer student Teresa keep running into each other. They even end up in the same school. After Teresa joins the photography club that Tada belongs to, they begin spending more time together, igniting a spark between them. Along with their friends, Teresa and Tada navigate the ups and downs of high school life, love, and heartbreak. The heartwarming romantic comedy series is produced by Doga Kobo (MONTHLY GIRLS’ NOZAKI-KUN, HIMOITO! UMARU-CHAN). For more information, a full list

    Featuring an Exclusive Interview With Director Mamoru Hosoda Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events press release Official Site: mirai-no-mirai.jp (Japan), MiraiMovie.com (US) GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of multiple Academy Award-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events are proud to announce the U.S. debut of MIRAI (??????, Mirai no Mirai). 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, premiered at Cannes in the “Directors’ Fortnight” section. MIRAI will be released in both its original Japanese language and a new English dubbed version. In addition to enjoying the full animated feature, attendees will view an exclusive interview with director Mamoru Hosoda. MIRAI comes to more than 700 U.S. cinemas Thursday November 29 at 7 p.m. (dubbed) and at 8 p.m. (subtitled), Wednesday,

    Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events press release Official Site: ghiblifest.com Special Thanks to Katherine Schwappach and Erik Stein 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 the legendary Studio Ghibli’s celebrated animated masterpieces on cinema screens nationwide, along with some very special surprises. Up next, celebrate the 30th anniversary of MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (???????, Tonari no Totoro, 1988) from Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki. MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO is the story of Satsuki and her sister Mei who move with their father to a new home in the countryside where they find country life is not as simple as it seems. They soon discover that the house and nearby woods are full of strange and delightful creatures, including a

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd.. Pony Canyon Inc. Official Site: kasane-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. and Pony Canyon Inc. have provided information and high-res photos from their new thriller, KASANE -BEAUTY AND FATE- (? ?????, Rui -Kasane-). Described as "a shocking dark-Cinderella story", the movie opens in Japan on September 7, 2018. KASANE -BEAUTY AND FATE- is based on the manga series Kasane by Daruma Matsuura. Originally serialized in Evening magazine beginning in 2013, the tale of forbidden love and hate has been collected in 13 volumes which have sold more than 2.2 million copies to date (the series is available in English from Kodansha USA). The movie version was directed by Yuichi Sato (KISARAGI, STRAWBERRY NIGHT) from a screenplay by Tsutomu Kuroiwa (BLACK BUTLER, GANTZ:O, ONE PIECE FILM GOLD), and stars Tao Tsuchiya (ULTRAMAN ZERO: THE REVENGE

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: coffee-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided information and high-res photos from CAFE FUNICULI FUNICULA (????????????, K?h? ga Samenai Uchi Ni), the feature film adaptation of the 2015 novel Before The Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi. STORY Café Funiculi Funicula is a coffee shop where Kazu Tokita (Kasumi Arimura) works. There is a mysterious urban legend about this shop. When you sit at a certain table here, you can go back in time to any point you choose in the past. But there are also some uncompromising rules... 1) No matter what you do in the past, it won`t change the present or future. 2) If a customer is seated at the table, you must wait until they leave before sitting at the table. 3) You can only go back in

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures #DetectivePikachuMovie Warner Bros. Pictures has released the title treatment for their upcoming live-action movie, POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU. Starring Ryan Reynolds (DEADPOOL series), Ken Watanabe (GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS), Justice Smith (JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM) and Kathryn Newton (THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI), the film is from director Rob Letterman (GOOSEBUMPS, GULLIVER’S TRAVELS) and writers Nicole Perlman and Letterman — with Eric Pearson and Tom McCarthy having completed the production polishes. POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU arrives in theaters in North America in Summer 2019. Pokémon has delighted fans of all ages around the world for over two decades. With more than 300 million video games sold worldwide, 23.6 billion Pokémon TCG cards shipped to 74 countries, and an animated series spanning 20 seasons, Pokémon is one of the most successful entertainment properties in the world.

    Fathom Events and GKIDS Bring Second of All-New GKIDS Animated Titles to Movie Theaters on August 21 and 22 Only Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events press release Official Site: kurokaminootome.com (Japan), NightIsShort.com (US) Following July`s theatrical release of YOUR NAME (?????, Kimi no Na wa., 2016) producer Genki Kawamura’s FIREWORKS (?????????????????????, Uchiage Hanabi, Shita Kara Miru ka? Yoko Kara Miru ka?, 2017), GKIDS, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events will continue their extended partnership with two summer showings of director Masaaki Yuasa’s THE NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL (?????????, Yoru wa Mijikashi Aruke yo Otome, 2017). The second of several new titles selected for U.S. cinema audiences in 2018, THE NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL event will also feature an exclusive interview with Masaaki Yuasa (DEVILMAN CRYBABY, MIND GAME, LU OVER THE WALL). Tickets for

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: sunny-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided information and high-res photos from SUNNY - OUR HEARTS BEAT TOGETHER (SUNNY ?????????, Sunny Tsuyoi Kimochi Tsuyoi Ai), a remake the 2011 Korean film SUNNY (??, Sseoni). Directed by Hitoshi One (LOVE STRIKES, BAKUMAN, SCOOP!), the movie depicts the friendships of high school girls in the late 90s who were known as `kogals,` and features J-POP tunes from the era. STORY In the 1990s, six Japanese high school girls -- Nami (Suzu Hirose), Serika (Maika Yamamoto), Kokoro (Momoko Tanabe), Yuko (Mio Noda), Ume (Miu Tomita) and Nana (Elaiza Ikeda) -- who were caught up in the kogal boom formed their own tight-knit group called "Sunny". 22 years later, Nami (Ryoko Shinohara) is a 40-year-old homemaker with the typical adult problems. One day, she has a

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