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    Source: Japan Society, Subway Cinema, Pony Canyon Special Thanks to Shannon Jowett, Ted Geoghegan and Grady Hendrix The hit Japanese time-travel comedy THERMAE ROMAE (????????, Terumae Romae, 2012) makes its New York Premiere today (Sunday, July 14) as a co-presentation of 2013 New York Asian Film Festival and Japan Cuts: The New York Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema. The screening will take place 5:15 pm at Japan Society (333 East 47th Street - Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium, New York, NY 10017). The following text comes from the English promotional materials for THERMAE ROMAE and are courtesy of the film`s international sales agent, Pony Canyon... Hiroshi Abe -- as an ancient Roman??? An epic bath fantasy transcends time and space. Hiroshi Abe and Aya Ueto star in the phenomenal live action film adaption!!! INTRODUCTION An ancient Roman architect (specializing in baths) struggling to invent

    See a Great New Japanese Movie on the Big Screen for Free, Courtesy of Japan Society and SciFi Japan Source: Japan Society Official Site: Special Thanks to Jason Gutierrez The 2013 New York Asian Film Festival/Japan Cuts: The New York Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema is now in full swing. Running through July 15 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and July 11-21 at Japan Society, the combined festival will feature more than 70 films, international and world premiere screenings, Q&A`s with filmmakers, and other special events. Our friends at Japan Society are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win free tickets to see one of five films premiering on their schedule... the winner of the 36th Japan Academy Prize for Best Picture and Best Director, THE KIRISHIMA THING; the crime thriller THE RAVINE OF GOODBYE; the anti-fascist erotic shocker A WOMAN AND WAR;

    Source: FilmDistrict, Strategy PR press release Official Movie Site: Special Thanks to Rachel Allen FilmDistrict has released the official one sheet poster for OLDBOY, starring Josh Brolin (NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, TRUE GRIT), Elizabeth Olsen (GODZILLA) and Sharlto Copley (DISTRICT 9, ELYSIUM). Written by Mark Protosevich (I AM LEGEND, THE CELL, THOR) and directed by Spike Lee (DO THE RIGHT THING, INSIDE MAN), the film is a remake of the South Korean hit OLDBOY (????, Oldeuboi, 2003) by director Park Chan-wook. OLDBOY was produced by Roy Lee (THE RING), Doug Davison (THE GRUDGE, THE DEPARTED) and Nathan Kahane (50/50, EVIL DEAD). OLDBOY is a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of advertising executive Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin) who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover

    Dark Fairy Tale at the Prince Charles Cinema in London Source: Terracotta Distribution press release Special Thanks to Claire Marty A sinister house deep in the forest is full of happy children... but what lies beneath the surface? To time with the UK release of HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS on DVD, ‘Terracotta Film Club’ offers the chance to watch the South Korean adaptation of HANSEL AND GRETEL (??? ???, Henjelgwa Geuretel, 2007) at the Prince Charles Cinema in London. YIM Phil-sung’s twisted version is a dark and gripping modern age fairy tale for adults, spinning the original Grimm story on its head. Following a car crash on a country road, Eun-soo (Chun Jeong-myeong) is led to safety by a girl in a red cloak (Shim Eun-kyoung), to her house, deep in the forest. Accepting her family`s hospitality for the night, he gradually learns that he

    Source: NTV (Nippon Television Network) Official Movie Site: (Japan) SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details and images from a Japanese movie not yet released in the United States. In June 2012, HOTARU THE MOVIE: IT`S ONLY A LITTLE LIGHT IN MY LIFE (?? ???????, Eiga Hotaru no Hikari), the big screen spinoff from the manga-inspired television series, was released to theaters across Japan by Toho. NTV is now offering the film for international sales. The following production notes and movie images are courtesy of NTV... About Hotaru no Hikaru Hotaru no Hikari is a popular Japanese women`s romance comic written and illustrated by Satoru Hiura. It was serialized in Kodansha`s Kiss magazine from 2004 to 2009 and was collected in 15 volumes with a total of 3.8 million copies in circulation. The live-action HOTARUNOHIKARI: IT`S ONLY A LITTLE LIGHT IN MY LIFE (???????,

    No One is Left Untouched by Kirishima Source: NTV (Nippon Television Network), Showgate Official Movie Site: (Japan) SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details and images from a Japanese movie not yet released in the United States. Last August, SciFi Japan profiled the new Japanese release, THE KIRISHIMA THING (???????????, Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo). NTV is now offering THE KIRISHIMA THING for international sales and has provided SFJ with images and English production notes for the film. Additional photos were supplied by Showgate, the movie`s theatrical distributor in Japan... Story and Commentary The film adaptation of the best-selling novel by the winner of the 22nd Shosetsu Subaru New Writer’s Award. Ryunosuke Kamiki x Daihachi Yoshida x Ryo Asai: A Coming-of-Age Classic for a New Generation! 103 minutes without Kirishima -- and everything falls apart. How will you feel after watching this story unfold?

    Two Detectives Must Escort a Murderer with a $10 Million Bounty on His Head Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Japan, NTV (Nippon Television Network) Official Site: (Japan) SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details and images from an upcoming movie. Distance: 1,200 km. Time Limit: 48 hours The entire nation is your enemy! SHIELD OF STRAW (???, Wara no Tate) is the latest film by Takashi Miike, director of ACE ATTORNEY, FOR LOVE`S SAKE and LESSON OF THE EVIL. Adapted from Kazuhiro Kiuchi`s 2004 novel Wara no Tate, the movie is a crime action thriller about a Special Police team that must escort a vicious criminal with a $10 million bounty on his head. The two lead detectives are portrayed by Takao Osawa (GOEMON, ICHI) and Nanako Matsushima (THE RING, WHITEOUT). The murderer they must protect is played by Tatsuya Fujiwara (BATTLE

    His Final Opponent was a Tiger... Source: CREi Inc. Official Site: (Japan) CREi Inc. is now offering the Japanese suspense thriller NAMELESS CROSS (???????, Nanashi Shino Juujika, 2012) for foreign sales. Based on the novel of the same name by Ichiro Go, NAMELESS CROSS is the story of Mikami, owner of a small wrestling shop. Overwhelmed with debt, Mikami decides to search for a mysterious underground video -- valued at ¥30 million on the black market -- rumored to show a fight between a man and a tiger. After speaking to an old acquaintance, Mikami concludes that the fighter was a legendary kick boxer named Shintaro Shinzaki who disappeared without a trace. In order to discover the tape’s whereabouts he contacts Shinzaki’s girlfriend, Yukie, unaware that he has taken the first step down a deadly path. Does this tape exist? Can Mikami

    Source: TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System) Official Movie Site: (Japan) On December 12th, Toho released LOVE FOR BEGINNERS (??????????, Kyo, Koi wo Hajimemasu) in Japanese cinemas. The live-action film is based on the popular (more than 8 million volumes sold) shojo manga series Today, I Begin Love with Tsubaki by Minami Kanan. LOVE FOR BEGINNERS opened in third place at the Japanese box office. Tsubaki Hibino (Emi Takei) is a plain and studious teen whose life to this point has had little to do with love... until she meets Kyota Tsubaki (Tori Matsuzaka), a cute and smart yet exceedingly cocky, long-haired boy who happens to be the most popular guy in school and shares a common name. Teasing Tsubaki for her outdated fashion and demeanor, Kyota proceeds to steal away her first kiss, leaving her incensed! But as she begins to catch glimpses

    Acclaimed Filmmaker to Attend Screenings of His Work at Museum of Modern Art Author: Marc Walkow Official Site: Art Theater Guild and Japanese Underground Cinema, 1960–1986 Acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Nobuhiko Obayashi -- best known outside of Japan for his 1977 pop-art fantasy / horror film HOUSE (???, Hausu) -- will be making a rare trip to New York City this week for several film screenings and the launch of a new exhibition / film series at the Museum of Modern Art. Accompanying him will be his family, including daughter Chigumi, who was responsible for writing the original story for HOUSE, when she was only 14 years old! Obayashi (or OB, as he`s frequently called) is one of those rare filmmakers who has worked comfortably in both the art-house and commercial areas of his field. Beginning his work as an 8mm and 16mm filmmaker in the 1960s,

    Director Keishi Otomo to Attend Source: LA EigaFest press release Official Movie Site: (Japan) The hit film RUROUNI KENSHIN (??????, 2012) will make its North American premiere as the opening selection for the 2012 LA EigaFest. Rurouni Kenshi is a hugely popular manga series that has fans among not only those who read Japanese manga but is also beloved by people familiar with the subsequent anime series and video games. The film has succeeded in bringing the original story to a live action movie and was a blockbuster summer hit in Japan. The director, Keishi Otomo, will attend the premiere and opening red carpet ceremony. LA EigaFest is a Japanese film festival based in Los Angeles and hosted by the Japan Film Society. The event will run Friday, December 14 – Sunday, December 16, 2012 at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90028.

    Source: The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles Special Thanks to Andrew Nguyen On September 10, 2012, Japan’s Nikkatsu Film Studio celebrated its 100th anniversary. One of Japan’s oldest and most acclaimed film studios, the Nikkatsu libraries contain approximately 3,300 film titles, including some of the most important Japanese films from the silent era to the classical period, from the postwar era to the new wave, and up to the current renaissance of Japanese cinema. Nikkatsu’s collection includes period pieces, samurai films, melodramas, youth films, gangster films, “pink” movies, horror films and contemporary blockbusters, with major critical and box-office successes in each of those areas. From October 26-28, The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles presents "Nikkatsu at 100". This three-day event will draw from Nikkatsu’s library to celebrate 100 years of Japanese cinema, and will include screenings and discussions with filmmakers, scholars and critics on Nikkatsu’s enduring legacy in Japan

    Source: Terracotta Distribution Official Site: Special Thanks to Claire Marty For the first time in its four year history, Terracotta Festival is expanding its successful London residency of current Asian cinema showcase to selected venues in the UK. The touring festival will kick off at the Cornerhouse cinema in Manchester on September 19th, followed by the Watershed in Bristol and will continue through October at the Genesis in London as well as dates in Brighton and Nottingham. More cities will be announced on the festival website. Organisers are bringing a shortened programme of five contemporary films offering a taster of the best in current cinema in the Far East. There will be two Japanese films, including ISN`T ANYONE ALIVE? which marks the return of Sogo Ishii to filmmaking after a 10 year absence, and crowd-pleasing comedy THE WOODSMAN AND THE RAIN. Also

    Original UK TV movie of MAX HEADROOM: 20 MINUTES INTO THE FUTURE finally makes it to DVD Author: Robert Saint John Official Site: Transformer 20 years into the past... it was 1985, and the pre-Post Apocalyptic future was so bright, I had to wear shades. I decided to take a long vacation from life-as-I-knew-it-then in Ohio, sold everything I owned, and went to live in the UK for a few months. I had lots of big red hair and an attitude (I`ve since lost the former), and everything interesting in the Gothic Rock scene was happening in not-so-merry old England. Cynicism was the rule of the day, AIDS was becoming a global epidemic, Reaganomics and Thatcherism were ensuring that the rich got richer while the poor got poorer, The Bomb was probably going to fall any day now, and the Japanese appeared poised to purchase whatever

    Source: Sony Pictures Official Site: Spider-Man 3 The following production notes were created by Columbia Pictures for the upcoming theatrical release of SPIDER-MAN 3. The text is © 2007 Columbia Pictures. MARVEL, and all Marvel characters including the Spider-Man, Sandman and Venom characters are © 2007 Marvel Characters, Inc. Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN 3 reunites the cast and filmmakers from the first two blockbuster adventures for a web of excitement that will transport worldwide audiences to thrilling new heights on May 4, 2007. In SPIDER-MAN 3, based on the legendary Marvel Comics series, Peter Parker has finally managed to strike a balance between his devotion to M.J. and his duties as a superhero. But there is a storm brewing on the horizon. When his Spider-Man suit suddenly changes, turning jet-black and enhancing his powers, it transforms Peter as well. Under the influence of the suit, Peter becomes

    Author: Keith Aiken Source: Walt Disney Home Entertainment Walt Disney Home Entertainment celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the animated classic THE JUNGLE BOOK with a 2-Disc Platinum Edition DVD. The film has been restored with enhanced picture and sound, and comes with a wealth of bonus features. Somewhat loosely based on the stories by Rudyard Kipling, THE JUNGLE BOOK was the last animated feature that Walt Disney was personally involved with. Following the box office failure of THE SWORD IN THE STONE Disney decided that THE JUNGLE BOOK should be fast paced and fun, and while the finished film may not match the beauty of some earlier Disney’s features it is certainly one of the most enjoyable movies ever produced by the studio. For the DVD, the film was digitally restored back to its originally appeared back in 1967. THE JUNGLE BOOK is presented in the original

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Official Movie Website: FRIDAY THE 13TH SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details for a new movie. Welcome back to Crystal Lake in a chilling re-imagining of the classic horror film FRIDAY THE 13TH. Searching for his missing sister, Clay Miller (Jared Padalecki) heads up to the eerie woods of legendary Crystal Lake, where he stumbles on the creaky remains of rotting old cabins behind moss-covered trees. And that’s not the only thing lying in wait under the brush. Against the advice of police and cautions from the locals, Clay pursues what few leads he has in the search for his missing sister, Whitney (Amanda Righetti), with the help of Jenna (Danielle Panabaker), a young woman he meets among a group of college kids up for an all-thrills weekend. But they are all about to find much more

    Source: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Official Website: After a disappointing opening weekend box office take of $5.4 million, the Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures` comic book adaptation JONAH HEX plummeted 70% this past weekend to $1.6 million in ticket sales. The film is already being labeled one of the biggest failures of 2010 and has further cemented actress Megan Fox`s growing reputation as box office poison. The one bright spot so far has been lead actor Josh Brolin, whose performance as the DC Comics western hero has drawn positive notices. Warner Bros. recently sent us photos and detailed production notes for JONAH HEX so we thought we`d show the film a little love and share the material with any SciFi Japan readers who have seen JONAH HEX and/or enjoyed the comic book series... SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details for a new movie.

    Spring Fling Film Series Screens over 20 Outré Love Stories with U.S. and World Premieres Source: Japan Society Special Thanks to Shannon Jowett New York, NY - Bad romance, blind love, amour fou: this spring Japan Society screens a series of twisted, heart-blazing films from Japan and Korea. "Love Will Tear Us Apart", the sixth annual Globus Film Series, runs March 2-18 at Japan Society, and showcases select seminal stories of love gone wrong, erotic obsession and the lyrical, sometimes sadistic, and ever-elusive nature of sexual and sentimental passions. Featuring 23 films -- mostly from the past decade with a few classics from as far back as 1969 -- the "Love Will Tear Us Apart" lineup includes the U.S. premiere of Shinya Tsukamoto`s latest film, KOTOKO, and the world premiere of Koji Wakamatsu’s PETREL HOTEL BLUE, as well as Hirokazu Kore’eda’s AIR DOLL,

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Japan, FilmPressPlus Official Site: (Japan) Translations: Elliot Gay Special Thanks to Richard Lormand SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details and images from an upcoming movie. A manipulative police crackdown on organized crime ignites a tricky power struggle involving the two biggest yakuza families in OUTRAGE BEYOND (?????? ????, Autoreiji Biyondo), the new film by "Beat" Takeshi Kitano (OUTRAGE, BROTHER, HANA-BI) opening in Japan on October 6, 2012. SYNOPSIS The huge Sanno crime family has grown into a huge organization, expanding its power into politics and legitimate big business. The Sanno’s upper ranks are now dominated by young executives who promote black-marketeering rather than the traditional underground income sources. The old-guard members are penting up resentment as they see themselves being pushed to the sidelines. This vulnerable spot in the Sanno hierachy is exactly what anti-gang

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