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    Source: Nishimura Eizo, Pony Canyon Special Thanks to Marc Walkow ZOMBIE TV is the splatter-ific new zom / com / omnibus from the fertile and twisted mind of acclaimed cult filmmaker and special effects makeup genius Yoshihiro Nishimura (TOKYO GORE POLICE, HELLDRIVER, THE ABCs OF DEATH). A Monty Python-esque collection of shorts, animation, sketch comedy, instructional videos and more, ZOMBIE TV showcases the natural evolution of zombies in the 21st century, no longer a frightening menace, but rather an annoying neighbor you realize you simply have to put up with. ZOMBIE TV answers such natural questions as: in a world full of the undead, wouldn’t some of the surviving humans want to join the majority and become zombies themselves? Would becoming a zombie solve the emotional and relationship problems we all have as living, breathing human beings? Do zombies have their own idols?

    Source: Discotek Media On January 7, 2014, Discotek Media will release MONSTER RANCHER: COMPLETE SEASON 1 on DVD. The set collects the English dubbed episodes 1-26 of the series that aired on the FOX Network in 1999. Genki Sakura is an avid player of the Monster Rancher video games. After winning a tournament hosted by the game`s creators, Genki gets a special CD-ROM that can unlock monsters in his game at home. It`s real-life fun when the disk magically transports him to the world of Monster Rancher! There, he saves Holly and her eyeball monster Suezo from the evil Black Dino Squad! Genki creates his very own monster, Mocchi. And they team up with the gentle stone giant, Golem, in their search for the stone disc that contains the legendary Phoenix. DVD: Region 1 SRP: $49.95 Release Date: January 7, 2014 Audio: English Subtitles: English Running

    Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff It would have been the perfect crime except for those darn meddling zombies! That’s the plot in a nutshell as Switchblade Pictures delves once again into Japan’s unique take on the walking dead phenomenon and unleashes GIRLS, GANGSTERS AND ZOMBIES (????????, Gaaruzu Zonbi aka GIRLS ZOMBIE, 2011)! Proving that there are no genres that can’t be combined by determined filmmakers, GIRLS, GANGSTERS AND ZOMBIES leads off with an already solid exploitation mix of cops, robbers and pushing the “R” sex barrier before literally stopping dead in its tracks and mutating into horror with a lethal case of corpse-us interruptus. Written and directed by Masahiro Assou, the gruesome zombie buffet stars popular adult video actress and model Laura Aoyama as the prime morsel, providing ample flesh, in every sense of the word, for a toothsome supporting cast

    Source: Eleven Arts Entertainment press release Official Movie Site: evangelion.co.jp (Japan), elevenarts.net/evangelion3 (US) Special Thanks to Erika T. Wright ELEVEN ARTS and FUNimation Entertainment have announced that the highly anticipated third installment of the "Rebuild of Evangelion" series, EVANGELION: 3.0 YOU CAN (NOT) REDO (?????????????Q, Evangerion Shin Gekijooban: Kyuu, 2012), is set for theatrical release in the U.S. and Canada in January of 2014. After grossing over 5 billion yen (approx. $52M) at the Japanese box offices, EVANGELION: 3.0 is ready for the big screen in North America. The film will be screened in major cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. While it will be distributed primarily in dubbed English, a number of participating theaters will be screening it in the original Japanese with English subtitles. EVANGELION: 3.0 YOU CAN (NOT) REDO is the third of four movies based on NEON GENESIS EVANGELION

    Source: Shunichiro Miki Office Official Site: wowow.co.jp/shokuzai (Japan) Additional Material: Nippon Connection, New York Asian Film Festival, Japan Society, Japan Media Arts Festival There is a little strange world different from the real one, where we can control our dreams in a deep forest. This is a wonderful story about nine men and women in that forest... Eight years ago, directors Shunichiro Miki, Katsuhito Ishii and Hajime Ishimine teamed up to deliver FUNKY FOREST: THE FIRST CONTACT (?????: The First Contact, Naisu No Mori: The First Contact, 2006) a movie so weirdly beautiful, so deeply imagined, and so hilariously surreal that it changed lives, cured disease, and turned water into unicorn milk. Shunichiro Miki is back all by himself with THE WARPED FOREST (??????, Asatte no Mori, 2011)... something so strange that it can’t really be described as a sequel, but it fits

    Source: Kadokawa Pictures, Production I.G. Official Website: momo-letter.jp (Japan) Additional Material: Nippon Connection, GKids, Madman Entertainment In a world wired with high-speed communication technology, real connection between people is getting thinner and superficial. Are you sure you are telling your beloved ones what truly matters? From its full-house screenings in Toronto, New York and Sitges, to the Grand Prize at the New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival and Best Animated Feature Film Award at APSA 2012, the highly anticipated second directorial effort by world-acclaimed animator Hiroyuki Okiura -- A LETTER TO MOMO (??????, Momo e no Tegami, 2012) -- is mesmerizing audiences all over the world. Produced by Production IG, the animation studio behind such classics as GHOST IN THE SHELL and PATLABOR, A LETTER TO MOMO was seven years in the making. With the exception of few details, the film was completely

    Anime Film Festival to Tour Australia and New Zealand Source: Madman Entertainment press release Official Site: reelanime.com Special Thanks to Ben Pollock Madman Entertainment are proud to announce the third film for the REEL ANIME 2013 program -- A LETTER TO MOMO (??????, Momo e no Tegami, 2012). A mesmerizing and beautifully crafted film, A LETTER TO MOMO is the acclaimed second feature from Hiroyuki Okiura, director of JIN-ROH: THE WOLF BRIGADE, and combines intricate hand drawn animation with a heart-warming and emotional story which will delight children and adults alike. The last time Momo saw her father, they had a fight. Now he’s gone forever and all she has left to remember him is an incomplete letter with the words “Dear Momo” written on it and nothing more. After moving with her mother from bustling Tokyo to the remote Japanese island of Shio, Momo discovers three

    Director Hideaki Anno’s Latest Rebuild Of Evangelion Anime Feature Premieres During 2013 J-POP Summit Source: MediaLab press release Official Site: jffsf.org Special Thanks to Erik Jansen The 2013 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco (JFFSF), the first fully-dedicated annual Japanese film event for the S.F. Bay Area, has just announced an exciting new addition to its programming as it partners with leading anime distributor FUNimation Entertainment to present the exclusive U.S. premiere of EVANGELION: 3.0 YOU CAN (NOT) REDO (?????????????Q, Evangerion Shin Gekijooban: Kyuu, 2012). This new, high octane anime sci-fi thriller will be seen for the first time by U.S. audiences exclusively at NEW PEOPLE Cinema on Saturday, July 27th at 11:00am, and also presented as part of programming for the 2013 J-POP Summit Festival. The film will be presented with original Japanese dialogue featuring

    Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: NeonAlley.com Official Series Site: geneonuniversal.jp/rondorobe/anime/hotd (Japan) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, partners with Sentai Filmworks to unleash a frightening new world of the living dead as it premieres the zombie action of HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD (????? HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD, Gakuen Mokushiroku Haisukuuru obu za Deddo, 2010) on Neon Alley this Friday, April 19th. Episode 1 (English dubbed) of the high-octane anime action series will debut in High Definition at 10PM EST / 7PM PST, replaying at 2AM EST / 11PM PST, and will air again throughout the week. New episodes will premiere every Friday. Check the Neon Alley program guide or NeonAlley.com for more information and additional airtimes. Based on the ultra-violent manga originally created by

    Anime Film Festival to Tour Australia and New Zealand Source: Madman Entertainment press release Official Site: reelanime.com Special Thanks to Ben Pollock Madman Entertainment are proud to announce that the REEL ANIME theatrical event will return to Australia and New Zealand in late 2013, and headlining this year’s exciting program will be the third film in the EVANGELION rebuild series, EVANGELION: 3.0 YOU CAN (NOT) REDO (?????????????Q, Evangerion Shin Gekijooban: Kyuu, 2012). EVANGELION: 3.0 YOU CAN (NOT) REDO will lead a stellar line up of four of the best new animated feature films direct from Japan. Program dates and further films for REEL ANIME 2013 will be confirmed during the next three Australian Supanova Pop Culture Expo events -- Gold Coast (April 19-21), Sydney (June 21-23) and Perth (June 28-30). Traditionally a bi-annual event, 2013 will mark the first time REEL ANIME screens as a yearly program.

    Exhibit Hits Australia from April Through June Source: Madman Entertainment Official Movie Site: evangelion.co.jp (Japan), madman.com.au/nge (Aus) Special Thanks to Ben Pollock Madman Entertainment presents, in conjunction with NTV Films, Groundworks and the Japan Foundation Sydney, the 2013 EVANGELION ART EXHIBITION Australian Tour. With exhibition partners, The Arts Centre Gold Coast and No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne, this exclusive exhibition will offer anime/manga, sci-fi and pop culture fans of all ages a unique and extensive insight into how the famed EVANGELION animated films were created -- showcasing a collection of original concept and production art, character drawings and other key artifacts that provide a rare and fascinating glimpse at the behind the scenes artistry of Japanese anime film production. A variety of rare and valuable EVANGELION books, tapestries and other items will also be on display at the exhibition and a limited selection of

    Advance Images and Info for Upcoming Giant Monster Movie Source: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Official Site: pacificrimmovie.warnerbros.com Warner Bros. has released advance images from director Guillermo del Toro`s giant monster action adventure PACIFIC RIM, opening in 3D and 2D in select theaters and IMAX on July 12, 2013. PACIFIC RIM Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures Director: Guillermo del Toro Writers: Screenplay by Travis Beacham and Guillermo del Toro Story by Travis Beacham Producers: Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Guillermo del Toro, Mary Parent Executive Producers: Callum Greene Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini, Clifton Collins, Jr., Burn Gorman, Larry Joe Campbell, Brad William Henke, Diego Klattenhoff Story: When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity`s resources for years on

    Source: Madman Entertainment Official Movie Site: evangelion.co.jp (Japan), madman.com.au/nge (Aus) Special Thanks to Ben Pollock Madman Entertainment, in collaboration with NTV Films, Japan Foundation Sydney, The Arts Centre Gold Coast, and the Gold Coast Film Festival, are proud to announce a 2013 event tour that fans of Japanese popular culture and the EVANGELION franchise will not want to miss. The exclusive exhibition will offer anime/manga, sci-fi and pop culture fans of all ages a unique and extensive insight into how the famed EVANGELION animated films were created -- showcasing a collection of original concept and production art, character drawings and other key artifacts that provide a rare and fascinating glimpse at the behind the scenes artistry of Japanese anime film production. A variety of rare and valuable EVANGELION books, statues, tapestries and other items will also be on display. The exhibition will be

    New Version of Interactive Multiplayer Puzzle Solving Game Incorporates Smash Hit Sci-fi Anime Property Source: MediaLab press release, NEWPEOPLEWORLD.com Official Site: j-pop.com Special Thanks to Erik Jansen NEW PEOPLE, a dynamic entertainment destination bringing the latest examples of Japanese popular culture to North American shores, is proud to co-present, along with creative company SCRAP, a brand new installment of “Real Escape Game,” for the upcoming 2012 J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL, an all-day, weekend-long event taking place in San Francisco’s Japantown (presented in association with the Japantown Merchant Association) on Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26th. Multiple daily game sessions will be offered during the J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL on both Saturday and Sunday. “The Real Escape Game,” is an inventive puzzle solving interactive game event, originally created in Japan, which requires players to cooperate and use their intuition and detective skills to solve multiple mysteries within a

    Source: Sony Pictures Sony Pictures has announced some exclusive events at Comic-Con 2012 that should interest fans of science fiction and Japanese cinema... RESIDENT EVIL: DAMNATION San Diego Conventer Center Room 5AB Friday, July 13 at 7:30pm Director Makoto Kamiya and producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi will premiere the new trailer and a sneak peek at the first seven minutes of the CG animated feature film. Makoto Kamiya previously directed the special effects for GODZILLA, MOTHRA AND KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK (?????????????? ??????, Gojira, Mosura, Kingu Gidora: Daikaiju Sokogeki, 2001), SINKING OF JAPAN (????, Nihon Chinbotsu, 2006) and GANTZ (??, 2011). Hiroyuki Kobayashi has produced a number of hit video games as well as the RESIDENT EVIL film series. STARSHIP TROOPERS: INVASION IGN`s Oasis Lounge at the Hard Rock Hotel, 207 5th Ave Saturday, July 14 at 1:00 Autograph session with executive producers Casper Van Dien and

    Anime-Inspired Travel Game to 4 International Cities will be the Longest and Most Difficult in Stamp Rally History Source: MediaLab press release Official Movie Site: evangelion.co.jp (Japan), funimation.com/evangelion (US) Special Thanks to Erik Jansen NEW PEOPLE, a dynamic entertainment destination bringing the latest examples of Japanese popular culture to North American shores, brings the latest Japanese game phenomenon to the U.S. for the 2012 J-POP Summit Festival as it participates in the first-ever EVANGELION WORLDWIDE STAMP-RALLY. The 2012 J-POP Summit Festival takes place across San Francisco’s Japantown in cooperation with the Japantown Merchant Association on Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26th. More information about the Festival is available at j-pop.com. The EVANGELION WORLDWIDE STAMP-RALLY is inspired by a popular summertime activity in Japan where players travel to different locations (usually train stations) to acquire special stamps, which are collected and often redeemed

    2-Day Only Special Exhibit Will Display Original Production Art, Concept Drawings, and More From the Popular Anime Source: MediaLab press release, NEWPEOPLEWORLD.com Official Movie Site: evangelion.co.jp (Japan), funimation.com/evangelion (US) Special Thanks to Erik Jansen NEW PEOPLE, a dynamic entertainment destination bringing the latest examples of Japanese popular culture to North American shores, is proud to present the U.S. premiere of the EVANGELION POP-UP MUSEUM as part of the 2012 J-POP Summit Festival. This special time-limited special exhibit, to be staged inside the venue’s 3rd Floor SUPERFROG Gallery, launches on Saturday, August 25th and is co-produced by Nippon Television and NEW PEOPLE. The 2012 J-POP Summit Festival commences with the theme of “Cyberpop Overload!,” and will be held across San Francisco’s Japantown, in association with the Japantown Merchant Association, on Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26th. General admission to The EVANGELION POP-UP MUSEUM

    A Retrospective of Korean Film Including Cult Film THE HOST in 3D Source: BWR Public Relations press release Official Website: lookeastfestival.com Special Thanks to Cindy Lyster LOOK EAST: KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL today announced the lineup of films for its first annual Hollywood celebration of Korean cinema. Taking place at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood , on June 23-24, the rising Korean film industry will be recognized with a series of new and classic films screened over the weekend, with the participation of several top actors and directors. Hyundai Motors/Auto serves as a lead festival sponsor. Ten films are currently confirmed including one the 3D version of the cult film THE HOST; two with live Q&A’s (A BITTERSWEET LIFE and PIERRE RISSIENT: MAN OF CINEMA); and two US premieres (FLOWER IN HELL and A HOMETOWN IN MY HEART). “For lovers of Korean cinema, and

    New BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE Anime Film Opens June 2nd in Japan Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd., Production I.G Official Website: blood-c-movie.jp (Japan) The feature film BLOOD-C: THE LAST DARK (???BLOOD-C The Last Dark [??????? ???? ?? ? ??? ???], 2012) is the latest chapter in the world-famous "Blood: The Last Vampire" saga that has become one of animation house Production I.G`s flagship titles. BLOOD-C: THE LAST DARK is a creative collaboration between Production I.G and popular all-female artist group CLAMP, supervised by Junichi Fujisaku, one of the key members of the team that developed the original concept for BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE ????? ? ??? ??????, 2000? and who later directed the TV series BLOOD+ ????????, 2005). Directed by Production I.G`s enfant terrible, Naoyoshi Shiotani, BLOOD-C: THE LAST DARK is slated in Japan for a June 2nd, 2012 theatrical release. The original BLOOD:

    Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release Special Thanks to Scott Lonski FUNimation Entertainment announced today at Anime Central it has acquired the home media rights to the feature film KING OF THORN and series EUREKA 7: AO (Astral Ocean). In addition, FUNimation has acquired the simulcasts rights for EUREKA 7: AO. Full episodes will begin on funimation.com during spring 2012. A brief synopsis for each series is listed below: EUREKA 7: AO (Astral Ocean) (???????AO, Eureka Sebun Ei Oo, 2012) The story is set on Okinawa`s isolated island of Iwado, which has seen a growing movement advocating a return to an autonomous government. Ao Fukai, a 13-year-old boy with a missing father, lives on the island with an old doctor named Toshio and is about to enter middle school. Ao`s mother was taken away a decade ago by unknown individuals. Naru Arata, Ao`s 13-year-old

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