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    3y Film presents GHOST-CAT RHAPSODY, a new take on the classic ghost cat movies. Photo courtesy of 3Y Film. ©3Y Film Source: 3Y FilmSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra  A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE      3Y Film, makers of THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL and NEXURA 1964, have announced their next project...GHOST-CAT RHAPSODY (怪猫狂騒曲, Kaibyō Kyōsō Kyoku). Directed by Hiroto Yokokawa (THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL, NEZURA 1964), the film will be a musica/film collaboration with living icon Chumei Michiaki Watanabe, the composer for such classic series as KIKAIDA, GREAT MAZINGER and GORENGER!   GHOST-CAT RHAPSODY is a fresh take on the classic legend of the ghost cat. The popular horror tale was once popular with Japoanese studios, who released dozens of movies such as THE GHOST CAT AND THE MYSTERIOUS SHAMISEN (1938), GHOST CAT OF NABESHIME (1949), THE GHOST CAT OF

    Takashi Miike is back with the sequel, THE GREAT YOKAI WAR -GUARDIANS-. Photo courtesy of Kadokawa Pictures. ©2021 The Great Yokai Wars Film Partners Source: Kadokawa Pictures Official Site: movies.kadokawa.co.jp/yokai (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Spoiler Warning: This article contains plots details for an upcoming movie. Do you have true courage? Kadokawa Pictures has provided SciFi Japan with press notes, a trailer, poster art and a large photo gallery from their upcoming film, THE GREAT YOKAI WAR -GUARDIANS- (妖怪大戦争 ガーディアンズ, Yōkai Daisensō Gādianzu). Director Takashi Miike returns for the sequel to his 2005 hit THE GREAT YOKAI WAR, which was itself an update of the yokai movie trilogy produced by the Daiei Motion Picture Company in the late 1960s. Takashi Miike has brought back many of the classic Yokai seen in the first THE GREAT YOKAI WAR. The movie will also feature Bushin,

    Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © KADOKAWA Source: Arrow Films, MVD Entertainment Special Thanks to Jasper Sharp and Clint Weiler Behind a Mask of Stone, the Fires of Vengeance Burn! Following their incredible GAMERA: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION release last fall, Arrow has announced another deluxe Blu-ray set... THE DAIMAJIN TRILOGY! The box set will be released in the United States and United Kingdom in late July. Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © KADOKAWA   The Daimajin Trilogy saw Daiei’s Kyoto studios bringing its own iconic movie monster to life in a unique but short-lived series that transplants the Golem legend to Japan’s Warring States period of the late-16th century. In DAIMAJIN (大魔神), directed by Kimiyoshi Yasuda (YOKAI MONSTERS, ZATOICHI ON THE ROAD), the young son and daughter of the benevolent feudal lord Hanabusa flee to the mountains when their parents

     Source: MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler   Photo courtesy of MVD Entertainment. © Shinpei Hayashiya   SRS Cinema and distributor MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the new DVD edition of the independent daikaiju movie GOD RAIGA VS KING OHGA (深海獣雷牙 対 溶岩獣王牙, Shinkaijū Raiga tai Yōganjū Ōga, 2019) from director Shinpei Hayashiya (REIGO; KING OF THE SEA MONSTERS, RAIGA: GOD OF THE MONSTERS). The giant monster Raiga returns, rising in Atami Harbor and attacking the city. A second kaiju, Ohga, soon joins the chaos, and the two monsters clash, destroying large sections of the city. Defense forces launch two new weapons, the giant tank Kamikaze and the drill tank Gokumei, to meet the monster invasion head on. But as the beasts work their way to Tokyo, will they be enough to stop the monsters from

    Source: SRS Cinema LLC,  Official Site: sagirinokuni.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Clint Weiler   Photo courtesy of MVD Entertainment. ©LosGatos Works This July, SRS Cinema and distributor MVD Entertainment present the independent daikaiju film HOWL FROM BEYOND THE FOG (狭霧の国 Sagiri no Kuni, 2019) on DVD.The movie was written and directed by Daisuke Sato (GODZILLA MOTHRA KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL OUT ATTACK, GODZILLA: FINAL WARS, GAMERA THE BRAVE, ULTRAMAN MEBIUS & ULTRAMAN BROTHERS) and features work by legendary Toho monster maker Keizō Murase (MOTHRA, KING KONG VS GODZILLA, FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD, GAMERA).   Set in Kyushu during the Meiji era, a blind girl, named Takiri, and the blind monster from a nearby lake, named Nebula, fight against greedy developers who threaten to take over her family's land. Using an all puppet human cast and a fantastic monster suit, it offers a new

    Source: The Asylum Special Thanks to Avery Guerra Photo courtesy of The Asylum. ©2021 Asylum, All Rights Reserved.   APE VS. MONSTER, The Asylum's homage to GODZILLA VS. KONG, will be released theatrically and on VOD this Friday, April 30th. The studio promises "An epic kaiju showdown in the verin of RAMPAGE and PACIFIC RIM!"   SYNOPSIS An ape, lost in space, crash-lands back to Earth. The vessel oozes a sludge that triggers massive growth in both the ape as well as a passing Gila Monster. Once the creatures reach titanic size their paths cross again, leading to a giant brawl in which mankind hangs in the balance.

    Source: Netflix press release Special Thanks to Sophia Shin Netflix and Skydance have announced a new anime series based on the globally successful TERMINATOR franchise, the first animated TV adaptation of the franchise. The series is produced in partnership with Production I.G (GHOST IN THE SHELL: SAC_2045, B: THE BEGINNING) who Netflix has a Production Line Deal with since 2018. Showrunner/Executive Producer Mattson Tomlin (PROJECT POWER, THE BATMAN) stated that, “Anyone who knows my writing knows I believe in taking big swings and going for the heart. I’m honored that Netflix and Skydance have given me the opportunity to approach TERMINATOR in a way that breaks conventions, subverts expectations and has real guts.” “TERMINATOR is one of the most iconic sci-fi stories ever created — and has only grown more relevant to our world over time,” explained John

    From Legendary Television & Inspired By Legendary’s SKULL ISLAND and Square Enix’s Iconic Video Game Franchise Source: Netflix press release, Legendary Special Thanks to Sarah Jarvis Netflix and Legendary Television announce two new anime series, the first based on Legendary’s SKULL ISLAND and the second on Square Enix’s Tomb Raider global franchise. Netflix and Legendary Television are also currently in production on the previously announced anime series PACIFIC RIM: THE BLACK. SKULL ISLAND

    Source: MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler On March 16, SRS Cinema and distributor MVD Entertainment present the independent monster movie KONGA TNT (2020) from director Brett Kelly (ATTACK OF THE JURASSIC SHARK). KONGA TNT is an experimental movie project made while in isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kelly took unused footage from previous movies and combined it with new footage shot by himself and actor/FX artist John Migliore along with writer Trevor Payer. After becoming injected with a formula derived from an alien ship, a lab gorilla escapes from his containment and befriends two young boys. The alien formula causes the gorilla to grow to gargantuan size and rampage throughout the city and the boys must find a way to save their simian friend before the army takes him down.

    Source: Sony Pictures Entertainment, Toho-Towa Co., Ltd. Official Movie Site: monsterhunter.movie (US), monsterhunter-movie.jp (Japan) Sony Pictures’ MONSTER HUNTER is now playing in theaters worldwide. The fantasy action movie is written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (RESIDENT EVIL film series) and based on the global video game series phenomenon MONSTER HUNTER (モンスターハンター, Monsutā Hantā) by Capcom. Behind our world, there is another: a world of dangerous and powerful monsters that rule their domain with deadly ferocity. When an unexpected sandstorm transports Captain Artemis (Milla Jovovich) and her unit (TI Harris, Meagan Good, Diego Boneta) to a new world, the soldiers are shocked to discover that this hostile and unknown environment is home to enormous and terrifying monsters immune to their firepower.

    Source: Kadokawa Pictures Official Site: movies.kadokawa.co.jp/yokai (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Kadokawa Pictures has provided SciFi Japan with new promotional artwork for their upcoming film, THE GREAT YOKAI WAR :GUARDIANS (妖怪大戦争 ガーディアンズ, Yōkai Daisensō Gādianzu). Director Takashi Miike returns for the sequel to his 2005 hit THE GREAT YOKAI WAR, which was itself an update of the yokai movie trilogy produced by the Daiei Motion Picture Company in the late 1960s. THE GREAT YOKAI WAR :GUARDIANS will be distributed to Japanese theaters by Toho in 2021. About Kadokawa Pictures, Inc. Kadokawa Pictures is part of Kadokawa Shoten, which forms the axis of the expansive KADOKAWA CORPORATION. Kadokawa Shoten has maintained the company’s traditions since its founding, while continuously seeking to innovate at the same time. With their core operations based in publishing and film, represented

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: pokemon-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho has provided SciFi Japan with press notes and a gallery of high-res images from the next feature-length Pokémon anime, POKÉMON THE MOVIE: COCO (劇場版ポケットモンスター ココ, Gekijō-ban Poketto Monsutā Koko), opening in theaters across Japan on Christmas day. INTRODUCTION The Pokemon movie series that started in 1998 with POKÉMON: THE FIRST MOVIE – MEWTWO STRIKES BACK (劇場版ポケットモンスター ミュウツーの逆襲, Gekijō-ban Poketto Monsutā Myuutsū no Gyakushū) is celebrating its 23rd entry this year. The children who watched that first movie in a theater have become parents and now take their own children to see the new Pokémon movies together. For 22 years, each new Pokémon movie has been released in theaters during the summer; inspirong the slogan “Summer is Pokémon!” But this year POKÉMON THE MOVIE: COCO was

    Source: Avery Guerra Official Site: ocaladrivein.info The Ocala Drive-In in Ocala, Florida is hosting a 9 hour horror/monster movie marathon this Halloween. The event kicks off with GODZILLA VS MEGALON at 7:00pm and concludes with a 2:00am screening of BEAST OF BLOOD. Attendees can order tickets now at orderocaladrivein.com. Ocala Drive-In 4850 S. Pine Ave. Ocala, Florida 34480 ALL NIGHT HORROR MOVIES Advance Ticket (Per Car Load) $15.00 At Gate Ticket (Per Car Load) $25.00 Saturday, October 31 GODZILLA VS MEGALON @ 7:00 TERROR IS A MAN @ 8:45 DRACULA VS FRANKENSTEIN @ 10:30 MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND @ 12:15 BEAST OF BLOOD @ 2 AM

    Source: 3Y Film Official Site: nezura1964.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Mai Saito has joined the all-star cast of the new kaiju film reboot NEZURA 1964 (ネズラ1964) as the character Junko. Miss Saito has been a frequent guest star in the Ultraman movies and series, with roles in ULTRAMAN GAIA: THE BATTLE IN HYPERSPACE (ウルトラマンティガ ウルトラマンダイナ&ウルトラマンガイア超時空の大決戦, Urutoraman Tiga & Urutoraman Daina & Urutoraman Gaia Chō Jikū no Daikessen, 1999), ULTRAMAN COSMOS 2: THE BLUE PLANET (ウルトラマンコスモス2 THE BLUE PLANET, Urutoraman Kosumosu 2: Za Burū Puranetto, 2002), ULTRAMAN COSMOS VS ULTRAMAN JUSTICE: THE FINAL BATTLE (ウルトラマンコスモスVSウルトラマンジャスティス THE FINAL BATTLE, Urutoraman Kosumosu Bui Esu Urutoraman Jasutisu Za Fainaru Batoru, 2003), ULTRA Q: DARK FANTASY (ウルトラQ dark fantasy, Urutora Kyuu: Daaku Fantajii, 2004), ULTRAMAN MAX (ウルトラマンマックス, Urutoraman Makkusu, 2005-06) and ULTRAMAN MEBIUS (ウルトラマンメビウス, Urutoraman Mebiusu, 2006-07). She also

    Source: Well Go USA, MPRM Communications press release Official Site: traintobusanpeninsula.com Special Thanks to Karen Tran Wood and Katie Jo Ash Facebook: @peninsulamovie Instagram: @peninsula.movie Twitter: @peninsulamovie #peninsulamovie The Korean zombie film TRAIN TO BUSAN PRESENTS: PENINSULA (반도, Bando, 2020) will open in US theaters August 21st from distributor Well Go USA. Four years after South Korea’s total decimation in TRAIN TO BUSAN (부산행, Busanhaeng, 2016), the zombie thriller that captivated audiences worldwide, acclaimed director Yeon Sang-ho brings us PENINSULA, the next nail-biting chapter in his post-apocalyptic world. Jung-seok, a soldier who previously escaped the diseased wasteland, relives the horror when assigned to a covert operation with two simple objectives: retrieve and survive. When his team unexpectedly stumbles upon survivors, their lives will depend on whether the best—or worst—of human nature prevails in the direst of circumstances. Distributor:

    Source: 3Y Film Official Site: nezura1964.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Popular kaiju suit actor Akira Ohashi has joined the cast of the new kaiju film reboot NEZURA 1964 (ネズラ1964). Ohashi will be the motion capture performer to play the CG version of the movie’s monster, Mammoth Nezura. The film will use CG, traditional suitmation, and miniatures to bring the FX sequences to life. Akira Ohashi is known for portraying Gamera in GAMERA 2: ATTACK OF LEGION (ガメラ2 レギオン襲来 Gamera 2 Rregion Shūrai, 1996), Trauma Gamera and Iris in GAMERA 3: THE REVENGE OF IRIS (ガメラ3 邪神〈イリス〉覚醒), and also King Ghidorah in Toho’s GODZILLA, MOTHRA, KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL OUT ATTACK (ゴジラ・モスラ・キングギドラ 大怪獣総攻撃, Gojira, Mosura, Kingu Gidora: Daikaijū Sōkōgeki, 2001). For more on Ohashi’s career, please see his recent interview here on SciFi

    Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Arrow Video US is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the new Blu-ray of ZOMBIE FOR SALE (기묘한 가족, Gimyohan Gajok, 2019), an infectiously funny slice of modern Korean cinema where TRAIN TO BUSAN, THE QUIET FAMILY and WARM BODIES collide to create a memorable rom-zom-com from first time director Lee Min-jae. When the illegal human experiments of Korea`s biggest Pharmaceutical company go wrong, one of their "undead" test subjects escapes and ends up in a shabby gas station owned by the Park family -- a band of misfits spanning three generations who hustle passers-by to make ends meet. When the Park family uncover their undead visitor, he bites the head of their household, who instead of transforming into an undead ghoul becomes revitalised and full of life! The

    Source: 3Y Film Official Site: nezura1964.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Pro wrestling legend, cult actress, and singer Mach Fumiake makes her long-awaited return to acting in the new kaiju film reboot NEZURA 1964 (ネズラ1964). Fumiake first came to fame as a teenage professional wrestler in the early 1970s, defeating Jumbo Miyamoto to win the WWWA (World Women’s Wrestling Association) Championship in March, 1975. The following month she made her big screen debut, playing herself in the Toei action adventure GREAT CHASE (華麗なる追跡, Kareinaru Tsuiseki, 1975). Fumiake would go on to make frequent television appearances, star in a handful of films, launch a singing career and host a radio show. She is best known to kaiju movie fans for her role as Kilara, the leader of a trio of alien superwomen in Daiei’s GAMERA:

    Source: 3Y Film Official Site: nezura1964.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The producers of NEZURA 1964 (ネズラ1964) have released some pre-production photos of cast members Yukijoro Hotaru (Gamera Trilogy, GODZILLA, MOTHRA, AND KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK) Noboru Sato (CHANGEMAN KEN!, TAMPOPO) and Ippei Osako (SHIN GODZILLA, DEATH NOTE: Light up the NEW World) getting into character. Produced by 3Y Film in association with Kadokawa, NEZURA 1964 is a drama about the infamous unmade kaiju movie by Daiei. The film is co-written, produced and directed by Hiroto Yokokawa (THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL). The staff includes supervisor Kensaku Sakai, creature designer Keisuke Yoneyama, production artists Takuma Asai, Karin Yamada and Hiroto Yokokawa, and consulting producer/publicist Avery Guerra. NEZURA 1964 is scheduled for a December 2020 release in Japan. Be sure to follow the film on Facebook for updates.

    Source: Avery Guerra Official Site: sandaikaijyu.pal-ep.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The makers of MONSTER SEAFOOD WARS (三大怪獣グルメ, San Daikaij? Gurume) have provided SciFi Japan with a photo gallery of images from the film. Directed by Minoru Kawasaki (MONSTER X STRIKES BACK/ ATTACK THE G8 SUMMIT!, KAIJU MONO), the comedic daikaiju movie is scheduled to open in Japan on May 23, 2020. For more information on MONSTER SEAFOOD WARS, please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan: MONSTER SEAFOOD WARS -- First Look at Upcoming Kaiju Movie Poster and Full Cast Revealed For Minoru Kawasaki`s MONSTER SEAFOOD WARS MONSTER SEAFOOD WARS Trailer Released

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