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    Photo courtesy of SCRAP. ©SCRAP © KADOKAWA Experience the terror of Sadako, Japan's great horror icon, in English or Japanese! Source: SCRAP press release Official Site: https://mysterycircus.jp/sadako/ (Japanese), https://mysterycircus.jp/s/sadako/en/ (English)  TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS in Shinjuku, Tokyo, is now hosting SADAKO AND THE CURSED VIDEO (貞子 呪いのビデオからの脱出, Sadako Noroi no Bideo Kara no Dasshutsu), a new Real Escape Game featuring the world famous J-Horror icon. Sadako was introduced in Koji Suzuki's 1991 novel Ring (リング, Ringu), which told the story of a cursed video that kills whoever sees it. The story was first adapted for Japanese television before finding international acclaim with the 1998 feature film version. The climactic scene of Sadako crawling out of a TV screen to murder one of her victims sent shockwaves through Japan and led to a series of sequels (the most recent being 2022's SADAKO DX) as well as a

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2022 Beijing Dream Planting Film Corp. Ltd. Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2022 Beijing Dream Planting Film Corp. Ltd. Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the Chinese animated film I AM T-REX (我是霸王龙, Wo shi ba wang long, 2022). Directed by Cai Shangming and Chen Silin, this fantasy adventure for the whole family features an all-new English dub. After Fang, a power-hungry dinosaur from outside the valley attacks the king of dinosaurs by surprise, the king’s son, a young T-Rex, escapes. The T-Rex begins to train, vowing never to return until he is the biggest and bravest in all the land — and finally strong enough to challenge the evil Fang and restore peace to Green Valley. I

    Bushin, the new Daimajin, joins forces with the Yokai in THE GREAT YOKAI WAR: GUARDIANS. Photo courtesy of Kadokawa Pictures. ©2021 The Great Yokai Wars Film Partners Source: SRS Cinema LLCSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE   SRS Cinema is proud to announce the acquisition of Kadokkawa Pictures' THE GREAT YOKAI WAR: GUARDIANS (妖怪大戦争 ガーディアンズ, Yōkai Daisensō Gādianzu, 2021), director Takashi Miike's 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 brings back many of the classic Yokai from folklore and the earlier movies. It also introduces Bushin, a new interpretation of of the ancient god Daimajin from Daiei's 1966 movie trilogy.   In the year 20xx, cities located along the Fossa Magna,

    Photo courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. © LEGENDARY PICTURES Source: Diamond Select Toys press release Special Thanks to Zach Oat It’s all-out war! San Diego becomes a battleground this July, with thousands of superfans fighting for elbow room at one of the coolest cons in the country! Comic-Con International, which runs from July 19-23, will be host to hundreds of companies, chief among them Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant LTD, and they’re bringing an army of exclusives! Read Diamond Select's report for details on the complete line of exclusives (including Indiana Jones, G.I. Joe, Star Wars and more) and make your plan of attack, but come by booth 2607 early, because they won’t last forever! Not attending? Reserve yours online at diamondselecttoys.com and gentlegiantltd.com (while supplies last) and they’ll ship out after the show! PACIFIC RIM (10th Aniversary) Deluxe Action Figure Legacy Box

    Image courtesy of SRS Cinema and Kadokawa. ©KADOKAWA CORPORATION 1962 Source: SRS Cinema LLCSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Image courtesy of SRS Cinema and Kadokawa. ©KADOKAWA CORPORATION 1962 SRS Cinema is proud to announce the acquisition of THE WHALE GOD (鯨神, Kujiragami). Released by Daiei (now Kadokawa) in 1962, the film was directed by Tokuzo Tanaka, stars Kojiro Hongo (Gamera series) and Takeshi Shimura (SEVEN SAMURAI, GODZILLA), with music by Akira Ifukube (GODZILLA, RODAN), and features stunning life-size practical effects. This is the first official North American release for THE WHALE GOD, which has also been marketed internationally under the title KILLER WHALE. Once a year, the quiet fishing village of Wadaura in Southern Japan is in a turmoil. The whalers have always concentrated their efforts to try and catch a Killer Whale which is easily twice as large

    Source: SRS Cinema LLC, MVD Entertainment Special Thanks to Derek Stubinski   Photo courtesy of MVD Entertainment. ©2022 God Hikoza Project This August, SRS Cinema and distributor MVD Entertainment present the independent daikaiju movie SUPER LEGEND GOD HIKOZA (超伝合体ゴッドヒコザ, Chō-den Gattai Goddo Hikoza, 2022) on DVD. Written and directed by Minoru Kawasaki (MONSTER X STRIKES BACK/ ATTACK THE G8 SUMMIT!,  MONSTER SEAFOOD WARS), this roller-coaster ride includes kaijus, mad scientists, and humanoid robots, all seasoned with big absurd humor and action packed battle scenes.   In the movie, Tadao and Takaho are two scientists from an Ultra-spatial research center who discover a mecha emitting an alarm signal warning that a giant monster sturgeon is approaching.   The SUPER LEGEND GOD HIKOZA DVD will be released on August 15th.     SKU: MVD12554D Format: DVD UPC: 760137125549

    Photo courtesy of Shochiku Co., Ltd. ©2023 SANA Film Partners Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: https://movies.shochiku.co.jp/minnanouta/ (Japan)   Shochiku has announced a new J-Horror movie, SANA (ミンナのウタ, Minna no Uta) from Takashi Shimizu, creator of the internationally acclaimed JU-ON franchise.   Photo courtesy of Shochiku Co., Ltd. ©2023 SANA Film Partners Introduction The latest film by Japanese horror master Takashi Shimizu. It’s the birth of a new bloodcurdling horror queen, following in the footsteps of Sadako from RING and Kayako from JU-ON: THE GRUDGE. Prepare to be haunted by Sana, a young girl who delivers a cursed melody that infects all those who hear it. Shimizu’s JU-ON paved the way for Japanese horror films and even saw a Hollywood remake. In recent years, he has delighted audiences with original works like HOWLING VILLAGE from the smash-hit

    Source: Diamond Select Toys press release Special Thanks to Zach Oat Wednesday is New Toy Day at a comic shops and toy stores nationwide, and the latest Diamond Select Toys lineup includes Minimates and action figures from Power Rangers and Pacific Rim. Find a store near you at comicshoplocator.com, or order online at diamondselecttoys.com!   Photo courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. TM & © 2023 SCG Power Rangers LLC and Hasbro Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Minimates Series 2 Box Set A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s Morphin’ Time again! Series 2 of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Minimates completes the team, with the Red Ranger, Black Ranger, Yellow Ranger and White Ranger! Each Minimate features 14 points of articulation, interchangeable parts, removable helmets and multiple heads to depict different cast members! Plus an array of weapons! All four come packaged in a full-color window

    Photo courtesy of Toei. ⓒ2023 Geats・King-Ohger Movie Production Committee ⓒIshimori Pro・TV Asahi・ADK EM・Toei ⓒ2023 TV Asahi・Toei AG・Toei Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: https://geats-ohger-23movie.com/ (Japan) Toei Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with promotional artwork for their upcoming theatrical release, KAMEN RIDER GEATS THE MOVIE/OHSAMA SENTAI KING-OHGER THE MOVIE (映画『仮面ライダーギーツ』映画『王様戦隊キングオージャー』, Eiga Kamen Raidā Gītsu/Eiga Ō-Sama Sentai Kingu-Ōjā).  The latest Super Sentai/Kamen Rider double feature opens in Japan on July 28. Logos courtesy of Toei. ⓒ2023 “Geats・King-Ohger” Movie Production Committee ⓒIshimori Pro・TV Asahi・ADK EM・Toei ⓒ2023 TV Asahi・Toei AG・Toei About Toei Company, Ltd. Toei Company Ltd., since its foundation in 1951, is one of the three major studios in Japan. The company focuses on providing high quality, comprehensive entertainment through the production and theatrical distribution of feature films, anime, and TV dramas as well as a diverse range of businesses including planning and hosting

    Source: 3Y FilmSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra  A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE We have another update on the upcoming kaiju film, HOSHI 35 (星35), courtesy of production companies 3Y Film and MRTS, with two new additions to the movie's incredible cast...   Photo courtesy of 3Y Film. Shinzô Hotta -- Hotta began his film career acting in periord dramas and comedies for Toei and was soon seen in several different genres of movie for the studio. By the early 1970s he also took on roles in Toei's FX television series, playing Ken Nomoto in an episode of the original MASKED RIDER (仮面ライダー, Kamen Raidā, 1971-73),  the Great General of Darkness in the special ALL TOGETHER! 7 MASKED RIDERS (全員集合!7人の仮面ライダー!! , Zen'in Shūgō! 7-Ri no Kamen Raidā! !, 1976), and the recurring role of General Monster in THE ALL-NEW MASKED RIDER ( 新・仮面ライダー, Shin Kamen Raidā,

    Photo courtesy of Netflix. TM & © 2023 SCG Power Rangers LLC and Hasbro Source: NetflixOfficial Site: https://www.netflix.com/title/81586552 The anniversary movie MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: ONCE & ALWAYS will premiere on Netflix on April 19th, 2023 at 12:00am PDT. Synopsis Thirty years after the wise and powerful Zordon formed the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the team comes face to face with a familiar threat from the past. In the midst of a global crisis, they are called on once again to be the heroes the world needs. This 30th Anniversary Special is inspired by the legendary mantra from the franchise “Once a Ranger, Always a Ranger,” meaning once you become part of the Ranger family, you are always welcome back.   David Yost as Blue Ranger Billy CranstonPhoto courtesy of Netflix. TM & © 2023 SCG Power Rangers LLC and Hasbro

    New Key art for the anime series GAMERA -Rebirth-. Photo courtesy of Kadokawa Pictures. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee Source: Kadokawa Pictures Official Site: https://gamera-rebirth.com (Japan) Official Twitter: @gamera_rebirth #Gamera Rebirth #gamera_rebirth The last summer. Friends. And a Kaiju. The boys witness a legend... Kadokawa Pictures have provided multiple updates for "GAMERA -Rebirth-"  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu), the 6-episode anime series which will be distributed worldwide on Netflix later this year. Photo courtesy of Kadokawa Pictures. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee GAMERA -Rebirth- Stage Presentation will be held at AnimeJapan 2023! The 10th anniversary of AnimeJapan 2023, the world's largest anime event, will be held at the Tokyo Big Sight international exhibition center on March 25 and 26, 2023.  A GAMERA -Rebirth- presentation will be held on the main stage of the festival, and will also be broadcast live

    1 Source: Epic Pictures Releasing press releaseSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra   Key art, courtesy of Epic Pictures Releasing. Hollywood based Epic Pictures Group have acquired North American distribution rights, sales rights ex-Asia, and has also taken an investment position in Thailand's highly anticipated giant monster movie THE LAKE (บงึ กาฬ, Bueng Kan). Plans are to release the film March 10 in limited theatrical, followed by March 14 on digital platforms, and April 14 the film is set to hit physical media. Blu-ray pre-orders will launch on March 14. Discs will be available in retail stores on May 16. THE LAKE is a Hollywood (Thailand) Co., Ltd. production, directed by Lee Thongkham and produced by Watson Boy Homsangpradit with executive producer Patrick Ewald. In the film, an eco-thriller;  'A gigantic and bloodthirsty monster emerges from a lake after its egg is

    Photo courtesy of 3Y Film. ©3Y Film Source: 3Y FilmSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra  A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE   3Y Film and MRTS have provided an update for their upcoming kaiju film, HOSHI 35 (星35). The company's fundraising campaign for the project on the popular Japanese crowdfunding site Makuake is just a few days from ending it's run and is looking to finish at over 400% of it's original goal! There are also some new casting announcements to share... Photo courtesy of 3Y Film.   Yoko Ishino -- Best known by kaiju fans for her role as reporter Yukari Yamane in GODZILLA VS DESTOROYAH (ゴジラVSデストロイア, Gojira tai Desutoroia, 1995), Ishino has an extensive list of credits in theatrical features and television, including the Toho sci-fi release TOKYO BLACKOUT (首都消失, Shuto Shōshitsu, 1987), THE INNOCENT SEVEN (七人の弔, Shichinin no Tomurai,

    Photo courtesy of Avery Guerra ©Showa Tokusatsu Monster Film Cooperation Corps Special Thanks to Avery Guerra A SciFi JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Photo courtesy of Avery Guerra ©Showa Tokusatsu Monster Film Cooperation Corps The makers of WAR OF THE NINJA MONSTERS: JARON VS GOURA (忍獣大戦記 蛇龍対號羅, Shinobu Kemono Daisenki Daryū tai Goura) have provided an update on the indie kaiju film from director Shinpei Hayashiya (REIGO: KING OF THE SEA MONSTERS, RAIGA: GOD OF THE MONSTERS). The latest addition to the movie's cast is tokusatsu veteran Yumiko Tanaka, whose resume includes the Kamen Rider series MASKED RIDER SUPER-1 (仮面ライダースーパー1, Kamen Raidā Sūpā Wan, 1980-81), GHOST-CAT RHAPSODY (怪猫狂騒曲, Kaibyō Kyōsō Kyoku, 2022) and the upcoming HOSHI 35 (星35). She also had a cameo role in Toho's THE RETURN OF GODZILLA (ゴジラ, Gojira, 1984) as Akemi, the assistant to news photographer Goro Maki. The filmmakers are

    Source: North Star Pictures JPOfficial Site: https://www.kaijumultiverse.com/Special Thanks to Avery Guerra  A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE   North Star Pictures JP have the latest casting additions for their upcoming monster movie, KAIJU: ISLAND OF FIRE. The first film in a planned franchise, the story begins when a geological anomaly is discovered by a team of scientists on an ancient Japanese Island. After the members of a construction team, who were in the process of building a new military base there, go missing, a combined military and science task force is sent to investigate. Once on the island, the task force encounters a foreboding, fiery landscape now home to a strange and terrifying creature, capable of destroying them...and all who venture near! KAIJU: ISLAND OF FIRE is written and directed by Andrew L. Phillips (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES).  The main cast features a

    Gamera the flying turle returns in 2023 with GAMERA -Rebirth-. Photo courtesy of Kadokawa Pictures. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee Source: Kadokawa Pictures press release Official Site: https://gamera-rebirth.com (Japan) Official Twitter: @gamera_rebirth #Gamera Rebirth #gamera_rebirth  Kadokawa Pictures have provided a new press release and high-res images for their upcoming Gamera anime...   The new "GAMERA -Rebirth-" animation series of the giant monster Gamera will be released worldwide on Netflix!     Photo courtesy of Kadokawa Pictures. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee Kadokawa has decided to produce a new work "GAMERA -Rebirth-"  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu)for the giant monster "Gamera." Today sees the release of the animation announcement video plus the first image of the enemy monster "Gyaos"! The new work GAMERA -Rebirth- is a 6-episode anime series that will be distributed worldwide on Netflix!! Please

    Source: 3Y FilmSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra  A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE   3Y Film and MRTS have provided an update for their upcoming kaiju film, HOSHI 35 (星35). The company's fundraising campaign for the project on the popular Japanese crowdfunding site Makuake is still going strong, currently sitting at a whopping 345% of its goal with 27 days still to go. There are also some new casting announcements to share... Photo courtesy of 3Y Film.   Shoko Nakajima -- The voice for the film's monster, Hoshikuzu, will be provided by Shoko Nakajima, a popular professional wrestler for Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling and All Elite Wrestling. Nakajima also portrays Miyarabi, a female King Caesar, in the Godzilla puppet web series, GODZIBAN (怪獣人形劇 ゴジばん Kaijū Ningyōgeki Gojiban, 2019-present).              

      Source: Hollywood Theatre Official Site: https://hollywoodtheatre.org/# Special Thanks to Michael Calhoun   The Hollywood Theatre (located at 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97212) is screening some classic giant monster movies this coming weekend. These giants deserve to be seen on the big screen so be sure to attend if you're in the area! Tickets can be purchased online or at the Hollywood Theatre Box Office, which opens 30 minutes prior to the first showing of the day/evening. Tickets for most films are $10 for adults, $8 for students/seniors (65+)/children, and $7 for members. Special events may have different pricing; please check online event descriptions for the most accurate info. For additional details please visit the theater's official website. ©1933 RKO Pictures Inc.  KING KONG in 35mm A 35mm print of

    ©2022 God Hikoza Project Source: SRS Cinema LLC Official Site: https://god-hikoza.com/ (Japan) Special Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Distributor SRS Cinema has licensed North American home media rights to the 2022 daikaiju movie SUPER LEGEND GOD HIKOZA (超伝合体ゴッドヒコザ, Chō-den Gattai Goddo Hikoza). Blu-ray and DVD preorders are scheduled to begin in February. SUPER LEGEND GOD HIKOZA is the latest production from writer/director Minoru Kawasaki, the internationally renowned cult filmmaker behind such works as THE WORLD SINKS EXCEPT JAPAN (日本以外全部沈没, Nihon Igai Zenbu Chinbotsu, 2006), MONSTER X STRIKES BACK/ ATTACK THE G8 SUMMIT! (ギララの逆襲/洞爺湖サミット危機一発, Girara no Gyakushū / Tōyako Samitto Kiki Ippatsu, 2008), EARTH DEFENSE WIDOW (地球防衛未亡人, Chikyū Bōei Mibōjin, 2014), KAIJU MONO (大怪獣モノ, Daikaijū Mono, 2016) and  MONSTER SEAFOOD WARS (三大怪獣グルメ, San Daikaijū Gurume, 2020). Kawasaki specializes in comedic movies, often featuring monsters and anthropomorphized animals, that use “Kigurumi Tokusatsu,” the traditional Japanese

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