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    20th Pokémon Film Now Playing in Japan Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: pokemon-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho has provided press notes and high-res images from the 20th feature-length Pokémon anime, POKÉMON THE MOVIE: I CHOOSE YOU! (???????????? ???????, Gekijoo-ban Poketto Monsutaa Kimi ni Kimeta!), opening in theaters across Japan this weekend. INTRODUCTION A new adventure, with a new friend... and the discovery of the new Pokémon! The 20th anniversary Pokémon movie celebration is here! POKÉMON THE MOVIE: I CHOOSE YOU! was made for "Pokémon Masters" of all ages; from young children to those fans who have followed Pokémon from the start. This anniversary work features the Legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh, seen by Satoshi and Pikachu in the first anime broadcast two decades ago. Picking up on the promise the two swore -- "Someday, we will set on a journey to

    Tickets On Sale Now For Exclusive North American One-Night Theatrical Event On June 19 Source: Sony Pictures, Fathom Events press releases Official Site: biohazard-vendetta.com (Japan), residentevilvendetta.com (US) Based on the worldwide video game phenomenon, the CG animated film RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA -- aka BIOHAZARD: VENDETTA (??????? ??????, Baiohazaado Vendetta) -- will hit movie theaters worldwide this year. The film will be released internationally on May 27, 2017, and in the U.S. and Canada on Monday, June 19 for a special one-night event from Fathom Events, Park Circus and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA is the third installment in the massively popular CG animated film franchise, following RESIDENT EVIL: DEGENERATION (?????????????????? Baiohazaado Dijenereeshon, 2008) and RESIDENT EVIL: DAMNATION (??????? ???????, Baiohazaado Damuneeshon, 2012). Derived from Capcom’s RESIDENT EVIL, one of the bestselling video game franchises of all time (72 million + copies

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures press release Official Site: kongskullislandmovie.com (US), kingkong-dokuro.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Jack Horner Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures and Tencent Pictures’ global blockbuster KONG: SKULL ISLAND has crossed the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office, it was announced April 6 by Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Mary Parent, Vice Chairman, Worldwide Production for Legendary. The acclaimed action adventure -- certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes -- opened at the top of the domestic box office on March 10, and has grossed more than $150 million, and climbing. Internationally, KONG: SKULL ISLAND was released day-and-date in 65 markets, including Vietnam, one of the movie’s primary filming locations, where it has become the highest-grossing picture of all time. Hugely successful openings followed in Japan, as well as China. Continuing to demonstrate broad appeal that transcends borders, KONG:

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Official Site: kongskullislandmovie.com (US), kingkong-dokuro.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Marlena Green A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Bring home a piece of the Number 1 Movie in America! Warner Bros. Pictures is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a double sided KONG: SKULL ISLAND theatrical poster. Measuring 27 x 40", this high-quality poster was produced for display in a light box, and features the film`s key art printed on the front and in reverse on the back. The producers of GODZILLA reimagine the origins of one the most powerful monster myths of all in KONG: SKULL ISLAND from Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures and Tencent Pictures. In this compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (THE KINGS OF SUMMER), a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific -- as beautiful as

    Source: Funimation Entertainment press release Official Site: shingeki.tv/season2 (Japan), funimationfilms.com/attackontitan (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto To prepare fans for the long awaited arrival of ATTACK ON TITAN (?????, Shingeki no Kyojin) Season 2, Funimation has acquired and will be releasing the ATTACK ON TITAN Season 1 recap movies (Part 1: GUREN NO YUMIYA and Part 2: JIYUU NO TSUBASA) this March. These two full length movies (120-minute run-time each) will cover the first and second half of ATTACK ON TITAN Season 1 respectively and will each screen for one night only. Part 1 will screen on March 27, 2017. Part 2 will screen on March 28 or 29, 2017 depending on theater location. Part 2 features a special Season 2 teaser following the film’s credits. This limited release will be shown in 19 select Reading and Alamo Drafthouse theater locations across the U.S. Dates for each

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Official Site: kongskullislandmovie.com (US), kingkong-dokuro.jp (Japan) Warner Bros. Pictures has provided the complete final credits for KONG: SKULL ISLAND, opening March 10, 2017. For much, much more on this film, please see the KONG: SKULL ISLAND Production Notes and High-Res Photos here on SciFi Japan. Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures and Tencent Pictures present A Legendary Pictures Production A Jordan Vogt-Roberts Film KONG: SKULL ISLAND CAST James Conrad.............................................................................................................TOM HIDDLESTON Preston Packard............................................................................................................SAMUEL L. JACKSON Mason Weaver ...................................................................................................................BRIE LARSON Hank Marlow ...................................................................................................................JOHN C. REILLY Bill Randa..............................................................................................................JOHN GOODMAN Houston Brooks.............................................................................................................COREY HAWKINS Victor Nieves ...................................................................................................................JOHN ORTIZ San ...................................................................................................................JING TIAN Jack Chapman ...................................................................................................................TOBY KEBBELL Mills..............................................................................................................JASON MITCHELL Cole...............................................................................................................SHEA WHIGHAM Slivko ...................................................................................................................THOMAS MANN Reles..............................................................................................................EUGENE CORDERO Landsat Steve ...................................................................................................................MARC EVAN JACKSON Young Marlow/Marlow’s Son ...................................................................................................................WILL BRITTAIN Gunpei Ikari..............................................................................................................MIYAVI Senator Willis ...................................................................................................................RICHARD JENKINS Secretary O’Brien............................................................................................................ALLYN RACHEL Athena Captain............................................................................................................ROBERT TAYLOR Voice of General Ward ...................................................................................................................JAMES MICHAEL CONNOR Voice

    Source: Kadokawa Pictures Official Site: biohazard-vendetta.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Kadokawa Pictures has provided information and high-res images from their upcoming computer animated film, BIOHAZARD: VENDETTA (??????? ??????, Baiohazaado Vendetta). The movie is based on CAPCOM’s multi-million dollar video game series -- known internationally as RESIDENT EVIL-- that established the “survival horror” genre and has shipped over 71 million units worldwide (the latest entry, RESIDENT EVIL: BIOHAZARD, goes on sale January 23rd), and the live-action film franchise that has grossed more than $900 million at the worldwide box office. VENDETTA is the third BIOHAZARD/RESIDENT EVIL animated feature, following DEGENERATION (?????????????????? Baiohazaado Dijenereeshon) in 2008 and DAMNATION (??????? ???????, Baiohazaado Damuneeshon) in 2012. The new movie is directed by Takanori Tsujimoto (THE NEXT GENERATION -PATLABOR-, ULTRAMAN X) with a screenplay by Makoto Fukami (PSYCHO-PASS, THE TORTURE CLUB) and music from Kenji Kawai (GHOST IN THE

    Agreement with Kodansha Brings Global Hit Anime Series Back to U.S. & Canada Source: Funimation Entertainment press release Official Site: shingeki.tv/season2 (Japan), funimation.com/shows/attack-on-titan (US) Funimation Entertainment is proud to announce its acquisition of ATTACK ON TITAN (?????, Shingeki no Kyojin) Season 2 and the return of the worldwide hit anime series which was first introduced to U.S. and Canadian audiences in 2013. ATTACK ON TITAN Season 2 is scheduled to premiere in April 2017 in Japan. “ATTACK ON TITAN became an instant hit since it first streamed in 2013 and we are thrilled to bring fans the long-awaited Season 2 of the series,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation. “ATTACK ON TITAN is truly a worldwide phenomenon that has continued to grow at a non-stop pace. Fans can look forward to an exciting second season.” “ATTACK ON TITAN is based on the New York

    Special Event Includes Never Before Seen Studio Ghibli Short Film! Source: GKIDS Inc. press release Official Site: spiritedaway15.com By popular demand -- a third show has been added to the 15th Anniversary Celebration of Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award-winning classic, SPIRITED AWAY (????????, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, 2001) on December 8th! Don’t miss the film`s return to select cinemas nationwide for THREE days only: December 4th (English dub), December 5th (Japanese w/ English subtitles), and December 8th (English)! Stay after the show for an exclusive screening of the short film GHIBLIES: EPISODE 2, never before released in North America! This special event is presented by Fathom Events, GKIDS, Studio Ghibli, and Hot Topic. For theater details and to purchase tickets, please visit fathomevents.com/event/spirited-away. And, in celebration of SPIRITED AWAY, win exclusive Studio Ghibli merchandise from Gund, Kinokuniya, and GKIDS! Click here to enter to win!

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Japan Official Site: hirunehime.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures Japan have released a new trailer and poster for ENSHEN AND HER MAGIC TABLET (???? ????????????, Hirune Hime ?Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari?), the first feature film from anime studio Signal.MD. The movie will open in Japan on March 18, 2017. For more information on ENSHEN AND HER MAGIC TABLET, please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan: ENSHEN AND HER MAGIC TABLET (Hirune Hime) Anime Film Trailer & Images from Warner Bros. Japan

    Author: Bob Johnson Sources: Benevolent Monster Productions, Bay Area Film Events Bay Area Film Events and Benevolent Monster Productions/Studio 7 Entertainment present LONG LIVE THE KING, a brand new feature length documentary about the enduring appeal of the character King Kong, and how he has inspired so many great filmmakers and artists since 1933. The documentary covers the 1933 classic, in addition to SON OF KONG, Dino De Laurentiis’ KING KONG (1976), Peter Jackson`s KING KONG (2005), as well as the Rankin Bass Cartoon series of the 1960s and from the Far East, Toho`s Japanese incarnations of Kong, from KING KONG VS. GODZILLA (1962) and KING KONG ESCAPES (1967)! The evening will be about all things KONG and along with the documentary, BAFE will be showing the original 1933 classic KING KONG, the film that started it all! Special guests will be on-hand, including documentary producers Frank

    New “Monster” Cross-Media Hobby, Game and TV Animation Project Source: Toei Co., Ltd. press release Official Site: b-boys.jp/apm (Japan) Toei Animation Co., Ltd. (President: Katsuhiro Takagi, headquartered in Nakano-ku, Tokyo), Bandai Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Masaru Kawaguchi, headquartered in Taito-ku, Tokyo) and Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. (President: Satoshi Oshita, headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo) have announced that they are to start a new joint project entitled DIGIMON UNIVERSE: APPLI MONSTERS (???????????????????, Dejimon Yunibaasu Apuri Monsutaazu), aimed primarily at young male audiences. The project is set to commence as of Fall 2016. The new DIGIMON UNIVERSE: APPLI MONSTERS television animation is scheduled to begin airing terrestrially in fall 2016. Related merchandise, games and magazines, etc., including toys and children’s digital card games will also be released across various different media. At the same time, new information is also being made continuously available via the official DIGIMON UNIVERSE:

    Special One-Night Fathom Events Screening and Multi-City Theatrical Release Planned Nationwide Source: Source: ELEVEN ARTS press release Official Site: digimon-adventure.net (Japan) Special Thanks to Emma Griffiths Leading Los Angeles based Film Distribution Company ELEVEN ARTS and Toei Animation announced today that they will release the English language version of internationally acclaimed anime film DIGIMON ADVENTURE tri. – CHAPTER 1: REUNION (???????????tri.??, Dejimon Adobenchaa Torai Sakai, 2015). ELEVEN ARTS and Toei Animation plan a one-night Fathom Events screening in 300+ US movie theaters on September 15, 2016, followed by a traditional multi-city national theatrical release in major cities. DIGIMON ADVENTURE tri. is a Japanese action-adventure anime film series produced by Toei Animation. DIGIMON ADVENTURE tri. – CHAPTER 1: REUNION is the first English language feature film in the wildly popular series, which has not yet been released to American audiences. This release marks the first DIGIMON English

    19th Pokémon Film Opens in Japan July 16th Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: pokemon-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Summer Pokémon! The hit series powers up in POKÉMON THE MOVIE XY&Z! Do you hear the voice of the “Soul Heart”? The popular Pokémon franchise returns to cinemas with its 19th feature-length anime, POKÉMON THE MOVIE XY&Z (???????????XY&Z??????????????????????, Pokemon Za Muubii XY&Z `Borukenion to Kikoo (Karakuri) no Magiana`). Toho will release the film in theaters across Japan on July 16th. STORY In this latest cinematic adventure, Satoshi (Ash) meets the Mythical Pokémon Volcanion when it crashes down from the sky, creating a cloud of dust -- and a mysterious force binds the two of them together! A denizen of the Nebel Plateau in Kalos -- a haven for Pokémon harmed by mankind -- Volcanion despises humans and tries to get away from

    Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Sachiko Ikenouchi and Jun Umeji A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese toy company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and photos of their giant monster figures scheduled for release in late June 2016. X-Plus` monster figures can be purchased directly from the company`s official Shounen Ric website. Shounen Ric offers Limited Editions of the figures with exclusive features or bonus pieces not available from other retailers. The standard versions of the figures are sold by stores and online retailers including SFJ`s sponsors Anime Jungle and Flossie`s Gifts & Collectibles. Daikaiju Series: PACIFIC RIM Leatherback /??????? ???????????????? Product Size: Height Approximately 25cm (9.8 Inches) Material: PVC (Vinyl) Specifications: Painted; Some Assembly Required Package: Blind Box Shipping: Late June - Early July, 2016 Price: ¥16,999 (Approximately $155.73 US, Tax Included) Shounen Ric Exclusive

    Everyone has different ways to relax, and for us it’s watching monsters wreck cities. Very few will dispute that Godzilla is the ultimate Kaiju. Since its first appearance in Ishir? Honda’s 1954 sensation, movie fans around the world have watched avidly as Godzilla has wreaked havoc on numerous cities during its many reinventions. The eagerly anticipated sequel to Warner Bros 2014 reboot is slated for release in 2018. To ensure you don’t miss out on your monster fix in the meantime, here is a list of some heavyweight kaiju films old and new that are certainly worth your time! GAMERA: THE GIANT MONSTER Some people will claim that Gamera simply rode off the back of Godzilla’s success. Although there are many similarities, over the years Gamera has gained popularity and become an exceptional kaiju in its own rite. Check out the original GAMERA: THE GIANT MONSTER (1965).

    Celebrate Gamera’s 50th Anniversary With Eleven Classic Movies on October 17th Source: Shout! Factory, Think Jam press releases Special Thanks to Michael Gonzalez Following the success of Shout! Factory TV’s Kaiju Movie Marathon in July, Shout! Factory TV has once again teamed up with the monster magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland to bring you the Kaiju Movie Marathon: Gamera’s Revenge! Featuring 11 Gamera films and hosted by Kaiju expert August Ragone, the monster mayhem will stream live for 16 hours on October 17 from 8am ET to midnight ET. The marathon marks the 50th anniversary of the first Gamera movie release in Japan. The marathon will feature all 11 classic Gamera movies in chronological order from both the original Showa series (1965-1980) and the Heisei trilogy (1995-1999). The Kaiju marathon comes complete with original introductions by renowned Kaiju authority August Ragone, commenting on

    Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: kiseiju.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Christian Lopez Humankind’s extinction begins this fall as PARASYTE -THE MAXIM- (??? ?????, Kiseijuu Sei no Kakuritsu, 2014-2015) invades Toonami, the hugely popular Adult Swim anime block. Sentai Filmworks announced during their Anime Expo 2015 panel that PARASYTE -THE MAXIM- is heading to Adult Swim, basic cable`s #1 network with young adults for over a decade. PARASYTE -THE MAXIM- chronicles a silent, sinister alien invasion and follows 17-year-old Shinichi, whose life gets seriously complicated when one would-be invader assumes control of his right hand. Originally broadcast in Japan on Nippon TV, the series is produced by MADHOUSE and adapted from the groundbreaking sci-fi/horror manga created by Hitoshi Iwaaki. PARASYTE -THE MAXIM- is scheduled to begin broadcast on Toonami this October. Detailed schedule information will be released as soon as it becomes available. For Sentai Filmworks’

    And this time he`s bringing some friends... June 20, 2015 - San Leandro, CA; Bay Area Film Events is bringing the King of all Kaiju back to the Bal Theatre for their fourth annual Godzilla Night! This year features an expanded show with an extra, bonus matinee. First up at 3:00PM is a matinee of the film that kicked off Godzilla Night in 2012, the biggest monster battle of them all, KING KONG VS. GODZILLA. Along with the 1962 full-color classic, there will also be Godzilla clips and trailers. The main show kicks off at 7:00PM (doors open at 6:00PM) with a mini film fest based on the upcoming documentary KAIJU GAIDEN. "Kaiju" is the Japanese word for "monster", meaning "strange beast". "Gaiden" is a Japanese word which means "outside story". It normally refers to a supplemental story or spin-off. KAIJU GAIDEN is the continuing story

    Classic English Dubbed Movie Now Available to U.S. Audiences Source: William Winckler Productions press release Special Thanks to William Winckler Anime studio Production Reed and William Winckler Productions have brought the classic 1982 magical girl anime series FAIRY PRINCESS MINKY MOMO (???????? ???? ??, Mahoo no Purinsesu Minkii Momo) to U.S. audiences as new English-dubbed feature films, now available as Downloads to Own on Amazon Instant Video. Each Amazon Instant Video Download to Own MINKY MOMO movie runs 82-minutes, and retails for $14.95. The first movie is titled MINKY MOMO: THE FAIRY PRINCESS OF DREAMLAND. The entire 1982 MINKY MOMO series will eventually be released as new English dubbed compilation feature films on Amazon. In MINKY MOMO, a princess from a magical world is sent to Earth to help people recover their lost hopes and dreams. Using her magic, and with the aid of her magical

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