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    Source: Netflix Official Site: Official Twitter: @PacificRim Official Instagram: @PacificRimMovie Official Facebook: @PacificRimMovie Special Thanks to Shigeko Watanabe Netflix has provided SciFi Japan with English and Japanese promotional artwork for the new Netflix Original Anime Series PACIFIC RIM: THE BLACK. Based on the 2013 live-action film PACIFIC RIM, directed by Guillermo Del Toro, and its 2018 sequel PACIFIC RIM UPRISING, the series is produced by Legendary Television with animation by Polygon Pictures, the Japanese studio behind the 2017-18 Anime Godzilla Trilogy. Netflix will release the seven episode first season worldwide on March 4. In Japan, the show will have the title PACIFIC RIM: THE DARK CONTINENT (パシフィック・リム: 暗黒の大陸, Pashifikku Rimu: Ankoku no Airstrike). STORY There was a time when Kaiju rose from the Pacific Rim only to encounter gigantic robots, Jaegers, built to fight them back. That time has

    Source: NECA Special Thanks to Peter de Leon First released as a standard figure last September, NECA’s King Kong returns with a new color variant. The new King Kong (Illustrated) 8″ Scale Action Figure is inspired by classic poster artwork for the 1933 film, with paints apps that reflect the torchlight colors of Kong’s nighttime appearances at the Skull Islanders’ wall and village. NECA’s King Kong is an original take on the classic gorilla, with super detailed hair and battle wounds across the body and head sculpts. This massive figure stands at 8″ tall with over 30 points of articulation. The figure includes two heads with varied expressions, a pair of open hands, and closed fist hands. Kong is presented in illustrated window box packaging with an opening 5th panel front cover. King Kong (Illustrated) will be coming

    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: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group press release Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Arrow Video US and MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the deluxe Blu-ray set GAMERA: THE HEISEI ERA. The four disc collection includes the acclaimed 1990s trilogy of GAMERA THE GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE (ガメラ 大怪獣空中決戦, Gamera Daijū Kūchū Kessen, 1995), GAMERA 2: ATTACK OF LEGION (ガメラ2 レギオン襲来 Gamera 2 Region Shūrai, 1996), GAMERA 3: REVENGE OF IRIS (ガメラ3 邪神〈イリス〉覚醒, Gamera 3: Jyashin Irisu Kakusei, 1999) plus the one-shot film GAMERA THE BRAVE (小さき勇者たち~ガメラ~, Chīsaki Yūsha-tachi Gamera, 2006). GAMERA: THE HEISEI ERA includes High Definition (1080p) transfers of all four movies, Japanese and English audio tracks, newly recorded audio commentaries, Japanese and American trailers, image galleries, featurettes and much more. The disc cases come with reversible sleeves featuring original and newly

    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: (US), (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: (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: (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: 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 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: (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: Special Thanks to Karen Tran Wood and Katie Jo Ash Facebook: @peninsulamovie Instagram: 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: (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: (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: (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: (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

    Source: 3Y Film Official Site: (Japan) Special Thanks to Avery Guerra Beloved cult actor Noboru Sato has been cast in the new kaiju film reboot NEZURA 1964 (ネズラ1964). Sato is a veteran of television and cinema with supporting roles in DOKABEN (ドカベン, 1977), the internationally acclaimed TAMPOPO (タンポポ, 1985) and A TAXING WOMAN’S RETURN (マルサの女2, Marusa no Onna 2, 1988). He has also been a voice actor for anime, most notably the 1973 superhero series CHANGEMAN KEN! (チャージマン研!, Chājiman-Ken!) in which he played General Mao and several supporting characters. 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

    Source: Avery Guerra Translation: Yuki Morita A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The makers of MONSTER SEAFOOD WARS (三大怪獣グルメ, San Daikaijū Gurume) have revealed the theatrical poster and complete cast list for their upcoming daikaiju movie. MONSTER SEAFOOD WARS is written and directed by Minoru Kawasaki (THE CALAMARI WRESTLER, THE WORLD SINKS EXCEPT JAPAN, MONSTER X STRIKES BACK/ ATTACK THE G8 SUMMIT!), and features the filmmaker’s trademark mix of comedy and traditional special effects techniques. The film will begin its theatrical roadshow tour in Japan on May 23, 2020. Cast Keisuke Ueda Ayano Christie Yoshida (Nogizaka 46) Yuya Asato ( Tokyo Ryuseigun) Shojiro Yokoi Reon Kurosaki Gota Ihashi Satoshi Kobayashi Hikomaro Paradise Yamamoto Eiji Ukurere Kei Grant Asato Izumi Hey! Takuchan Tomotaka imamichi Yasuhiro Takeda Korekore

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Distributor Toho Co., Ltd. has provided information and high-res images from their new release, YO-KAI WATCH THE MOVIE 2019 (映画 妖怪学園Y 猫はHEROになれるか, Eiga Yo-kai Gakuen Y Neko wa Hero ni Nareruka), the sixth feature film in the anime franchise based on the hugely successful video games by LEVEL-5 Inc. The movie opened in Japan on December 13th. CREDITS Japanese Theatrical Release: December 13, 2019 (Nationwide Roadshow) Voice Cast Medusa: Yoshino Kimura (Special Appearance) Tabeken: Kenji Watanabe (Special Appearance) Jinpei Jiba: Mutsumi Tamura Matarou Tamada: Marina Inoue Sandayu Koma/Little Commander: Aya Endo Fubuki Himekawa: Haruka Tomatsu Mera Raido: Toshiki Masuda Ryuusuke Kyuubi/Ninetail: Chiaki Kobayashi Momo: Etsuko Kozakura Kengo Benimaru: Tomoki Ono Kazuma Shishiguro/Shishi Ou:

    Source: Sony Pictures Entertainment Official Movie Site: In 2003, Sam Raimi’s (EVIL DEAD, SPIDER-MAN) production company Ghost House Pictures licensed the remake rights to JU-ON (呪怨), the Japanese horror film series from director Takashi Shimizu. Shimizu was hired to direct the US version, released in 2004 as THE GRUDGE. Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER), THE GRUDGE was a box office hit, grossing $188 million worldwide. Shimizu returned for the less successful sequel, THE GRUDGE 2 (2006), starring Amber Tamblyn (JOAN OF ARCADIA). A straight-to-video sequel, THE GRUDGE 3 followed in 2009. That appeared to be the end of THE GRUDGE series in America, but Sam Raimi is back with what is promised to be “a twisted new take of the horror classic.” Directed by Nicolas Pesce (THE EYES OF MY MOTHER), the new

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