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    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

    Special In-Game Rewards and Events Will Also be Offered to All Players Source: Crunchyroll Press Release Official Website: Special Thanks to Mark Karges Today, DeNA Co., Ltd. announced a number of special in-game rewards and events for ATTACK ON TITAN TACTICS, an officially licensed mobile game based on the popular anime series ATTACK ON TITAN. Most notably, players will get the opportunity to see some of their favorite ATTACK ON TITAN characters such as Reiner Braun, Jean Kirschtein, Annie Leonhart, and Bertholdt Hoover, dressed up in spooky Halloween costumes. More information on these special in-game rewards and events is shown below: ● Fanciful Story Event: This event features Reiner Braun, Jean Kirschtein, and other fan-favorite characters dressed up in Halloween costumes that can only be seen in ATTACK ON TITAN TACTICS. In this event, players complete event

    Stream A New Horror Movie Each Day In October For Free With No Ads, Commercials or Contracts on movieSPREE Apps and Website! Source: Mill Creek Entertainment press release Official Site: Special Thanks to Barrett Evans The recently launched transaction-based streaming service movieSPREE,is thrilled to announce a spook-tacular promotion for the entire month of October. The 31 Nights of Frightwill offer a daily ‘Freebie Jeebie’- a free horror movie a day to stream without any interruptions, commitments and best of all, NO ADS! The entire bundle of 31 movies can be added to your movieSPREElibrary for a special, discounted price of only $10.31.

    Source: Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The makers of MONSTER SEAFOOD WARS (???????, San Daikaij? Gurume) -- aka MONSTER CUISINE -- have provided SciFi Japan with a preview of their upcoming daikaiju movie. MONSTER SEAFOOD WARS is the latest production from writer/director Minoru Kawasaki, the internationally renowned cult filmmaker behind such works as THE CALAMARI WRESTLER (??????, Ika Resur?, 2004), THE WORLD SINKS EXCEPT JAPAN (????????, Nihon Igai Zenbu Chinbotsu, 2006), CRAB GOALKEEPER (?????????, Kani G?ruk?p?, 2006), MONSTER X STRIKES BACK/ ATTACK THE G8 SUMMIT! (??????????????????, Girara no Gyakush? / T?yako Samitto Kiki Ippatsu, 2008), EARTH DEFENSE WIDOW (???????, Chiky? B?ei Mib?jin, 2014) and KAIJU MONO (?????, Daikaij? Mono, 2016). Kawasaki specializes in comedic movies, often featuring monsters and anthropomorphized animals, that use “Kigurumi Tokusatsu," the traditional Japanese effects technique involving performers in full body suits. The inspiration for MONSTER

    Author: Daisuke Ishizuka Toei Kyoto Studio Park in Uzumasa, Kyoto is a popular sightseeing spot and is still being used as an actual studio for filming. Uzumasa is known as a movie city; early movie studios were built there in 1927. They became Daiei Kyoto Studios in 1942. Some Daiei Studios were sold to Toei and some of those still exist as Toei Kyoto Studio Park. Daiei Film Co., Ltd. went out of business in 1971 and their studios in Kyoto completely closed in 1986. However, the Daiei name is still alive in Uzumasa. There is a street named Daiei Street, and a 5m tall Daimajin monument was set on the Daiei Shopping Arcade in 2013. Daiei created three Daimajin movies in 1966 and all of them were filmed in Daiei Kyoto studios. The Daimajin which is displayed on the street is not an

    Source: Avery Guerra A rough cut of the highly anticipated kaiju film HOWL FROM BEYOND THE FOG (????, Sagiri no Kuni) will be shown at this year`s G-Fest, running Friday, July 12 through Sunday, July 14 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, IL. The test screenings are scheduled for Saturday at 5:15pm and Sunday at 1:30pm. Directed by Daisuke Sato, HOWL FROM BEYOND THE FOG is a classic style tokusatsu movie using traditional Japanese FX techniques including puppets, miniatures and suitmation, in collaboration with legendary Toho monster maker Keiz? Murase. The film is set in a small village in Kyushu, Japan during the Meiji reformation era. A young boy named Izana and a blind woman named Takiri encounter the large monster Nebula, who since ancient times was feared as the god of lake, Amenosagiri.

    “Get your roar on!” Source: Avery Guerra SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details and images from an upcoming movie. NOTZILLA, a parody of Godzilla and other daikaiju movies, will have its world premiere at this year`s G-Fest, running Friday, July 12 through Sunday, July 14 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, IL. Written, directed, and produced by Moriah Media co-founder Mitch Teemley, in association with St. Michael Movies, NOTZILLA will screen on Saturday, July 13 at 12:00pm and Sunday, July 14 at 3:30pm. SYNOPSIS 1962. Yomama Bay. While the Japanese armed forces destroy yet another giant kaiju, a young paleontologist, Prof. Hiro Honda, rescues her offspring, whisking the mysterious red egg off to safety in friendly Cincinnati, Ohio (Ohio means “hello” in Japanese). However, as the jet arrives, he accidentally flushes the egg down the toilet. It disappears

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho has provided press notes and a gallery of high-res images from the 22nd feature-length Pokémon anime, MEWTWO STRIKES BACK -- EVOLUTION (???????? EVOLUTION, Myuuts? no Gyakush? Evolution), the 3DCG remake of the first film in the Pokémon series. In 1998, POKÉMON: THE FIRST MOVIE - MEWTWO STRIKES BACK (?????????????????????, Gekij?-ban Pokettom Mnsut? Myuuts? no Gyakush?) was a record-breaking hit, becoming the top animated film at the Japanese box office for that year. It was soon released all over the world, expanding the international Pokémon craze that continues to this day. That legendary movie has now been recreated with full 3D computer animation. MEWTWO STRIKES BACK -- EVOLUTION opens in theaters across Japan on July 12th. STORY The Legendary Pokémon Mewtwo (Masachika Ichimura) was thrust into the world by the

    Source: Anime Expo press release Anime Expo is excited to announce an exclusive screening of the 22nd film in the Pokémon franchise, POKÉMON: MEWTWO STRIKES BACK—EVOLUTION (???????? EVOLUTION, Myuuts? no Gyakush? EVOLUTION), to be held at Anime Expo 2019! Joining the event for their first overseas convention appearances are directors Kunihiko Yuyama and Motonori Sakakibara. Additionally, voice actress/singer Rica Matsumoto (Ash) will participate in the event! They will also participate in autograph sessions (schedule TBA). Event Details Date: Thursday, July 4 Time: 3:30 PM – 5:45 PM Room: LACC / Main Events (Hall B) About Kunihiko Yuyama Kunihiko Yuyama is best known for his work on the Pokémon series, having directed 21 films so far, from POKÉMON: THE FIRST MOVIE to the upcoming POKÉMON: MEWTWO STRIKES BACK—EVOLUTION. His other works include MAGICAL PRINCESS MINKY MOMO and

    Product Info and Exclusive GIANT High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Author: Keith Aiken Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Shingo Fujimoto A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and more than 100 daikaiju-sized photos of their monster figures scheduled for release in July 2019.

    Movie Premieres Tomorrow on Syfy Source: Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Asylum Entertainment has provided several photos from their new movie, MONSTER ISLAND, premiering Saturday, June 1st on the SyFy Channel. The film will be available on DVD and VOD release starting June 13th, with Subscription VOD following on September 13th.

    Author: Edward L. Holland Official Site: sufes1 Special Thanks to X-Plus Company Ltd., Star Ace Japan Company Ltd., Jeremy Soles and Summit Kaiju International On April 28, 2019, the 80th spring edition of Super Festival was held at the Tokyo Science Museum near the Imperial Palace area. Vendors, toy makers, shop owners, production company reps, artists, actors, personalities and the hottest lines of tokusatsu, anime and independent toys were represented in full effect during the extremely popular one-day event.

    Source: Avery Guerra, Matt Frank A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Asylum Entertainment`s Avery Guerra has revealed that their new movie, MONSTER ISLAND, will feature kaiju designs by Matt Frank. The comic artist -- known for his work on GODZILLA, TRANSFORMERS, MARS ATTACKS, ULTRAMAN and other titles -- created the look for the main kaiju baddie of the film. “I’m pretty darned excited about this," Frank told SciFi Japan. "Asylum, if nothing else, cranks out these monster flicks like crazy. And the concept they asked me to design was pretty unique as far as the kaiju genre goes. I found it to be a refreshing change of pace, and I look forward to seeing it realized on film!” In related news, Godzilla/kaiju film actor Robert Scott Field (GODZILLA VS. KING GHIDORAH, ULTRAMAN NEOS, THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL, DEEP SEA MONSTER RAIGA VS. LAVA

    Source: Avery Guerra Official Site: A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Legendary, lovely and elegant Japanese actress Yukiko Kobayashi is the latest addition to the cast of the independent kaiju film THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL (????, Daibutsu Kokaiku). Kobayashi appeared in several Toho films in the late 1960s-early 1970s, and is known to kaiju/tokusastu fans for playing the female lead character Kyoko Manabe in DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (????? Kaij? S?shingeki, 1968), Yuko Nonomura in THE VAMPIRE DOLL (??????? ??????, Chi o Suu Ningyo, 1970), and Saki in SPACE AMOEBA/YOG: MONSTER FROM SPACE (???????????? ??! ??????, Gezora, Ganime, Kam?ba: Kessen! Nankai no Daikaij?, 1970). THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL marks a welcome return to the genre for Yukiko Kobayashi. She will be appearing in the movie alongside a bevy of familiar faces, including her DESTROY ALL MONSTERS co-star Akira Kubo (INVASION OF ASTRO MONSTER/MONSTER ZERO,

    Source: Avery Guerra Official Site: A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The independent kaiju film THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL (????, Daibutsu Kokaiku) continues to cast familiar actors from the golden age of the genre. The latest addition is Yoshiro Uchida, a former child actor who became world famous for the leading role of Toshio Sakurai in Daiei Studios’ original GAMERA (??????, Daikaij? Gamera, 1965). His character retained his Japanese name in GAMMERA THE INVINCIBLE, the 1966 Americanized version distributed theatrically by World Entertainment Corp., but was notoriously renamed "Kenny" in the English dubbed version released to home video and television by Sandy Frank in 1985. "Kenny" remains a label used to describe child actors in kaiju cinema to this day. While Uchida was not the first child actors given a prominent role in a giant monster movie, he did inspire a slew of

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Movie Site: (US), (Japan) Official Movie Twitter: #DetectivePikachuMovie A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided press materials for the Japanese release of POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU (名探偵ピカチュウ, Meitantei Pikachū). They will open the film in Japan on Friday, May 3; one week ahead of the international release from Warner Bros. Pictures, and the Chinese launch from Legendary East.

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