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    Source: Comscore Official Movie Site: GodzillavsKong.com Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian Comscore has announced the official North American box office estimates for the weekend of May 9, 2021, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore's suite of products. Please note that 57% of all North American Theaters are currently open. Comscore – Sunday Estimates – North American Weekend Box Office Roundup – May 9, 2021      A re-cap of this weekend’s notable performers as reported by their respective distributors ■ North American Openers: United Artists Releasing opened WRATH OF MAN starring Jason Statham and takes the number on spot with $8.1M in 2,875 theaters.  The R-rated

      Source: Seibuen Amusement Park The Seibuen Amusement Park has released a promotional video for their new attraction, “Godzilla the Ride: Giant Monsters Ultimate Battle” (ゴジラ・ザ・ライド大怪獣頂上決戦, Gojira za Raido Daikaijū Chōjō Kessen). For more information on the ride, please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan.

    Akira Toriyama Has Worked Passionately to Create a Dragon Ball Movie Unlike Any Other Source: Toei Animation Co., Ltd. press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto #DBSuperMovie Photo courtesy of Toei Animation. ©BIRD STUDIO/SHUEISHA, TOEI ANIMATION Fans worldwide received a special surprise this Goku Day, the annual Dragon Ball celebration, when Toei Animation revealed today that a new DRAGON BALL SUPER movie will be released in 2022. The Dragon Ball phenomena began in 1984 when Japan’s well-known manga from Akira Toriyama premiered in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump – becoming a top ranked title throughout its 10 and a half years of publication. Since then, the manga’s popularity has continued to grow with an astonishing record of 260 million copies sold worldwide and counting. And with Dragon Ball’s ever-increasing popularity, it has expanded beyond manga to include TV animation, movies, games and merchandising. Now 37 years

    The Best Asian Horror Films vs Their Western Remakes Hollywood has tried to remake some of the great films over the years for American audiences. Here’s our top Asian horrors and the remakes you should avoid. Naomi Watts in the US remake of THE RING. Photo courtesy of Dreamworks. ©2002 Dreamworks LLC   Being stuck indoors for the foreseeable future has certainly lost its charm. If you’ve tapped out on all your Netflix, and want a break from the best fast payout casinos out there, we’ve got your back. You can click here for fast payout casino or read on for the best movies to treat your eyes to. Some of the all-time best horror movies have been remakes of even better Asian blockbusters. Some you will know, some you may not have seen and some you may

      Official Site: https://yousayouji2021.pal-ep.com/ (Japan) Special Thanks to Avery Guerra The makers of PLANET PRINCE 2021 (遊星王子2021, Yūsei Oji 2021) have launched the official website for the film and released the first poster and trailer. PLANET PRINCE 2021 is a reboot of the tokusatsu classic PLANET PRINCE (known in America as PRINCE OF SPACE). The film is director by Minoru Kawasaki, the filmmaker behind special effects comedies such as EVERYTHING SINKS EXCEPT JAPAN, EARTH DEFENSE WIDOW and MONSTER SEAFOOD WARS. © 2021 Planet Prince 2021 Production Committee        

    Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © KADOKAWA Arrow Video US and MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their new Blu-ray of Daiei's GIANTS AND TOYS (巨人と玩具, Kyojin to Gangu, 1958), a sharp and snappy corporate satire revolving around the ruthless machinations of a group of admen working in the confectionary industry. As a new recruit to the marketing department of World Caramel, fresh-faced graduate Nishi (Hiroshi Kawaguchi) is eager to impress his ambitious and hard-nosed boss Goda (Black Test Car’s Hideo Takamatsu), even if it strains his relationships with his college friend Yokoyama (Koichi Fujiyama) and budding love interest Masami (Michiko Ono), who work at the rival companies of Giant and Apollo. With World’s lead over its competitors slipping badly, the two spot a chance to get back

    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: Sentai press release Official Site: https://pripri-anime.jp/ (Japan) © Princess Principal Film Project Sentai announced today that it acquired distribution rights to the PRINCESS PRINCIPAL: CROWN HANDLER (プリンセス・プリンシパル クラウンハンドラー, Purinsesu Purinshiparu Kuraun Handorā, 2021), a new film series based on the hit franchise of the same name. Sentai will distribute the films to audiences in the Unites States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Nordics, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal. Following the attempted assassination of the Queen, manhunts for spies become a frequent occurrence within the Kingdom. In response, Control — the Commonwealth’s covert operations group — begins to suspect the presence of a double agent within the Kingdom’s royal family. In order to reveal the truth, Control dispatches spy ring “Team White Pigeon.” But danger lurks around every corner, and when you don’t know who you can trust, being a

    Photo courtesy of Bluefin. ©2021 SHIN ULTRAMAN PRODUCTION COMMITTEE ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS   Source: BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin) Tamashii Nations  Official Site: ultra.tamashii.jp (Japan) Official Movie Site: shin-ultraman.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Chuan Lu Bluefin, a subsidiary of Bandai Namco Collectibles, has provided SciFi Japan with product information and photos of their DYNACTION Ultraman figure from the upcoming movie SHIN ULTRAMAN ( シン・ウルトラマン) ... Photo courtesy of Bluefin. ©2021 SHIN ULTRAMAN PRODUCTION COMMITTEE ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Photo courtesy of Bluefin. ©2021 SHIN ULTRAMAN PRODUCTION COMMITTEE ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS DYNACTION Shin Ultraman /DYNACTION シン・ウルトラマン ウルトラマン Illuminating eyes. A lustrous finish. Diecast and POM plastic joints for enhanced posability. And best of all, a titanic 40cm size. The DYNACTION Ultraman (Shin Ultraman) is the ultimate Ultra-figure! Painted to evoke the fierce glow of the character onscreen, it is

    Photo courtesy of The Loot Crate. ©SOTSU・SUNRISE Source: The Loot Company press release Special Thanks to George Roush Mobile Suit Gundam is one of the most popular anime franchises ever created and Loot Crate is honoring this groundbreaking anime with the release of the limited-edition Mobile Suit Gundam Life Crate Series. This collection takes the global Gundam fandom to the next level by delivering officially licensed exclusive lifestyle goods and gear that haven’t been available in this or any other universe! Loot Crate’s focus with this series is to give fans products that allow them to live their passion. This collection is a quarterly 4-crate curation with each crate focusing on a different popular Gundam series that have inspired legions of fans. The second crate in the series is titled “00,” will contain an assortment of epic items from the legendary series, MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 00,

    Originating with the Dragon Ball manga in late 1984, the Dragon Ball canon runs popular to this very day. While the publication of the manga has been off and on for years, the original appeal has remained remarkably consistent. From the early stages of protagonist Goku’s life to his mastery of angel-level techniques, the Dragon Ball series has been one of the biggest international smashes in anime. Even today, with no animated series running, the property remains strong. So, what is it that made Dragon Ball stand the test of time where so many others blossomed, and then faded into obscurity? The OG The first series in what would become the Dragon Ball saga was much different from what the series would become. Starting out, the manga borrowed heavily from the Chinese classic Journey to the West, with Goku taking the place of the famed monkey king. This

     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: Comscore Official Movie Site: GodzillavsKong.com Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian Comscore has announced the official international box office estimates for the weekend of May 2, 2021, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore's suite of products. Comscore – Global Sunday Estimates – Weekend Box Office Roundup – May 2, 2021      A re-cap of this weekend’s notable performers as reported by their respective distributors ■ Notable International Opener: RUROUNI KENSHIN: THE FINAL generated an estimated ¥404.4m ($3.7m) on 480 screens and ranking #2 behind DETECTIVE CONAN: THE SCARLET BULLET.  The cume to date in the market is now ¥1.6b ($14.5m). ■ Notable International/Global Performers: Now

    Source: Comscore Official Movie Site: GodzillavsKong.com Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian Comscore has announced the official North American box office estimates for the weekend of May 2, 2021, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore's suite of products. Please note that 57% of all North American Theaters are currently open. Comscore – Sunday Estimates – North American Weekend Box Office Roundup – May 2,, 2021      A re-cap of this weekend’s notable performers as reported by their respective distributors ■ North American Openers: Opening in 1751 locations, Open Road/Briarcliff’s SEPARATION took in an estimated weekend gross of $1,831,000 and a PTA of $1,046.  Universal’s repertory

    Movie theaters are back and so is Bay Area Film Events! Source: Bay Area Film Events press release Official Site: bayareafilmevents.com/godzillafest Photo courtesy of Bay Area Film Events. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Join Bay Area Film Events for the reopening of the Balboa Theater in San Francisco on the weekend of May 14-16 as we present 10 different movies featuring Godzilla, his friends and foes.We will also be celebrating the 60th anniversary of MOTHRA and the 50th anniversary of GODZILLA VS HEDORAH (THE SMOG MONSTER).Vendors,  Prizes and more!Individual movie tickets will be sold to control seating for Covid restrictions. Theater will be sanitized between films.TITANIC MEGA KAIJU LINE UP! Friday May 14: Theater 1 (The Big Theater)3pm:  GODZILLA (1954)  (96 min)7pm:  MOTHRA (1961)  (101 min) Theater 24pm:  GODZILLA VS HEDORAH (Godzilla vs The Smog Monster) (1971)  (85 min)8pm:  GODZILLA VS GIGAN

    The Japanese release of GODZILLA VS. KONG has been delayed. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2021 WARNER BROTHERS ENTERTAINMENT INC. LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS LLC. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM & © Legendary Source: Toho Co., Ltd.press release Official Movie Site: GodzillavsKong.com (US), godzilla-movie.jp (Japan) Official Facebook: @GodzillaVsKong Official Instagram: @GodzillaVsKong Official Twitter: @GodzillaVsKong Toho Co., Ltd. has announced that they are postponing the Japanese theatrical release of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ worldwide box office smash GODZILLA VS. KONG (ゴジラvsコング, Gojira vs Kongu). Scheduled to open in Japan on Friday, May 14th, the film has been delayed indefinitely due to the Covid-19 pandemic. On Friday, April 23rd, Japan's Cabinet Office declared a state of emergency due to a "fourth wave" surge of infections. Toho responded by closing nearly two dozen cinemas across Tokyo, Osaka,  Kyoto and Hyogo Prefecture. The theaters are tentatively

    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

    Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © KADOKAWA 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 their GAMERA: THE HEISEI TRILOGY Limited Edition Steelbook. The three disc Blu-ray collection includes the acclaimed 1990s trilogy of GAMERA THE GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE (ガメラ 大怪獣空中決戦, Gamera: Daikaijū Kūchū Kessen, 1995), GAMERA 2: ATTACK OF LEGION (ガメラ2 レギオン襲来, Gamera Tsū: Region Shūrai, 1996) and GAMERA 3: REVENGE OF IRIS (ガメラ3 邪神〈イリス〉覚醒, Gamera Surī: Irisu Kakusei, 1999). The GAMERA: THE HEISEI TRILOGY SteelBook includes High Definition (1080p) transfers of all three movies, Japanese and English audio tracks, newly recorded audio commentaries, Japanese and American trailers, image galleries, featurettes and much more. The GAMERA: THE HEISEI TRILOGY SteelBook is now available from Arrow Video US. The suggested retail price

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2019 THE GREAT WAR OF ARCHIMEDES FILM PARTNERS   Sinking of the World's Largest Battleship Source: Well Go USA, ddPR press release Special Thanks to Leif Helland  Based on the acclaimed 2015 manga series Archimedes no Taisen, THE GREAT WAR OF ARCHIMEDES (アルキメデスの大戦, 2019) debuts on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD June 15 (just in time for Father’s Day) with an all-new English dub from Well Go USA Entertainment. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Takashi Yamazaki (THE ETERNAL ZERO), the film is a fictionalized depiction of the behind-the-scenes struggles of building the Yamato, the largest battleship in the world, during WWII. From renowned producer/distributor Toho (GODZILLA; MY HERO ACADEMIA, YOUR NAME), THE GREAT WAR OF ARCHIMEDES stars Suda Masaki (DROWNING LOVE), Emoto Tasuku (AND YOUR BIRD CAN SING), Hamabe Minami (THE PROMISED NEVERLAND), Shofukutei Tsurube (FAMILY OF STRANGERS), and Kobayashi Katsuya (THE

    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.

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