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    New Website to Promote Creative Life in Japan Author: Keith Aiken Official Site: Special Thanks to JR Lipartito and Jim Ballard SciFi Japan would like to alert our readers to a great new website. Debuting Thursday, September 1st, Gaijin Channel has been brought together by JR Lipartito (FOX BACKSTAGE PASS, BRINGING GODZILLA DOWN TO SIZE) and a team of talented contributors in Japan to become a premiere creative community for Japanophile entertainment. Gaijin Channel`s mission is to spread unique views on life in Japan as can only be told by those who come from or have been heavily influenced by other cultures. There is something unique about Japan that inspires the creative spirit, and Gaijin Channel is specifically designed to enable Japan-based creators to reach a global audience... not only by showing their work, but by sharing the creative process as well to connect with

    Japanese Sci-Fi Live-Action Film and New Sequel Set to Screen During 2011 San Diego Comic-Con Source: MediaLab press release Official Movie Site: (Japan), (US) Special Thanks to Erik Jansen NEW PEOPLE Entertainment, a film division of NEW PEOPLE, Inc. that focuses on the licensing and distribution of Japanese films and media, has announced a series of special theatrical screenings of the live action sci-fi thriller GANTZ (??, Gantsu, 2011) and its sequel, GANTZ II: PERFECT ANSWER (?? PERFECT ANSWER, Gantsu Pafekuto Ansaa, 2011), at the Pacific Gaslamp 15 Theatres in San Diego, CA. GANTZ screens on Friday, July 22nd at 6:00pm and 9:00pm, while GANTZ II: PERFECT ANSWER screens on Saturday, July 23rd at 6:00pm and also at 9:00pm. Both films will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles. The film screenings will take place during the 2011 Comic-Con International, the

    Winners will See Both Movies for Free, Courtesy of NYAFF and SciFi Japan Source: Subway Cinema/New York Asian Film Festival Special Thanks to Kristen Osborne and Grady Hendrix Thank you to everyone who entered New York Asian Film Festival and SciFi Japan`s contest for free passes to see GANTZ and GANTZ: PERFECT ANSWER at NYAFF. The screenings takes place at the Japan Society on Saturday, July 9 starting at 12:30 pm. Japan Society is located at 333 East 47th Street (between First and Second avenues), New York, NY 10017. Their box office number is 212-832-1155. The randomly drawn winning entries are: Dylan Bach Greg Cordaro Congratulations to the winners! Each of you has won a pair of tickets to see the double feature of GANTZ and GANTZ: PERFECT ANSWER. Your passes will be available on the day of the show at the

    See Both Movies for Free, Courtesy of NYAFF and SciFi Japan Source: Subway Cinema/New York Asian Film Festival Special Thanks to Kristen Osborne and Grady Hendrix Next week sees the launch of the 2011 New York Asian Film Festival and Japan Cuts: Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema. Running from July 1-14 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and July 7 - 22 at Japan Society, the combined festival will feature dozens of films, international and world premiere screenings, Q&A`s with filmmakers, and other special events. This year`s lineup a double feature of the new live action sci-fi movies GANTZ (??, Gantsu, 2011) and GANTZ: PERFECT ANSWER (?? PERFECT ANSWER, Gantsu Pafekuto Ansaa, 2011). Presented back-to-back and in the original Japanese with English subtitles, the screenings will mark the New York Premiere of the subtitled GANTZ and the North American Premiere of GANTZ:

    Huge Festivals Return to New York City with Screenings of 70 Asian Films Source: Subway Cinema, Japan Society Special Thanks to Kristen Osborne, Grady Hendrix, and Shannon Jowett Beginning July 1st, New York City once again plays host to America`s leading large-scale festival of popular Asian cinema. Subway Cinema`s New York Asian Film Festival (July 1-14) and Japan Society`s Japan Cuts: Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema (July 7-22) combined will feature 70 different movies, world and US premieres, exclusive Q&A’s with filmmakers, and other special events. This year also marks the fifth annual collaboration between Japan Cuts and NYAFF, who will co-present several films at the Japan Society from July 7-10. Festival Venues Film Society of Lincoln Center`s Walter Reade Theater: July 1-14 165 West 65th Street, Upper Level (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue) Box office: (212) 875-5601 America`s pre-eminent film presentation organization, The Film

    ZEBRAMAN 2, CITY UNDER SEIGE, and WE WITHOUT WINGS- UNDER THE INNOCENT SKY to Get US Release Source: FUNimation Entertainment Special Thanks to Jackie Smith This past weekend, FUNimation Entertainment announced it has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to three new properties. The live action film ZEBRAMAN 2: ATTACK ON ZEBRA CITY (?????? -?????????-, Zeburaaman -Zebura Shiti no Gyakushuu-, 2010) was directed by Takashi Miike (ICHI THE KILLER, 13 ASSASSINS) and is a sequel to Miike`s 2004 film ZEBRAMAN. The anime series WE WITHOUT WINGS- UNDER THE INNOCENT SKY (????????, Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai, 2011) is a romantic comedy from director Shinji Ushiro (BLESSING OF THE CAMPANELLA) which revolves around a group of young people whose seemingly unconnected lives may be linked in an alternate world. The Hong Kong science fiction action film CITY UNDER SEIGE (????, Chun sing gai bei, 2010) was directed and co-written

    Principal Photography Begins for New Korean Disaster Movie Author: Kim Song-ho Source: CJ E&M Pictures/ The Tower Pictures CJ E&M and The Tower Pictures jointly announced on June 6th (Korean date) that principal photography for THE TOWER (??) began on May 18 at KOFIC Studio in Namyangju, Korea. THE TOWER depicts the desperate struggles of a group of people trapped in a giant skyscraper located in downtown Seoul, as a massive fire consumes the building on Christmas Eve. The movie is helmed by Kim Ji-hoon, director of the upcoming 3D creature feature SECTOR 7 (7??, Chil gwanggu) which premieres in Korea August 4. His 2007 debut feature MAY 18 (??? ??, Hwaryeohan hyuga), about the 1980 Gwangju pro-democracy movement, was a critical and commercial success. SECTOR 7 is also expected to be a strong contender in the domestic box office battle this summer.

    Made in Japan, Kicking Ass Worldwide Source: Sushi Typhoon Official Movie Site: Special Thanks to Marc Walkow The team who brought you VERSUS have returned with YAKUZA WEAPON (????, Gokudo Heiki, 2011), another hard-edged battle royale featuring tough gangsters, deadly women and cybernetic penis implants! Working as a hard-to-kill mercenary in South America, ex-yakuza Shozo Iwaki (Tak Sakaguchi) is informed of the death of his gang boss father, Kenzo (Akaji Maro). Returning home after four years, Shozo discovers that his father’s number-one man, Kurawaki (Shingo Tsurumi), has double-crossed and assassinated Kenzo, leaving Shozo not only in charge of what little remains of the Iwaki Family, but also burning with the desire for vengeance. After a titanic battle in which an entire building is leveled, both Shozo and Kurawaki are left barely alive, Shozo missing an arm and a leg. Despite his debilitating

    Source: BAM! Marketing, Publicity & Promotions press release Official Site: Special Thanks to Chase Wang AM², the highly-anticipated animation, music and manga convention taking place July 1-3, 2011 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California, has revealed some of the titles (with more to come) that will be screened at this year`s event. ARAKAWA UNDER THE BRIDGE (?????? ? ????, Arakawa Andaa za Burijji, 2010) Rating: PG-13 Ko Ichinomiya`s family motto is "Never be indebted to anyone," but after losing his pants and falling into the Arakawa River, he quickly finds himself in debt to his savior, the cutely insane Nino (who happens to live under the bridge). To repay her, he vows to help her with her desire to "experience love." Along the way he`ll meet the river`s other residents, including a hot-blooded kappa, a Sister in drag, and a

    Author: Loren Portillo Official Site: Toho SFX Actress Encyclopedia Released in Japan barely a month ago, the incredible softcover book Toho SFX Actress Encyclopedia (????????????????, Toho tokusatsu jouyuu taizenshuu) covers 50 years of Toho special effects film actresses, from 1954 to 2004. Published by Yosensha Co. Ltd., this 158 page marvel includes a stunning amount of rare color and B&W photographs of some of the most beautiful women ever to grace the screens at Toho Studios. I would assume finding photographs of these beautiful actresses would be considered very common in Japan, but for the foreign fan it is quite a treat to be able to see so many favorites here in this great book. My particular favorite page is a beautiful 1962 color photograph of all of Toho`s top actress`s in kimono outfits... a very stunning picture, indeed. There is also a selection of very interesting

    Source: Golden Media Group press release Official Site: GooHead Internet Channel Special Thanks to Roy McAree GooHead, Inc. has announced that their Internet Channel is now available at The new channel specializes in internet delivery in the United States and Canada, free of charge, of classic Asian feature films and television series. The objective of the GooHead Internet Channel is to make content available in the simplest possible, clutter free way, and is dedicated to the delivery of your choice of viewing within three clicks or less. GooHead utilizes the best in class technology services by Amazon Web Service— AWS S3 and Cloudfront— to provide the best possible viewing experience regardless of how viewers access content (television, PC, tablet, or smartphone). GooHead Inc. is pleased to have had the assistance of Marlin Davis, president of MDE, in the development, design, and deployment

    Takashi Yamazaki Continues the Blockbuster Film Series... this Time in 3D Authors: Keith Aiken and Jim Ballard Source: NTV (Nippon Television Network), Cinema Today, various Official Site: Always 3 Fresh from the smash success of his live action SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO (SPACE BATTLESHIP ???, Uchu Senkan Yamato, 2010), filmmaker Takashi Yamazaki is now at work on a third installment of the award-winning ALWAYS- SUNSET ON THIRD STREET movie franchise. Directed and co-written by Yamazaki from Ryohei Saigan`s popular manga, the first ALWAYS- SUNSET ON THIRD STREET (ALWAYS ??????, Always San-Chome no Yuhi, 2005) told the story of the residents of a small Tokyo neighborhood in late 1958. The image of Tokyo Tower under construction figured prominently in both the film and its promotional campaign, which presented a sentimental, nostalgic look back at Japan`s economic and cultural post-war rebirth. ALWAYS- SUNSET ON THIRD STREET was a tremendous

    Source: MediaLab press release Official Site: Special Thanks to Erik Jansen VIZ Cinema at NEW PEOPLE, the nation’s only movie theatre dedicated to Japanese and Asian film, presents a pair of special movie events taking place at the venue in February. Trailers, screening times and tickets are available at The venue is located inside NEW PEOPLE at 1746 Post Street in San Francisco’s Japantown. Slated to screen on February 19th will be the acclaimed Korean director Kim Ki-duk’s romantic prison drama, BREATH, which will be followed by a reception with The Red Lantern: Bay Area Asian Cinephiles, based in San Francisco and the world`s largest Meetup group for Asian films. Also, by popular demand, VIZ Cinema at NEW PEOPLE will offer a special one-night-only screening on February 19th of the live-action sci-fi thriller GANTZ (in Japanese with English subtitles). GANTZ is based on the smash

    Author: Kyle Byrd Official Site: inceptionmovie Every now and then a genre film will come along that takes old ideas and reinvents them. It reminds you why you go to see fantasy films to begin with. INCEPTION is one of those rare films. Directed by Christopher Nolan (MEMENTO, BATMAN BEGINS, THE DARK KNIGHT), INCEPTION is a sci-fi action film that plays out like a Hitchcockian thriller on acid. It concerns a man named Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), a skilled thief who is paid to enter people’s dreams and steal ideas from them. Saito (Ken Watanabe), the head of a powerful corporation, approaches Cobb about doing a reverse operation… planting an idea instead of stealing one. He wants Cobb to enter the mind of his dying corporate rival’s son, Robert Fischer Jr. (Cillian Murphy) and plant an idea that will inspire him to break up

    Kazunari Ninomiya and Kenichi Matsuyama present GANTZ World Premiere in Hollywood Author: Richard Pusateri Official Movie Site: (Japan), (US) Special Thanks to Erik Jansen and Rieko Fuji The fans were restless at the GANTZ World Premiere in Hollywood. Above the world famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater January 20, the fans lining the entrance corridor of Mann’s Chinese 6 theaters were fidgeting and nervously chattering long before the film’s stars Kazunari Ninomiya (LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA) and Kenichi Matsuyama (DETROIT METAL CITY, DEATH NOTE) arrived for what was billed as the “GANTZ WORLD PREMIERE.” One of the first things master of ceremonies Patrick Macias told the crowd was the stars were just in from the World Premiere earlier that day in Tokyo, leaving the description of this event as the "World Premiere" needing some clarification. I had arrived 90 minutes before the event’s

    Sushi Typhoon Presents a New Movie Update of the 70s Superhero Show Source: Sushi Typhoon Official Movie Site: (Japan) Special Thanks to Marc Walkow On April 6, 1974, the Fuji Television Network debuted the first episode of DENJIN ZABOGA (???????), a live action superhero series from P-Productions (THE SPACE GIANTS, SPECTREMAN). Created by manga writer Kazuo Koike (Lone Wolf and Cub, Crying Freeman), the show starred Akira Yamaguchi (KAMEN RIDER V3) as Yutaka Daimon, a secret police agent who battles sinister organizations with the help of his transforming robot Zaboga (played by Yoichiro Tajiri). The series ran for 52 episodes through June 29, 1975. The first 39 episodes were also broadcast in Hawaii with English subtitles as DENJIN ZABORGER. Now, as DENJIN ZABOGA approaches its fortieth anniversary, the story has been reworked and updated for the new movie KARATE-ROBO ZABORGAR (??????????, Denjin

    First Batch of Stills and More Information on Upcoming Korean Monster Movie Author: Kim Song-ho Source: CJ Entertainment This week, the Korean film company and distributor CJ Entertainment and production company JK Film released a batch of new stills for the upcoming 3D creature feature SECTOR 7 (7??, Chil gwangu). These are the first images issued from the movie itself other than the conceptual/advertising artwork. Most of the photos depict the struggle against the hostile undersea creature (its appearance is yet to be revealed) by the crew members of `Eclipse`, an oil prospecting platform. SECTOR 7 has been described by producer Youn Je-kyun as the Korean equivalent of the ALIEN movie series. The movie recently received a surprise media promotion thanks to an unexpected reference in a popular TV series. The show, entitled SECRET GARDEN (??? ??), aired from November 13, 2010 to

    Press Notes for New Zombie Film from the Director of TOKYO GORE POLICE Source: Sushi Typhoon Special Thanks to Marc Walkow Sushi Typhoon`s HELLDRIVER (?????HELL DRIVER, Nihon Bundan: Heru Doraibaa, 2010) is the latest movie from cult-favorite splatter film director Yoshihiro Nishimura. The all-out zombie epic has been playing the international film festival circuit. The following press notes and images are courtesy of Sushi Typhoon... WELCOME TO ZOMBIE WORLD! An alien-spawned, mysterious mist blankets the northern half of Japan, transforming those who inhale it into ravenous, flesh-eating zombies hell-bent on devouring the surviving human population. Plunged into chaos, Japan is torn in two— the southern half of the country, where the populace remains untouched by the deadly gas, lives behind a heavily-fortified wall, while the northern half is a lawless, zombie-infected wasteland. Political forces are locked in a stalemate over whether the living

    English Language Press Notes for Highly Anticipated Manga Adaptation Source: VIZ Pictures, NTV Official Movie Site: (Japan), (US) Special Thanks to Rieko Fuji GANTZ (??) 2011 / approx 130 min (each) / Color / Screen Size 1:1.85 Japan Theatrical Release: Part 1- January 29th, 2011, Part 2- April 23rd, 2011 The long-awaited adaptation of the suspense action manga GANTZ is finally here! Based on the popular Japanese manga and anime series, GANTZ is the ultimate survival game. Summoned by the mysterious black orb known as “GANTZ”, childhood friends Kei Kurono and Masaru Kato are forced into participating in the extermination of ‘aliens’ in order to survive. While Kurono chooses to fight for survival, Kato refuses to engage in battle and rejects a world controlled by violence. Kurono and Kato, along with the others sharing their fate, are pushed to their limits

    Two of Japan’s Top Actors Introduce New Sci-Fi Action Feature Debuting on 333 Screens Across North America Source: MediaLab press release Official Movie Site: (Japan), (US) Special Thanks to Erik Jansen NEW PEOPLE, a dynamic entertainment company bringing the latest examples of Japanese popular culture to North American shores, welcomes Japanese actors Kazunari Ninomiya (LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA) and Kenichi Matsuyama (DEATH NOTE, DETROIT METAL CITY), for the opening of the stars’ latest feature film – GANTZ. The pair will appear in-person for the premiere of the film in Hollywood, CA on Thursday, January 20th at 5:00pm at the Mann’s Chinese 6, located in the Hollywood & Highland Mall in Hollywood, CA. Immediately following the GANTZ screening, Otaku USA Editor-in-Chief Patrick Macias will conduct a live interview session with Kazunari Ninomiya and Kenichi Matsuyama that will be telecast to the 333 theatres across the

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