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    Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: super-sentai-vs-2020.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with info, large high-res photos and poster art for SUPER SENTAI MOVIE PARTY (????????????????, S?p? Sentai M?b? P?t?), the first new entry in their "Super Sentai VS" film series in three years. The movie opened in Japanese cinemas this past weekend. SUPER SENTAI MOVIE PARTY is divided into two chapters. The first is KISHIRYU SENTAI RYUSOULGER VS LUPINRANGER VS PATRANGER THE MOVIE (??? ????????????????????????????????, Gekij?-ban Kishiry? Ryuusouj? VS Rupanrenj? VS Patorenj?), which brings together the heroes of the two most recent Sentai television shows, LUPINRANGER VS PATRANGER (???????????? VS ???????????, Kait? Sentai Rupanrenj? VS Keisatsu Sentai Patorenj?, 2018-19) and KISHIRYU SENTAI RYUSOULGER (?????????????, Kishiry? Sentai Ry?s?j?, 2019-20). The Ryusoulgers` latest adventure begins as Tyramigo and the other Kishiryu are captured by Ganima, one

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: kamenrider-winter.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with several large, high-res photos and promotional artwork for their upcoming movie KAMEN RIDER REIWA THE FIRST GENERATION (????????? ????????????????, Kamen Raid? Reiwa za F?suto Jener?shon). The film is a crossover between the heroes of the television series KAMEN RIDER ZI-O (?????????, Kamen Raid? Ji?, 2018-19) and KAMEN Rider ZERO-ONE (??????????, Kamen Raid? Zero Wan, 2019-20). KAMEN RIDER REIWA THE FIRST GENERATION will open in Japanese cinemas on December 21. 2019. About Toei Company, Ltd. Established in 1951, Toei Company is

    Source: Sony Pictures Entertainment Official Movie Site: thegrudge.movie 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

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: kamenrider-winter.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with large, high-res images of the promotional artwork for their upcoming movie KAMEN RIDER REIWA THE FIRST GENERATION (????????? ????????????????, Kamen Raid? Reiwa za F?suto Jener?shon). The film is a crossover between the heroes of the television series KAMEN RIDER ZI-O (?????????, Kamen Raid? Ji?, 2018-19) and KAMEN RIDER ZERO-ONE (??????????, Kamen Raid? Zero Wan, 2019-20). KAMEN RIDER REIWA THE FIRST GENERATION will open in Japanese cinemas on December 21. 2019. About Toei Company, Ltd. Established in 1951, Toei Company is not only producing and distributing films, but is also one of the major exhibitors in Japan. The company owns two film studios located in Tokyo and Kyoto. The films produced cover a

    Source: Funimation Official Site: tokyoghoul.jp (Japan), funimationfilms.com/tokyo-ghoul (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Funimation Films has provided a gallery of photos from TOKYO GHOUL S (???? ?????????S?, T?ky? G?ru [S], 2019), the sequel to the original 2017 live action adaptation of Sui Ishida`s popular dark fantasy manga. TOKYO GHOUL S will have a limited theatrical release in the U.S. and Canada on September 16, 18 and 20, 2019. Visit funimationfilms.com/tokyo-ghoul for details. About Funimation Funimation, a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Television, is a global leader in the world of anime. A fully integrated, next-generation entertainment studio, the company`s fan-first philosophy is anchored in its omnichannel approach to its immersive offerings. From streaming and

    Source: Funimation press release Official Site: tokyoghoul.jp (Japan), funimationfilms.com/tokyo-ghoul (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto The ghouls return to North America this September with TOKYO GHOUL S (???? ?????????S?, T?ky? G?ru [S ]), the next thrilling live action adaptation -- true to Sui Ishida`s original manga and the sequel to the original 2017 movie. Set in Tokyo where man-eating creatures called Ghouls lurk, the film depicts the struggles of a half-human and half-ghoul university student. TOKYO GHOUL S opens Monday, September 16 in 400 theaters across the U.S. and Canada. The film will have a three-day limited theatrical run (September 16, 18 & 20) and will screen in Japanese with English subtitles. Synopsis Now a member of Anteiku, Ken Kaneki (Masataka Kubota) grows closer to the ghouls around him. Determined to protect his new home against anti-ghoul forces, he trains his powers in

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: zi-o-ryusoul.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with info, large high-res photos and poster art for their 19th annual Super Sentai/Kamen Rider theatrical double feature, KAMEN RIDER ZI-O THE MOVIE: OVER QUARTZER / KISHIRYU SENTAI RYUSOULGER THE MOVIE: TIME SLIP! DINOSAUR PANIC!!. The movies open in Japan on July 26th. Japanese Release Date: Friday, July 26, 2019 (Roadshow) Production: “Zi-O · Ryusoulger" Movie Production Committee Distributor: Toei International Sales: Toei ©“Zi-O · Ryusoulger" Movie Production Committee. © Ishimori Pro · TV Asahi · ADK EM · Toei © 2019 TV Asahi · Toei AG · Toei Co., Ltd. KAMEN RIDER ZI-O THE MOVIE: OVER QUARTZER (??? ????????? Over Quartzer, Gekij?-ban Kamen Raid? Ji? ?v? Kw?ts?) After they

    For a Westerner, Japan is such a different world that it could well be on another planet. It has its own long history, usually free from the influence of other cultures, it has its own music, game show culture, entertainment, and even Japanese gambling has its own rules that are nothing like any other in the world. The same goes for anime -- it has its own rulebook to play from and doesn`t support tampering. This didn`t stop filmmakers from all over the world to try their hands on adapting beloved anime movies and series to the West with live actors playing the parts. The success of these attempts was, as you might expect, fluctuating, to say the least. The Best CASSHERN was the big-screen debut of Kazuaki Kiriya, who has previously directed music videos for artists like The Back Horn, Shunsuke

    Source: Avery Guerra The new independent daikaiju film ATTACK OF THE GIANT TEACHER (??????????????????????, Atakku Obu Za Jaianto T?ch?, 2019) will have its 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. The movie will screen on both Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. ATTACK OF THE GIANT TEACHER is a classic style tokusatsu film that tells the story of Kenzo Miyazawa, an earnest teacher who works at a night high school. His class is filled with unique and slightly odd students. Suddenly, the night school witnesses a drop in student numbers and has no choice but to shut down by the end of the year. Mr. Miyazawa’s class decides to create a musical for the school’s last festival. Then, an alien beast invades Earth and begins destroying the town. Mr. Miyazawa challenges the alien

    Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Shannon Meehan This Sunday, Shout! Factory TV presents the live finale to Super Sentai Madness! The conclusion to an epic tournament of Super Sentai villains and their corresponding Sentai episodes will be livestreamed beginning April 7 at 6 p.m. PT on Shout! Factory TV’s site, Twitch channel and Pluto TV channel Karan Ashley (MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS), Andre Meadows (POWER RANGERS: HYPERFORCE) and Shout! Factory’s Brian Ward will break down the results of the three-week Super Sentai Madness tournament. Accompanied by Sentai experts like Shamus Kelley, the live show will break down all of the villain match-ups, explore the relationship between Super Sentai and Power Rangers, stir interaction with fans on Twitter and Twitch, and reveal the ultimate winner of the tournament. Additionally, the bracket contest winner will be picked live, and the winner receives a Shout! Factory shopping

    Source: Kadokawa Pictures Official Site: sadako-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Kadokawa Pictures has provided SciF Japan with photos from their new J-Horror film, SADAKO (??), the latest chapter in THE RING series. The movie is directed by Hideo Nakata, who first brought Japan’s most popular horror franchise to theaters with the smash hit THE RING (???, Ringu, 1998). SADAKO opens in Japanese cinemas on May 24th. 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 by the Kadokawa Paperback,

    Author: Bob Johnson Source: Tsuburaya Productions YouTube Channel Special Thanks to William Winckler, William Winckler Productions, Inc. In May of 2006, Tuburaya Productions Co., ltd. launched its own Tsuburaya Productions Channel on YouTube, featuring an eclectic collection of video clips, trailers, short episodes and specials focusing on their "New Generation" Ultraman series. These include ULTRAMAN GINGA, ULTRAMAN ORB, ULTRAMAN X, ULTRAMAN GEED and more. The channel is designed to appeal to English speaking audiences, as well as native Japanese fans. Certain fare is offered with English subtitles. A recent offering is their first English dubbed series, ULTRA FIGHT VICTORY (?????????????, Urutora Faito Bikutor?, 2015). ULTRA FIGHT VICTORY originally aired in 3 minute segments after the show NEW ULTRAMAN RETSUDEN (?????????, Shin Urutoraman Retsuden, 2013-16). It was compiled into one 40 minute film for home video release in Japan. In an agreement with William Winckler Productions, the

    Source: Avery Guerra Official Site: daibutsukaikoku.com A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Last year, a team of independent filmmakers led by director Hiroto Yokokawa began production on THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL (????, Daibutsu Kokaiku), a remake of a long-lost 1934 film that was quite possibly the first ever daikaiju film from Japan. The new movie, which incorporates both traditional suitmation and CG effects, features an all-star cast that includes legendary actor Akira Takarada (star of six Godzilla films, including the original), Peggy Neal (THE X FROM OUTER SPACE), Yukijiro Hotaru (The Heisei Gamera Trilogy, GODZILLA, MOTHRA, AND KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK), Philip Granger (TUCKER AND DALE VS EVIL), Ippei Ohsako (SHIN GODZILLA) and Inge Murata (SHIN GODZILLA), Shelley Sweeney (four Godzilla films), Yuki Morita (Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Entertainment’s GODZILLA), Toshi Toda (Sony Pictures’ GODZILLA) Norman England (two Godzilla films), Robert

    Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Shannon Meehan This March, Shout! Factory TV presents Super Sentai Madness! For three weekends, starting March 23, Shout! Factory TV will livestream an epic tournament of Super Sentai villains and their corresponding Sentai episodes on its service, on its Twitch channel and on its Pluto TV channel. Super Sentai Madness will culminate in a live finale on April 7, breaking down all of the villain match-ups and winner reveal, hosted by Shout! Factory’s Brian Ward and featuring MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS’ Karan Ashley and POWER RANGERS: HYPERFORCE’s Andre Meadows. With Super Sentai Madness, fans have the opportunity to pit their favorite villains against each other by voting for their choice super smackdowns, bracket-style, and with the chance to win Shout! Factory sweepstakes prizes. Each weekend, Shout! Factory TV will stream episodes from each advancing villain’s Super Sentai season with

    Power Rangers Returns With an All-New Series From Hasbro and Allspark Pictures Source: Hasbro, Inc. press release Special Thanks to Jennifer Cruz and Shadie Williams Hasbro, Inc., a global play and entertainment company, and Nickelodeon have announced that the iconic, long-standing Power Rangers franchise is returning with an all-new television series, POWER RANGERS BEAST MORPHERS, premiering on Saturday, March 2, at 8 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon in the U.S. In this brand new season of Power Rangers, the Rangers are sporting tactical leather suits with their ‘Beast Bot’ sidekicks and elevated battle footage with an all-new cast of dynamic heroes, evil villains and imagination defying monsters. Set in the future, a secret agency combines a newly discovered substance called Morph-X with Animal DNA to create the Power Rangers Beast Morphers team. The Rangers must fight off an evil sentient computer virus bent on taking over the source

    Source: Hasbro, Inc. press release Special Thanks to Shadie Williams During New York Toy Fair, Hasbro unveiled some of their biggest Power Rangers toys of the year: the Beast Morphers Dual & Triple Converting Zord Assortments (with some creating the Beast-X Megazord) and Playskool Heroes Red Ranger & Dragon Thunderzord Figure. POWER RANGERS BEAST MORPHERS DUAL CONVERTING ZORD Assortment Go Go Power Rangers! Imagine calling on the power of these Converting Zords and battling the Power Rangers` toughest enemies. Convert from Beast Mode, ready for a fight, to Vehicle Mode, ready to roll to the next place Zord power is needed. And combined with other Zord figures, kids can build the Beast-X Megazord to imagine taking on even more powerful foes. Assortment includes Beast Wheeler, Beast Chopper, and Beast Jet Zords. Each sold separately. Subject to availability. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide.

    Source: Hasbro, Inc. press release Special Thanks to Shadie Williams It’s Morphin Time! Introducing a new era of POWER RANGERS collectibles with Hasbro’s all-new POWER RANGERS LIGHTNING COLLECTION 6” Figures! The LIGHTNING COLLECTION features over two decades of iconic characters from this storied franchise, and Hasbro is excited to bring its own take to this premium line. The LIGHTNING COLLECTION’s highly-articulated, 6-inch figures will have best-in-class detailing and design and will feature Photo Real technology for realistic actor likenesses. Look for the collectible figures in this series, including MIGHTY MORPHIN WHTE RANGER, DINO CHARGE RED RANGER, MIGHTY MORPHIN LORD ZEDD, and POWER RANGERS S.P.D. SHADOW RANGER. Recommended for ages 4 years & up. ? WAVE 1 POWER RANGERS LIGHTNING COLLECTION 6” MIGHTY MORPHIN WHITE RANGER Figure Approx. Retail Price: $19.99 Available: Spring 2019 The WHITE RANGER Figure features over 20 points of articulation

    Source: Digital Media Rights press release Special Thanks to Michael Krause and Marlea Willis February highlights have been announced for leading Asian Streamer, ASIANCRUSH, and MIDNIGHT PULP, two SVOD/AVOD services from Digital Media Rights. Both OTT channels offer hundreds of expertly-curated programs and series -- most available at no charge! (Premium subscriptions, which give commercial-free access to everything, in addition to early releases, director`s cuts and exclusive content, start at $4.99 per month). For film lovers, there`s Japanese horror-master Hideo Nakata`s GHOST THEATER, or LOST AND LOVE, starring Andy Lau; for anime aficionados, there are the classics GALAXY EXPRESS 999 and ADIEU GALAXY EXPRESS 999, and for lovers of the cult and obscure, there`s SAMURAI CAT: SEASONS ONE & TWO, RETRO GAME MASTER: SEASON ONE and a pair of otherworldy shows from David Liebe Hart from Adult Swim`s "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" ASIANCRUSH STREAMING

    Leading Japanese Toy & Collectibles Company Acquires Bluefin Distribution Source: Bluefin Corp., MediaLab press release Special Thanks to Erik Jansen BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles LLC, a newly established dedicated division of one of the world’s leading toy and collectibles brands, BANDAI NAMCO, enters 2019 poised to take advantage of significant recent company developments aimed at strengthening and expanding its market share and further enhancing its business geared to the substantial toy and hobby customer base across North America. A crucial component of Bandai’s North American strategy has been the acquisition of Nippon Imports LLC (DBA: Bluefin Distribution) wherein great synergies are expected from the expertise and resources offered by both companies, Bandai and Bluefin Distribution. Led by its CEO, Steve Fujimura, Bluefin Distribution has made its mark in the industry by becoming one of the leading distributors and promoters of the toy collectibles and hobby segments. Brand equity

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