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    Source: Nijigen No Mori press releaseOfficial Website: Photo courtesy of Nijigen no Mori. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. On Saturday, September 2, the Nijigen-no-mori theme park's popular attraction "Godzilla Interception Operation - National Awaji Island Institute of Godzilla Disaster" (ゴジラ迎撃作戦 ~国立ゴジラ淡路島研究センター~, Gojira Geigeki Sakusen ~ Kokuritsu Gojira Awajishima Kenkyū Sentā ~ will launch a new craft event. The "Godzilla Unglazed Color Painting Experience" (ゴジラ素焼き色塗り体験, Gojira Suyaki-Shokunuri Taiken)  is perfect for the autumn season of art. In this event, visitors will be able to create their own Godzilla by color-painting the own design on Nijigen-no Mori's original "Unglazed Godzilla," a white figurine of the original Godzilla. Visitors will also be able to take their painted Godzillas home. as souvenirs Godzilla continues to evolve with the upcoming November 3 rdrelease of GODZILLA MINUS ONE (ゴジラ-1.0/ゴジラマイナスワン, Gojira Mainasu Wan). a film commemorating the 70th anniversary of Godzilla's birth! Parents

    KOREAN CINEMA’S GOLDEN DECADE: THE 1960s Restrospective includes THE STORY OF HONG GIL-DONG ; LET’S MEET AT WALKERHILL; THE GREAT MONSTER YONGGARY; SPECIAL AGENT X-7; and THE HOUSEMAID. Photos courtesy of Film at Lincoln Center and Janus Films. Source: Film at Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema press release Special Thanks to Emma Griffiths (Emma Griffiths PR) Film at Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema announce “Korean Cinema’s Golden Decade: The 1960s,” a sweeping retrospective that features 24 films from this remarkable period in Korean film history. The series will run from September 1–17 and is one of the largest retrospectives ever of 1960s Korean Cinema outside of Korea, including many rarely screened films, several presented on 35mm archival prints. Photo courtesy of Film at Lincoln Center. Long before Bong Joon Ho, Hong Sangsoo, and Park Chan-wook catapulted South Korean cinema onto the world stage,

    Source: Japan Society press release Special Thanks to Allison Rodman Japan Society’s Monthly Anime Series Presents THE ADOLESCENCE OF UTENA This In-Person Showcase of Classic, Underseen, and Contemporary Anime Begins with A Book Give-Away and is Followed by a Summer’s End Reception   Photo courtesy of Japan Society. © 1997 BE-PAPAS/CHIHO SAITO/SHOGAKUKAN • SHOKAKU • TV TOKYO ADOLESCENCE OF UTENA 『少女革命ウテナ アドゥレセンス黙示録』 Dir. Kunihiko Ikuhara, 1999, 87 min., DCP, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. With Tomoko Kawakami, Yuriko Fuchizaki, Takehito Koyasu, Kotono Mitsuishi. As summer ends and the school year begins, we invite you to attend Ohtori Academy, where you’ll follow schoolgirl Utena Tenjou on her quest to become a prince. Influenced by the works of Herman Hesse, Riyoko Ikeda (The Rose of Versailles), and Shuji Terayama, Kunihiko Ikuhara’s ADOLESCENCE OF UTENA re-envisions and expands on the themes and motifs of the beloved

    Photo courtesy of NTT QONOQ.Inc. ©NTT QONOQ.INC. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: NTT QONOQ, Inc. press releaseOfficial Site: (Japan) NTT QONOQ, a division of the mobile network services company NTT DOCOMO, has launched "Case File AR196837: A Star and a Girl" (CaseFile AR196837 星と少女,  CaseFile AR 196837 Hoshi to Shōjo) as an official tie-in to ULTRASEVEN IF STORY 'THE FUTURE 55 YEARS AGO' (ウルトラセブン IF Story 『55年前の未来』, Urutorasebun IF Story '55-nen Mae no Mirai'), a short concept movie developed by Tsuburaya Productions as part of their year-long Ultraseven 55th Anniversary Project (ウルトラセブン55周年, Urutorasebun 55-Shūnen). The mysterious girl (Mion Okai). Photo courtesy of NTT QONOQ.Inc. ©NTT QONOQ.INC. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Running 7 minutes,  ULTRASEVEN IF STORY 'THE FUTURE 55 YEARS AGO' connects the present and 55 years into the future through an "If Story," an episode which "may have existed" as part of the original ULTRASEVEN television

    ©Hollywood Theatre   Four giant Godzilla films crash into the Hollywood in one weekend! Source: Hollywood Theatre Official Site: Special Thanks to Michael Calhoun   "Godzillathon" returns to the Hollywood Theatre (located at 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97212) with screenings of four classic movies the weekend of September 16-17. These giants deserve to be seen on the big screen so be sure to attend if you're in the area! Tickets can be purchased online or at the Hollywood Theatre Box Office, which opens 30 minutes prior to the first showing of the day/evening. Tickets for most films are $12 for adults, $10 for students/seniors (65+)/children. Special events may have different pricing; please check online event descriptions for the most accurate info. For additional details please visit the theater's official website. TM&©TOHO

    Photo courtesy of Film Movement. Source: Film Movement, Foundry Communications press release Special Thanks to Michael Krause Photo courtesy of Film Movement. Film Movement is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a DVD of Park Kang's Terrifying SEIRE (세이레, 2021). Heralding the arrival of a fresh new voice in Korean genre cinema, SEIRE was an Official Selection in the Fantasia New Flesh Competition, was nominated for Best Film and captured the New Currents FIPRESCI Prize at the Busan International Film Festival, and also received a nomination for a Golden Eye Best International Feature at the 2022 Zurich Film Festival. In Korean folk traditions, "seire" is the twenty-one days after a baby is born in which they're uniquely vulnerable to bad luck, curses - even evil spirits. Many superstitions surround these first three weeks in a baby's life, and new mother Hae-mi carefully follows

    The Meitetsu Department Store hosts a festival featuring the Zanenai Ikimono books and Chibi Godzilla. Photo courtesy of Meitetsu Department Store. Zanenai Ikimono TM Takahashi Shoten Co. Chibi Godzilla TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Source; Meitetsu Department Store Co., Ltd. press release Official Site: Through August 29th, the Meitetsu Department Store in Nagoya is hosting the "Meitetsu Summer Fest" (めいてつ夏フェス, Meitetsu Natsu Fesu), a summer vacation that has sold more than 5 million copies.event for children and parents alike. The main theme of the festival is based on Zannen na Ikimono Jiten (ざんねんないきもの事典, "Encyclopedia of All Things Zanena"), a popular children's book series published by Takahashi Shoten that has sold more than 5 million copies. The books offer humorous descriptions of animals and dispell common misconcenceptions about them, so the 7th floor of the Meitetsu Department Store has an exhibit featuring live animals from the

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the action-packed South Korean adventure NIGHT OF THE ASSASSIN (살수, Salsu, 2023). Set in Korea’s Joseon-era and featuring spectacular swordplay, the film follows a deadly assassin who comes out of retirement to exact revenge on a group waging a brutal campaign of terror against local villagers. NIGHT OF THE ASSASSIN is written and directed by first-time auteur Kwak Jeong-deok and stars Shin Hyun-joon (GUNS & TALKS, SON OF A GENERAL II & III), Lee Mun-sik (NIGHT IN PARADISE), and Kim Min-kyung (PIPELINE, SPIRITWALKER). Synopsis:        After a deadly, long-dormant health condition surfaces during a mission, Joseon’s most lethal assassin goes into hiding to seek

    Photo courtesy of Toy's King. Hedorah and Godzilla TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Virus King ©Team Better Tomorrow Source: Toy's King press release The toy purchasing company Toy's King (headquartered in Nakamura-ku, Nagoya; Yusuke Yamamoto, President), operator of T-BASE JAPAN, will be selling at the sculpture and figure festival, Wonder Festival 2023 [Summer], on Sunday, July 30, 2023, at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. Photo courtesy of Toy's King. © TOY'S KING. T-BASE JAPAN sells original soft vinyl products from creators and artists. It carries many products that can only be purchased at the T-BASE stores in Shibuya and  Ginza, or at special events. For Wonder Festival,  T-BASE will exhibit and sell soft vinyl figures of special effects monsters such as Toho's Godzilla and Hedorah, Virus King from the indie daikaiju movie YUZO THE BIGGEST BATTLE IN TOKYO (『特撮喜劇 大木勇造 人生最大の決戦』, Tokusatsu Kigeki Ōki Yūzō Jinsei

    Midsummer Water Festival “Water Style: Water Dragon Bullet Technique” will run from Saturday, July 22 to Sunday, September 3 at Nijigen no Mori!Source: Pasona Group Inc. press releaseOfficial Website: Thanks to Tsubasa Ozaki Photo courtesy of Pasona Group. ⒸMasashi Kishimoto Scott / Shueisha · TV Tokyo · Pierrot Get soaking wet at "NARUTO&BORUTO Shinobi-Zato"(NARUTO&BORUTO 忍里) in this summer-only event that guarantees fun for the whole family! The Midsummer Water Technique Festival “Water Style: Water Dragon Bullet Technique” (水遁・水龍弾の術!, Mizu 遁 ‧ Mizu Ryūdan no Jutsu!) will run for a limited period only from Saturday, July 22 to Sunday, September 3. During this event, participants will gather in the designated area in front of Hokage Rock and receive a lecture from one of our jonin staff members about the hand seals needed to activate the Water Style: Water Dragon Bullet technique. When the participants successfully perform

    Photo courtesy of Mark Nagata. ©︎ 2022 SUMFP ©︎ TPC Photo courtesy of Mark Nagata. ©︎ 2022 SUMFP ©︎ TPC Source: Max Toy Company, LLC.Special Thanks to Mark Nagata This upcoming weekend (July 21-23), Bay Area Film Events, CinemaSF and SciFi Japan present ULTRAFEST, a 3-day Ultraman film festival at the 4-Star Theater (2200 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94121).  Authorized by Tsuburaya Productions, Starlight Runner and The Licensing Group, the event will include screenings of Ultraman movies and episodes, special guest Dore Kraus (star of ULTRAMAN TOWARDS THE FUTURE), merchandise dealers, an art gallery and more! For complete details, please see the report here on SciFi Japan. Adding to the fun will be sales of two limited edition figures based on the hit movie SHIN ULTRAMAN (シン・ウルトラマン, Shin Urutoraman, 2022). Sculpted and painted by Mark Nagata of Max Tox Company, the

    The Godzilla Real Escape Game will run an additional 2 months at the Atami Korakuen Hotel. Photo courtesy of SCRAP. ©SCRAP TM & © TOHO CO. Source: SCRAP press release Official Site: For much more information about the Godzilla Real Escape Game, please see the previous coverage here on SciFi Japan. SCRAP Co., Ltd. (Location: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Representative: Takao Kato), in partnership with Tokyo Dome Resort Operations Co., Ltd. (Location: Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Representative: Takayuki Iwase), has announced the extension of the one-day course of the Real Escape Game "Godzilla Approaching: Hotel Escape" (ゴジラ迫るホテルからの脱出, Gojira Semaru Hoteru Kara no Dasshutsu). Also known as "Atami Godzilla Escape" (熱海ゴジラ脱出, Atami Gojira Dasshutsu), the Godzilla event is being held at Atami Bay Resort Korakuen, a popular tourist retreat complex that includes the Atami Korakuen Hotel, which opened 1965. Atami was the site of the final battle in the 1962

    Crazy Bump inc. press release   Image courtesy of Crazy Bump inc.. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Crazy Bump inc., a company that holds and manages exhibitions featuring manga, anime, tokusatsu and other subcultures, will hold the "ULTRASEVEN POP UP STORE" (ウルトラセブンPOP UP STORE, Urutorasebun POP UP STORE) at the Hands Hiroshima Store from Tuesday, July 18 to Sunday, August 20, 2023. It is the 55th anniversary of the first broadcast of ULTRASEVEN (ウルトラセブン, Urutorasebun) in 1967! The historical masterpiece ULTRASEVEN is still highly regarded as the best work in the Ultra series, with its advanced and colorful modeling, universal and profound story, and the appearance of not only monsters but also intelligent aliens. The series was followed by several sequels, and boasts a popularity that has never cooled down, transcending generations. This POP UP STORE in Hands Hiroshima will focus on ULTRASEVEN and the 2007 sequel ULTRASEVEN X (ウルトラセブン エックス,

    Fans celebrate the opening of Ultraman the Ride. Photo courtesy of Seibuen Amusement Park. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Seibuen Amusement Park press release Official Website: (Japan) Seibuen Amusement Park (Location: Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture; General Manager: Tomohiro Nishida) held a press event on Thursday, July 13, prior to this weekend's opening of "Ultraman the Ride: The Great Duel of the Century" (ウルトラマン・ザ・ライド 世紀の大決闘,  Urutoraman za Raido Seiki no Daikettō), the world’s largest indoor ride attraction based on Ultraman More than 200 Ultraman fans joined the Science Special Search Party members on stage for this event. Red and silver ticker tape with an Ultraman motif flew in the air and a huge pillar of fire roses up as fans shouted "Let's go!" The opening of "Ultraman the Ride," the attraction that will represent Seibuen Amusement Park in 2023, was celebrated with great fanfare. Before the event began,

    Director Hiroyuki Seshita discusses his new anime series GAMERA -Rebirth- at Anime Expo. Photo by Andrew Nguyen. Author: Andrew Nguyen Introduction: Keith Aiken Source: Kadokawa Official Site: (Japan), (US) Official Twitter: @gamera_rebirth #Gamera Rebirth #gamera_rebirth Special Thanks to Anna Haas and Yuna Kishita   Earlier this month,  Kadokawa invited Andrew Nguyen of SciFi Japan to take part in a round table interview with Hiroyuki Seshita, director of the upcoming anime GAMERA -Rebirth-  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu).   Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee   Seshita is a well-known director and supervising director whose credits include KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA: BATTLE FOR PLANET NINE (シドニアの騎士 第九惑星戦役, Shidonia no Kishi Dai-kyuu Wakusei Seneki, 2015), AJIN: DEMI-HUMAN (亜人, Ajin, 2016) and BLAME! (ブラム, Buramu, 2017). He also co-directed the Anigoji Trilogy of GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE

    Source: Matsumoto City Museum of Art press release Official Site: (Japan)   The Matsumoto City Museum of Art presents an exhibition of Takashi Yamazaki's works. Photo courtesy of Matsumoto City Museum of Art. © MATSUMOTO CITY MUSEUM OF ART All rights reserved. Director/screenwriter/FX director Takashi Yamazaki is currently generating a lot of attention, thanks to the announcement of his next movie, GODZILLA MINUS ONE (ゴジラ-1.0/ゴジラマイナスワン, Gojira Mainasu Wan)*. This weekend also sees the launch of an exhibition of Yamazaki's works in his hometown of Matsumoto in Nagano Prefecture, Japan.  Full details follow, courtesy of the Matsumoto City Museum of Art...     "The Visual World-crafting of YAMAZAKI Takashi, Film Director" (映画監督 山崎貴の世界, Eiga Kantoku Yamazaki Takashi no Sekai) Matsumoto native director Takashi Yamazaki (born 1964) makes masterful use of visual effects in such films as  ALWAYS -SUNSET ON THIRD STREET- (ALWAYS 三丁目の夕日,

    Photo courtesy of 60out. © 2023 60out Escape Rooms. All rights reserved. ©2023 Legendary. All Rights Reserved. TM&© TOHO CO.,LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM&© Legendary ©2023 - I.M.P.S. (Brussels) Source: 60out Immersive Entertainment Center press release Special Thanks to Jane Gillespie Immersive entertainment in Southern California is about to be transformed as award-winning 60out Immersive Entertainment Center – a leader in the industry and a favorite of celebrities – has opened a state-of-the-art flagship location at HHLA (the former Promenade at Howard Hughes Center.) This highly anticipated 60out will be the largest and most innovative immersive entertainment center on the west coast, blending the latest technology, pop culture, and spectacle. Hotel on Road 66. Photo courtesy of 60out. © 2023 60out Escape Rooms. All rights reserved. 60out at HHLA will feature six cutting-edge experiences – including official escape rooms for The Smurfs and

      Photo courtesy of Seismic, LLC. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©13AM Games Jirahs - Orange Crystal, Jirahs - Glow in the Dark, Megadon - Yellow Crystal, and more will be available exclusively at G-Fest XVIII this weekend!! Source:  Seismic, LLC. press release Seismic is continuing both of its popular toy lines: the DAWN OF THE MONSTERS toy line and Ultraman Vinyl Oddysey with brand new toys available exclusively at the popular kaiju convention G-Fest, taking place this weekend July 14-16 in Rosemont, IL. To celebrate Ultraman Day, Seismic is announcing two new limited edition variants of its popular Jirahs soft vinyl toy for G-Fest. Jirahs will have a limited Crystal Orange version with translucent soft vinyl and a brand new Glow in the Dark version. Photo courtesy of Seismic, LLC. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Photo courtesy of Seismic, LLC. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Photo courtesy of

    Photo courtesy of Film Movement. Source: Film Movement, Foundry Communications press release Special Thanks to Michael Krause Photo courtesy of Film Movement. Film Movement is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a DVD of the bone-chilling Thai horror film, CRACKED (ภาพหวาด, P̣hāph h̄wād, 2022). They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but in this movie an inherited painting may be worth a thousand screams, Ruja (actress/model Chayanit Chansangavej) returns to Thailand from New York with her young daughter Rachel to settle her late father's estate. Included in her inheritance are two mysterious portraits of a bewitching woman that she is told are worth a fortune, if only they weren't damaged. Desperate to sell the paintings, Ruja hires Tim (K-pop star Nichkhun), an art restorer, to prepare the canvases for sale. But the cracks in the paint have begun to reveal

    Source:  Super7 Special Thanks to Ashley Anderson Super7 is heading to San Diego Comic Con, July 19–23, with a selection of Godzilla exclusives! Visit the Super7 Booth #2543 to purchase the following items... Photo courtesy of Super7. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Photo courtesy of Super7. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. SDCC Edition Toho ReAction King Ghidorah and Hedorah Figures The sun shines longest these summer days, but once the sun finally goes down, the SDCC edition Toho ReAction Figures of King Ghidorah and Hedorah can light up the night with their otherworldly glow!   Photo courtesy of Super7. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Photo courtesy of Super7. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. SDCC Edition Toho ReAction Godzilla 1954 With Tokyo Train Figure We know Godzilla collectors are just

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