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    25th Shin-Chan Anime Film Opens in Japan This Weekend Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: shinchan-movie.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho has provided information and high-res images from their new anime film, CRAYON SHIN-CHAN 2017, opening in Japan this Saturday, April 15th. The movie is the 25th feature film based on the manga series created by Yoshito Usui, and follows the comedic misadventures of Shinnosuke "Shin-chan" Nohara, a mischievous five-year-old who often say inappropriate things and cannot resist pretty ladies, regardless of their age. Shin-chan`s family includes his baby sister Himawari, their mother Misae who gets hysterical whenever her two kids are misbehaving in public, dad Hiroshi, an average office worker who has smelly feet, and their pet dog Shiro. CRAYON SHIN-CHAN 2017 is directed and written by Masakazu Hashimoto. Hashimoto is a veteran of the franchise, having storyboarded previous entries and directed the

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Movie Site: red-turtle.jp (Japan) Distributor Toho Co., Ltd. has provided press notes and images for the Japanese release of Studio Ghibli`s latest film, THE RED TURTLE (??????? ??????, Reddo Taatoru Aru Shima no Monogatari), a co-production with Wild Bunch and Why Not Productions. The movie will open in Japan on September 17th. In related news, Sony Pictures Classics will release THE RED TURTLE in American theaters on January 20, 2017. INTRODUCTION Initiated 10 years ago; production lasting 8 years... Studio Ghibli`s latest work is coming from France! It began with the short film FATHER AND DAUGHTER (2000) by Michael Dudok de Wit, a Dutch animator based in France. Despite a running time of only 8 minutes, it captured international attention for its emotional depiction of the bond between parent and child. FATHER AND DAUGHTER won numerous accolades, including

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Asmik Ace Entertainment, Inc. Official Site: 3lion-movie.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION – Part 2 (3?????? ??, Sangatsu no Raion Kohen) opens this weekend in Japan, courtesy of distributors Asmik Ace and Toho. The film completes the 2-part live-action adaptation of the bestselling manga by Chika Umino. Part 1 was released on March 18th. MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION was directed by Keishi Otomo (RUROUNI KENSHIN Trilogy) and stars Ryunosuke Kamiki (THE KIRISHIMA THING, SPIRITED AWAY, YOUR NAME.). About Toho Co., Ltd. Founded in 1932 and headquartered in Tokyo, Toho Company, Ltd. is one of the leading entertainment conglomerates in Japan. Toho is best known worldwide as the producer of twenty-nine Godzilla motion pictures, based

    New Anime Film Opens in Japan This Saturday Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: conan-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho has provided information and high-res images from their upcoming anime film, DETECTIVE CONAN: THE CRIMSON LOVE LETTER (?????? ????????????????????, Meitantei Konan Kara Kurenai no Renka (Kara Kurenai Nora Buretaa)). The movie is the 21st feature film based on the manga series by Aoyama Gosho, which follow the adventures of teenager Shinichi Kudo, a master detective who was transformed into a young boy after being poisoned by members of the criminal Black Organization. Kudo realized his new appearance was the perfect cover and adopted the name `Conan Edogawa` in order to continue using his skills against evildoers. Opening in Japan this Saturday, April 15th, THE CRIMSON LOVE LETTER is set in Osaka and Kyoto. Conan Edogawa investigates a bombing, with the case having a surprising

    Info and High-Res Images from Toho for New Anime Film Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: conan-movie.jp (Japan) Toho has provided information and high-res images from their recent anime film, DETECTIVE CONAN: THE DARKEST NIGHTMARE (?????? ????????????, Meitantei Konan Junkuro no Akumu (Naitomea)). The movie is the 20th feature film based on the manga series by Aoyama Gosho, which follow the adventures of teenager Shinichi Kudo, a master detective who was transformed into a young boy after being poisoned by members of the criminal Black Organization. Quickly realizing his new appearance is the perfect cover, Kudo adopted the name `Conan Edogawa` in order to continue using his skills against evildoers. Opening in Japan this past April 16th, DETECTIVE CONAN: THE DARKEST NIGHTMARE topped the box office for three consecutive weeks. The film earned ¥5.86 billion (approximately $57 million US) during its theatrical run,

    Debut of International Hit Anime Movie Ranks #4 Among New Releases and #13 Overall Source: Funimation Films press release Official Site: kiminona.com (Japan), funimationfilms.com/movie/yourname (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Funimation Films released its opening weekend results for the North American debut of its theatrical release of (?????, Kimi no Na wa., 2016). The critically acclaimed anime film from director Makoto Shinkai brought in an excess of $1.7 Million at the box office from some 303 theater screens during its opening weekend. The movie, with a per screen average of $5,281, placed 4th among new releases and 13th place in overall box office gross among all films in the United States. “We are thrilled that anime and indie film fans, theatrical exhibitors and critics alike, have all embraced YOUR NAME. and helped deliver such a successful opening weekend,” said Michael DuBoise, EVP and COO of Funimation.

    Source: Dynit s.r.l. press release Official Site: shin-godzilla.jp (Japan) The international release of Toho`s SHIN GODZILLA (??????, Shin Gojira, 2016) continues. At 8:00pm on Thursday, April 6, the film had its Italian premiere at the Cinema Ambrosio of Turin. The screening was a part of Cartoons on the Bay (the 21st International Cross-Media and Children`s Television Festival), held in conjunction with Sottodiciotto Film Festival. Japan was a focus of this year`s Cartoons on the Bay, with special guests, panels, retrospectives, shows and meetings related to Japanese animation and fantasy films. In addition to SHIN GODZILLA, the screening list included the smash hit YOUR NAME. (?????, Kimi no Na wa., 2016), SWORD ART ONLINE THE MOVIE – ORDINAL SCALE – (??? ???????????? -???????????-, Gekijooban Soodo Aato Onrain -Oodinaru Sukeeru-, 2017), Studio Ghibli`s NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (????????, Kaze no Tani no

    Series Highlights Six of Studio Ghibli’s Most Treasured Films on the Big Screen Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events press release Official Site: ghiblifest.com Following the success of the SPIRITED AWAY and PRINCESS MONONOKE cinema events, GKIDS, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events, the leading distributor of event cinema, are proud to announce a partnership to bring Studio Ghibli’s revered animated classics to U.S audiences throughout 2017. The 2017 partnership kicks off with the iconic MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO from Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, on Sunday, June 25 and Monday, June 26. TOTORO is the first title in STUDIO GHIBLI FEST, a six film monthly series which continues with KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE, CASTLE IN THE SKY, NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND, HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE and a special cinema-run of the Academy Award-winning SPIRITED AWAY timed for Halloween. All GKIDS events

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Asmik Ace Entertainment, Inc. Official Site: 3lion-movie.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE A dramatic and moving two-part work of Japan`s very own mind sport is about to begin! Introduction March Comes in Like a Lion by Chika Umino, the bestselling comic that has swept numerous comic awards including the 4th Cartoon Grand Prize 2011 and the Grand Prize in the 18th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize, has been made into a live-action film! The director is Keishi Otomo, who has been breaking new ground in Japanese cinema with his solid character portrayal and action scenes in such films as the RUROUNI KENSHIN (??????, 2012-14) series and PLATINUM DATA (???????, Puratina Deta, 2013). "I intend to capture the changing landscape of the city of Tokyo as it prepares for the Summer Olympics and depict the world of professional shogi,

    Official Site: japan-academy-prize.jp (Japan) The Nippon Academy-sho Association hosted the 40th Japan Academy Film Prize (?40?????????) in Tokyo on March 3rd. Toho`s SHIN GODZILLA -- the top grossing Japanese live-action movie of 2016 -- took top honors with awards for best picture, co-directors Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, and five technical categories. Toho had a particularly strong showing at the event. In addition to SHIN GODZILLA, the major categories were dominated by movies released and/or co-produced by the studio... San-il Lee`s drama RAGE starring Ken Watanabe, the all-star police thriller 64 (SIX FOUR) Part 1 and the anime feature YOUR NAME, Japan`s biggest box office hit of the year. The top anime feature award went to IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD, director Sunao Katabuchi`s adaptation of the award-winning manga by Fumiyo Kouno. North American distributor Shout! Factory will give the film a theatrical release in the

    Official Site: shin-godzilla.jp (Japan), funimationfilms.com/shingodzilla (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto/Funimation Films SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details and images from an upcoming movie. Less than three months after opening in Japan, Toho`s SHIN GODZILLA (??????, Shin Gojira, 2016) comes to North America, courtesy of distributor Funimation Films. The movie debuts this evening in 534 theaters across the U.S. and Canada. Last week, Funimation invited several SciFi Japan staffers -- and some good friends/SFJ contributors -- to both the Los Angeles and New York VIP premieres. Read on for SHIN GODZILLA reviews by four attendees of the LA event (and be sure to check out John DeSentis` review and coverage of the film`s NYC premiere here). To purchase tickets to or find more information on SHIN GODZILLA, visit funimationfilms.com/shingodzilla. The Turning Point for the Franchise Author: Edward L. Holland Whether

    Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: kizumonogatari-movie.com (Japan), Kizumonogatari-USA.com (US) Special Thanks to Alex Crum Aniplex of America announced at their industry panel at Anime Milwaukee (Milwaukee,WI), their plans to premiere -KIZUMONOGATARI- PART 3: REIKETSU (?????????, Kizumonogatari ?? Reiketsu-hen?, 2017) in the U.S. on April 7. This is the highly anticipated third and final installment of the -KIZUMONOGATARI- film series. Aniplex of America also confirmed that theater patrons will receive an exclusive giveaway item with each purchased ticket while supplies last. Ticket sales for -KIZUMONOGATARI- PART 3: REIKETSU will begin Tuesday (February 21) through the official -KIZUMONOGATARI- website. -KIZUMONOGATARIPART 3: REIKETSU will be distributed by AZOLAND PICTURES in the original Japanese language with English subtitles. -KIZUMONOGATARI- PART 3: REIKETSU features the origin story of the highly popular MONOGATARI SERIES originally created by author NISIOISIN and is a direct prequel to the BAKEMONOGATARI television series.

    Source: Madman Entertainment press release Official Site: kiminona.com (Japan), YourNameFilm.com.au (Australia) Special Thanks to Ben Pollock Madman Entertainment is proud to announce Makoto Shinkai`s YOUR NAME. (?????, Kimi no Na wa., 2016) will release in cinemas in 2016 for a limited theatrical season from November 24 in Australia, and December 1 in New Zealand. Mitsuha and Taki are two total strangers living completely different lives. But when Mitsuha makes a wish to leave her mountain town and for the bustling city of Tokyo, they become connected in a bizarre way. She dreams she is a boy living in Tokyo while Taki dreams he is a girl from a rural town he’s never been to. What does their newfound connection mean? And how will it bring them together? Makoto Shinkai’s YOUR NAME. has captivated audiences in Japan, where patrons have attended screenings of the

    Author: Oki Miyano Official Site: facebook.com/inouetokusatsu (Japan) A special exhibit of late production designer Yasuyuki Inoue will be held at the Ebina Civic Art Gallery in the city of Ebina from March 25 to April 2. Ebina is a 45 minute train ride from Shinjuku (Tokyo). Inoue is originally from Fukuoka but moved to Ebina in the early 1970’s and live there until his passing in 2012. He was a production designer who specialized in special effects. He mainly worked for Toho Studios and created miniature sets for well-known monsters such as Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra and also designed creatures like Ebirah and Hedorah. He also worked for American films such as THE BIG WAVE (1961) and Frank Sinatra`s NONE BUT THE BRAVE (1965). Inoue created the Midway sea battle in miniature for Toho’s I BOMBED PEARL HARBOR (1960) and the footage was later

    Press Notes For New Movie Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Pony Canyon Official Site: survivalfamily.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided information and high-res photos from their upcoming release, SURVIVAL FAMILY (??????????, Sabaibaru Famirii). The highly-anticipated latest film from acclaimed director Shinobu Yaguchi (WATERBOYS, SWING GIRLS, ROBO-G) opens in Japanese cinemas on February 11. SURVIVAL FAMILY is also being offered to foreign distributors by sales agent Pony Canyon. INTRODUCTION One day, electricity suddenly disappears?! TVs, refrigerators, smartphones and computers... Everything requiring electricity comes to a total halt! With the incomprehensible disappearance of electricity rendering even simple batteries useless, Tokyo is on the verge of falling into ruin, but one family makes their escape! What could possibly await them?! The father and head of household, Yoshiyuki Suzuki, is played by Fumiyo Kohinata, a veteran of historical dramas who

    Source: A Contracorriente Films Official Site: shin-godzilla.jp (Japan), acontracorrientefilms.com/shin-godzilla (Spain) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE With the Japanese and North American theatrical runs of SHIN GODZILLA (??????, Shin Gojira, 2016) long past, fans in both territories are now looking forward to the upcoming home video releases (Japan: March 22; America: tba). But the movie continues to open in other international markets, including Spain, where distributor A Contracorriente Films brought it to cinemas on January 20th. SHIN GODZILLA premiered in Spain this past August 10th as an Official Selection of the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival 2016. The current theatrical run is part of A Contracorriente`s "CICLO SITGES TOUR", a series of five international films that wowed audiences at the 2016 Festival... the lineup also includes the South Korean Zombie blockbuster TRAIN TO BUSAN (???, Busanhaeng), the American horror films THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE (LA AUTOPSIA

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: koisaika.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE A humorous yet loving and unique tale of a family! Toho has provided production notes and high-res images from their new comedic drama, A LOVING HUSBAND (?????, Koisaika Miyamoto). The movie co-stars Hiroshi Abe (GODZILLA 2000, THERMAE ROMAE, SHIPPU RONDO) and Yuki Amami (KAIJI: THE ULTIMATE GAMBLER, THE KIYOSU CONFERENCE, DETECTIVE CONAN: THE DARKEST NIGHTMARE). A LOVING HUSBAND opens in Japan this weekend. INTRODUCTION The married couple began with divorce papers. Today, there are an abundance of films that depict young love. The up-and-coming screenwriter Kazuhiko Yukawa, who has gifted the world with his phenomenally highly rated TV dramas I`M MITA, YOUR HOUSEKEEPER (??????, Kaseifu no Mita, 2011), makes his long-awaited directorial debut with A LOVING HUSBAND, from a screenplay which he penned himself. His debut film has been nominated

    Source: TNT Official Site: Godzillamovie.com (US), godzilla-movie.jp (Japan) Following the theatrical run, the home video and digital release, Video on Demand, and pay cable runs on Cinemax and HBO, Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ GODZILLA (2014) will make its basic cable debut on Friday, October 28th. The film will premiere at 8:00 PM (EST) on Time Warner`s TNT, with additional screenings on the network scheduled into November. GODZILLA Rated: PG13 for ADULT CONTENT, VIOLENCE, ADULT LANGUAGE Running Time: 150 Minutes TV-14 The government tried to destroy him in 1954, dropping nuclear bombs into the Pacific Ocean under the pretense of weapons testing. Instead, mankind, in its ignorance, awakened a new terror. Now, Godzilla rises again to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless. Friday, October 28 8:00pm Saturday, October 29 8:00pm, 10:30pm Sunday, October 30 8:00pm (preceded by PACIFIC RIM) Wednesday, November 2 8:00pm

    Source: Funimation Films press release Official Site: kiminona.com (Japan), funimationfilms.com/movie/yourname (US) Special Thanks to Scott Lonski The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) announced Sunday, December 4 that YOUR NAME. (?????, Kimi no Na wa., 2016) was selected as Best Animated Film for 2016. The critically acclaimed anime film from director Makoto Shinkai, CoMix Wave Films and Toho Co Ltd is the third anime film to ever win this prestigious award. Runner-up for the award was THE RED TURTLE from Studio Ghibli. Since 1975, the LAFCA, comprised of LA-based, professional print and electronic media film critics, gathers annually to vote on the “outstanding cinematic achievements” of the past year. The association will present the awards at its annual dinner on January 14, 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City, Calif. “We consider Makoto Shinkai’s YOUR NAME. a true masterpiece and its selection for the prestigious Best

    Press Notes For New Movie Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Pony Canyon Official Site: honnoji-hotel.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided information and high-res photos from their upcoming release, HONNOUJI HOTEL (??????, Honnouji Hoteru). Described as "a spectacular epic inspired by one of the greatest mysteries in Japanese history", the film opens in Japanese cinemas on January 14. HONNOUJI HOTEL is also being offered to foreign distributors by sales agent Pony Canyon. INTRODUCTION The most infamous incident in Japanese history remains shrouded in mystery -- The Honnouji Incident. In feudal era Japan, Nobunaga Oda had nearly accomplished his goal of unifying Japan. Why did his trusted general, Mitsuhide Akechi, betray him? Nobunaga allegedly committed ritual suicide, but his body was never found. What became of it? How was it that Nobunaga’s loyal retainer, Hideyoshi Hashiba, so quickly

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