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    Toho Produced Film of Iconic Science Fiction Monster Slated for Release in Late 2016 Source: Funimation Entertainment press release Official Site: (Japan), (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto As SciFi Japan reported last night, Funimation Entertainment has licensed GODZILLA RESURGENCE (??????, Shin Gojira) from Toho. The distributor will release the movie through their theatrical division, Funimation Films, and has issued a press release with further details. In an additional note, Toho -- despite promoting the new Godzilla at last year`s American Film Market and elsewhere as GODZILLA RESURGENCE -- has insisted that Funimation use the English title SHIN GODZILLA (a direct translation of the film`s Japanese name). From the press release... Funimation Films Secures Rights to SHIN GODZILLA Movie Throughout the Americas SAN DIEGO, CA – July 22, 2016. Last night in a surprise announcement to fans at San Diego Comic Con 2016, Funimation® Films

    Press Notes and Images from Toho Source:Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE SciFi Japan is pleased to present additional photos from GODZILLA RESURGENCE (Shin Gojira), courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. As with our first RESURGENCE report, the images -- some new, some previously released -- are now shown in larger sizes and higher quality than previously available. Directors Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi have assembled a team of top actors to deal with Godzilla`s attack on Japan. The film`s lead role of Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Rando Yaguchi is played by Hiroki Hasegawa from Higuchi`s live-action ATTACK ON TITAN (2015) movies. His credits include Sion Sono`s WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL? (2013) and LOVE & PEACE (2015), PRINCESS JELLYFISH (2014), MOZU (2015) and SAILOR SUIT AND MACHINE GUN -GRADUATION- (2016). Hasegawa is highly regarded

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Pony Canyon Official Site: (Japan) Haruka Ayase (CYBORG SHE, ICHI) and Takumi Saito (GODZILLA RESURGENCE) star in the romantic comedy THE KODAI FAMILY (??????, Kodai-ka no Hitobito), the live-action film adaptation of the bestselling manga by Kozueko Morimoto. The series was recently named #1 on the “50 Top Manga Poised to Make a Big Break!” list, voted on by booksellers representing 3,000 bookstores across Japan. The movie was released last month in Japan by Toho and is now being offered to foreign distributors by Pony Canyon. STORY Kie Hirano (Haruka Ayase) is an awkward, inarticulate secretary who escapes from reality by retreating into her own cartoon-like fantasy world. One day, Mitsumasa Kodai (Takumi Saito), a handsome businessman from the elite Kodai family, transfers to Kie’s office. The two are worlds apart, yet Mitsumasa finds himself drawn to Kie

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho has provided additional high-res images from RUDOLPH AND IPPAIATTENA (?????????????, Rudorufu to Ippaiattena), the new 3D CG anime movie based on the award-winning children`s books by Hiroshi Saito. Toho will release the film in theaters across Japan on August 6th. About Toho Company. 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-eight Godzilla motion pictures, based upon a character the company unleashed on the world back in 1954, and masterpiece films directed by Akira Kurosawa. Toho has been the number

    Info and High-Res Images from New Anime Film Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: (Japan) In the spring of 2016, the Doraemon anime film franchise celebrated its 35th anniversary with 36TH DORAEMON THE MOVIE: NOBITA AND THE BIRTH OF JAPAN 2016 (??????? ??????????, Eiga Doraemon Shin • Nobita no Nihon Tanjo). Based on the manga created by Fujiko Fujio (Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko), the film series debuted in 1980 with a new movie released annually. The movies have become box office smashes, with 2015`s DORAEMON: NOBITA AND THE SPACE HEROES (??????? ???????????, Eiga Doraemon Shin Nobita no Supeesu Hiiroozu) selling a record 3.47 million tickets for a take of ¥3.89 billion (approximately $37 million US). The anniversary entry is a remake of the 10th film in the series, DORAEMON: NOBITA AND THE BIRTH OF JAPAN (????? ????????, Doraemon Nobita no Nihon

    Beloved Martial Arts Anime Returns In Seven New Adventure-Packed Standard Edition Blu-ray Releases Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, a premiere company in the field of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, announces the release of new Blu-ray Standard Editions for all 7 RANMA ½ home media sets. The RANMA ½ Blu-ray sets, which present the complete 161-episode series, are available now and sold individually with an MSRP of $49.99 U.S. / $57.99 CAN. Each set features 23 episodes across 3 discs, along with a variety of bonus material. Extras include convention highlights and RANMA ½ panel discussions, episode previews, series trailers, and a special 7-part “We Love Ranma” series that takes audiences behind the scenes, detailing the processes of the manga and anime release and the enduring popularity of this iconic action adventure

    Source: Kadokawa Pictures Official Website: (Japan) Kadokawa Pictures has provided additional photos of the main cast for their JU-ON/THE RING crossover, SADAKO VS KAYAKO (??vs???). The film opens in Japan on June 18th. For more information on SADAKO VS KAYAKO, please see the previous coverage here on SciFi Japan: SADAKO VS KAYAKO Trailer and High-Res Photos

    The Second Season of the Popular Mecha Drama Series is Coming Soon! Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: (Japan), (US) Special Thanks to Joanna Metoki Fans of the extremely unique mecha anime title, ALDNOAH.ZERO (????????, Arudonoa Zero, 2015) will finally see what followed the shocking first season finale as Aniplex of America announces the details of their release plans for the third and fourth volumes of their Limited Edition Blu-ray and Standard Edition DVD. Volume 3 will be available on January 26th, 2016 and Volume 4 will be available on April 19th, 2016. Pre-orders have begun for all four SKUs on the official U.S. ALDNOAH.ZERO website and also through official Aniplex of America retailers. These will be the final two volumes for this fan-favorite mecha drama series which launched its streaming schedule during the summer anime season last year. Aniplex of America has

    Author: Philip Garnecki Official Site: Redford Theatre This Saturday, October 24, the horror host known as the Ghoul will present two classic Godzilla films at the historic Redford Theatre in Detroit. The films shown will be SON OF GODZILLA and GODZILLA VS. MONSTER ZERO (aka INVASION OF ASTRO-MONSTER). The Ghoul, aka Ron Sweed, was a fixture on local television in the Detroit and Cleveland areas in the 1970s. His shows were known for humorous sound effects played over low-budget sci-fi and horror movies, and host segments characterized by bizarre humor, abuse of his diminutive sidekick Froggy, and his propensity for blowing up model vehicles with firecrackers. The Redford Theatre is an old-style movie palace located on the outskirts of Detroit, MI. Currently owned and operated by the Motor City Theatre Organ Society, the Redford is the only theatre in the area to have its original pipe organ.

    Limited Theatrical Release to Screen in Two Parts in Nearly 300 Theaters Across U.S. and Canada Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release Official Site: (Japan), (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto FUNimation Entertainment announced today that tickets for the ATTACK ON TITAN (?????, Shingeki no Kyojin) live action movies are now available for purchase via the official movie website The new, two-part feature film is a limited theatrical release and will screen in nearly 300 theaters across the United States and Canada. In the U.S., Part 1 will play in theaters on September 30, October 1 & 7 and has an approximate running time of 98 minutes; and Part 2 will screen two weeks later on October 20, 22 & 27 and has an approximate running time of 87 minutes. In Canada, Part 1 will play in theaters on October 5 and 26 followed by

    Author: Philip Garnecki Official Site: Detroit Institute of Arts The Detroit Film Theater and Huron - Clinton Metroparks are offering fans the opportunity to see several Godzilla films under the stars and surrounded by nature. Beginning this Friday, July 31, three different G-films will be shown on outdoor screens on Friday nights. The schedule and locations are as follows: · Friday, July 31: GODZILLA VS. DESTOROYAH (1995, 103 min.) at Kensington Metropark, located at 4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, MI; 48380. · Friday, August 7: GODZILLA, MOTHRA, AND KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK (2001, 105 min.) at Stony Creek Metropark, located at 4300 Main Park Road, Shelby Township, MI; 48316. · Friday, August 21: KING KONG VS. GODZILLA (1962, 91 min.) at Lake St. Clair Metropark, located at 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township, MI; 48045. Each movie begins at dusk (approx. 9:00 pm), and all are

    Two Toho Movies and Sony`s GODZILLA Remake Airing in HD this June Source: Sony Movie Channel The June 2015 schedule for the HD Sony Movie Channel includes three Godzilla movies. The films will air throughout the month with a triple feature the evening of Friday, June 12, and are also available for viewing anytime from Sony Movie Channel Video On Demand. GODZILLA VS KING GHIDORAH (1991) Friday, June 12 10.20 pm E | 7.20 pm P Friday, June 12 4.25 am E | 1.25 am P Thursday, June 18 3.50 pm E | 12.50 pm P Sunday, June 21 12.50 pm E | 9.50 am P Thursday, June 25 9.50 am E | 6.50 am P Saturday, June 27 2.15 pm E | 11.15 am P Nearly three years after Godzilla was driven away by Biollante, a giant UFO soars over Tokyo.

    Source: GKIDS Inc. press release Official Movie Site: (Japan), (US) Don`t miss WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE (????????, Omoide no Maanii, 2014), the new film from legendary Studio Ghibli, the Academy Award winning producers of SPIRITED AWAY, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, THE WIND RISES, THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA and countless other masterpieces! WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE is a sweeping story of friendship, mystery and discovery that delivers stirring emotions and breathtaking animation as only Ghibli can. The film opens Friday, May 22nd at the IFC Center in New York City. When shy, artistic Anna moves to the seaside to live with her aunt and uncle, she stumbles upon an old mansion surrounded by marshes, and the mysterious young girl, Marnie, who lives there. The two girls instantly form a unique connection and friendship that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality.

    Source: Sony Movie Channel The King of the Monsters stomps back to the Sony Movie Channel in March for a special Godzilla two-pack of network premieres. DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (?????, Kaiju Soshingeki, 1968) and GODZILLA VS MEGALON (???????, Gojira Tai Megaro, 1973) will be shown multiple times throughout the month, with Monday, March 23 a special "RARE KAIJU" night with the two films airing back-to-back twice starting at 10:00pm EST. Both film are dubbed in English. GODZILLA: DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (1968) Thursday, March 5, 11.20 am E | 8.20 am P Sunday, March 15, 6.45 am E | 3.45 am P Monday, March 23, 10.00 pm E | 7.00 pm P Monday, March 23, 1.10 am E | 10.10 pm P Saturday, March 28, 3.30 pm E | 12.30 pm P When female alien invaders take control of Earth`s monsters and begin

    Source: Home Box Office, Inc. Official Site: (US), (Japan) Following the theatrical run; Blu-ray, DVD and digital release; and Video on Demand screenings; Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ GODZILLA (2014) will make its pay cable debut this Friday, January 16th. The film will premiere 7:55 PM on Time Warner`s Cinemax, with additional screenings scheduled on the various Cinemax channels into March. GODZILLA will also be added to Cinemax`s On Demand and Max Go services. GODZILLA will likely follow the pay cable pattern for Warner Bros` movies, with the film also being shown on HBO later in 2015. GODZILLA Rated: PG13 for ADULT CONTENT, VIOLENCE, ADULT LANGUAGE Time: 123 Genre: Thriller, Science Fiction SUMMARY The King of the Monsters returns to the screen to battle a deadly pair of bug-like kaiju--and wreck major cities in the process--in this thrilling remake. With military might proving fruitless

    Source: Lucky Red Official Site: (Japan) The 3D computer animated feature STAND BY ME DORAEMON (STAND BY ME ?????, STAND BY ME Doraemon) was the top-grossing anime film in Japan for 2014. The movie is directed by Ryuichi Yagi and Takashi Yamazaki, who previously collaborated on FRIENDS: NAKI ON MONSTER ISLAND (friends ????????, Friends: Mononoke Shima no Naki, 2011). STAND BY ME DORAEMON is now playing in other Asian countries, and an English dub (produced by Bang Zoom! Entertainment and featuring the American voice cast of the DORAEMON television series airing on Disney XD) premiered October 24th at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2014. The following press notes are courtesy of international sales agent, Lucky Red... Story Doraemon, the sympathetic and protective cat robot from the 22nd century created by Fujiko f. Fujio, who has entertained both young and old since 1969

    Source: Fuji Creative Corporation Official Site: PSYCHO-PASS -- the hardboiled, gun-slinging sci-fi anime series from Katsuyuki Motohiro (BAYSIDE SHAKEDOWN), Gen Urobuchi (PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA) and Production I.G, the studio behind GHOST IN THE SHELL (?????, Kookaku Kidootai, 1995) and BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE ????? ? ??? ??????, 2000? -- comes to the big screen with PSYCHO-PASS THE MOVIE (??? PSYCHO-PASS ?????, Gekijooban Saikopasu). Toho will release the film in Japanese cinemas on January 9th, while FUNimation will bring it to North America at a date TBA. Synopsis The year is 2112. Rookie inspector Akane Tsunemori and enforcer Shinya Kogami cross paths with one man. That man, Shogo Makishima, turns out to be the mastermind of a past case and Kogami’s target for revenge. When Makishima goes on to shake the foundations of a peacekeeping system, he poses the question about where justice exists. In

    Source: Studio Ghibli, Wild Bunch Official Movie Site: (Japan) THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA (???????, Kaguyahime no Monogatari, 2013) is the strikingly beautiful culmination of decades of contemplation by its director, Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata. The film begins its North American theatrical run this month from distributor GKIDS. About the Film A woman came to live in this world. Through each moment of her short life she sought its radiance in laughter, tears, joy, and anger. Why did she choose to come to earth? Why did she long for this world? Why did she have to return to the moon? What was her sin, and how was she punished? This is the untold story of The Princess Kaguya, the heroine of the ancient Japanese folktale ‘The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter’. The crime and punishment of a princess. A 5

    Source: GKIDS Inc. press release, Wild Bunch Official Movie Site: (Japan), (US) The new Studio Ghibli documentary, THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS (???????, Yume to Kyoki no Ohkoku, 2013), opens this Friday, November 28th at the IFC Center in New York City. The film offers a fascinating, never-before-seen look inside the quirky and wonderful world of the anime studio behind masterpieces like PRINCESS MONONOKE (?????, Mononoke Hime, 1997), MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (???????, Tonari no Totoro, 1988) and the Oscar-winning SPIRITED AWAY (????????, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, 2001). Granted near-unfettered access to the notoriously insular Studio Ghibli, director Mami Sunada (DEATH OF A JAPANESE SALESMAN) follows the eminent director Hayao Miyazaki, producer Toshio Suzuki and the elusive and influential "other director" Isao Takahata for a year as the studio rushes to complete two films, Miyazaki`s THE WIND RISES (????, Kaze

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