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    U.S. Premiere Opens August 13, 2010 Source: TKO Entertainment press release Official Site: freddie.co.jp (Japanese) FREDDIE THE LEAF An all ages Japanese musical about the importance of every life, narrated by legendary Godzilla film actor Akira Takarada. Fri 8/13 at 7pm, Sat 8/14 at 2pm and 7pm, Sun 8/15 at 2pm New York, NY – Freddie Company in association with TKO Entertainment proudly presents the U.S. Premiere of the Japanese musical FREDDIE THE LEAF, written and directed by Takashi Inuishi, conceived by Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, with music and lyrics by Shoichi Tama and starring popular Japanese film actor, Akira Takarada, and a cast of 21 Japanese teens and children. FREDDIE THE LEAF runs from August 13 – 15, 2010 in a limited engagement at John Jay College’s Gerald W. Lynch Theater, located at 899 Tenth Avenue, between 58 and 59 Streets, in NYC.

    Source: Janus Films Official Movie Site: janusfilms.com/house On July 30, 1977, Toho Co. Ltd released HOUSE (Hausu), a bizarre horror film written and directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi. Mixing scares, comedy, and psychedelic imagery— and based on an idea by the director`s 11 year-old daughter— HOUSE told the tale of seven high school girls who are trapped inside a haunted house with a bloodthirsty aunt, a demonic black cat, and killer pianos, mattresses, and chandeliers. The movie won the award for "Best Visual Effects" at the 23rd Asian Film Festival and went on to become a cult favorite in Japan. In the North America, however, HOUSE has rarely been shown. Toho`s international division prepared a subtitled version which had a few US screenings in the late 1970s. More recently, distributor Janus Films acquired rights to the film. HOUSE premiered on the Independent Film

    Japan Society Confirms 24 Titles for its 4th Annual Summer Fest of New Films from Japan Source: Japan Society Official Site: Japan Cuts Special Thanks to Shannon Jowett and Tahmid Mannan JAPAN CUTS: Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema July 1-16, 2010, at Japan Society Japan Society`s fourth annual JAPAN CUTS Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema screens 24 feature films--the most in the festival`s history and the largest showcase of contemporary Japanese cinema globally this year. In addition to 8 features co-presented with the New York Asian Film Festival, JAPAN CUTS 2010 includes an array of Japan`s best films from 2010 and 2009, and a special selection of the decade`s best films never before released in the U.S. Made by both established and emerging directors and starring today’s hottest actors and festival winners, most films in JAPAN CUTS 2010 are international, U.S., or New York premieres,

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    Source: Subway Cinema press releases Special Thanks to Kristen Osborne and Grady Hendrix NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2010 June 25 – July 8 More of what you`ve loved and waited for all year 7 countries! 45 movies! 17 Guests! The Film Society of Lincoln Center`s Walter Reade Theater (June 25 - July 8 ) Japan Society (July 1 - 4) & midnight screenings at the IFC Center (on Friday and Saturdays) Presented in partnership with the Film Society of Lincoln Center and with the programming support of the Japan Society, this is the ninth New York Asian Film Festival and it will unleash more guests, more movies, and more fun than ever before! More movie madness than last year, including the Official Opening Night Film and North American Premiere of IP MAN 2 (Hong Kong, 2010) with Sammo Hung and

    Two-Part Film Festival Begins Tomorrow in Los Angeles Source: American Cinematheque The American Cinematheque joins the UCLA Film & Television Archive for a two-part retrospective celebrating the career of one of cinema’s most inventive and artful masters, Akira Kurosawa. Enraptured with the works of classic Hollywood director John Ford, Kurosawa skillfully borrowed elements from American genre films and wove them into the elegant tapestry of his Japanese works, which range from contemporary noirs to epic period pieces. Some of his greatest films include RASHOMON, THE SEVEN SAMURAI and RAN, though these three stunners hardly account for the entirety of his oeuvre, which spanned decades. Kurosawa`s career as a director featured a long-running professional relationship with actor Toshiro Mifune, whose charismatic, hyperbolic presence illuminated many of Kurosawa`s best films. Centennial Celebration: The Films of Akira Kurosawa, Part I— running at the Egyptian Theatre May 14 - 23,

    Bizarre Japanese Horror Film Now Playing in American Theaters Author: Kyle Byrd Source: Janus Films Official Movie Site: janusfilms.com/house When sitting down to review a film like Nobuhiko Obayashi’s HOUSE (Hausu), one has to dismiss everything they know about film criticism. It’s a film that is truly one of a kind, so the “rules” of film criticism are almost impossible to apply to it. When Toho mega producer Tomoyuki Tanaka gave TV commercial director Nobuhiko Obayashi a small chunk of money to make a horror film, its doubtful that he realized he was funding what would be one of the oddest films to come out of Toho Studios. HOUSE is a film that is truly beyond description. Obayashi took the imaginative musings of his 11-year-old daughter and turned them into what could be the most bizarre film I’ve ever seen (which is saying

    Author: Kim Song-ho Official Movie Site: ironmanmovie.marvel.com SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details for a new movie. IRON MAN 2 begins from the final scene of the previous film, where Tony Stark revealed his secret identity of Iron Man and made the press conference panic. However, this time we see it again not from where the film exactly ended, but from a different place - a shabby, small room in Russia. There lies an old man on his deathbed and his son, who keeps drinking vodka to get over sadness. At last, the old man dies and the son`s grief turns into rage. It`s the birth of Ivan Vanko/Whiplash, the new enemy of Tony Stark/Iron Man. But in this sequel, Whiplash is not the only enemy. The US government tries to confiscate the Iron Man suit because it considers the suit as

    Author: Sean Kotz On March 31, 2010, New York City’s Japan Society launched a fascinating film series called “Mad, Bad... and Dangerous to Know: Three Untamed Beauties” highlighting counter-culture images of women in Japanese society featuring the work of three actresses--Ayako Wakao, Meiko Kaji and Mariko Okada. In contrast to the customary Japanese model of deferring, silent and bashful servants, their upstart female characters challenge the tradition but mostly with negative (and often downright evil) characters. However, as early as 1958’s VARAN (Daikaiju Baran), Toho’s monster films were offering positive, even heroic, alternatives to the accepted molds of housewife and office lady—the female reporter, a role that would develop into a staple during the Showa period and beyond. It is something of an unfortunate accident of history that VARAN is not well known, even among kaiju fans. Riding the giant monster boom of

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    Legendary Pictures to Develop and Produce Major Motion Picture Based on Toho`s Iconic Monster Source: Legendary Pictures press release, Warner Bros. Special Thanks to Gemma Cacho, Melissa Zukerman, Jessica Zacholl, and Erica Zilinskas Burbank, CA – March 29, 2010 – Legendary Pictures announced today that they will develop and produce a new film based on Toho Company’s famed GODZILLA character. Through the terms of the agreement, Legendary Pictures has acquired the rights to produce a movie inspired by Toho’s Godzilla, a franchise the Japanese company created and has nurtured for over fifty years. Toho’s GODZILLA franchise boasts one of the most widely recognized film creatures worldwide, resulting in a series of books, television programs, video games and more than 25 films worldwide. Legendary intends to approach the film and its characters in the most authentic manner possible. The company will, in the near future, announce a

    Eighteen Classics to Screen During Festival at Stanford Theater Source: Stanford Theater, akirakurosawa.com The historic Stanford Theater in Palo Alto, California reopens this weekend after remodeling and is off to a huge and auspicious start. Beginning February 20 and running through March 30, the theater will feature an Akira Kurosawa Film Festival. The festival will feature no less than eighteen of Kurosawa’s classic films, starting with THE SEVEN SAMURAI, considered by many to be the greatest film ever to come out of Japan. The Stanford Theatre first opened in 1925, and it served for decades as Palo Alto`s premier movie house. In 1987, after a blockbuster Fred Astaire Film Festival, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation bought the theatre and restored it to its original splendor. It is now owned and operated by the non-profit Stanford Theatre Foundation, presenting classic Hollywood films. The renovated Stanford Theatre

    New Ultraman Movie On DVD & Blu-ray In Japan With English Subtitles Author: Jim M. Ballard Official Movie Site: Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Source: Bandai Visual The latest Ultraman movie MEGA MONSTER BATTLE: ULTRA GALAXY (Daikaiju Batoru Urutora Ginga Densetsu THE MOVIE) will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in Japan on April 23 and will feature English subtitles. The DVD editions will be Region 2 encoded (only compatiable with DVD players in Japan, Europe and other Region 2 countries), while the Blu-ray disc will be fully compatiable with Blu-ray players in North America. Limited Edition DVD MEMORIAL BOX Product Code: BCBS-3600 Retail Price: 8,190 Yen Main Disc Specs: Color, 106 minutes total (96min movie + 10min features), Dolby Digital (5.1ch Dolby Surround / special features in stereo), single-sided and dual-layered, 16:9 (anamorphic), Japanese and English subtitles (removable) Bonus Disc Specs:

    Author: Keith Aiken Special Thanks to Kai Saari On the evening of Thursday, November 19th, the Japan Film Society and Sony Pictures Entertainment hosted a special premiere screening of the fully restored Toho sci-fi classic MOTHRA (Mosura, 1961). The invitation-only event was held in the Jimmy Stuart Building on the Sony Studios lot in Culver City for members of the press and Japanese Entertainment Industry in Southern California. Sony`s connection to MOTHRA dates back to 1961 when Columbia Pictures— now a subsidiary of Sony— helped finance the movie`s production and later distributed it theatrically, to television, and on home video in the United States. For their recent ICONS OF SCI-FI: TOHO COLLECTION DVD set, Sony undertook an extensive restoration of both the Japanese and American versions of MOTHRA, supervised by Michael Friend, the former director of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and

    Big Month of Asian Sci-Fi and Horror at the Plaza Theatre Source: Plaza Theatre Atlanta area fans of Asian monsters, anime, and science fiction are in for a treat as the Plaza Theatre has scheduled three great films— including the Toho classic RODAN— for September. The Plaza Theatre is located at 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave, Atlanta, GA 30306. Check the theater`s official site or call 404-873-1939 for more information. Opening Friday, September 11th BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE (2009) Official Movie Site: Blood The Last Vampire On the surface, Saya is a stunning 16-year-old, but that youthful exterior hides the tormented soul of a 400-year-old "halfling." Born to a human father and a vampire mother, she has for centuries been a loner obsessed with using her samurai skills to rid the world of vampires, all the while knowing that she herself can survive

    Source: The Hollywood Reporter, various This past March 2nd, Comcast Corporation— the largest provider of cable services in the United States— launched a new brand advertising campaign on television, in print, and online. The centerpiece of the campaign was a series of TV commercials depicting real people living (and singing) in "Comcast Town", a colorful animated city filled with a variety of oddball creatures and characters. The commercials may also be viewed on the official Comcast Town website, alongside a virtual version of the city that visitors can explore online. Earlier this year, the Comcast Town campaign was also the focus of print ads in national magazines like Entertainment Weekly. One of the commercials repeatedly shows a creature identical to the Japanese movie monster Godzilla. The beast first appears battling a giant robot in Comcast Town, then as a toy figure on a shelf, next on a

    The Director Talks About His Colorful Contribution to the Godzilla Universe Author: John “Dutch” DeSentis Special Thanks to Keith Aiken, Kevin Pyrtle of Wtf-Film, Brad Thompson, Ed Godziszewski, and Steve Ryfle A SciFi JAPAN EXCLUSIVE In September 1955, the Japanese studio Toho Co., Ltd. sold U.S. theatrical and television rights for their film GODZILLA (Gojira, 1954) to Edmund Goldman, owner of a small distribution company called Manson International. Goldman soon sold the movie to Harold Ross and Richard Kay of Jewell Enterprises, who in turn partnered with Joseph Levine of Embassy Pictures to form Trans World Releasing Corp. and distribute GODZILLA in America. The Trans World crew had the film dubbed in English and recut to include newly shot scenes featuring actor Raymond Burr (PERRY MASON). This new version was released to theaters in the United States in April 1956 as GODZILLA,

    San Francisco Venue Debuts Live-Action Science Fiction Feature on August 28th – the Same Day Film Premieres in Japan Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Movie Site: 20thboysfilms.com (US), 20th Boys (Japanese) Special Thanks to Evelyn Dubocq and Erik Jansen NEW PEOPLE, a dynamic entertainment destination bringing the latest examples of Japanese popular culture to North American shores, presents a very special world premiere of the final chapter of the 20th Century Boys trilogy of live-action films – 20TH CENTURY BOYS 3: REDEMPTION – this Friday, August 28th at the newly opened VIZ Cinema located in the heart of San Francisco’s historic Japantown. The special world premiere will take place simultaneously with the theatrical release of the film in Japan and will continue to play at the venue through September 3rd. For schedule and ticket information, please visit www.vizcinema.com. The 20TH CENTURY BOYS film trilogy

    Online Video Service Features Toho Titles Distributed by Sony Pictures Source: Crackle, Inc. Special Thanks to Chad Kaszer Sony Pictures Entertainment`s online video network Crackle, Inc. has made some new additions to their selection of Godzilla and Toho titles. The following videos can now be watched for free at crackle.com (descriptions courtesy of Crackle)... REBIRTH OF MOTHRA (1996) A new Mothra takes to the air and must battle Death Ghidorah to save humanity. REBIRTH OF MOTHRA II (1997) Mothra`s twin nymphs and children from the city find a lost temple, as well as a giant monster that is attracted to environmental calamities. REBIRTH OF MOTHRA 3 (1998) While Mothra`s powers are no match for the dragon, he is sent to the past, in the time of the dinosaurs, to battle a younger, and apparently less powerful, King Ghidorah. GODZILLA: THE SERIES MINISODE- Talkin` Trash (1998) Time for

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