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    Photo courtesy of Japan Society. Ⓒ Japan Society Source: Japan Society press release Official Site: https://japansociety.org/film/japancuts/ Special Thanks to Sylvia Savadjian   JAPAN SOCIETY PRESENTS THE 17TH ANNUAL JAPAN CUTS: FESTIVAL OF NEW JAPANESE FILM July 10–21, 2024 · Japan Society · New York, NY North America’s largest Japanese film festival presents two weeks of contemporary premieres, including new films from Kei Chika-ura, Takeshi Kitano, Gakuryu Ishii, Shunji Iwai, Sho Miyake and Shinya Tsukamoto 31 films including 5 International Premieres, 10 North American Premieres, 4 U.S. Premieres, 2 East Coast Premieres and 7 New York Premieres Includes the International Premiere of SHIN GODZILLA: ORTHOchromatic Photo courtesy of Japan Society. Ⓒ 2016,2023 TOHO CO., LTD.   Japan Society presents the full lineup of the 17th

    Photo courtesy of Picturehouse. ©2023 CREATPS Inc. Source: Picturehouse press release Official Site: https://great-absence.com/ Special Thanks to Isaac Davidson (Cinetic Marketing & PR) Photo courtesy of Picturehouse. ©2023 CREATPS Inc. GREAT ABSENCE (大いなる不在, Oinaru Fuzai, 2023), written & directed by Kei Chika-ura and starring legendary actor Tatsuya Fuji (IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES), opens Friday, July 19 in New York at Angelika Film Center opens Friday, July 26 in Los Angeles at Laemmle Monica and Glendale. The national rollout will follow.   Synopsis Distanced from his father for twenty years, Takashi is brought back home by a jarring police call – his father’s second wife, Naomi, is missing, and Yohji himself has disconnected from reality. Takashi starts a search for truth in the present – that has long fingers into the truth of his past. 2023 / Japan / 133 minutes

    Two Terrifying Titles Debut Exclusively on Digital June 25. Photos courtesy of Well Go USA.   Source: Well Go USA, lbhpr Special Thanks to Leif Helland Well Go USA Entertainment brings two terrifying titles exclusively to digital June 25. HOPELESS is a thriller focusing on a teenage boy who attempts to escape from his hellish reality but ends up in the world of crime, while TASTES OF HORROR is an omnibus-style film from five acclaimed South Korean directors (Sang-hoon Ahn, Johnny Chae [as Chae Yeojoon], Yoon Een-Kyoung, Yong-gyun Kim & Dae-wung Lim) who created six shorts compiled into one terrifying film.   HOPELESS (화란, Hwaran, 2023) Starring: Hong Xa Bin, Kim Jong-soo, Song Joong-ki Writer/Director: Kim Chang-hoon Synopsis: After spending his entire childhood in a town riddled with crime and violence, a teenage boy saves up his money in hopes of

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA.   Source: Well Go USA, LBHpr  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 Chinese martial arts thriller BLIND WAR (盲战,  Mang Zhan, 2022). The film tells the story of the former SWAT captain, permanently injured during a failed mission for which he took responsibility. After gradually getting out of the haze, his old enemy reappeared and threatened his daughter.  Directed by Huo Suiqiang (DEMON SEALER BUREAU)​, BLIND WAR stars Andy On (SPECIAL I.D., RIDE ON, 100 YARDS)​, Li Zixiong, Yang Xing (QIMEN DARK BLADE), Wang Hanyangm (MARTIAL UNIVERSE 2: NINE TALISMAN TOWER), Qi Shenghan, Zhang Yaqi (THE LEGEND OF ENVELOPED DEMONS), Wu Jingxuan, Cheng Sihan, and Zhou Hongbo. BLIND WAR is now available on Blu-ray (SLP:

    Source: MVD Entertainment press release Special Thanks to Derek Stubinski Photo courtesy of MVD. On July 9th, Synapse Films presents the global debut of the Thai/Korean production CROCODILE (จระเข้, Crak̄hê, 1981) on Blu-ray, from a new restoration of the original English 35mm camera negative.    Move aside Jaws. Watch out Godzilla. When Mother Nature rebels against humankind for defying her laws, she strikes back with unbelievable fury creating the largest and most savage crocodile on earth... there is a giant crocodile on the loose! Mutating and getting larger possibly because of an atomic explosion, the crocodile's thirst for blood also grows as it rampages through a small quiet beach town devouring anything in its path.   Dr. Tony Akom (Nat Puvani) and Dr. John Stromm (Min Oo) are on a perfect family vacation, but it takes a tragic turn when three of their loved ones

    Source: Media Blasters press releaseSpecial Thanks to Carl Morano Photo courtesy of Media Blasters. © Machine Girls Film Partners (Belleville, New Jersey)  Media Blasters Inc. is pleased to announce the sibling pairing of two of the best-selling, high-octane Tokyo Shock hits of all time- THE MACHINE GIRL CHRONICLES with the original MACHINE GIRL and the official follow-up, RISE OF THE MACHINE GIRLS!  The double-disc blu-ray destroyer will be locked and loaded on June 25th! THE MACHINE GIRL: JACKED!- Ami is your average schoolgirl trying to provide a normal life for her younger brother and herself following the tragic death of their parents. But her whole world comes crashing down when her brother and his friend are brutally murdered by a ruthless gang of bullies headed by the spoiled brat son of a local yakuza boss!  When Ami sets out to avenge her slain sibling, she soon

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA.   Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. After tracing a strange ailment to a remote gravesite, a team of supernatural experts soon discovers what happens when you mess with the wrong grave in the award-winner horror-thriller EXHUMA (파묘, 2024), debuting on Digital June 4 from Well Go USA Entertainment.  Written and Directed by Jang Jae-Hyun (SVAHA: THE SIXTH FINGER), EXHUMA stars CHOI Min-Sik (OLDBOY, I SAW THE DEVIL), KIM Go-Eun (HERO, LITTLE WOMEN), YOO Hai-Jin (A TAXI DRIVER), and LEE Do-Hyun (PRISON PLAYBOOK, SWEET HOME). EXHUMA won the Art Award at the 2024 Baek Sang Art Awards and also picked up awards for Best Director (Jang Jae-Hyun), Best Actor (CHOI Min-Sik), Best Actress (KIM Go-Eun), and Best New Actor (LEE Do-Hyun).   Synopsis:       

    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 award-winning epic fantasy CREATION OF THE GODS I: KINGDOM OF STORMS (封神第一部:朝歌风云, Fengshen Part 1: Chao Ge Fengyun, 2023) from director Wuershan (PAINTED SKIN: THE RESURRECTION, MOJIN: THE LOST LEGEND). After killing the emperor, King Zhou reigns as a tyrant so brutal that he earns Heaven’s wrath. To save the mortal world, the gods intervene and invest in a champion brave enough to challenge the king—even if it may cost him everything. CREATION OF THE GODS I: KINGDOM OF STORMS stars Kris Phillips (THE MONKEY KING 2), Li Xuejian (THE WANDERING EARTH II), Huang Bo (JOURNEY TO THE WEST), Yu Shi (BORN TO FLY),

    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 NORYANG: DEADLY SEA (노량: 죽음의 바다,  Noryang: Jugeumui Bada, 2023), which brings to a close Director Kim Han-Min’s epic nautical trilogy that began with THE ADMIRAL: ROARING CURRENTS (2014) and continued with HANSAN: RISING DRAGON (2022).  In the final chapter, legendary Korean admiral Yi Sun-Sin faces his final fight at the historical Battle of Noryang, the last major battle of the Japanese invasions of Korea (1592–1598).  The cast includes Kim Yun-seok (ESCAPE FROM MOGADISHU)​, Baek Yoon-sik (JEON WOOCHI, TAZZA: THE HIGH ROLLERS), Jung Jae-young (CASTAWAY ON THE MOON), and Huh Joon-ho (DR. CHEON AND THE LOST TALISMAN). NORYANG: DEADLY SEA debuts on DVD (SLP: $19.98),

    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 highly-lauded drama MONSTER (怪物, Kaibutsu, 2023) from internationally-acclaimed, award-winning director Hirokazu Kore-eda (SHOPLIFTERS, BROKER). After learning a teacher is bullying her son, a mother demands answers, eventually resorting to legal action. But as the truth is gradually revealed, it proves more complex than anyone imagined. The film’s screenplay was written by Yuji Sakamoto (IN LOVE AND DEEP WATER), with music by late Academy Award-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (Best Music, Original Score, THE LAST EMPEROR, 1988).  The cast of MONSTER includes Sakura Ando (SHOPLIFTERS, GODZILLA MINUS ONE), Eita Nagayama (UNDERCURRENT), newcomer Soya Kurokawa, and Hiiragi Hinata (ONE SECOND AHEAD, ONE SECOND BEHIND). At 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 hilarious, action-packed sequel BABY ASSASSINS 2 (ベイビーわるきゅーれ 2ベイビー, Beibī Warukiyu re 2 Beibī, 2023).  After the agency suspends its top assassins, aspiring hitmen decide to eliminate them—leading to a lightning-fast showdown between trained killers. Hugo Sakamoto (BABY ASSASSINS) returns to the director’s chair for the “reliably funny, sometimes downright hysterical” (The Spool), action-packed sequel and brings back Akari Takaishi and Saori Izawa from the original, along with “fantastic fight choreography” (/Film) by Kensuke Sonomura (BAD CITY, HYDRA). BABY ASSASSINS 2 also stars Atomu Mizuishi (BABY ASSASSINS, TOKYO VICE), Tomo Nakai (SAYONARA GIRLS.), Tsubasa Tobinaga (BABY ASSASSINS), Tetsu Watanabe (A JANITOR, SHIN GODZILLA), Joey

    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 aerial drama BORN TO FLY (長空之王, Chang kong zhi wang, 2023). The debut feature film from director and co-writer Liu Xiaoshi, BORN TO FLY stars Wang Yibo (HIDDEN BLADE), Hu Jun (SHADOW, CODE OF THE ASSASSINS), and Yu Shi (CREATION OF THE GODS I: KINGDOM OF STORMS), with Zhou Dongyu (BETTER DAYS)​, and features amazing VFX and aerial action with cutting-edge fighter jets. Synopsis:        After an unforeseen threat arises mid-air, a talented young air force test pilot (Wang Yibo) is forced to test not only the capabilities of his top-secret aircraft but also his own physical and psychological limits in order to survive. BORN TO FLY debuts on

    Win the Chinese thriller POLAR RESCUE on Blu-ray From Well Go USA! 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 Chinese snow-bound thriller POLAR RESCUE (搜救, Sou jiu, 2022) starring international martial arts icon Donnie Yen (RAGING FIRE, IP MAN 4: THE FINALE, BIG BROTHER). Co-directed by Lo Chi Leung (DOUBLE TAP, THE BULLET VANISHES) and Donnie Yen, POLAR RESCUE also stars Cecilia Han (THE GOLDEN DOLL) and Jia Bing (GIVE ME FIVE, THE ELEVENTH CHAPTER).   Synopsis:    After a young boy gets lost during a bitter snowstorm, his frantic parents (Donnie Yen, Cecilia Han) seek help from the local police, who are soon faced with a desperate race against

    Win Tak Sakaguchi's Yakuza action comedy ONE-PERCENT WARRIOR on Blu-ray From Well Go USA! 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 Japanese action comedy ONE-PERCENT WARRIOR (originally titled 1%er ONE-PERCENTER, 1%er ワンパーセンター, 1%er Wan Pāsentā, 2022). International action sensation Tak Sakaguchi (BAD CITY, VERSUS, GODZILLA: FINAL WARS) stars as a legendary, aging action film star who is drawn into the real world of violence when feuding yakuza gangs infiltrate the set of his directorial feature debut. Caught in the middle of a chaotic battle with an increasing body count, he must face whether his martial arts training is enough to save him.  Written and directed by Yûdai Yamaguchi (THE ABCS OF DEATH, DEADBALL),

    Win the South Korean sci-fi thriller THE MOON on Blu-ray From Well Go USA! 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 acclaimed South Korean sci-fi thriller THE MOON (천박사 퇴마 연구소: 설경의 비밀, Cheonbaksa Toema Yeonguso: Seolgyeongui Bimil, 2023) from KIM Yong Hwa – the director of the ALONG WITH THE GODS franchise. After a spaceship is damaged mid-mission and leaves an astronaut stranded with rapidly decreasing oxygen stores, Korea’s Naro Space Center turns to a former director to avert a catastrophe—and possibly redeem his own tarnished legacy. THE MOON stars SUL Kyung Gu (PUBLIC ENEMY, MEMOIR OF A MURDERER), DOH Kyung Soo (ALONG WITH THE GODS franchise), and KIM Hee Ae (HERSTORY). 

    Win the South Korean supernatural fantasy-thriller DR. CHEON AND THE LOST TALISMAN on Blu-ray From Well Go USA! 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 South Korean supernatural fantasy-thriller DR. CHEON AND THE LOST TALISMAN (천박사 퇴마 연구소: 설경의 비밀, Cheonbaksa Toema Yeonguso: Seolgyeongui Bimil, 2023). Dr. Cheon makes a living performing fake exorcisms on camera, but when a mysterious client arrives at his door, he is drawn into a series of strange events that challenge his skepticism—and resurface childhood horrors he’s tried to forget. The first feature film by Director KIM Seong-sik (an AD on PARASITE), DR. CHEON AND THE LOST TALISMAN stars GANG Dong-won (TRAIN TO BUSAN PRESENTS: PENINSULA), HUH Joon-ho

    Win the Chinese monster movie CROCODILE ISLAND on DVD From Well Go USA! 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 DVD of the terrifying monster thriller CROCODILE ISLAND (巨鱷島, Jù È Dǎo, 2020). A plane malfunction lands a single father and his daughter on an island in an area around the Devil's Sea also known as the Bermuda Triangle of Asia.  They and the other survivors must battle enormous crocodiles and spiders in an epic battle for their very survival.  Co-directed by Shixing Xu (SHARKTOPUS) and Simon Zhao (THE ANTARCTIC OCTOPUS), the film stars Gallen Lo (FLASHOVER), Yinyue Liao (MEET YOURSELF), and feature film newcomer Bingxiang Wang. Synopsis:        After their plane makes

    Win the Thai monster movie CREEPY CRAWLY on Blu-ray From Well Go USA! 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 horror thriller CREEPY CRAWLY (๑๐๐, The One Hundred, 2022). When travelers arrive in Thailand during the pandemic, they must quarantine for 14 days at a hotel run by a secretive manager and staff. Unusual incidents begin at night, but no one is prepared for the shocking horror of a hundred-legged monster taking over the bodies of guests. Co-written and co-directed by Chalit Krileadmongkon (THE BEAST BELOW) and Pakphum Wongjinda (POSSESSED), CREEPY CRAWLY stars Chanya McClory (SANG KRASUE 2), Pirat Nitipaisalkul [AKA Mike Angelo] (THE MISFITS), and Benjamin Joseph Varney (FRIEND ZONE).

    Photo courtesy of SRS Cinema. © Rensuke Oshikiri / Futabasha Publishers Ltd. © 2017「Liverleaf」Film Partners Source: SRS Cinema LLCSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Photo courtesy of SRS Cinema. © Rensuke Oshikiri / Futabasha Publishers Ltd. © 2017「Liverleaf」Film Partners Distributor SRS Cinema has licensed North American home media rights to the 2017 Japanese suspense thriller LIVERLEAF (ミスミソウ, Misumisō). A live-action adaptation of the manga by Rensuke Oshikiri, the film depicts a grandiose tale of revenge fueled by the intertwining emotions of people who have endured abuse, bullying, and other forms of trauma. LIVERLEAF was directed by Eisuke Naito and stars Anna Yamada (SUICIDE FOREST VILLAGE) and Hiroya Shimizu (SADAKO). Story Haruka Nozaki (Anna Yamada) transfers to a new school, but she is bullied there. The only person on her side is her classmate Mitsuru Aiba (Hiroya Shimizu). Haruka

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2022 BAD CITY Film Partners Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2022 BAD CITY Film Partners Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the action-adventure crime thriller BAD CITY (バッド・シティ, Baddo Shiti, 2022). The sophomore effort from director Kensuke Sonomura (HYDRA), BAD CITY stars legendary Japanese actor Hitoshi Ozawa (Takeshi Kitano’s BOILING POINT, Takashi Miike’s DEAD OR ALIVE), Akane Sakanoue (ALICE IN BORDERLAND, ULTRAMAN X), Masanori Mimoto (ENTER THE FAT DRAGON, HYDRA, Takashi Miike’s YAKUZA APOCALYPSE), Lily Franky (Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Academy Award-nominated SHOPLIFTERS), and Tak Sakaguchi (VERSUS, DEATH TRANCE, PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND).  Synopsis:        Long plagued by poverty and crime, Kaiko City has been torn apart by rampant corruption and growing violence between the local

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