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    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

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2022 BAD CITY Film Partners In the Yakuza Underworld, Corruption Runs Deep Source: Well Go USA, ddPR press release Special Thanks to Leif Helland In a city plagued with poverty and crime, a corrupt businessman decides to run for mayor by eliminating opponents from the rival mafia. A former police captain serving time for murder is secretly released to head a special task force to arrest him in the action-adventure crime thriller BAD CITY (バッド・シティ, Baddo Shiti, 2022), exploding on Blu-ray and DVD September 19 from Well Go USA Entertainment. 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),

    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,

    Photo courtesy of Toei. ⓒ2023 Revolver Lily Movie Production Committee Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: https://revolver-lily.com/ (Japan) Photo courtesy of Toei. ⓒ2023 Revolver Lily Movie Production Committee Toei has provided information and photos for their upcoming action film, REVOLVER LILY (リボルバー・リリー,  Riborubā Rirī). Based on the novel of the same name by Kyo Nagaura, the film is directed by award-winning filmmaker Isao Yukisada (PARADE, RIVER'S EDGE) and stars Haruka Ayase (CYBORG SHE, ICHI, CAUTION HAZARDOUS WIFE: THE MOVIE). REVOLVER LILY opens in Japanese cinemas on August 11, 2023.  STORY 1924, Yuri, a former competent spy who murdered 57 people in the past is working as a madam of a small brothel. There she encounters a boy who holds a key to find missing cash of the Imperial Japanese Army. Now, 1000 soldiers are after them; can they possibly survive six days 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 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

    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 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

    A mysterious girl lurks in the shadows in SANA, the new J-Horror movie from Takashi Shimizu. Photo courtesy of Shochiku Co., Ltd. ©2023 SANA Film Partners Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: https://movies.shochiku.co.jp/minnanouta/ (Japan)   Shochiku has provided information and images for SANA (ミンナのウタ, Minna no Uta), the new J-Horror movie from Takashi Shimizu, creator of the internationally acclaimed JU-ON franchise. The movie opens in Japan on August 11.   Photo courtesy of Shochiku Co., Ltd. ©2023 SANA Film Partners Introduction You'll be humming along with the music...   In 2004, Takashi Shimizu directed THE GRUDGE, the Hollywood remake of his hit horror film series JU-ON. It became the first film by a Japanese director to rank first at the U.S. box office! In recent years Shimizu has directed the much-talked-about "Terror Village" series, including

    TOKYO GHOUL's Hiyori Sakurada and KAMEN RIDER ZERO-ONE's Fumiya Takahashi star in the romantic drama OUR SECRET DIARY. Photo courtesy of Shochiku Co., Ltd. ©2023 OUR SECRET DIARY Film Partners Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: https://movies.shochiku.co.jp/koukan-usonikki/ (Japan)   Shochiku has provided information and images for their new romantic drama OUR SECRET DIARY (交換ウソ日記, Kōkan Uso Nikki). The film stars Fumiya Takahashi (KAMEN RIDER ZERO-ONE, KAGUYA-SAMA FINAL: LOVE IS WAR) and Hiyori Sakurada (TOKYO GHOUL, SILENT).   Photo courtesy of Shochiku Co., Ltd. ©2023 OUR SECRET DIARY Film Partners OUR SECRET DIARY opens in Japanese cinemas on Friday, July 7th.   Introduction The hit teen novel, which has a total of over 500,000 copies sold, is now being made into a live-action movie!   This summer, join us on a journey of true love that starts with

    Photo courtesy of Film Movement. Source: Film Movement, Foundry Communications press release Special Thanks to Michael Krause Photo courtesy of Film Movement. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but in CRACKED (ภาพหวาด, P̣hāph h̄wād, 2022) a terrifying new Thai horror film, an inherited painting may be worth a thousand screams, The movie comes to DVD and Digital July 18, 2023 from Film Movement. 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 long-hidden secrets,

    Photo courtesy of Fantasia. © Fantasia Source: Fantasia International Film Festival press releaseSpecial Thanks to Jacob Klemmer The Fantasia International Film Festival will be celebrating its 27th edition with a large and varied program of screenings, workshops, and launch events running from July 20 through August 9, 2023, taking place at the Concordia Hall Cinema, with additional screens at the Cinémathèque Québécoise and Cinéma du Musée. The festival’s complete lineup will be announced in early July. In the meantime, Fantasia is proud to reveal a selected wave of titles, along with a very special event.    BRIGHT SPOTLIGHTS ON SOUTH KOREAN CINEMA ILLUMINATE FANTASIA’s 27th EDITION   Photo courtesy of Fantasia. © Fantasia Since the selection of Kang Je-gyu’s GINGKO BED at Fantasia’s 1998 edition, the festival has become one of the premiere destinations for South Korean cinema. Over the years, Fantasia’s

    Yusaku Matsuda stars in three rare Japanese gangster films, available outside Japan for the first time ever. Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © Toei Co., Ltd. Source: Arrow Films, MVD Entertainment Special Thanks to Derek Stubinski Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © Toei Co., Ltd. Made at the end of the 1970s, Tōru Murakawa's GAME TRILOGY launched actor Yusaku Matsuda as the Toei tough guy for a new generation. Matsuda was the definitive screen icon of 1980s until his career was tragically cut short by cancer at the age of 40, following his Hollywood debut in Ridley Scott’s BLACK RAIN. In this career-defining triptych, Matsuda is Shohei Narumi, an ice cool hitman of few words, a steely trigger finger, and a heart of stone, hired in THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME (最も危険な遊戯, Mottomo Kiken na Yūgi, 1978) by a company bidding for a lucrative government

    Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2023 EMERGENCY INTERROGATION ROOM: THE FINAL Movie Production Committee Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: https://kintori-movie.jp/ (Japan)   Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2023 EMERGENCY INTERROGATION ROOM: THE FINAL Movie Production Committee The "interrogation room" - detectives fight for the truth, criminals cover up their crimes. It is their final battlefield. Toho has provided information and images for the feature film EMERGENCY INTERROGATION ROOM: THE FINAL (劇場版「緊急取調室 THE FINAL」, Gekijōban “Kinkyū Torishirabe Shitsu THE FINAL ”). It is a continuation of the TV Asahi drama series, EMERGENCY INTERROGATION ROOM, which aired for four seasons from 2014 to 2021. The movie opens in Japanese cinemas on Friday, June 16h. The series and film follow the explots of a special interrogation team of Investigation Division 1, the Emergency Case Response Interrogation Team that confronts

    Photo courtesy of Shochiku Co., Ltd. ©2023 WE'RE BROKE, MY LORD! Film Partners Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: https://movies.shochiku.co.jp/daimyo-tosan/ (Japan)   Shochiku has provided information and images for their new historical comedy drama WE'RE BROKE, MY LORD! (大名倒産, Daimyō Tōsan). The film stars Ryunosuke Kamiki (THE GREAT YOKAI WAR, THE KIRISHIMA THING, YOUR NAME), Hana Sugisaki  (BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL, HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER) and Kenichi Matsuyama  (DEATH NOTE, GANTZ series).   Photo courtesy of Shochiku Co., Ltd. ©2023 WE'RE BROKE, MY LORD! Film Partners WE'RE BROKE, MY LORD! opens in Japanese cinemas on June 23rd.   Introduction Best-selling author Jiro Asadac’s seminal historical fiction novel is finally coming to theaters! A man suddenly becomes the head of a domain, only to discover a debt of 10 billion yen?! Money has been intertwined

    Photo courtesy of Shochiku Co., Ltd. ©2023 SANA Film Partners Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: https://movies.shochiku.co.jp/minnanouta/ (Japan)   Shochiku has announced a new J-Horror movie, SANA (ミンナのウタ, Minna no Uta) from Takashi Shimizu, creator of the internationally acclaimed JU-ON franchise.   Photo courtesy of Shochiku Co., Ltd. ©2023 SANA Film Partners Introduction The latest film by Japanese horror master Takashi Shimizu. It’s the birth of a new bloodcurdling horror queen, following in the footsteps of Sadako from RING and Kayako from JU-ON: THE GRUDGE. Prepare to be haunted by Sana, a young girl who delivers a cursed melody that infects all those who hear it. Shimizu’s JU-ON paved the way for Japanese horror films and even saw a Hollywood remake. In recent years, he has delighted audiences with original works like HOWLING VILLAGE from the smash-hit

    Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2023 Touken Ranbu: the Movie Production Committee/NITRO PLUS, EXNOA LLC Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: https://touken-the-movie.jp/ (Japan)   Toho has provided information and images for TOUKEN RANBU: THE MOVIE 2 (映画刀剣乱舞-黎明-, Eiga Tōken Ranbu -Reimei-), the second live-action film based on the collectible card video game TOUKEN RANBU ONLINE (Sword Dance Online) from Nitroplus and DMM Games. The movie opens in Japoanese cinemas on March 31st.   Introduction Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2023 Touken Ranbu: the Movie Production Committee/NITRO PLUS, EXNOA LLC   Four years have passed since the release of TOUKEN RANBU: THE MOVIE (映画刀剣乱舞-継承-, Eiga Tōken Ranbu -Keishō-, 2019), a blockbuster hit that depicted a shocking conclusion to the "Honnoji Incident" in which swordsmen and the Sengoku warlords such as Nobunaga Oda and Hideyoshi

    Photo courtesy of Film Movement. © Nikkatsu Corporation, Imamura Production, Vap Inc., Shochiku Broadcasting Co., Ltd. Source: Film Movement press releaseOfficial Site: https://www.filmmovement.com/warm-water-under-a-red-bridgeSpecial Thanks to Michael Krause Photo courtesy of Film Movement. © Nikkatsu Corporation, Imamura Production, Vap Inc., Shochiku Broadcasting Co., Ltd. A down-and-out Salaryman travels to a seaside town where he meets a woman with unusual sexual powers in WARM WATER UNDER A RED BRIDGE (赤い橋の下のぬるい水, Akai Hashi no Shita no Nurui Mizu, 2001), the final film from revered filmmaker Shohei Imamura. The Digitally restored, Palme d'Or-nominated classic opens theatrically at Bam Rose Cinemas on March 31; additional markets to follow. Visit the official website for screening updates. Film Movement Classics / 119 Minutes / Japanese Comedy, Fantasy, Drama / Japanese with English Subtitles /  Not Rated   SYNOPSIS Brimming with magical realism, sensuality,

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