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    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,

      © 2018 Youku Information Technology (Beijing) Company Source: ITN Distribution, Inc.Special Thanks to Avery Guerra   The independent film company ITN Distribution has released the Chinese giant monster movie SNOW MONSTER VS. ICE SHARK (大雪怪, Dàxuě guài, 2019) on DVD in North America. Directed by Huang He (UNDERGROUND MONSTER) and starring Juncheng Wu (UNKNOWN CONTROL), Yongxian Zhang (RESTART THE EARTH) and Tang Xin (LAND SHARK), the film follows representatives of a genetic research corporation who are attacked by giant creatures while on an expedition to an unknown area on the edge of the Arctic. © 2018 Youku Information Technology (Beijing) Company SNOW MONSTER VS. ICE SHARK is now available from Amazon and other major retailers (Walmart, Best Buy, etc) nationwide. The movie is presented in English and 2.35:1 widescreen, has a runtime of 82 minutes and a SRP of $15.99 .

    Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © 1965 Toei Co., Ltd. This September Arrow Brings One of Japan’s Most Important Cinematic Works to Home Video for the First Time Source: Arrow Films, MVD Entertainment Special Thanks to Audrey Faine Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © 1965 Toei Co., Ltd. Japanese director Tomu Uchida (BLOODY SPEAR AT MOUNT FUJI, THE MAD FOX) directed 70 films over a career that spanned nearly 50 years. The crowning moment of Uchida's legendary career would come in 1965 with the release of the epic crime drama, A FUGITIVE FROM THE PAST (飢餓海峡, Kiga Kaikyō, 1965). On September 27, Arrow brings this stunning masterpiece to home video outside of Japan for the first time. In 1947, a freak typhoon sends a passenger ferry running between Hokkaido and mainland Japan plunging to the ocean depths, with hundreds of lives lost. During the chaos, three men

      Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © KADOKAWA Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © KADOKAWA Arrow Video US and MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their new Blu-ray of Daiei's BLIND BEAST (盲獣, Mōjū, 1969), a grotesque portrait of the bizarre relationship between a blind sculptor and his captive muse, adapted from a short story from Japan's foremost master of the macabre, Edogawa Rampo (Horrors of Malformed Men, The Black Lizard, Caterpillar). An artist's model, Aki (Mako Midori), is abducted, and awakens in a dark warehouse studio whose walls are decorated with outsized women's body parts - eyes, lips, legs and breasts - and dominated by two recumbent giant statues of male and female nudes. Her kidnapper introduces himself as Michio (Eiji Funakoshi), a blind sculptor whom she

    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 acomedy-drama MIDNIGHT DINER (深夜食堂,  Shēnyè shítáng, 2019). Based on the celebrated manga series Shin’ya Shokudo  by Yaro Abe and previously adapted into the critically-acclaimed TV series in Japan, Korea and China, the cinematic version of MIDNIGHT DINER is set in a little restaurant in an inconspicuous lane of Shanghai, Tony Leung Ka-Fai (ONCE UPON A TIME IN HONG KONG) makes his directorial debut and plays the leading role of a man who makes a set of special food for each guest who visits the restaurant and listens everyone's story.  MIDNIGHT DINER also stars Deng Chao (SHADOW), Eddie Peng (OPERATION MEKONG), and Vision Wei (LOST IN WHITE).

    Photo courtesy of Japan Society NY. North America’s largest festival of contemporary Japanese cinema presents a dynamic slate of 38 films streaming online throughout the U.S. and screening in-person at Japan Society in NYC, introduces New York Premiere of Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s WIFE OF A SPY and offers annual CUT ABOVE Award to star Yu AoiSource: Japan Society NY press releaseOfficial Site: JAPAN CUTS 2021: Festival of New Japanese FilmSpecial Thanks to Allison Rodman ​Japan Society announces the full lineup for the 15th annual JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film​, the largest festival of its kind in North America, set for August 20-September 2 as a hybrid online and in-person event.  Continuing its annual mission of showcasing a diverse slate of the best and most exciting films coming out of Japan today, the summer festival will introduce a total of 27 features​ and 12 short films​ including

    Photo courtesy of Film Movement. Source: Film Movement, Foundry Communications press release Special Thanks to Michael Krause Photo courtesy of Film Movement. Singular auteur Koji Fukada (A GIRL MISSING, HARMONIUM) makes his first foray into episodic drama, adapting Mochiru Hoshisato’s popular manga into a limited-run series replete with his patently idiosyncratic and lively take on human nature, fatalism, and true love.   THE REAL THING (本気のしるし, Honki no Shirushi, 2019) was an Official Selection at Cannes in 2020, and featured as part of a spotlight on Fukada’s career during last year’s Tokyo International Film Festival.   SYNOPSIS After Tsuji (Win Morisaki), a floundering toy salesman, rescues Ukiyo (Kaho Tsuchimura), a mysterious woman whose car stalls on the train tracks, she inadvertently whisks him into an epic series of misadventures involving gangsters, strange interlopers, kidnapping and other sundry crimes.  

    Lee Won-tae’s THE DEVIL’S DEAL, Paul Andrew Williams’ BULL, Vincent Grashaw’s WHAT JOSIAH SAW, Masashi Ando and Masayuki Miyaji’s THE DEER KING, Rob Jabbaz’s THE SADNESS, and Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury’s THE DEEP HOUSE are among the wealth of final titles announced  Source: Fantasia press release Special Thanks to Kaila Hier, Pierre Corbeil and Andre Dubois The Fantasia International Film Festival announces a massive new assortment of feature films for its 25th edition, along with details on scheduled panels, talks, tributes, special events, and our esteemed juries. On top of our impressive virtual slate of films, all geo-locked to Canada, and in addition to our globally accessible streamed events, the upcoming festival will also feature a limited number of in-person screenings in Montreal.  Fantasia begins August 5th with the World Premiere of Quebec zombie feature BRAIN FREEZE— following the August 4th special event screening

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: http://movie-rider50-ranger45.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Alicia Ashby A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE  Toei Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with press notes and promotional art for their new movie, KAMEN RIDER SABER + ZENKAIGER SUPERHERO SENKI (セイバー+ゼンカイジャー スーパーヒーロー戦記, Seibā + Zenkaijā Sūpāhīrō Senki). Description To this very day, as the era changes from Showa to Heisei to Reiwa, the much-admired Kamen Rider series and Super Sentai series continue to inspire dreams, courage, hope, and the spirit of justice. In 2021, these two great heroic lineages, treasured by young and old alike, will celebrate twin anniversaries: 50 years of Kamen Rider and 45 years of Super Sentai. This celebration is the film KAMEN RIDER SABER + ZENKAIGER SUPERHERO SENKI, which will bring together Kamen Rider and Super Sentai to

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2019 HYDRA FILM PARTNERS Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2019 HYDRA FILM PARTNERS Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the action-packed Japanese martial arts extravaganza HYDRA (ヒドラ, Hidora, 2021). Directed by Kensuke Sonomura (action director from the RESIDENT EVIL games, VENDETTA & DEGENERATION) and starring Masanori Mimoto (ENTER THE FAT DRAGON, DEATH NOTE), HYDRA co-stars newcomer Miu and Tasuku Nagase (IWANE: SWORD OF SERENITY).  After retiring as an assassin, Takashi (Masanori Mimoto) leads a quiet life as a chef at a sushi bar, where he secretly watches over the daughter of a former associate. His peace is short-lived: soon, he is recruited for a final job that he simply can’t refuse. HYDRA debuts on Digital, Blu-ray (SLP: $19.98)

    3y Film presents GHOST-CAT RHAPSODY, a new take on the classic ghost cat movies. Photo courtesy of 3Y Film. ©3Y Film Source: 3Y FilmSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra  A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE      3Y Film, makers of THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL and NEZURA 1964, have announced their next project...GHOST-CAT RHAPSODY (怪猫狂騒曲, Kaibyō Kyōsō Kyoku). Directed by Hiroto Yokokawa (THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL, NEZURA 1964), the film will be a musica/film collaboration with living icon Chumei Michiaki Watanabe, the composer for such classic series as KIKAIDA, GREAT MAZINGER and GORENGER!   GHOST-CAT RHAPSODY is a fresh take on the classic legend of the ghost cat. The popular horror tale was once popular with Japoanese studios, who released dozens of movies such as THE GHOST CAT AND THE MYSTERIOUS SHAMISEN (1938), GHOST CAT OF NABESHIME (1949), THE GHOST CAT OF

    Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © KADOKAWA Arrow Video US and MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their new Blu-ray of Daiei's GIANTS AND TOYS (巨人と玩具, Kyojin to Gangu, 1958), a sharp and snappy corporate satire revolving around the ruthless machinations of a group of admen working in the confectionary industry. Masumura's muse Ayako Wakao (THE BLUE SKY MAIDEN, RED ANGEL) stars as Otsuya, the daughter of a rich merchant, who is tempted by her lover, Shinsuke, a lowly employee of her father's, to elope. During their flight, Otsuya's beauty attracts the gaze of Seikichi, a mysterious master tattooist who sees her pristine white skin as the perfect canvas for his art. The image of the large demonic spider that he emblazons across Otsuya's back marks her as the

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2020 Beimo Film LLC Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2020 Beimo Film LLC Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of THE PAPER TIGERS, a homage to feel-good martial arts films like THE KARATE KID.  The audience-pleasing film shows how three dedicated kung fu disciples grew into washed-up, middle-aged men—now one kick away from pulling their hamstrings. But when their master is murdered, they must juggle their dead-end jobs, dad duties, and old grudges to avenge his death. The award-winning feature film debut of Director Tran Quoc Bao,  THE PAPER TIGERS stars Alain Uy (HELSTROM, TRUE DETECTIVE), Ron Yuan (MULAN, MARCO POLO), and Mykel Shannon Jenkins (THE GODS, UNDISPUTED III: REDEMPTION). Following its world premiere at the Fantasia Film

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