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    Photo courtesy of 3Y Film. ©3Y Film Photo courtesy of 3Y Film. ©3Y Film Source: 3Y FilmSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra  A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE KIKAIDA star Daisuke Ban has joined the cast of GHOST CAT RHAPSODY. Photo courtesy of 3Y Film.  3Y Film, makers of THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL ((大仏廻国 Daibutsu Kaikoku, 2018) and NEZURA 1964 (ネズラ1964, 2020), have announced some exciting cast additons to their upcoming film, GHOST-CAT RHAPSODY (怪猫狂騒曲, Kaibyō Kyōsō Kyoku). Today it was revealed that Daisuke Ban has been signed for the movie. Ban is best known as the star of the popular Toei superhero series KIKAIDA (人造人間キカイダー, Jinzō Ningen Kikaidā, 1972-73) and INAZUMAN (イナズマン, 1973-74) and has appeared in numerous tokusatsu shows and movies. He also played Sadako's father in the the internationally acclaimed J-Horror hit THE RING (リング, Ringu, 1998)

    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

    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

    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 THE DAIMAJIN TRILOGY Limited Edition Blu-ray Set. The collection includes all three Daiei giant monster movies that transplants the Golem legend to Japan’s Warring States period of the late-16th century. In DAIMAJIN (大魔神), directed by Kimiyoshi Yasuda (YOKAI MONSTERS, ZATOICHI ON THE ROAD), the young son and daughter of the benevolent feudal lord Hanabusa flee to the mountains when their parents are slain by the treacherous usurper Odate. Ten years later, when the elderly priestess who has harboured them is also murdered, the rage of the slumbering ancient god that lies beneath the crumbling giant stone idol hidden deep

    Source: The Loot Company press release Special Thanks to George Roush Acclaimed horror manga artist Junji Ito is being celebrated with the announcement of the Loot Crate Artist Collection. Experience a new series of officially licensed apparel, collectibles and gear in honor of the legendary Japanese manga author most known for his work in horror. Get a surprise mix of exclusive items delivered to your door every other month in this limited edition 4-crate series. The Loot Crate Artist Collection celebrates three of Junji Ito’s most popular works. The first crate in the series is themed “Obsessive/Repulsive,” and features exclusive gear and apparel from Tomie, Souichi, and Yon & Mu! While each crate in the four-crate series is great on its own, many items are parts of a larger piece that can only be completed by purchasing the entire collection. For Tomie, one class

      The latest film in the legendary Japanese anime franchise will premiere in over 240 countries and territories excluding Japan Source: Amazon press release Official Site: https://www.evangelion.co.jp/final.html (Japan) Photo courtesy of Amazon. © khara / Project Eva. © khara / EVA Production Committee © khara Amazon Prime Video today announced the exclusive global premiere (outside of Japan) of the highly anticipated Japanese anime blockbuster EVANGELION:3.0+1.01 THRICE UPON A TIME (シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版:?, Shin Evangerion Gekijōban:?, 2021) on August 13th. EVANGELION:3.0+1.01 THRICE UPON A TIME is the fourth and final chapter of the new theatrical edition of Evangelion. The anime film – which is the highest-grossing in all movies by chief director Hideaki Anno and most-watched movie in Japanese theatres in 2021- is from directors Kazuya Tsurumaki, Katsuichi Nakayama and Mahiro Maeda as well as legendary creator, screenwriter and chief director Hideaki Anno (SHIN GODZILLA). To

    Photos courtesy of 3Y Film and Avery Guerra. THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL ©2019 3Y Film. NEZURA 1964 ©2020 3Y Film, KADOKAWA Source: SRS Cinema LLC Special Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Photo courtesy of 3Y Film and Avery Guerra. ©2020 3Y Film, KADOKAWA Distributor SRS Cinema has licensed North American home media rights to the independent kaiju films THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL (大仏廻国, Daibutsu Kokaiku, 2019) and NEZURA 1964 (ネズラ1964, 2020). Limited Edition VHS and Blu-rays will be made available soon with wide-release DVDs to follow. Directed by Hiroto Yokokawa, THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL is a remake of the long-lost 1934 film by Yoshiro Edamasa, which was quite possibly the first-ever daikaiju film from Japan. The film boasts an all-star cast of tokusatsu/kaiju actors that includes Akira Kubo (INVASION OF ASTRO MONSTER/MONSTER ZERO, SON OF GODZILLA), Akira Takarada (star of

    Source: MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler     Photo courtesy of MVD Entertainment. ©LosGatos Works   SRS Cinema and distributor MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the new DVD edition of the  independent daikaiju film HOWL FROM BEYOND THE FOG (狭霧の国 Sagiri no Kuni, 2019). The movie was written and directed by Daisuke Sato (GODZILLA MOTHRA KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL OUT ATTACK, GODZILLA: FINAL WARS, GAMERA THE BRAVE, ULTRAMAN MEBIUS & ULTRAMAN BROTHERS) and features work by legendary Toho monster maker Keizō Murase (MOTHRA, KING KONG VS GODZILLA, FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD, GAMERA).   Set in Kyushu during the Meiji era, a blind girl, named Takiri, and the blind monster from a nearby lake, named Nebula, fight against greedy developers who threaten to take over her family's land. Using an all puppet human cast

    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

    Takashi Miike is back with the sequel, THE GREAT YOKAI WAR -GUARDIANS-. Photo courtesy of Kadokawa Pictures. ©2021 The Great Yokai Wars Film Partners Source: Kadokawa Pictures Official Site: movies.kadokawa.co.jp/yokai (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Spoiler Warning: This article contains plots details for an upcoming movie. Do you have true courage? Kadokawa Pictures has provided SciFi Japan with press notes, a trailer, poster art and a large photo gallery from their upcoming film, THE GREAT YOKAI WAR -GUARDIANS- (妖怪大戦争 ガーディアンズ, Yōkai Daisensō Gādianzu). Director Takashi Miike returns for the sequel to his 2005 hit THE GREAT YOKAI WAR, which was itself an update of the yokai movie trilogy produced by the Daiei Motion Picture Company in the late 1960s. Takashi Miike has brought back many of the classic Yokai seen in the first THE GREAT YOKAI WAR. The movie will also feature Bushin,

    Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © KADOKAWA Source: Arrow Films, MVD Entertainment Special Thanks to Jasper Sharp and Clint Weiler Behind a Mask of Stone, the Fires of Vengeance Burn! Following their incredible GAMERA: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION release last fall, Arrow has announced another deluxe Blu-ray set... THE DAIMAJIN TRILOGY! The box set will be released in the United States and United Kingdom in late July. Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © KADOKAWA   The Daimajin Trilogy saw Daiei’s Kyoto studios bringing its own iconic movie monster to life in a unique but short-lived series that transplants the Golem legend to Japan’s Warring States period of the late-16th century. In DAIMAJIN (大魔神), directed by Kimiyoshi Yasuda (YOKAI MONSTERS, ZATOICHI ON THE ROAD), the young son and daughter of the benevolent feudal lord Hanabusa flee to the mountains when their parents

     Source: MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler   Photo courtesy of MVD Entertainment. © Shinpei Hayashiya   SRS Cinema and distributor MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the new DVD edition of the independent daikaiju movie GOD RAIGA VS KING OHGA (深海獣雷牙 対 溶岩獣王牙, Shinkaijū Raiga tai Yōganjū Ōga, 2019) from director Shinpei Hayashiya (REIGO; KING OF THE SEA MONSTERS, RAIGA: GOD OF THE MONSTERS). The giant monster Raiga returns, rising in Atami Harbor and attacking the city. A second kaiju, Ohga, soon joins the chaos, and the two monsters clash, destroying large sections of the city. Defense forces launch two new weapons, the giant tank Kamikaze and the drill tank Gokumei, to meet the monster invasion head on. But as the beasts work their way to Tokyo, will they be enough to stop the monsters from

    Source: SRS Cinema LLC,  Official Site: sagirinokuni.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Clint Weiler   Photo courtesy of MVD Entertainment. ©LosGatos Works This July, SRS Cinema and distributor MVD Entertainment present the independent daikaiju film HOWL FROM BEYOND THE FOG (狭霧の国 Sagiri no Kuni, 2019) on DVD.The movie was written and directed by Daisuke Sato (GODZILLA MOTHRA KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL OUT ATTACK, GODZILLA: FINAL WARS, GAMERA THE BRAVE, ULTRAMAN MEBIUS & ULTRAMAN BROTHERS) and features work by legendary Toho monster maker Keizō Murase (MOTHRA, KING KONG VS GODZILLA, FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD, GAMERA).   Set in Kyushu during the Meiji era, a blind girl, named Takiri, and the blind monster from a nearby lake, named Nebula, fight against greedy developers who threaten to take over her family's land. Using an all puppet human cast and a fantastic monster suit, it offers a new

    Source: The Asylum Special Thanks to Avery Guerra Photo courtesy of The Asylum. ©2021 Asylum, All Rights Reserved.   APE VS. MONSTER, The Asylum's homage to GODZILLA VS. KONG, will be released theatrically and on VOD this Friday, April 30th. The studio promises "An epic kaiju showdown in the verin of RAMPAGE and PACIFIC RIM!"   SYNOPSIS An ape, lost in space, crash-lands back to Earth. The vessel oozes a sludge that triggers massive growth in both the ape as well as a passing Gila Monster. Once the creatures reach titanic size their paths cross again, leading to a giant brawl in which mankind hangs in the balance.

    Source: Netflix Official Site: netflix.com/pacificrim Official Twitter: @PacificRim Official Instagram: @PacificRimMovie Official Facebook: @PacificRimMovie Special Thanks to Shigeko Watanabe and Patrick Sebastian Henkel Netflix has provided SciFi Japan with the new trailer for the Netflix Original Anime Series PACIFIC RIM: THE BLACK. The seven episode first season will be released worldwide this Thursday, March 4. About Netflix Netflix is the world’s leading internet entertainment service with 139 million memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments. For more information on PACIFIC RIM: THE BLACK please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan: PACIFIC RIM: THE BLACK -- American

    Source: Netflix Official Site: netflix.com/pacificrim Official Twitter: @PacificRim Official Instagram: @PacificRimMovie Official Facebook: @PacificRimMovie Special Thanks to Shigeko Watanabe and Patrick Sebastian Henkel Netflix has provided SciFi Japan with pics, a Japanese poster and the Japanese main trailer for the new Netflix Original Anime Series PACIFIC RIM: THE BLACK. Based on the 2013 live-action film PACIFIC RIM, directed by Guillermo Del Toro, and its 2018 sequel PACIFIC RIM UPRISING, the series is produced by Legendary Television with animation by Polygon Pictures, the Japanese studio behind the 2017-18 Anime Godzilla Trilogy. Netflix will release the seven episode first season worldwide on March 4. In Japan, the show will have the title PACIFIC RIM: THE DARK CONTINENT (パシフィック・リム: 暗黒の大陸, Pashifikku Rimu: Ankoku no Airstrike). STORY There was a time when Kaiju rose from the Pacific Rim only to encounter gigantic robots, Jaegers, built to fight

    Preorders Start Today Source: BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin) press release S.H.MonsterArts Official Site: tamashii.jp/shma (Japan) Zinogre, the lightning-charged Fanged Wyvern from MONSTER HUNTER, debuts as an action figure! Featuring a posable neck, torso, tail, and shoulders, the S.H.MonsterArts Zinogre is even capable of taking the monster’s distinctive howling at the moon pose! Sharply rendered in three dimensions down to the finest detail, the figure utilizes translucent parts on the back to replicate the icy glow of its fur. The talons on the front and rear legs can be swapped out to re-create the Zinogre’s attack stance. S.H.MonsterArts is now taking preorders online at web shops and brick-and-mortar hobby shops, toy stores, electronics stores, and wholesalers across Japan as well as at U.S. online retailers and specialty shops. Display Zinogree alongside the S.H.MonsterArts Nargacuga and S.H.MonsterArts Rathalos (both sold separately) to re-create ferocious

    Source: Netflix press release Special Thanks to Sophia Shin Netflix and Skydance have announced a new anime series based on the globally successful TERMINATOR franchise, the first animated TV adaptation of the franchise. The series is produced in partnership with Production I.G (GHOST IN THE SHELL: SAC_2045, B: THE BEGINNING) who Netflix has a Production Line Deal with since 2018. Showrunner/Executive Producer Mattson Tomlin (PROJECT POWER, THE BATMAN) stated that, “Anyone who knows my writing knows I believe in taking big swings and going for the heart. I’m honored that Netflix and Skydance have given me the opportunity to approach TERMINATOR in a way that breaks conventions, subverts expectations and has real guts.” “TERMINATOR is one of the most iconic sci-fi stories ever created — and has only grown more relevant to our world over time,” explained John Derderian, Netflix, Vice President

    Source: SRS Cinema LLC press release Official Site: sandaikaijyu.pal-ep.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Avery Guerra SRS Cinema keeps the indie kaiju rolling with MONSTER SEAFOOD WARS (三大怪獣グルメ, San Daikaijū Gurume, 2020) on limited edition Blu-ray and VHS. In the latest film from the amazing Minoru Kawasaki (THE WORLD SINKS EXCEPT JAPAN, MONSTER X STRIKES BACK/ ATTACK THE G8 SUMMIT!), Yuta, a young master at the Tsukiji Fish Market, accidentally drops his meal of mixed seafood into the Sumida River. Some time afterwards a gigantic mutated squid monster arises from the depths and begins to wreak havoc upon an awe-stricken Tokyo. Attempts by the Japan Self-Defense Forces to stop the creature prove futile. As it seems things couldn’t get any worse an enormous mutant octopus monster emerges from the deep and heads into a clash of the titans with the gargantuan

    Source: Shout! Factory Special Thanks to Shannon Meehan and Tom Chen On May 11th, Shout! Factory’s Scream Factory imprint will release a 2-Disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of the 1976 KING KONG remake. The timeless story of a beauty (Jessica Lange, making her feature-film debut) and a beast returned to the screen in this ambitious production from producer Dino De Laurentiis (SERPICO, DEATH WISH) and director John Guillermin (TOWERING INFERNO). The Petrox company’s search for new oil reserves on a strange island unleashes a terror unseen by civilized man — KING KONG! Charles Grodin (THE HEARTBREAK KOD, MIDNIGHT RUN) is the scheming oil company shark out to exploit the giant beast (Rick Baker) to his fullest. And Jeff Bridges (THE BIG LEBOWSKI, IRON MAN) is the desperate hero, Jack Prescott, who attempts to wrest the beautiful heroine from King Kong’s grasp.

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