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    Collectible 20-Disc Set Includes MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: THE MOVIE Debuting for the First Time on Blu-ray! Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Shannon Meehan In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the multi-generational pop culture phenomenon, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Saban Brands, is proud to announce a stunning Power Rangers collection, MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: The Complete Series (25th Anniversary Edition Steelbook). Spanning the first 3 seasons of the Power Rangers television series and spotlighting MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: THE MOVIE for the first time on Blu-ray, this home entertainment collection features over 60 hours of action-packed entertainment across 19 DVDs and 1 Blu-ray, including hours of bonus content with brand-new interviews specific to the movie. A must-have for the most dedicated Power Ranger fans, return to where the series began and re-live these thrill-packed adventures on August 7,

    Source: Fantasia Festival press release Special Thanks to Ted Geoghegan The Fantasia International Film Festival will be celebrating its 22nd Anniversary in Montreal from July 12-August 1, once again returning to the mammoth Concordia Hall Cinema as its main base, with additional screens at the Cinémathèque québécoise and the McCord Museum. Its Frontières International Co-Production Market and Industry Rendez-Vous Weekend will be held July 19-22. The festival’s full lineup of over 130 feature films will be announced in early July, with ticket sales commencing shortly afterwards. A newly redesigned website will be launching in June. In the meantime, Fantasia is excited to reveal a carefully selected first wave of titles, along with several special happenings. INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE OF BLEACH HIGHLIGHTS A TRIO OF BLOCKBUSTER MASTERPIECES BY PROLIFIC DIRECTOR SHINSUKE SATO The most anticipated Japanese film of 2018 will have its International Premiere at Fantasia 2018

    BASED ON WILDLY POPULAR JAPANESE ANIME TELEVISION SERIES Source: Global Road Entertainment, Principal Communications Group press release Special Thanks to Hans-Dieter Kopal Global Road Entertainment is partnering with Bandai Namco Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, and Weed Road Pictures to produce and distribute the film project TIGER & BUNNY based on the hit Japanese anime television series. The futuristic live action feature film is being written by Ellen Shanman, and produced by Bandai Namco Pictures’ Masayuki Ozaki, Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Erica Huggins, and Weed Road Pictures’ Akiva Goldsman. The announcement was made today by Lynn Harris, Global Road Entertainment’s President of Worldwide Production. Harris stated, “We are thrilled to partner with Imagine, Bandai Namco and Weed Road on TIGER & BUNNY. Mr. Ozaki and his team’s globally recognized story and beloved characters provide us with the potential to not only produce a feature film

    Press Notes For New Live-Action Manga Adaptation From The Director of GANTZ Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Fuji TV Official Site: inuyashiki-movie.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided information and high-res photos from their upcoming release, INUYASHIKI (?????). Described as the “sensational new virtual movie”, the live-action adaptation of Hiroya Oku`s remarkable sci-fi action manga opens in Japanese cinemas on April 20th. INUYASHIKI is also being offered to foreign distributors by sales agent Fuji TV Motion Picture. INTRODUCTION Super geezer takes you on a mind-bending “aerial experience”! INUYASHIKI is a collaboration between Hiroya Oku, creator of the blockbuster manga Gantz which sold over 20 million copies, and director Shinsuke Sato (DEATH NOTE Light up the NEW world), who brought the work to the big screen as a two-part live-action film which recorded box office sales of 6.3

    Source: Universal Pictures, Toho-Towa Co., Ltd. Official Site: pacificrimmovie.com (US), pacificrim.jp (Japan) #JoinTheUprising #PacificRimUprising SciFi Japan is pleased to share Japanese publicity materials and photos for PACIFIC RIM UPRISING, courtesy of Universal Pictures International and Toho-Towa, the film`s theatrical distributor in Japan. A Legendary Pictures/DDY production, presented by Universal Pictures, PACIFIC RIM UPRISING is directed by Steven S. DeKnight (Netflix`s DAREDEVIL, STARZ`s SPARTACUS) and stars John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Jing Tian, Cailee Spaeny, Rinko Kikuchi, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona and Charlie Day. The movie opens in Japan on April 13, 2018. About Universal Pictures Universal Pictures is a division of Universal Studios, part of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Official Site: rampagethemovie.com (US), rampagemovie.jp (Japan) SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details and images from an upcoming movie. In 1993, a breakthrough new technology, known as CRISPR, gave scientists a path to treat incurable diseases through genetic editing. In 2016, due to its potential for misuse, the U.S. Intelligence Community designated genetic editing a “Weapon of Mass Destruction and Proliferation.” Global icon Dwayne Johnson headlines the action adventure RAMPAGE, directed by Brad Peyton. Johnson stars as primatologist Davis Okoye, a man who keeps people at a distance but shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, incredibly rare albino silverback gorilla who has been in his care since he rescued the young orphan from poachers. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry mutates this gentle ape into a raging creature of enormous size. To make

    Visit Bluefin during WonderCon 2018 at Booth #1037 Source: Bluefin Corp., MediaLab press release Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan and Asia, heads to Anaheim, CA for WonderCon to showcase a wide variety of upcoming products and also offer a selection of items for purchase. WonderCon is an annual comic book, science fiction, and film and pop culture convention and takes place March 23rd to 25th at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. Tickets and full details are available at comic-con.org/wca. Bluefin will be located on the main convention floor in Booth #1037. This year, Bluefin’s presence will be highlighted by a must-see display of new and upcoming merchandise, including model kits and collectible figures for a variety of fan-loved brands such as Bandai and Bandai Hobby, Storm Collectibles, Iron Studios, Sen-Ti-Nel, Beast

    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: donten-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Distributor Shochiku Co. has provided SciFi Japan with information and photos for LAUGHING UNDER THE CLOUDS (?????, Donten ni Wwarau), a live action adaptation based on Karakarakemuri`s popular manga, which has sold over 1.2 million copies. The manga was previously adapted as an animated feature film and TV anime series. LAUGHING UNDER THE CLOUDS is directed by Katsuyuki Motoshi (WHEN THE CURTAIN RISES, AJIN: DEMI-HUMAN) an stars Sota Fukushi (KAMEN RIDER FOURZE, SAY “I LOVE YOU”, BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL, BLEACH), Yuma Nakayama (HAUNTED CAMPUS) and Yuki Furukawa (MISCHIEVOUS KISS: LOVE IN TOKYO, POISON BERRY IN MY BRAIN). STORY Otsu in Shiga Prefecture after the Meiji Restoration. This is the year for the resurrection of Orochi, the multi-headed snake demon that wreaks havoc on mankind every 300 years. The three

    Source: McFarland & Company, Inc. press release Special Thanks to Mike Bogue Publisher McFarland & Company, Inc. is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a copy of the book Apocalypse Then: American and Japanese Atomic Cinema, 1951–1967 from author Mike Bogue (G-FAN, Scary Monsters Magazine). The United States, the only country to have dropped the bomb, and Japan, the only one to have suffered its devastation, understandably portray the nuclear threat differently on film. American science fiction movies of the 1950s and 1960s generally proclaim that it is possible to put the nuclear genie back in the bottle. Japanese films of the same period assert that once freed the nuclear genie can never again be imprisoned. In this book, Bogue examines genre films from the two countries released between 1951 and 1967 -- including GODZILLA (1954), THE MYSTERIANS (1957), THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN (1957),

    Photos and Information for Upcoming "Mechs vs. Giant Monsters" Movie Source: Universal Pictures, Legendary Pictures Official Site: pacificrimmovie.com #JoinTheUprising #PacificRimUprising SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details and images from an upcoming movie. The globe-spanning conflict between otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and the human-piloted super-machines built to vanquish them was only a prelude to the all-out assault on humanity in PACIFIC RIM UPRISING. JOHN BOYEGA (STAR WARS series, DETROIT) stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous “Kaiju.” Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through our cities and bring the world to its knees, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s

    Source: McFarland & Company, Inc. press release Classic sci-fi movie fans should pick up the film history Apocalypse Then: American and Japanese Atomic Cinema, 1951–1967 from author Mike Bogue and publishers McFarland & Company, Inc. The United States, the only country to have dropped the bomb, and Japan, the only one to have suffered its devastation, understandably portray the nuclear threat differently on film. American science fiction movies of the 1950s and 1960s generally proclaim that it is possible to put the nuclear genie back in the bottle. Japanese films of the same period assert that once freed the nuclear genie can never again be imprisoned. This book examines genre films from the two countries released between 1951 and 1967 -- including GODZILLA (1954), THE MYSTERIANS (1957), THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN (1957), ON THE BEACH (1959), THE LAST WAR (1961) and DR. STRANGELOVE (1964) -- to

    Early Look at Upcoming Double Feature Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: build-lupin-vs-pato.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with some early information and high-res promotional images for their 18th annual Super Sentai/Kamen Rider theatrical double feature, KAMEN RIDER BUILD THE MOVIE / LUPINRANGER VS PATRANGER EN FILM (??? ??????????????????????VS????????????en film, Gekijooban Kamen Raidaa Birudo/ Kaitoo Sentai Rupanrenjaa VS Keisatsu Sentai Patorenjaa en film)*, opening in Japan this August. The films feature the latest additions to Toei`s two most popular hero franchises. The KAMEN RIDER BUILD (?????????, Kamen Raidaa Birudo) television series debuted on September 3, 2017, and stars Atsuhiro Inukai as Sento Kiryu, a physicist who uses the Build Driver belt to become Kamen Rider Build. LUPINRANGER VS PATRANGER (???????????? VS ???????????, Kaitoo Sentai Rupanrenjaa VS Keisatsu Sentai Patorenjaa) premiered this past February 11. The

    Vengeance Brings the Dead to Life Source: Well Go USA, MPRM Communications press release Special Thanks to Leif Helland and Rachel Villegas Based on the novel It Is Over by Park Ha-ik., the fast-paced, nail-biting South Korean thriller RV: RESURRECTED VICTIMS (?????, Hwui-saeng-bu-hwa-ja, 2017) debuts on digital February 6 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Directed by Kyung-taek Kwak (EYE FOR AN EYE), RV: RESURRECTED VICTIMS stars KIM Rae-Won (GANGNAM BLUES) and KIM Hae-Sook (THE HANDMAIDEN) the taunt terrifying tale of the Resurrected Victims Phenomenon, where murder victims come back to life to avenge their murderer and a prosecutor is suspected of his mother’s murder when she returns from the dead... Synopsis In the near future, murder victims have begun coming back to life with the sole purpose of avenging their deaths. Jin-hong (KIM Rae-won) is a cold-hearted prosecutor who’s obsessed with catching the man that killed

    Starring Ryan Reynolds, Ken Watanabe, Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton, the Film Arrives in Theaters in May 2019 Source: Source: Universal Pictures press release Legendary Entertainment and Universal Pictures announced that principal photography began January 24th on DETECTIVE PIKACHU, the first live-action film based on the globally popular Pokémon franchise. Starring Ryan Reynolds (DEADPOOL series), Ken Watanabe (GODZILLA), Justice Smith (JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM) and Kathryn Newton (THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI), the film is from director Rob Letterman (GOOSEBUMPS, GULLIVER`S TRAVELS) and writers Nicole Perlman and Letterman -- with Eric Pearson and Tom McCarthy having completed the production polishes. DETECTIVE PIKACHU arrives in theaters in North America on May 10, 2019. Pokémon has delighted fans of all ages around the world for over two decades. With more than 300 million video games sold worldwide, 23.6 billion Pokémon TCG cards shipped to 74 countries, and an

    Source: Well Go USA, Azoland Pictures, Gaga Communications, Warner Bros. Pictures Japan Official Site: warnerbros.co.jp/gintama-film (Japan), azolandpictures.com/gintama (US) Distributor Well Go USA Entertainment has partnered with Azoland Pictures to bring the live-action movie GINTAMA (??, 2017) to North American theaters on January 19, 2018. The Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD release will follow on March 6. Based on the best-selling manga by Hideaki Sorachi, GINTAMA is packed with the sword-swinging sci-fi action and offbeat humor that have made the manga a classic. Star Shun Oguri (TERRAFORMARS, MUSEUM) and writer/director Yuichi Fukuda (HK / FORBIDDEN SUPER HERO) present a journey to a visually-stunning universe where fantastical action lurks just around every corner. STORY GINTAMA takes place in an alternate Edo-period Japan, where an Alien race has taken control. Samurai were forced to put down their swords, and are treated with disregard. Gintoki

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: movie-taisen.com (Japan) The shocking final chapter to Heisei... Toei Company has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res images for their new movie, KAMEN RIDER HEISEI GENERATIONS FINAL. The film opens in Japan this weekend. CREDITS Official English Title: KAMEN RIDER HEISEI GENERATIONS FINAL Japanese Title: ?????????????????FINAL ?????????with????????? (Kamen Raidaa Heisei Jenereeshonzu Fainaru: Birudo ando Eguzeido wizu Rejendo Raidaa) Literal Translation: Kamen Rider Heisei Generations Final: Build & Ex-Aid with Legend Riders Japanese Release Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017 (Roadshow) Running Time: 91 Minutes Cast Sento Kiryu/Kamen Rider Build (Voice): Atsuhiro Inukai Emu Hojo/Kamen Rider Ex-Aid (Voice): Hiroki Iijima Takeru Tenkuji/Kamen Rider Ghost (Voice): Shun Nishime Kouta Kazuraba/Kamen Rider Gaim (Voice): Gaku Sano Gentaro Kisaragi/Kamen Rider Fourze (Voice): Sota Fukushi Eiji Hino/Kamen Rider OOO (Voice): Shu Watanabe Ankh: Ryosuke Miura Kaisei Mogami: Kenji Ohtsuki

    Press Notes For New Manga Adaptation Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Nippon Television Network Official Site: kamakura-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. and Nippon Television Network Corp. have provided information and large, high-res photos from their upcoming release, DESTINY: THE TALE OF KAMAKURA (DESTINY ???????, Destiny Kamakura Monogatari). Toho is releasing the movie in Japanese cinemas on December 9, while NTV is handling sales to foreign distributors. Directed by Takashi Yamazaki (SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO), the film is based on the manga series Kamakura Monogatari by Ryohei Saigan that has sold more than 9 million copies to date. Yamazaki previously adapted Saigan`s Sunset on Third Street as the blockbuster trilogy ALWAYS- SUNSET ON THIRD STREET (ALWAYS ??????, Always San-Chome no Yuhi, 2005), ALWAYS- SUNSET ON THIRD STREET- 2 (ALWAYS ????????, Always Zoku San-Chome no Yuhi, 2007) and ALWAYS- SUNSET ON THIRD

    New Compact High-Detail Kits Recreate The Iconic Zord Robots From The Smash Hit MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS Source: Bluefin Corp., MediaLab press release Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Asia and more, announces the release of new Power Rangers Megazord and Dragonzord Super Mini-Pla Kits from Bandai’s Shokugan collections. Units are now available from authorized Bluefin retailers nationwide and also from select leading online outlets in time for the start of this year’s Holiday Season. Please check your favorite online and/or brick-and-mortar outlet for immediate availability. They are also available from Bluefin’s own on-line store. The Power Rangers Megazord and Dragonzord Super Mini-Pla Kits from Bandai’s Shokugan collections are fully articulated and faithfully recreate the proportions and details from the original MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS TV series. By combining all 5 Zords from the

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Japan Official Site: warnerbros.co.jp/hagarenmovie (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Warner Bros. Pictures Japan has provided information and photos from FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST (??????, Hagane no Renkinjutsushi), the live-action feature film adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa`s manga, which has sold 70 million copies worldwide. FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST opens in Japanese cinemas on December 1st. Funimation has licensed North American rights; release date TBA. STORY Gifted alchemist Edward (Yamada Ryosuke) and his younger brother Alphonse attempt to resurrect their dead mother by performing a Human Transmutation. When it fails, they pay the price with Edward losing his left leg and Alphonse his entire body. Edward trades his own right arm to save Alphonse by binding his soul to a suit of armor and now with a steel limb, Edward travels the world as a Fullmetal Alchemist. CREDITS Japanese Theatrical Release: Friday, December 1,

    Source: Kadokawa Pictures Official Site: RingsMovie.com (US), thering-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE "Whoever sees the cursed video will surely die after seven days..." Nearly a year after Paramount Pictures` RINGS was released in North America, the movie comes to Japanese cinemas as THE RING/REBIRTH (??????????, Za Ringu/ Ribaasu). RINGS is the third feature-length entry in the American series based on the Japanese horror franchise that began with Koji Suzuki’s novel Ring (???, Ringu, 1991) and gained international acclaim with Hideo Nakata`s (DARK WATER, L: change the worLd) hit film adaptation THE RING (???, Ringu, 1998). Suzuki`s story of a cursed video tape and the movie`s depiction of the undead antagonist Sadako crawling out from a TV screen shocked the world and became defining symbols of J-horror. A number of theatrical and television sequels, prequels and remakes have been produced in Japan

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