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    Official Site: netflix.com/title/80122759 Source: Netflix, Strategy PR press materials Special Thanks to Joan Carter Netflix has released the last two character art posters for their upcoming American remake of DEATH NOTE. Light Turner is a high school student who begins a crusade to rid the world of evil when he finds a notebook that has the power to kill anyone whose name is written in it. But is he Savior or Sadist? Mia Sutton is the high school girlfriend of Light Turner, who embarks on a crusade alongside him to rid the world of evil with the `Death Note.` Based on the famous Japanese manga by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, the Netflix original film is directed by Adam Wingard (BLAIR WITCH, YOU`RE NEXT) and stars Nat Wolff (PAPER TOWNS, THE FAULT OF OUR STARS) as Light Turner, Margaret Qualley (THE LEFTOVERS) as Mia

    Official Site: netflix.com/title/80122759 Source: Netflix, Strategy PR press materials Special Thanks to Bobby Dobinski Check! Checkmate. Netflix has released a new character art poster of "L" from their upcoming American remake of DEATH NOTE. In the ultimate chess match between "Light" and darkness, L is the prodigy detective behind the investigation of the serial killer known as `Kira.` Based on the famous Japanese manga by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, DEATH NOTE follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone`s name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life. The Netflix original film is directed by Adam Wingard (BLAIR WITCH, YOU`RE NEXT) and stars Nat Wolff (PAPER TOWNS, THE

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: PowerRangers.Movie (US), power-rangers.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Saban`s POWER RANGERS, the American feature film from Lionsgate and Saban Brands, is now available on home video in North America, but will not open theatrically in Japan until July 15th. Toei Co., creators of the Super Sentai franchise, have provided SciFi Japan with additional high-res images promoting the Japanese release. For much, much more on Saban’s POWER RANGERS, be sure to check out the Production Notes and Images here on SciFi Japan. About Toei Company, Ltd. Established in 1951, Toei is one of the Japanese majors in cinema, covering production, distribution and exhibition through its own theater chains. The company owns two film studios located in Tokyo and Kyoto. Its library

    Source: HIDIVE, Kraken Releasing press release Special Thanks to John Parent Starting Friday, June 23, 2017, HIDIVE members in the USA and Canada will be able to stream newly launched episodes of the 25-episode GARO ???GARO?) series every Friday at 12:00 PM CT exclusively on HIDIVE`s streaming service. Created by famed film and video game designer/director Keita Amemiya (ZEIRAM 1 & 2, ONIMUSHA 2, MASKED RIDER BLACK) and directed by Amemiya and a pantheon of Japan’s top action and horror directors including Makoto Yokoyama (POWER RANGERS), Kengo Kaji (TOKYO GORE POLICE, Marvel’s IRON MAN - RISE OF THE TECHNOVORE), and Ryu Kaneda (VIDEO GIRL AI), GARO’s amazing battle sequences, stunning special effects and complex multi-character storyline have spawned over a dozen follow up live action TV series and feature films, as well as multiple anime series and videogames. Kraken Releasing is proud to bring GARO to North

    Toei Publicity Materials for New Double Feature Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: ex-aid-kyuranger.jp (Japan) Toei Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with some early information and high-res promotional images for their 17th annual Super Sentai/Kamen Rider theatrical double feature, KAMEN RIDER EX-AID / KYURANGER THE MOVIE (??? ???????????????????????? THE MOVIE, Gekijooban Kamen Raidaa Eguzeido/ Uchuu Sentai Kyuurenjaa The Movie)*. The films will open in Japan this August. Plot details and cast/crew lists will be announced as the release date nearer. For now, Toei has offered teasers about each film... Is it possible to alter fate, or is it set? Kamen Rider Ex-Aid is driven by his faith as a Doctor to save the patient before him. The true power of the Space Squadron is now unleashed! The ultimate savior who "rescues the universe" will be Hoshi, who turns the tears of the

    Source: Paramount Pictures Official Site: ghostintheshell.tumblr.com (US), ghostshell.jp (Japan) SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details and images from a new movie. In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others. Based on the internationally acclaimed Japanese Manga, The Ghost in

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: PowerRangers.Movie (US), power-rangers.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with a high-res image of the main Japanese theatrical poster for Saban`s POWER RANGERS (????????, Pawaarenjaa), the American feature film from Lionsgate and Saban Brands. POWER RANGERS will be released in the United States by Lionsgate on March 24, 2017. Toei will release the film in Japan on July 15, 2017. For much, much more on Saban’s POWER RANGERS, be sure to check out the Production Notes and Images here on SciFi Japan. About Toei Company, Ltd. Established in 1951, Toei is one of the Japanese majors in cinema, covering production, distribution and exhibition through its own theater chains. The company owns two film studios located in Tokyo and Kyoto. Its library exceeds 20,000 titles including feature

    Author: Richard Pusateri Official Site: kongskullislandmovie.com (US), kingkong-dokuro.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Marlena Green This is another glowingly positive review of KONG: SKULL ISLAND, which will reinforce the prevailing opinion that it is very good and you should not hesitate to see it. KONG: SKULL ISLAND is visually stunning. Every shot on Skull Island is a work of art. The allusions to APOCALYPSE NOW imagery are inescapable. APOCALYPSE NOW was loosely based on the 1899 novella Heart of Darkness. An unavoidable assumption is the starring characters’ names (Tom Hiddleston’s James Conrad and John C. Reilly’s Marlow) are derived respectively from Joseph Conrad, author of Heart of Darkness, and the novella’s narrator Marlow. On the surface, the story is pretty simple. We see an opening sequence on an island late in World War II, then we jump to the end of the Vietnam War

    Saban’s POWER RANGERS (2017) All-Star Trailer. Video courtesy of Lionsgate. © 2017 Lionsgate Entertainment Inc. POWER RANGERS © 2017 SCG Power Rangers LLC. Source: Lionsgate Official Site: PowerRangers.Movie (US), power-rangers.jp (Japan) Facebook: facebook.com/PowerRangersMovie Twitter: twitter.com/ThePowerRangers Instagram: instagram.com/PowerRangersMovie Hashtags: #PowerRangersMovie, #TogetherWeAReMore Lionsgate has provided their latest promotional videos and high-res poster images for Saban’s POWER RANGERS, opening in U.S. theaters on March 24, 2017. Based on POWER RANGERS created by Haim Saban and Toei Company Ltd. -- and developed from the Japanese "Super Sentai" franchise -- the film is a production of Lionsgate and Saban Brands. For much, much more on Saban’s POWER RANGERS, be sure to check out the Production Notes and Images here on SciFi Japan. Video clip courtesy of Lionsgate. © 2017 Lionsgate Entertainment Inc.

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Official Site: kongskullislandmovie.com (US), kingkong-dokuro.jp (Japan) Warner Bros. Pictures continues their "KONG on the loose in Los Angeles" campaign for the new movie, KONG: SKULL ISLAND. After planting massive footprints at Dockweiler Beach, the studio has displayed signs of the damaged caused by the giant ape`s trek through the city. Read on for the official press release... Kong has struck again, and this time he`s been spotted downtown where all the action is! Track the iconic movie monster as he makes his way across the city. His new movie, KONG: SKULL ISLAND opens on March 10th. But where will he turn up next? Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ KONG: SKULL ISLAND reimagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (THE KINGS OF SUMMER). In the film, a diverse team of

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Official Site: kongskullislandmovie.com (US), kingkong-dokuro.jp (Japan) Warner Bros. Pictures is having some fun promoting their new movie, KONG: SKULL ISLAND. The studio has planted massive footprints on a Los Angeles beach, in what promises to be just first sign the giant ape is on the loose in the city. Read on for the official press release... Kong is King of Skull Island and now he has come ashore in Los Angeles, where he is making his presence known in a big way. Check out these shots of the Kong-sized footprints found on Dockweiler Beach, and track the iconic movie monster as he makes his way across the city. Where will he turn up next? Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ KONG: SKULL ISLAND reimagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts

    Times Square Attraction Receives Huge Delivery From Skull Island Source: Madame Tussauds press release Official Movie Site: kongskullislandmovie.com (US), kingkong-dokuro.jp (Japan) Madame Tussauds have partnered with Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures to bring a larger than life KONG: SKULL ISLAND experience to the iconic wax attractions in New York and London, complete with an 18-foot high interactive animatronic head of the mythical monster. Coinciding with the announcement of Kong`s return, ginormous rumbling crates were spotted at iconic locations in both cities. In New York, a rumbling wooden shipping container caused a sensation among Midtown`s morning commuters spotted being driven around Times Square on a flat-bed truck before making its way to Madame Tussauds on 42nd Street for delivery. The all new, multi-sensory environment, including the breathing, blinking and roaring, made-to-scale Kong head, will open March 2017, to celebrate the launch of the

    From the Shadow of Japan`s Most Famous Movie Monster, Rare Sci-Fi/Fantasy Films Invade NYC Source: Japan Society press release Special Thanks to Shannon Jowett Beyond Godzilla: Alternative Futures & Fantasies in Japanese Cinema March 24-April 8, 2017, at Japan Society New York, NY -- For more than 60 years, Godzilla has captivated audiences and ignited imaginations around the world, with recent wildly popular reboots in both the U.S. and Japan, and several sequels/spinoffs currently in production. "Ever since Ishiro Honda’s 1954 GODZILLA first rampaged across screens, its title monster has become both Japan’s best-known pop culture export and a universal symbol of mass destruction," notes film critic and writer Mark Schilling. "But Godzilla has also cast a long, scaly shadow obscuring Japan’s other live-action contributions to the sci-fi/fantasy genre." To showcase the wide-ranging imagination of the Japanese sci-fi/fantasy genre, Schilling has curated Beyond

    Author: Daisuke Ishizuka Shotaro Ishinomori is the manga artist who is well known as the original story/design creator of many super heroes such as Kamen Rider, Inazuman, Kikaider, Henshin Ninja Arashi, Robot Keiji, and Gorenger of the Super Sentai series. He was born in Miyagi prefecture in 1938 and passed away in 1998. The museum of Shotaro Ishinomori Manga-Kan (Ishinomaki Mangattan Museum) was built in Ishinomaki-city, Miyagi in 2001. It is about 1 kilometer from JR Ishinomaki train station to the museum, but visitors should walk from one location to the other instead of taking a taxi. The reason for walking is that, on the roadsides, there are 18 sets of monuments depicting Ishinomori’s characters: 00 number cyborgs from CYBORG 009, Kamen Rider, Kamen Rider V3, Akarenger from GORENGER, Robocon, Chobin, Ecchan, Sabu with Ichi, and Sea Jetter Kaito, the original local super hero of Ishinomaki-city. These

    Author: Andrew Nguyen Ever since the release of the movie GHOST IN THE SHELL (?????, Kookaku Kidootai) in 1995, many anime fans consider the franchise to be one of the prime examples of Japanese animation at its best. Produced by Production I.G, the GHOST IN THE SHELL series boasts exceptional animation as it explores a possible future that has humanity rely very intensely upon technology to function in society. This comes in the form of cyborgs, androids, and the possibility of interfacing directly with the World Wide Web by connecting one’s own body (with suitable modifications) to computers and other electronics. Such capabilities leave the human body itself vulnerable to hacking by criminals in the same way that one would hack a computer. In a philosophical sense, the animated versions have raised the question of what it means to be human through the discussions of “ghosts” that

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Official Site: kongskullislandmovie.com (US), kingkong-dokuro.jp (Japan) SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details and images from an upcoming movie. The producers of GODZILLA reimagine the origins of one the most powerful monster myths of all in KONG: SKULL ISLAND, from Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures and Tencent Pictures. A compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“The Kings of Summer”), the film tells the story of a diverse team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers uniting to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful. Cut off from everything they know, the team ventures into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As their mission of discovery becomes one of survival, they must fight to escape a primal Eden in which humanity does not belong. “Kong:

    Source: Showgate Inc. Official Site: sagrada-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Distributor Showgate Inc. has provided information and photos from their upcoming release, SAGRADA RESET Part 1 (???????? ??, Sakurada Risetto Zenpen), based on the Sakurada Reset light novel series from writer Yutaka Kono and artist You Shiina. The movie stars Shuhei Nomura (HIBI ROCK: PUKE AFRO AND THE POP STAR, PUZZLE, CHIHAYAFURU, MUSEUM) and Yuina Kuroshima (JU-ON: THE BEGINNING OF THE END, STRAYER’S CHRONICLE, JU-ON -THE FINAL-, YO-KAI WATCH THE MOVIE 2016). SAGRADA RESET Part 1 will open in Japanese cinemas on March 25th. The concluding chapter, SAGRADA RESET Part 2 (???????? ??, Sakurada Risetto Kohen), follows on May 13th. STORY Almost half of the residents in the closed city of Sakurada possess some form of special powers. Their powers are wide ranging; high school boy Kei Asai (Shuhei

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: superhero-movie.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei Company has provided SciFi Japan with information and a promotional image for their upcoming movie, KAMEN RIDER X SUPER SENTAI: CHOU SUPER HERO TAISEN (??????×?????? ???????????, Kamen Raidaa x Suupaa Sentai Choo Suupaa Hiiroo Taisen). The latest entry in the annual "Super Hero Taisen (Super Hero Wars)" series opens in Japan on Saturday, March 25, 2017. Story The "Game World" unleashes an all-out attack on the real world! The "arena of death" -- where the fate of the world will be decided -- appears before Kamen Rider Ex-Aid and the Kyurangers. To escape from this dimensional trap, scores of Kamen Rider and Super Sentai must face off in a gigantic battle! On this unprecedented battlefield, mysteries connecting the game and reality are revealed with the resurrection of "those" heroes... The scale is

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: PowerRangers.Movie (US), power-rangers.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with press notes and high-res images for the Japanese release of POWER RANGERS (????????, Pawaarenjaa), the American feature film from Lionsgate and Saban Brands. POWER RANGERS will be released in the United States by Lionsgate on March 24, 2017. Toei will release the film in Japan on July 15, 2017. ? The Japanese/US hybrid super project begins! In recent years, Hollywood has built an enthusiastic fan base for superhero films such as AVENGERS, THE DARK KNIGHT and SPIDER-MAN. The genre will only gain momentum in 2017, with Marvel Studios bringing SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL.2 and the third entry in the THOR series, while Warner Bros./DC present WONDER WOMAN and JUSTICE LEAGUE. Not to be outdone is the

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