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    A Look at the Next "Super Sentai VS Series" Movie Source: Toei Co., Ltd. A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with new high-res images from their new film, ZYUOHGER VS NINNINGER (????????????VS??????? ?????????? from ??????, Doobutsu Sentai Juuojaa Tai Nin’ninja Mirai Kara no Messeeji furomu Suupaa Sentai), and we`re pleased to share larger and higher quality pics than you`ll find elsewhere. Enjoy! ZYUOHGER VS NINNINGER opens in Japanese theaters on January 14, 2017. 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 films,

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: eiga-yokai.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Distributor Toho Co., Ltd. has provided additional high-res images from their upcoming release, YO-KAI WATCH THE MOVIE 2016, opening in Japan on December 17th. The third film in the anime franchise combines the series` traditional 2D animation with live-action and CGI. For more information on YO-KAI WATCH THE MOVIE 2016, please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan: Toho`s YO-KAI WATCH THE MOVIE 2016 Mixes Anime and Live-Action

    Info and High-Res Images from 3rd YO-KAI WATCH Movie Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: eiga-yokai.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Distributor Toho Co., Ltd. has provided information and high-res images from their upcoming release, YO-KAI WATCH THE MOVIE 2016, opening in Japan on December 17th. The third film in the anime franchise based on the hugely successful video games by LEVEL-5 Inc., YO-KAI WATCH THE MOVIE 2016 combines the series` traditional 2D animation with live-action and CGI for an entertaining new take on the beloved characters. The story begins when a celestial flying whale suddenly appears over Sakura New Town. The whale`s song has an unexpected effect on the young boy Kenta Amano and his Yo-Kai friends... transporting them to the world of live action! "This is me!?", Kenta exclaims; pulling on his hair, wrinkling the skin of his hands, shocked that his skin

    A Look at the Next "Super Sentai VS Series" Movie Source: Toei Co., Ltd. A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with production credits and a pair of high-res images from ZYUOHGER VS NINNINGER. Opening in Japanese cinemas next January 14th, the latest film in the "Super Sentai VS Series" brings together the casts of the 40th anniversary Super Sentai series, SHURIKEN SENTAI NINNINGER (????????????, Shuriken Sentai Nin’ninjaa, 2015-16), and the current show, ZYUOHGER (????????????, Doobutsu Sentai Juuojaa, 2016-17). The creative team includes a number of Super Sentai veterans, including director Noboru Takemoto (RESSHA SENTAI TOQGER THE MOVIE: GALAXY LINE SOS) and writer Junko Komura (GO-ONGER, GOSEIGER, GOKAIGER). STORY "The history of the Super Sentai has ended..." A lone boy came from the future to save the Earth from a most dire crisis. But, Yamato Kazakiri and the Zyuohgers

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: movie-taisen.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei Company has provided SciFi Japan with additional high-res photos for their upcoming movie, KAMEN RIDER EX-AID & GHOST WITH LEGEND RIDERS (??????????????????Dr.???????????&?????with ?????????, Kamen Raidaa Heisei Jenereeshonzu Dr. Pakkuman Tai Eguzeido & Goosuto Uizu Rejendo Raidaa). The latest entry in the Kamen Rider "Movie War" series will open in theaters across Japan on December 10, 2016. About Toei Company, Ltd. Established in 1951, Toei Company is not only producing and distributing films, but is also one of the major exhibitors in Japan. The company owns two film studios located in Tokyo and Kyoto. The films produced cover wide range of genres, exceeding 20,000 titles. For more information on KAMEN RIDER EX-AID & GHOST WITH LEGEND RIDERS, please

    Source: Japan Society press release Special Thanks to Shannon Jowett Pop! Goes Cinema: Kadokawa Film & 1980s Japan November 8-December 17, 2016, at Japan Society New York, NY -- Established by the larger-than-life, controversial businessman, producer and visionary Haruki Kadokawa, the game-changing Kadokawa Film studio redefined Japanese popular culture and media from the late 1970s through the 1980s with a series of highly marketed blockbusters, pop idol vehicles and off-the-walls genre films, each a unique blend of mainstream pop and experimental cinema unlike anything Japan had seen at the time. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Kadokawa’s shift from publishing house to cinematic powerhouse, Japan Society presents Pop! Goes Cinema: Kadokawa Film & 1980s Japan, a mini-retrospective of six celebrated and rarely-screened selections from Kadokawa -- almost all in brand-new 4k restorations. Running November 8 through December 17, the series presents the wildly

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: movie-taisen.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei Company has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos for their upcoming movie, KAMEN RIDER EX-AID & GHOST WITH LEGEND RIDERS. The latest entry in the Kamen Rider "Movie War" series, the film is the culmination of Toei`s “Superhero Year” project of 2016, which commemorates the 45th anniversary of Kamen Rider and 40 years of Super Sentai. KAMEN RIDER EX-AID & GHOST WITH LEGEND RIDERS brings together the heroes of the two most recent television series -- KAMEN RIDER EX-AID (???????????, Kamen Raidaa Eguzeido, 2016-17) and KAMEN RIDER GHOST (??????????, Kamen Raidaa Goosuto, 2015-16) -- along with Wizard, Drive and Gaim for "dream team" of the modern era Kamen Riders. Their opponent... the video game legend, Pac-Man! The story begins with the invasion on a living game virus

    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: higanjimadx.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The vampire Miyabi and his island of monsters return in the latest live-action adaptation of Koji Matsumoto`s bestseller -- more than seven million copies sold -- horror action manga series, Higanjima. Shochiku will release the film in Japan as HIGANJIMA DELUXE (????????, Higanjima Derakkusu) and is marketing if for international sales with the English title HIGANJIMA: VAMPIRE ISLAND. In 2010, Warner Bros. Japan released their own Higanjima movie, HIGANJIMA: ESCAPE FROM VAMPIRE ISLAND (???, Higanjima). In 2013, renowned director Takashi Miike supervised a 10 episode HIGANJIMA television series for the TBS and MBS networks. The new movie continues the storyline from the TV series, with the show`s cast reprising their roles. The main character, Akira Miyamoto, is played by Shunya Shiriashi. Shiriashi is a familiar face for tokusatsu fans thanks

    Source: Fantasia Festival, Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Movie Site: zang-e.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Kaila Hier and Emmanuelle DiBuono Director Yoshihiro Nakamura has become a film festival favorite with internationally acclaimed works like THE FOREIGN DUCK, THE NATIVE DUCK AND GOD IN A COIN LOCKER (?????????????, Ahiru to Kamo to Koinrokka, 2007), FISH STORY (??????????, Fisshu Sutori, 2009) and GOLDEN SLUMBER (??????????, Gooruden Suranbaa, 2010). His first film of 2016 was THE INERASABLE (??????????????, Zang-e -Sunde Wa Ikenai Heya-), an adaptation of Fuyumi Ono’s ward-winning horror novel, Zange. The lead character -- a writer identified as "I" in the film -- is played by J-Horror icon Yuko Takeuchi, who starred in the smash hit THE RING (???, Ringu, 1998) and was recently seen in Kiyoshi Kurosawa`s CREEPY (????? ?????, Kuriipii Itsuwari no Rinjin, 2016). Takeuchi`s co-star Ai Hashimoto played THE RING villainous Sadako

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Japan, Nippon Television Network Official Site: warnerbros.co.jp/deathnote2016 (Japan) The saga continues! The Death Note series; the legendary transmedia phenomenon that we all remember. The saga resumes 10 years after the original series concluded... Warner Bros. Pictures Japan and Nippon Television Network have provided information and high-res photos for DEATH NOTE Light up the NEW world (????? Light up the NEW world, Desu Noto Light up the NEW world, 2016), the new sequel to the international hits DEATH NOTE (?????, Desu Noto, 2006) and DEATH NOTE II: THE LAST NAME (??????the Last name, Desu Noto the Last name, 2006). The film will open at the Marunouchi Piccadilly, Shinjuku Piccadilly, and other cinemas across Japan on October 29. INTRODUCTION In the beginning it was a manga series which sold over 3 million copies domestically. Then it was turned into two movies,

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Japan, GAGA Corporation Official Movie Site: terraformars-movie.jp (Japan) The live-action manga adaptation TERRAFORMARS (????????, Terafoomaazu) was released by Warner Bros. Pictures Japan on April 29th and is now being offered to foreign distributors by GAGA Corporation. Introduction The battle between mankind and evolved creatures begins! Master filmmaker Takashi Miike (13 ASSASSINS, SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO) comes back to the big screen with a sci-fi action film where a team of crew members battle against evolved cockroaches on Mars. The film is based on the best-selling comic series Terraformars, which has been published worldwide and also turned into an animation series (the second season is running in 2016). The crew on the mission are played by an ensemble cast including Hideaki Ito (LESSON OF THE EVIL, SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO), Emi Takei (RUROUNI KENSHIN series, FOR LOVE`S SAKE), Tomohisa Yamashita (TOMORROW`S JOE,

    Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Official Site: bandai.co.jp/candy/rider Only July 5th, Bandai will release a new set of KAMEN RIDER GHOST candy toys (toys or figures packaged with candy or gum). The KAMEN RIDER GHOST GANGAN ACTION DAMASHII 4 (?????????????????????4, Kamen Raidaa Goosuto Gangan Akushon Damashii 4) series will offer three pre-painted action figures (each with 13 points of articulation) plus an accessory pack. All four come boxed with a piece of Ramune (lemon soda flavored) candy. KAMEN RIDER GHOST GANGAN ACTION DAMASHII 4 Release Date: July 5, 2016 Price: ¥432 (Approximately $4.14 US, Tax Included) Each ? Set Contents 1?Kamen Rider Ghost Mugen Damashii (???????????????)? 2?Kamen Rider Deep Specter (???????????????)? 3?Kamen Rider Ghost Ore Damashii (??????????????)?? 4?OOO Ghost & Drive Ghost (????????????????)

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: ghost-zyuohger.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE This past week, new photos and promotional artwork for the upcoming KAMEN RIDER GHOST / ZYUOHGER THE MOVIE double feature were released to Japanese media outlets and subsequently reposted by fan sites. SciFi Japan now has larger, high-res versions of those images direct from Toei... plus additional photos not available elsewhere!* In ZYUOHGER THE MOVIE, the Zyuohgers must contend with Domidoll (Takashi Yoshimura of the comedy duo Heisei Nobushi Kobushi), the evil ringleader of an intergalactic circus. Domidoll plans to bend the Zyumans -- animal-faced humanoid aliens -- to his will and use them to kidnap Japan`s children. Will the Zyuohgers be able to protect the kids and Zyumans, or will Domidoll and his circus emerge victorious? * Click here for KAMEN RIDER GHOST THE MOVIE photos. CREDITS English Title:

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: ghost-zyuohger.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE This past week, new photos and promotional artwork for the upcoming KAMEN RIDER GHOST / ZYUOHGER THE MOVIE double feature were released to Japanese media outlets and subsequently reposted by fan sites. SciFi Japan now has larger, high-res versions of those images direct from Toei... plus additional photos not available elsewhere! Up first is a look at the first film based on the KAMEN RIDER GHOST (??????????, Kamen Raidaa Goosuto, 2015-16) television series. The lead character of both show and movie is Takeru Tenkuji (Shun Nishime), a young man killed by an evil alien creature called a Ganma. Brought back by a mysterious hermit (Naoto Takenaka), Takeru begins a quest for Eyecons -- devices containing the spirits of either heroes or Ganma -- as Kamen Rider Ghost. In KAMEN RIDER

    Source: Asmik Ace Entertainment, Inc., Shochiku Co., Ltd., Berlinale Official Movie Site: creepy-movie.com (Japan) Do you really want to know who your neighbors are? Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (CURE, PULSE, BRIGHT FUTURE, TOKYO SONATA, REAL) returns to the suspense/thriller genre with CREEPY (????? ?????, Kuriipii Itsuwari no Rinjin, 2016), opening in Japan on June 18th after screenings at international film festivals. The movie is based on author Yutaka Maekawa`s mystery novel, which won the 15th Japan Mystery Fiction Newcomer Award in 2011. CREEPY stars Hidetoshi Nishijima (LICENSE TO LIVE, THE WIND RISES, WHILE THE WOMEN ARE SLEEPING), Yuko Takeuchi (THE RING, GOLDEN SLUMBER, THE INERASABLE) and Teruyuki Kagawa (20TH CENTURY BOYS trilogy, TOKYO SONATA, KAIJI 2, RUROUNI KENSHIN). Synopsis After having narrowly escaped an attempt on his life at the hands of a psychopath, criminal psychologist and former police detective Takakura (Hidetoshi Nishijima) quits

    Opens June 3rd Source: Well Go USA, MPRM Communications press release Official Site: wellgousa.com/theatrical/the-wailing Special Thanks to Alex Drapac The Cannes Selection THE WAILING (??, Gokseong) opens June 3rd in theaters across the United States, courtesy of Well Go USA Entertainment. In this unbelievably tense supernatural thriller, a foreigner’s mysterious appearance in a quiet, rural village causes suspicion among the locals -- suspicion which quickly turns to hysteria as the townspeople begin killing each other in brutal outbursts for seemingly no reason. As the investigating officer watches his daughter fall under the same savage spell, he agrees to consult a shaman for answers -- unknowingly escalating the situation into something far more dangerous. Over six years in the making, director Na Hong-jin’s meticulously crafted follow-up to the globally acclaimed THE YELLOW SEA and THE CHASER (his third to premiere at the Festival de

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd., Hakuhodo DY music & pictures Inc. Official Site: chinyuuki.com (Japan) Kenichi Matsuyama (DEATH NOTE and GANTZ film series) stars in the adventure comedy CHIN-YU-KI: THE JOURNEY TO THE WEST WITH FARTS (???, Chinyuuki). The movie was released in Japan in February 2016 and is now being offered to international distributors by Hakuhodo DY music & pictures Inc. The film is based on Gataro Man`s manga series Chinyuki ~ Taro to Yukaina Nakama Tachi (????????????????, Chin`yuuki ~ Taroo to Yukaina Nakama-tachi), serialized in Shueisha`s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1990-1992. A parody of the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West, the manga follows the wacky (and gross) adventures of the monk Genzo and his traveling companion Taro Yamada, a former assassin known for pooping on the graves of his victims. CHIN-YU-KI: THE JOURNEY TO THE WEST WITH FARTS was

    Toei Publicity Materials for New Double Feature Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: ghost-zyuohger.jp (Japan) Transform, Ghost! Focus your power, Zyuohger! For the future of this planet, grasp this brilliant life! Toei Co., Ltd. has provided some early information and promotional images for their 16th annual Super Sentai/Kamen Rider theatrical double feature, KAMEN RIDER GHOST THE MOVIE / ZYUOHGER THE MOVIE (??? ???????????????????????????, Gekijooban Kamen Raidaa Goosuto / Gekijooban Doobutsu Sentai Juuojaa)*. Opening in Japan this August, the films are part of Toei`s “Superhero Year” project commemorating the 45th anniversary of Kamen Rider and 40 years of Super Sentai. Plot details and cast/crew lists will be announced as the release date nearer. For now, Toei has offered teasers about each film... Life burns! Engaged in a fierce battle, Kamen Rider Ghost struggles to combine the hearts of history`s heroes with people`s hopes for

    Perverted Superhero Returns in New Live-Action Movie Source: Toei Co., Ltd., Hakuhodo DY music & pictures Inc. Official Site: hk-movie.jp (Japan) Toei has provided information and high-res images from their superhero movie HENTAI KAMEN: THE ABNORMAL CRISIS (HK????? ????????????, HK/ Hentai Kamen Abunoomaru Kuraishisu), opening today at the Shinjuku Wald 9 in Tokyo as well as other theaters across Japan. The film will have its North American premiere at the New York Asian Film Festival running June 22-July 5 in NYC. HENTAI KAMEN: THE ABNORMAL CRISIS is the sequel to HK / FORBIDDEN SUPER HERO (HK ????, HK Hentai Kamen, 2013), the live-action adaptation of Keishu Ando`s manga, The Abnormal Super Hero Hentai Kamen. Originally planned as a straight-to-video release, the first film was a surprise hit that grossed ¥200 million (approximately $1.8 million US) at the Japanese box office. It was also

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