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    Source: FUNimation Entertainment Official Site: shingeki-seyo.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto On Monday, FUNimation Entertainment announced their distribution of the theatrical, home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast rights to the feature film ATTACK ON TITAN (?????, Shingeki no Kyojin) across the Americas (North America, Central America and South America). FUNimation has now provided SciFi Japan with a selection of high-res images from the live-action movie directed by Shinji Higuchi (Gamera trilogy, Godzilla 2016). About FUNimation Entertainment FUNimation Entertainment is the leading anime company in North America. FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands. They manage a full spectrum of rights for most of their brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, Internet, and home video sales and distribution. For

    Leading Toy And Hobby Distributor Offers Special Products For Star Wars, Iron Man, Batman, Dragon Ball, Gundam, And More! 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, Hong Kong and more, has announced a wide array of exciting new and exclusive products to be showcased and also available for purchase at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International. San Diego Comic-Con is North America’s largest dedicated pop-culture convention and takes place July 8th-12th at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. Each year, manufacturers create a variety of show exclusive collectibles and other limited edition products that attendees specifically seek out. More details are available at comic-con.org. Bluefin products will be located on the Main Hall in Booths #3545 and #140. Bluefin will delight Comic-Con

    World Premiere to Be Held July 14, 2015 at Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, CA Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release Official Site: shingeki-seyo.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto FUNimation Entertainment is proud to announce today its distribution of the theatrical, home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast rights to the upcoming Japanese live-action feature film ATTACK ON TITAN (?????, Shingeki no Kyojin) across the Americas (North America, Central America and South America). The film will be released by Toho Co. Ltd. in two parts in Japan on August 1 and September 19, 2015. Series creator Hajime Isayama worked directly with the film’s producers to create the screen adaptation. ATTACK ON TITAN is based on the popular manga series of the same name, which tells the story of a world where most of humanity has been destroyed by giants and where the last

    New High-Res Images from the Live-Action Movie Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: patlabor-nextgeneration.com (Japan) Distributor Shochiku Co. has released the poster art and additional images for the live-action feature film THE NEXT GENERATION PATLABOR -TOKYO WAR- DIRECTOR`S CUT (THE NEXT GENERATION ?????? ???????????????, Za Nekusuto Jenereeshon Patoreibaa Shuto Kessen Direkutaazukatto). The new extended version -- featuring 27 minutes of additional footage -- will open in Japanese cinemas on October 10th. THE NEXT GENERATION -PATLABOR- (? ???? ???????? -??????-, Za Nekusuto Jenereeshon – Patoreibaa -) theatrical series ran in seven chapters from 2014-2015. The story concluded with the 94 minute long movie, THE NEXT GENERATION PATLABOR -TOKYO WAR- (THE NEXT GENERATION ?????? ????, Za Nekusuto Jenereeshon Patoreibaa Shuto Kessen), which opened in 12th place at the box office for the May 1-3 weekend. At the end of the 20th century, there was a

    Toei Publicity Materials for New Double Feature Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: drive-ninnin.jp (Japan) The 15th annual Super Sentai/Kamen Rider theatrical double feature will be released in August. The film stars the characters from Toei`s current henshin hero shows, SHURIKEN SENTAI NINNINGER (????????????, Shuriken Sentai Nin’ninjaa, 2015-16) and KAMEN RIDER DRIVE (??????????, Kamen Raidaa Doraibu, 2014-15). Japanese Release Date: Saturday, August 8, 2015 (Roadshow) Production: “Drive · Ninninger” Movie Production Committee (Ishimori Pro, TV Asahi, ADK, Toei) Distributor: Toei International Sales: Toei © “Drive · Ninninger” Movie Production Committee. © Ishimori Pro · TV Asahi · ADK · Toei © 2015 TV Asahi · Toei AG · Toei Co., Ltd. KAMEN RIDER DRIVE: SURPRISE FUTURE Japanese Title: ??? ??????????????????????? (Gekijooban Kamen Raidaa Doraibu Sapuraizu Fuyuuchaa) A time traveler tells Shinnosuke Tomari that the Drive System will cause great despair

    Huge Festivals Return to New York City with Screenings of 80 Asian Films Source: Subway Cinema, Japan Society Special Thanks to Emma Griffiths and Shannon Jowett Beginning Friday, June 26th, New York City once again will host a month-long festival of popular Asian cinema. Subway Cinema`s New York Asian Film Festival (June 26-July 11) and Japan Society`s Japan Cuts: Festival of New Japanese Film (July 9-19) combined will feature 80 different movies, world and US premieres, exclusive Q&A’s with filmmakers, and other special events. This year also marks the ninth annual collaboration between Japan Cuts and NYAFF. Festival Venues Film Society of Lincoln Center`s Walter Reade Theater: June 26-July 8 165 West 65th Street, Upper Level (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue) Box office: (212) 875-5601 America`s pre-eminent film presentation organization, The Film Society of Lincoln Center was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international

    Source: Fantasia International Film Festival, Showgate Official Movie Site: juon-movie.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Ted Geoghegan JU-ON -THE FINAL- (??-???????-, Juon -Za Fainaru-, 2015), the 11th film in the long-running THE GRUDGE J-Horror franchise, will have its International Premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal. The movie is being marketed with the English title, JU-ON: THE FINAL CURSE. Directly following last year`s JU-ON: THE BEGINNING OF THE END, this harrowing conclusion of Director Masayuki Ochiai`s reboot of J-Horror`s most beloved franchise generously brings all the goodies expected from fans. Prepare to squirm, screech and shudder because Toshio and Kayoko are determined to finish business with panache. The 19th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival, presented by Ubisoft and Anchor Bay, features three weeks of cinematic ingenuity from July 14 until August 4, 2015. For more

    Sequel to the 2013 Toei/TV Asahi Fantasy Opens in June Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: shiromajo.jp (Japan) Change the world, white witch or a black witch? Again, those girls descend. Withstand the pain, overcome grief--! In 2013, TV Asahi and Toei partnered for the “Action-Fantasy Heroine Movie”, INNOCENT LILIES (?????, Shiro Majo Gakuen) starring the members of the Japanese idol girl group Dempagumi.inc (Mirin Furukawa, Risa Aizawa, Nemu Yumemi, Eimi Naruse, Ayane Fujisaki and Moga Mogami). Now the story continues with INNOCENT LILIES: THE END AND THE BEGINNING (????? ????????, Shiro Majo gakuen Owaritohajimari), coming to theaters across Japan on June 13th. INNOCENT LILIES director Koichi Sakamoto and screenwriter Reiko Yoshida return for the sequel. Sakamoto worked abroad as an action director director of the POWER RANGERS series before returning to Japan with MEGA MONSTER BATTLE ULTRA GALAXY: THE MOVIE (?????? ????????

    Source: Asmik Ace Entertainment, Inc., Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Movie Site: realonigokko.com (Japan) No men in sight, only women... and something unthinkable is killing girls! Internationally acclaimed director Sion Sono (LOVE EXPOSURE, COLD FISH, WHY DON`T YOU PLAY IN HELL?, TOKYO TRIBE) is back at his best and craziest with TAG (???????, Real Onigokko). Described as "a film that depicts young women`s fragile and sometimes dangerous emotional turbulence and their fear of being chased by the unknown", the movie is based on the best-selling novel Real Onigokko by Yusuke Yamada with more than two million copies in print. In Yamada`s story the victims all have the family name "Sato". For the movie adaptation, Sono has changed the focus to joshi kokosei -- female high school students -- abbreviated in Japan as "JK". TAG stars Reina Triendl (JU-ON: THE BEGINNING OF THE END), Mariko

    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd., Nikkatsu Corporation Official Movie Site: gekijourei.jp (Japan) In 1998, director Hideo Nakata drew international attention with his acclaimed J-Horror hit THE RING (???, Ringu). In more recent years he directed DEATH NOTE: L, change the worLd (L??????, L no Hontou no Himitsu, 2008) and THE INCITE MILL ?7 DAY DEATH GAME? (?????????????????, Inshite Miru: 7-Kakan no Desu Gemu, 2010) before returning to the J-Horror genre in 2013 with THE COMPLEX (??????, Kuroyuri Danchi). Nakata`s latest horror film is GHOST THEATER (???, Gekijourei), an update of his legendary 1996 movie, GHOST ACTRESS (???, Joyuurei, aka DON`T LOOK UP). As with THE COMPLEX, GHOST THEATER is a co=production of the Japanese studios Nikkatsu and Shochiku, and stars a member of the girls` group AKB48. GHOST THEATER opens nationwide in Japan on November 21st. Story When the curtain falls, it rises... Sara,

    Source: Showgate Official Site: juon-movie.jp (Japan) Showgate has released additional high-res photos featuring the main cast from JU-ON -THE FINAL- (??-???????-, Juon -Za Fainaru-), the 11th film in the long-running THE GRUDGE J-Horror franchise. The movie opens at the Shinjuku Wald 9 and other Japanese cinemas on June 20th. For more information on JU-ON -THE FINAL- please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan: THE GRUDGE Series to End With JU-ON -THE FINAL-

    Source: Showgate Official Site: juon-movie.jp (Japan) The "Cursed House" of the Saeki family, who met a gruesome end... All who set foot within are cursed and will die. The long-running JU-ON/THE GRUDGE J-Horror franchise will reportedly come to an end with JU-ON -THE FINAL- (??-???????-, Juon -Za Fainaru-). The 11th film in the series will open June 20th at the Shinjuku Wald 9 and other cinemas across Japan from distributor Showgate. Alongside THE RING (???, Ringu, 1998), JU-ON kicked off the Japanese Horror boom of the late 1990s. Created by Takashi Shimizu, the story was introduced in a pair of television shorts in 1998, then expanded in two direct-to-video films in 2000 before being launched as a theatrical series in 2002. In 2004, Shimizu directed the American adaptation THE GRUDGE for Sony Pictures, a box office hit that spawned both a theatrical and video sequel. After

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures UK, Maven Publicity Official Site: kuroshitsuji-movie.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Louise Rivers Warner Bros. UK are pleased to announced the UK cinemas which will be showing Keishi Ohtomo`s epic finale RUROUNI KENSHIN 3: THE LEGEND ENDS (?????? ??????, Rurouni Kenshin Densetsu no Saigo hen, 2014) from Friday 17th April 2015... Cineworld Bolton Cineworld Cardiff Cineworld Crawley Cineworld Enfield Cineworld Glasgow Renfrew St. Cineworld Sheffield Cineworld Stevenage Cineworld West India Quay All good things must come to an end and in Keishi Ohtomo`s live-action final chapter of Nobuhiro Watsuki`s best-selling manga. Following on from the RUROUNI KENSHIN 2: KYOTO INFERNO (????????????, Rurouni Kenshin Kyoto Taika Hen, 2014) cliff-hanger; in this final chapter, Shishio (Tatsya Fujiwara) has set sail in his ironclad ship to

    Press Notes and High-Res Images for Collaboration Between Miike and the Creators of KILLERS Source: Nikkatsu Corporation Official Movie Site: gokudo-movie.com (Japan) Introduction Are you ready for the world`s first yakuza vampire movie? Internationally renowned director Takashi Miike -- the filmmaker behind ICHI THE KILLER, AUDITION, 13 ASSASSINS, HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI 3D, ACE ATTORNEY, FOR LOVE`S SAKE and LESSON OF THE EVIL -- is back with the action fantasy YAKUZA APOCALYPSE (?????, Gokudo Daisenso). The movie opens in Japan on June 20th. Story Wild tales have always abounded in the world of the yakuza, but those surrounding boss Genyo Kamiura are the stuff of legend. He is said to be so powerful that neither knives nor guns can take him down. Little do his rivals suspect that this is because Kamiura is in fact a vampire -- a

    Information and High-Res Images from the Live-Action Movie Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd., Tohokushinsha Film Corporation Official Site: patlabor-nextgeneration.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Mai Kato and Kentaro Yoshida A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The live-action theatrical series THE NEXT GENERATION -PATLABOR- (? ???? ???????? -??????-, Za Nekusuto Jenereeshon – Patoreibaa -, 2014-2015) concludes with a feature length film opening during the Golden Week holiday. Japanese theatrical distributor, Shochiku Co., Ltd., has provided information and high-res images from the movie, which has been tentatively titled THE NEXT GENERATION PATLABOR -TOKYO WAR- (THE NEXT GENERATION ?????? ????, Za Nekusuto Jenereeshon Patoreibaa Shuto Kessen) by production company and international sales agent, Tohokushinsha Film Corporation. In recent years, Hollywood studios have brought giant robots to the big screen in PACIFIC RIM and the TRANSFORMERS movies. But the genre started in Japan, and now Japanese-style Super Robot action will

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Japan, Nippon Television Network Official Site: warnerbros.co.jp/strayers-chronicle (Japan) Warner Bros. Pictures Japan and Nippon Television Network have provided information and high-res photos for their new science fiction adventure, STRAYER`S CHRONICLE (?????????????, Sutoreiyaazu Kuronikuru). The film will open in Japan on Saturday, June 27, 2015. INTRODUCTION Two groups with superhuman powers are destined to collide. Who will prevail? Hope or despair? The production team for DEATH NOTE (Desu Noto, 2006) and GANTZ (??, Gantsu, 2011) brings mystery writer Takayoshi Honda`s bestselling novel Strayer`s Chronicle to the big screen. The film adaptation is directed by Takahisa Zeze, world renowned director of HEAVEN`S STORY (???? ?????, Hevunzu Sutorii) which won the International Federation of Film Critics Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. The ultimate production crew, including Cinematographer Ryuto Kondo, Action Director Yuji Shimomura (GANTZ, LIBRARY WARS), and Light Director Isamu

    Epic Finale Opens in the United Kingdom on Friday, April 17th Source: Warner Bros. Pictures UK, Maven Publicity Official Site: kuroshitsuji-movie.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Louise Rivers Warner Bros. UK celebrates the April 17th UK release of RUROUNI KENSHIN 3: THE LEGEND ENDS (?????? ??????, Rurouni Kenshin Densetsu no Saigo hen, 2014) with six new character posters. All good things must come to an end and in Keishi Ohtomo`s live-action final chapter of Nobuhiro Watsuki`s best-selling manga. Following on from the RUROUNI KENSHIN 2: KYOTO INFERNO (????????????, Rurouni Kenshin Kyoto Taika Hen, 2014) cliff-hanger; in this final chapter, Shishio (Tatsya Fujiwara) has set sail in his ironclad ship to bring down the Meiji government and return Japan to chaos, carrying Kaoru (Emi Takei) with him. After jumping overboard into the sea,

    Information and High-Res Images from the Live-Action Theatrical Series Source: Tohokushinsha Film Corporation, Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: patlabor-nextgeneration.com Japanese Material Translations: John Paul Cassidy Special Thanks to Mai Kato and Kentaro Yoshida A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE THE NEXT GENERATION -PATLABOR- (? ???? ???????? -??????-, Za Nekusuto Jenereeshon – Patoreibaa -), the live-action series based on the MOBILE POLICE PATLABOR (??????????, Kidoo Keisatsu Patoreibaa) manga and anime, released its final episode on January 10, 2015. THE NEXT GENERATION -PATLABOR- is an original story set in the timeline of the anime movies. Supervised by director Mamoru Oshii (GHOST IN THE SHELL, THE SKY CRAWLERS), the series ran for thirteen episodes (numbered 0-12) which were released in seven chapters. In Japan, each chapter received a two week run in theaters -- where limited edition Blu-rays were also sold -- followed by a regular Blu-ray

    From WWII Propaganda to Postwar Reincarnations, Film Series Reveals How Roles of Two of Japan`s Greatest Actresses Transformed with the Nation Source: Japan Society All Film Descriptions Written by Markus Nornes Special Thanks to Shannon Jowett The Most Beautiful: The War Films of Shirley Yamaguchi & Setsuko Hara March 21-April 4, 2015, at Japan Society New York, NY -- Japan Society continues its Stories from the War series, marking the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, with the 2015 Globus Film Series The Most Beautiful: The War Films of Shirley Yamaguchi & Setsuko Hara, Saturday March 21 through Saturday, April 4, at Japan Society. The series title, a reference to an early Kurosawa film of the same name, pays tribute to two of the most powerful actresses in Japanese cinema: Shirley Yamaguchi (aka Pan Shuhua, Ri Koran, Li Hsianglan, Yoshiko Yamaguchi, and

    "Burnt Rodent" Coming from the Director of CHAW Author: Kim Song-ho Source: Taewon Entertainment Jung Woo-sung stars in the new Korean creature feature JAKSEOUI BYEON: MULGOEUI SEUPGYEOK (??? ?: ??? ??). The official English title is not yet available, but can literally be translated into "THE INCIDENT OF BURNT RODENT: ATTACK OF THE STRANGE CREATURE". The film is helmed by Shin Jung-won, who brought us CHAW (??, Chaw, 2009), in which a giant killer boar terrorizes a small mountain town. Shooting begins at the end of February. Taewon Entertainment is producing. JAKSEOUI BYEON is a hybrid of the creature film and the period drama. Set in 1527, the 22nd year since Jungjong, then the king of Joseon Dynasty, began ruling the nation. A strange creature appears in the palace where the king resides, and there are also threats of treason. The film is

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