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Japan Cuts 2014: Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema – Information and Schedule

1 July, 2014 - 01:00
Japan Cuts 2014 trailer, courtesy of Japan Society.
Source: Japan Society Official Site: japansociety.org/japan-cuts-2014 Special Thanks to Shannon Jowett Running July 10-20 and now screening 28 features with 8 special guests, the 2014 edition of JAPAN CUTS: The New York Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema encompasses a thrilling cross section of cinephilic genre oddities, sword-swinging period action, profound documentaries, cathartic melodramas, warped comedies and cutting-edge arthouse cinema made in and around Japan. Guests include superstar performers and independent auteurs opening up in rare Q&As and dynamic parties rocking Japan Society’s historic theater and waterfall atrium. As in past years, the festival dovetails with the 13th New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), co-presenting 13 titles in the JAPAN CUTS lineup July 10-13. Continued...
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GODZILLA Week 7 Box Office Report

30 June, 2014 - 02:07
As GODZILLA's domestic theatrical run winds down, the film struggles to reach $200 million at the US box office. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. © 2014 LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS LLC & WARNER BROS ENTERTAINMENT INC. GODZILLA TM & © Toho Co., Ltd.
Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of June 29, 2014 Source: Rentrak Corporation, Various Official Site: Godzillamovie.com Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian In its seventh week of release, Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ GODZILLA dropped out of the top 10 at the domestic box office as newcomer TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION posted a massive $301.3 million worldwide debut. Continued...
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NHK Celebrates Godzilla’s 60th Anniversary with 2 New Documentaries

29 June, 2014 - 13:42
Photos courtesy of NHK. © NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation). Godzilla TM & © TOHO CO.,LTD.
HD Movies and Specials in Japan this July Source: NHK Translator: Jim M. Ballard In July, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) in Japan celebrates Godzilla's 60th anniversary and the upcoming Japanese release of the new GODZILLA with a month of Godzilla programming on their high-definition satellite television service, NHK BS Premium. The festivities kick off with two 2 new Godzilla documentaries and are followed with a lineup of Godzilla films that includes the restoration/remaster of the original, 1954 GODZILLA (ゴジラ, Gojira). Continued...
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VIZ Media Announces SAILOR MOON Day at 2014 Anime Expo

29 June, 2014 - 02:47
Mark the Return of the Legendary Anime Series with Special Events and Activities Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab Official Site: sailormoon-official.com (Japan), VIZ.com/sailormoon (US) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
Image courtesy of VIZ Media. © Naoko Takeuchi ・ PNP ・ Toei Animation
VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, celebrates the triumphant return of the SAILOR MOON anime series with a host of fun activities for SAILOR MOON Day, taking place on Saturday, July 5th during the 2014 Anime Expo. VIZ Media marks its acquisition of the iconic fantasy anime series with a SAILOR MOON Official Panel on Saturday morning at 10AM in LP1. Hosted by the company’s Senior Manager of Animation Marketing, Charlene Ingram, and SAILOR MOON Associate Producer, Joshua Lopez, the panel will reveal for the first time the brand new cast for the freshly produced English dub and premiere the first two dubbed episodes. SAILOR MOON fans attending this official panel will get a special premium poster while supplies last! Following the Official SAILOR MOON Panel, there will be a special showing of subtitled episode one of the all-new series, SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL, in Video 1 at 12:00 Noon. The series launches on July 5th in Japan, and fans in the United States may catch the simulcast on NeonAlley.com and Hulu, with new episodes debuting each Saturday. Continued...
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Bluefin Tamashii Nations FiguartsZERO Green Ranger in December

28 June, 2014 - 12:57
Photo courtesy of Bluefin. © Toei
Photo courtesy of Bluefin. © Toei
Source: Bluefin Corp. press release Special Thanks to Xavier Lim From the MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS, Tamashii Nations is proud to announce the release of the great Green Ranger (aka Dragon Ranger from ZYURANGER)! He is the first Ranger to make his debut in the FiguartsZERO statue series, portrayed in splendid detail from his armor down to the vivid green coloring in the dynamically cracked earth display base. Continued...
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Kaiju Daishingeki: The Modeling of GODZILLA

27 June, 2014 - 18:49
Photo courtesy of Hobby Japan. © 1993 TOHO PICTURES. TM & © 1954, 1993, 2014 TOHO CO.,LTD.
Source: Hobby Japan In celebration of the 60th anniversary of Godzilla and the new American GODZILLA, Hobby Japan will release the mook, Kaiju Daishingeki: The Modeling of GODZILLA (怪獣大進撃 The Modeling of GODZILLA), in Japan on July 26th. Continued...
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S.H.Figuarts DRAGON BALL Z Broly from Bluefin Tamashii Nations

27 June, 2014 - 12:16
Photo courtesy of Bluefin. © BIRD STUDIO / Shueisha ・ Fuji Television ・ Toei Animation
Photo courtesy of Bluefin. © BIRD STUDIO / Shueisha ・ Fuji Television ・ Toei Animation
Coming November/December 2014 Source: Bluefin Corp. press release Special Thanks to Xavier Lim Maybe it wasn't a thousand years, but at last the Legendary Super Saiyan Broly is being brought to life by S.H.Figuarts via overwhelming U.S. fan demand! Continued...
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2014 New York Asian Film Festival and Japan Cuts (June 27- July 20)

26 June, 2014 - 21:54
Huge Festivals Return to New York City with Screenings of More than 70 Asian Films Source: Subway Cinema, Japan Society Special Thanks to Ted Geoghegan, Goran Topalovic and Shannon Jowett Beginning Friday, June 27th, New York City once again will host a month-long festival of popular Asian cinema. Subway Cinema's New York Asian Film Festival (June 27-July 14) and Japan Society's Japan Cuts: Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema (July 10-20) combined will feature more than 70 different movies, world and US premieres, exclusive Q&A’s with filmmakers, and other special events. This year also marks the eighth annual collaboration between Japan Cuts and NYAFF, who will co-present several films at the Japan Society. Continued...
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Madman Acquires Final RUROUNI KENSHIN Films — KYOTO INFERNO / THE LEGEND ENDS

26 June, 2014 - 09:25
Source: Madman Entertainment, Warner Bros. Pictures Japan Official Movie Site: warnerbros.co.jp/rurouni-kenshin (Japan) Special Thanks to Ben Pollock
Japanese poster courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures Japan. © Watsuki Nobuhiro/ Shueisha. © 2014 "Rurouni Kenshin" Production Committee
Following the breakthrough success of the first RUROUNI KENSHIN (るろうに剣心, 2012) blockbuster, Madman is very pleased to announce the acquisition of the final two films in the RUROUNI KENSHIN live-action trilogy, KYOTO INFERNO (るろうに剣心 京都大火編, Rurouni Kenshin Kyoto Taika Hen, 2014) and THE LEGEND ENDS (るろうに剣心 伝説の最期編, Rurouni Kenshin Densetsu no Saigo hen, 2014) for release in Australia. After his ordeal with Jin-e Udo, Kenshin Himura's (Takeru Sato) brief period of peace is interrupted by the presence of Hajime Saito (Yousuke Eguchi), the former captain of the Shinsengumi who assumed an alias in Tokyo’s police force. With Megumi Takani's (Yu Aoi) freedom in the balance, Kenshin learns that he is being enlisted in a covert operation in the city of Kyoto. There, Kenshin deals with a small army under the leadership of a Hitokiri Battousai replacement who was deemed a great enough threat to the Meiji government’s stability that they attempted to burn him alive: Makoto Shishio (Tatsuya Fujiwara). RUROUNI KENSHIN: KYOTO INFERNO / THE LEGEND ENDS will come to Australian cinema screens in 2014. More details to be confirmed soon. Continued...
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Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia Coming in July

25 June, 2014 - 20:21
Source: Shogakukan
© 2014 Toho Co., Ltd. © 2014 Shogakukan Inc.
Publisher Shogakukan Inc. will release the Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia (東宝特撮全怪獣図鑑, Toho Tokusatsu Zen Kaijuu Zukan) in Japan on July 23rd. Celebrating the 60th anniversary of Godzilla, this large picture book profiles Toho monsters, aliens and super-humans featured in Toho's FX movies, videos and television shows from the original GODZILLA (ゴジラ, 1954) to the new GODZILLA (2014). The Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia features hundreds of characters, from obvious selections such as Toho's top five monster stars -- Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah and Mechagodzilla -- to second-tier movie kaiju, obscure beasts, and also heroes and villains from TV series like RAINBOWMAN: PROFESSIONAL HITMAN (愛の戦士レインボーマン, Ai no Senshi Reinbooman, 1972-73), ZONE FIGHTER (流星人間ゾーン, Ryuusei Ningen Zoon, 1973) and GRANSAZERS (超星神グランセイザー, Chooseishin Guranseizaa, 2003-04). The entries are listed in order of production so Toho science fiction, horror and fantasy enthusiasts can easily find their favorite characters. Continued...
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October 2014 DVD and Blu-ray Releases from Section23 Films

25 June, 2014 - 12:36
Artwork not final – mock-up. Photos courtesy of Section23 Films.
SUNDAY WITHOUT GOD Available October 21st Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its October slate of releases, including Sentai Filmworks newest acquisition: SUNDAY WITHOUT GOD, which will be released on both DVD and Blu-ray. Additional releases for October include DVD and Blu-ray editions of BODACIOUS SPACE PIRATES COMPLETE COLLECTION, HAKKENDEN ~ EIGHT DOGS OF THE EAST SEASON 2 and MEGANEBU!; FATE / STAY NIGHT TV and KILL ME BABY on Blu-ray; and ROZEN MAIDEN: ZURUCKSPULEN on DVD. Read on for plot descriptions, DVD and Blu-ray specs, and cover art for all of these titles. Continued...
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Godzilla Complete Code

25 June, 2014 - 09:26
Source: Takarajimasha, Inc.
GODZILLA TM & © Toho Co., Ltd. © 2014 Takarajimasha
The wave of Japanese books celebrating Godzilla's 60th anniversary continues with Godzilla Complete Code (ゴジラ完全解読, Gojira Kanzen Kaidoku), coming this week from Takarajimasha. The book features a history of the Godzilla tokusatsu film series with ranging from Godzilla and biotechnology, Godzilla and the Cthulhu mythos, to the new Hollywood GODZILLA and the future of science fiction and FX films. Also included are profiles of the Toho films and monsters with photos and detailed data examining each from perspectives of science fiction, horror and fantasy. Publisher: Takarajimasha, Inc. Language: Japanese Size: B5 ISBN: 978-4800228963 Release Date: June 26, 2014 Price: ¥1,512 (Approximately $14.81 US)
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Godzilla Stomps Back into The Bal Theatre!

24 June, 2014 - 16:01
See GODZILLA VS BIOLLANTE, hear live music, win great prizes, and meet special guests GODZILLA NIGHT 3, June 28th at The Bal Theatre. Godzilla TM & © Toho Co., Ltd.
GODZILLA NIGHT 3 in San Leandro, CA on June 28th Source: Bay Area Film Events Bay Area Film Events returns to The Historic Bal Theatre (14808 East 14th Street, San Leandro, CA 94578) on Saturday June 28, 2014 to celebrate Godzilla's 60th anniversary in a big way. GODZILLA NIGHT 3 features the 1989 film GODZILLA VS. BIOLLANTE, a one-hour set from funk/jazz band Big Pimp Jones of The Kodoja Project, The Great Godzilla Raffle, appearances by Steve Ryfle, Gary "Gaz" Gretsky and Godzilla Rulers of Earth writer Chris Mowry, and more! Continued...
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Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Vol. 3 Trade Paperback Preview

24 June, 2014 - 04:06
Source: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Kahlil Schweitzer
Image courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2014 Toho Co., Ltd.
IDW Publishing has provided a preview of their Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Vol. 3 Trade Paperback collecting Godzilla: Rulers of Earth issues #9–12. With many monsters now inhabiting a new home, peace seemingly descends on Earth. Little does humanity realize that the greatest danger now lurks under the waves. It all leads to the most cataclysmic monster battle of the ages! Both Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Vol. 3 TPB and Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #13 will be available from comic shops and retailers tomorrow, June 25th. Continued...
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K MISSING KINGS American Theaters and Showtimes

24 June, 2014 - 00:44
Special Guests at Los Angeles Screening Source: Eleven Arts Entertainment Official Movie Site: k-project-twwp.com (Japan), elevenarts.net/k-missingkings (US) Special Thanks to Erika T. Wright
© GoRA ・ GoHands/k-project
LA based film distribution company ELEVEN ARTS in partnership with Japanese animation label STARCHILD, has released the first official theater and showtime list for their limited theatrical run of K MISSING KINGS (劇場版 K MISSING KINGS). The film is scheduled to be screened in over forty-five theaters beginning July 18th. Tickets will go on sale for most locations starting today, with more showtimes and dates to be announced at a later date. While supplies last, all valid ticketholders in attendance will be receiving an exclusive B4 sized movie program. For showtimes and tickets, visit the website at elevenarts.net/k-missingkings. The U.S. theatrical premiere at Los Angeles' Downtown Independent will also feature a special guest appearance by voice actor Masakazu Morita and movie producer Go Nakanishi. In the movie, Morita plays the role of a new character Yukari Mishakuji, senior clansman to primary character Kuroh Yatogami under his former master Ichigen Miwa. Morita's most well known roles include Ichigo Kurosaki from the series BLEACH, and Barnaby Brooks Jr. in the TIGER & BUNNY franchise. A special Q&A session will be held with Morita and Nakanishi after the show, in which fans may be called upon to ask them questions. Continued...
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PIFAN UNLEASHES GODZILLA ANNIVERSARY PROGRAM IN JULY

23 June, 2014 - 07:21
The Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival will host the first Godzilla retrospective in South Korea. Photos courtesy of PIFAN. GODZILLA TM & © Toho Co., Ltd.
Godzilla’s First Major Trip to Korea Author: Kim Song-ho Source: Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival Although he is universally known as The King of the Monsters, Godzilla has rarely landed in the particular nation of Korea. But in the 60th anniversary of Godzilla, things seem to be changing, at least a little bit, as The Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PIFAN) will include a Godzilla anniversary program in its recently-announced full lineup. Continued...
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DORAEMON TV series and GIOVANNI’S ISLAND Movie Set for U.S. Premiere at Anime De Summer Festival

23 June, 2014 - 00:40
DORAEMON © Fujiko Pro. GIOVANNI’S ISLAND image courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures Japan. © JAME
FREE Screenings in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 5th Source: Anime Jungle, Japan Plus Inc. press release Special Thanks to Tetsu Shiota and Stephen Tang Entertainment consortium Japan Plus Inc. (NPO) has announced that the first two episodes of the beloved and iconic children’s anime TV series DORAEMON and the critically acclaimed 2014 animated theatrical GIOVANNI’S ISLAND will both make their U.S. premiere screenings at the Aratani Theater in the Little Tokyo area of downtown Los Angeles. The free screenings are a featured part of the events and activities slated during the all-day Anime De Summer Festival taking place on the plaza grounds of the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) on Saturday, July 5th. Continued...
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GODZILLA Week 6 Box Office Report

22 June, 2014 - 16:25
Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. © 2014 LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS LLC & WARNER BROS ENTERTAINMENT INC. GODZILLA TM & © Toho Co., Ltd.
Rentrak Announces Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of June 22, 2014 Source: Rentrak Corporation Official Site: Godzillamovie.com Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ GODZILLA dropped to tenth place at the domestic box office on a quiet weekend in which the top film (the Kevin Hart comedy THINK LIKE A MAN TOO) earned $30 million. This coming week should see much bigger numbers with the release of TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION. Continued...
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MAN FROM RENO — Best Narrative Feature Winner at LAFF

22 June, 2014 - 10:04
Kazuki Kitamura (THE RAID 2, GODZILLA: FINAL WARS) and Ayako Fujitani (GAMERA Trilogy) star in the award-winning US/Japan production MAN FROM RENO. Photo courtesy of Eleven Arts. © ELEVEN ARTS
Source: Eleven Arts Entertainment, Strategy PR/Consulting Official Movie Site: elevenarts.net/man-from-reno Special Thanks to Emily Lu Filmmaker Dave Boyle's cross-cultural mystery MAN FROM RENO received the Best Narrative Feature Award at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival. The film follows a Japanese crime novelist (Ayako Fujitani, GAMERA Trilogy) as she investigates a murder in San Francisco. MAN FROM RENO was produced by Ko Mori of Eleven Arts Inc and written by Dave Boyle, Joel Clark, and Michael Lerman. The film also stars veteran actor Pepe Serna (SCARFACE) and popular Japanese film & television star Kazuki Kitamura (THE RAID 2, GODZILLA: FINAL WARS). Continued...
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Win Signed GODZILLA VS BIOLLANTE Event Exclusive Poster!

21 June, 2014 - 11:34
Posters Autographed by FX Director Koichi Kawakita Source: Jungle Special Collectors Shop Event Site: animejungle.net/godzillavsbiollantescreening Special Thanks to Tetsu Shiota, Yoichi Kakuma, Arian Hinojosa and Mark Jaramillo
Win an exclusive Jungle GODZILLA VS BIOLLANTE poster autographed by the film's SPFX director, Koichi Kawakita. © 1989 Toho Co., Ltd. © 2012 Miramax
A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Last month, our friends at Jungle Special Collectors Shop partnered with the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) for a special Godzilla weekend in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo. The festivities included screenings of GODZILLA VS BIOLLANTE (ゴジラ VS ビオランテ, Gojira Tai Biorante, 1989) at the Aratani Theater and the “G in Jungle” event that featured a showing of the daikaiju short film THE GOD OF CLAY (ねんどの神さま, Nendo no Kamisama, 2009/2011), exclusive merchandise for sale, and a Q&A and autograph session with guests Koichi Kawakita (FX director of the Heisei Godzilla series) and Norihiko Iwasaki (producer and owner of the FX company Marbling Fine Arts). One of the exclusive items offered for sale was a 36" x 24" GODZILLA VS BIOLLANTE poster, produced by Jungle and licensed from Toho and Miramax. And now Jungle is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win this poster, autographed by Koichi Kawakita! Continued...
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