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PARTNERS: THE MOVIE IV – New AIBOU Movie from Toei

7 February, 2017 - 00:19
Detectives Ukyo Sugishita (Yutaka Mizutani) and Wataru Kaburagi (Takashi Sorimachi) are on the case in PARTNERS: THE MOVIE IV, the latest entry in the enormously popular AIBOU television and film franchise. Photo courtesy of Toei Co., Ltd. © 2017 "Partners -The Movie IV-" Partners
Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: aibou-movie.jp (Japan) Toei has provided information and high-res photos from PARTNERS: THE MOVIE IV (相棒-劇場版IV-首都クライシス 人質は50万人!特命係 最後の決断, Aibo –Gekijoo-ban IV– Shuto Kuraishisu Hitojichi wa 50 Man-ri! Tokumei-gakari Saigo no Ketsudan), opening February 11th in Japan. Counting spin-offs, the film is the sixth theatrical release in the ongoing franchise based on Yasuhiro Koshimizu's AIBOU: TOKYO DETECTIVE DUO (相棒, Aibo) -- aka PARTNERS -- the hit crime drama television series which has aired on TV Asahi since 2002. Continued...
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X-Plus April 2017 Preview

5 February, 2017 - 23:00
Photos courtesy of X-Plus. King Ghidorah, Godzilla and Keizer Ghidorah TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Nokogirin © Tsuburaya Productions
Product Info and High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Jun Umeji A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with an early look at their giant monster figures scheduled for release in April 2017. Some items are still in the unpainted prototype stage, so we'll run a full update with complete product information and painted figure pics as soon as they're available. Continued...
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Diabolique Magazine Returns With Brand-New, Asian Cinema-Themed Issue

5 February, 2017 - 08:32
Godzilla, J-Horror, Kurosawa, Oshima and More! Source: Diabolique Magazine Special Thanks to Kieran Fisher
Diabolique Magazine Issue 26 is devoted to Asian cinema. Image courtesy of Diabolique Magazine. © Diabolique Magazine.
Following a brief hiatus, the Rondo-award winning Diabolique Magazine is back in print with an entire issue dedicated to celebrating Japanese and Korean cult cinema at its most sublime, otherworldly, erotic and visceral. The cover story explores the darker elements of Japanese folklore; tracking the evolution of the ghost story from genre defining classics ONIBABA, KWAIDAN, and KURONEKO, right through to the J-horror boom of the nineties in RINGU and JU-ON: THE GRUDGE; before joining J-horror pioneer Hideo Nakata to discuss his career in genre film. This is followed with features on the blood soaked tradition of Japanese theater in relation to the work of Akira Kurosawa and Jacobean revenge, the shocking horrors of Korean war portrayed in genre film and a tribute to the work of the late great David Bowie. Add to that some sizzling sensuality and lesbian love, as Diabolique unwraps Chan-wook Park’s provocative THE HANDMAIDEN, and last, but certainly not least, a homage to the mythical beast Godzilla. The publisher promises this is one of their boldest and most potent issues yet! Continued...
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Godzilla Collectibles from February 2017 Diamond Previews

5 February, 2017 - 04:51
Photos courtesy of Diamond Comic Distributors. GODZILLA TM & © Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: Diamond Comic Distributors Special Thanks to Megan Cosman and Zach Oat Diamond Comic Distributors has released information and photos for Godzilla items listed in the February 2017 edition of Previews Catalog, on sale now. Both listings are resolicitations of previously released figures. Continued...
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X-Plus Giant Monster Figure Lineup for March 2017

4 February, 2017 - 13:35
Photos courtesy of X-Plus. Godzilla and Titanosaurus TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Ultra Seven, Alien Mefilas and Ultraman Mebius © Tsuburaya Productions
Product Info and High-Res Photos, Direct from X-Plus! Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Jun Umeji A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese collectibles company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos of their giant monster figures scheduled for release in March 2017. Continued...
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SHIN GODZILLA International Exclusive: Korean Info, Trailer and High-Res Pics from MediaCastle

3 February, 2017 - 13:37
SHIN GODZILLA Korean advance poster. The text translates as "Is it a perpetrator? Is it a victim?" Image courtesy of MediaCastle. © 2016 TOHO CO., LTD.
Author: Kim Song-ho Source: MediaCastle Official Site: shin-godzilla.jp (Japan), shin-godzilla.kr (Korea) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE SHIN GODZILLA (シン・ゴジラ, Shin Gojira, 2016) will open in Korean cinemas this March. SciFi Japan previews the release with information, advance poster art and a teaser trailer from the film's Korean distributor, MediaCastle. Continued...
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Godzilla 1954 (Biting Train Color Ver.) Wonder Festival Winter 2017 Exclusive from X-Plus

3 February, 2017 - 03:04
Photo courtesy of X-Plus. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD.
Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Jun Umeji A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese toy company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos of their Event Exclusive Toho 30cm Series: Godzilla 1954 (Biting Train Color Ver.) figure to be sold at the upcoming Tokyo hobby show, Wonder Festival. The Winter 2017 Festival will be held Sunday, February 19th at Makuhari Messe exhibition center. Continued...
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TAKASHI MIIKE’S DEAD OR ALIVE TRILOGY on Blu-ray and DVD from Arrow Video US

2 February, 2017 - 19:45
High definition transfers of TAKASHI MIIKE'S DEAD OR ALIVE TRILOGY come to Blu-ray and DVD in March. Images courtesy of MVD Entertainment. © Excellent Film
Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler MVD Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the US this March with an amazing release tailor made for cult fans. Arriving on both Blu-ray and DVD, Takashi Miike's classic DEAD OR ALIVE Trilogy starring Riki Takeuchi and Show Aikawa as their various characters deal drugs in Tokyo, put their yakuza assassin skills to good use and even meet cyborg soldiers in future Yokohama. Each film deftly shows off Miike at the height of his skills, and weaves a captivating tapestry of crime, action and character study. Continued...
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MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 08th MS TEAM Coming May 2017

2 February, 2017 - 14:23
Source: Right Stuf, Inc. press release Official Site: gundam.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Jessica Breon and Jake Hockenberry
Image courtesy of Right Stuf. © SOTSU • SUNRISE
Anime distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and anime producer Sunrise Inc. are excited to announce the upcoming release of MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 08th MS TEAM (機動戦士ガンダム 第08MS小隊, Kidoo Senshi Gandamu Dai Zerohachi Emu Esu Shootai, 1996-99), available on Blu-ray and DVD May 2, 2017. The Collections contain episodes 1-12 of the MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 08th MS TEAM OVA Series plus the MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 08th MS TEAM: MILLER'S REPORT movie (機動戦士ガンダム 第08MS小隊 ミラーズ・リポート, Kidoo Senshi Gandamu Dai Zerohachi Emu Esu Shootai Miraazu Ripooto, 1998). The short MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 08th MS TEAM: BATTLE IN THREE DIMENSIONS (機動戦士ガンダム 第08MS小隊 三次元との戦い, Kidoo Senshi Gandamu Dai Zerohachi Emu Esu Shootai Sanjigen to Notatakai, 2013) is available for the first time in North America. Continued...
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ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE Update: New Trailers and High-Res Photos!

1 February, 2017 - 15:14
Ultraman Orb and Ultraman Zero fight Galactron. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions and Shochiku. © 2017 “Ultraman Orb The Movie” Film Partners
Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd., Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: m-78.jp/orb/movie (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Tsuburaya Productions and distributor Shochiku have provided SciFi Japan with an update for ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE (劇場版 ウルトラマンオーブ 絆の力、おかりします!, Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman Oobu Kizuna no Chikara, Okari Shimasu!), with two new trailers, info and pics of promotional merchandise, and new high-res photos. Continued...
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Shin Godzilla 12” Head-to-Tail Figure Coming from NECA in May

1 February, 2017 - 06:34
Photo courtesy of NECA. GODZILLA TM & © Toho Co., Ltd. © 2017 NECA, Inc.
Source: NECA press release Special Thanks to Summer Mullins From SHIN GODZILLA (シン・ゴジラ, Shin Gojira), the blockbuster 2016 movie that returned the classic Godzilla franchise to its roots! Continued...
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Shout! Factory Licenses IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD for North America

31 January, 2017 - 22:07
Shout! Factory and Animatsu Entertainment enter film distribution deal for IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD for North America. Image courtesy of Shout! Factory. © Fumiyo Kouno/Futabasha/Konosekai no katasumini Project
Source: Shout! Factory press release Official Site: konosekai.jp (Japan), inthiscornermovie.com (English) Special Thanks to Tom Chen Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company, and Animatsu Entertainment, a London-based producer, licensor and distributor of anime in the UK and Ireland, have entered into an exclusive film deal to distribute the new animated feature IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD (この世界の片隅に, Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni, 2016) in North America. Continued...
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RINGS Cast Interview Soundbites

31 January, 2017 - 13:05
Aimee Teegarden (Sky) interview. Video courtesy of Paramount Pictures. © 2017 Paramount Pictures. All Right Reserved.
Source: Paramount Pictures Official Site: RingsMovie.com Paramount Pictures has released a quartet of cast interviews from their new horror movie, RINGS. Directed by F. Javier Gutierrez (BEFORE THE FALL), the film is the latest chapter in THE RING franchise based on the novels by Koji Suzuki (Dark Water). Continued...
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SURVIVAL FAMILY Info and High-Res Photos from Toho

30 January, 2017 - 03:35
A family flees Tokyo after a worldwide blackout in SURVIVAL FAMILY. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2017 Fuji Television, Toho, Dentsu, Altamira Pictures
Press Notes For New Movie Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Pony Canyon Official Site: survivalfamily.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided information and high-res photos from their upcoming release, SURVIVAL FAMILY (サバイバルファミリー, Sabaibaru Famirii). The highly-anticipated latest film from acclaimed director Shinobu Yaguchi (WATERBOYS, SWING GIRLS, ROBO-G) opens in Japanese cinemas on February 11. SURVIVAL FAMILY is also being offered to foreign distributors by sales agent Pony Canyon. Continued...
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SHIN GODZILLA International Exclusive: Spanish Info, Trailers and High-Res Pics from A Contracorriente Films

28 January, 2017 - 13:23
SHIN GODZILLA Spanish trailer, courtesy of A Contracorriente Films. © 2016 TOHO CO., LTD.
Source: A Contracorriente Films Official Site: shin-godzilla.jp (Japan), acontracorrientefilms.com/shin-godzilla (Spain) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE With the Japanese and North American theatrical runs of SHIN GODZILLA (シン・ゴジラ, Shin Gojira, 2016) long past, fans in both territories are now looking forward to the upcoming home video releases (Japan: March 22; America: tba). But the movie continues to open in other international markets, including Spain, where distributor A Contracorriente Films brought it to cinemas on January 20th. Continued...
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A LOVING HUSBAND Production Notes & High-Res Photos from Toho

27 January, 2017 - 22:07
Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: koisaika.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
Theatrical poster, courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2017 “A Loving Husband” Film Partners
A humorous yet loving and unique tale of a family! Toho has provided production notes and high-res images from their new comedic drama, A LOVING HUSBAND (恋妻家宮本, Koisaika Miyamoto). The movie co-stars Hiroshi Abe (GODZILLA 2000, THERMAE ROMAE, SHIPPU RONDO) and Yuki Amami (KAIJI: THE ULTIMATE GAMBLER, THE KIYOSU CONFERENCE, DETECTIVE CONAN: THE DARKEST NIGHTMARE). Today, there are an abundance of films that depict young love. The up-and-coming screenwriter Kazuhiko Yukawa, who has gifted the world with his phenomenally highly rated TV dramas I'M MITA, YOUR HOUSEKEEPER (家政婦のミタ, Kaseifu no Mita, 2011), makes his long-awaited directorial debut with A LOVING HUSBAND, from a screenplay which he penned himself. His debut film has been nominated for the 40th Montreal World Film Festival's First Films World Competition category, and has received rave reviews at the festival, proving that the story is globally appealing. A LOVING HUSBAND opens in Japan this weekend. Continued...
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New BLEACH Anime Set Available on Blu-ray January 31st

27 January, 2017 - 16:44
Catch The Second Installment Of The Hit Paranormal Action Adventure Saga On Blu-ray For The Very First Time Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
Image courtesy of VIZ Media. © Tite Kubo/Shueisha, TV TOKYO, dentsu, Pierrot
VIZ Media, LLC, a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, announces the latest edition of the BLEACH (ブリーチ, Buriichi) anime series on Blu-ray with the home media release of Set 2 on January 31st. BLEACH Set 2 includes four-discs, covering Episodes 28-55, and will carry an MSRP of $54.97 U.S. / $63.99 CAN. Episodes will be available with dialogue selections for dubbed English as well as subtitled, Japanese 2.0 audio, with episodes presented uncut and in their original 4:3 format. Special bonus content includes a “Behind the Scenes of BLEACH” segment that features interviews with the English voice cast. In the latest episodes, having been separated and now pursued by Soul Reapers, Ichigo and his friends, race towards the Shishinro Repentance Cell where Rukia awaits execution. With the help of Squad Four’s Hanataro, who risks imprisonment himself, Ichigo is led through an underground sewer system toward her cell. Will Ichigo have the strength to defeat the Soul Reaper Renji, who bars the way? In the midst of the chaos, the sudden murder of one of their own has the Soul Society in upheaval. Continued...
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DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 on Nintendo Switch

27 January, 2017 - 12:23
Image courtesy of Toei Co., Ltd. ©BIRD STUDIO / SHUEISHA, TOEI ANIMATION. Game © 2016 BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
Source: Toei Animation Co., Ltd. press release Official Site: dragonball-videogames.com (Japan) DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2, the most expansive Dragon Ball videogame experience to-date, will be making its way to the Nintendo Switch system for the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. Continued...
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PRETTY CURE DREAM STARS! THE MOVIE Info and High-Res Images

26 January, 2017 - 21:00
Three teams of Precures try to stop the machinations of Karasutengu in PRETTY CURE DREAM STARS! THE MOVIE. Image courtesy of Toei Co., Ltd. ©2017 PDSMC ©2016 Pretty Cure Dream Stars! the Movie Production Committee
Details for New Anime Feature Film from Toei Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: precure-dreamstars.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei has provided information and high-res images from PRETTY CURE DREAM STARS! THE MOVIE (映画プリキュアドリームスターズ!, Eiga Purikyua Doriimu Sutaazu!), the twenty-second feature film in the PRETTY CURE series. The movie features Precures from the two most recent television series, GO! PRINCESS PRETTY CURE (GO!プリンセスプリキュア, GO! Purinsesu PuriKyua, 2015-16) and WITCHY PRETTY CURE! (魔法つかいプリキュア!, Mahoo Tsukai Purikyua, 2016-17) plus the upcoming KIRAKIRA ☆ PRETTY CURE A LA MODE (キラキラ☆プリキュアアラモード, Kirakira ☆ Purikyua Ara Moodo, 2017). Continued...
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Amazon Prime Video Launches RONJA, THE ROBBER’S DAUGHTER on January 27 in the US and UK

25 January, 2017 - 12:49
International Emmy Award-Winning Animated Series From Polygon Pictures and Studio Ghibli Source: Amazon.com, Inc. press release Official Site: nhk.or.jp/ronja (Japan)
Key art. Image courtesy of Amazon.com, Inc. © NHK・ NEP・Dwango, licensed by Saltkråkan AB, The Astrid Lindgren Company
Amazon's original kids series, RONJA, THE ROBBER'S DAUGHTER (山賊の娘ローニャ, Sanzoku no Musume Roonya, 2014-15), is set to premiere on Prime Video on January 27 in the US and UK. An animated adventure for kids and families, the new series is narrated by Golden Globe Award-winning actress Gillian Anderson (THE X-FILES), directed by Gorō Miyazaki (UP ON POPPY HILL, TALES FROM EARTHSEA), animated by Polygon Pictures (upcoming GODZILLA anime film), and presented by the Academy Award-winning Studio Ghibli (SPIRITED AWAY, HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE) and Saltkråkan (the Astrid Lindgren Company). RONJA, THE ROBBER'S DAUGHTER is already a full-fledged hit in Japan, winning the International Emmy Award for “Best Kids Animation.” The series is based on the wildly-popular children's fantasy book of the same name by noted Swedish author Astrid Lindgren (Pippi Longstocking), which has sold approximately 10 million copies worldwide since its release in 1981, and been translated into 41 languages and adapted for film and television internationally. Continued...
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