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PSYCHO-PASS THE MOVIE in 2015

27 December, 2014 - 15:01
Source: Fuji Creative Corporation Official Site: psycho-pass.com
Image courtesy of Fuji Creative Corporation. © PSYCHO-PASS Committee
PSYCHO-PASS -- the hardboiled, gun-slinging sci-fi anime series from Katsuyuki Motohiro (BAYSIDE SHAKEDOWN), Gen Urobuchi (PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA) and Production I.G, the studio behind GHOST IN THE SHELL (攻殻機動隊, Kookaku Kidootai, 1995) and BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE (ブラッド ザ ラスト ヴァンパイア, 2000) -- comes to the big screen with PSYCHO-PASS THE MOVIE (劇場版 PSYCHO-PASS サイコパス, Gekijooban Saikopasu). Toho will release the film in Japanese cinemas on January 9th, while FUNimation will bring it to North America at a date TBA. Continued...
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New Godzilla Figures and Collectibles Available from Diamond

26 December, 2014 - 04:50
Diamond Comic Distributors is offering a number of Godzilla figures and collectibles from different companies. Photos courtesy of Diamond Comic Distributors. GODZILLA and the character designs are trademarks of Toho Co., Ltd. © 1964, 1971, 2014 Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: Diamond Comic Distributors Special Thanks to Deborah Moreland Have some Christmas money burning a hole in your wallet? Then you're in luck... Diamond Comic Distributors has provided SciFi Japan with information and photos for a dozen new Godzilla items that will be available in comic book shops beginning January 2015. Additional Godzilla products are also listed in Diamond's January Previews Catalog, on sale now. Continued...
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FIVE MINUTES TO TOMORROW Press Notes

25 December, 2014 - 13:49
Source: Toei Co., Ltd., Busan International Film Festival Official Site: mayonaka5.jp (Japan)
Theatrical poster. © 2014 “Five Minutes to Tomorrow” Film Partners
Following releases in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan in late October, the mystery FIVE MINUTES TO TOMORROW (真夜中の五分前, Mayonaka no Gofun Mae, 2014) opens in Japanese cinemas on December 27th. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Takayoshi Honda (published October, 2004 by Shinchosha Publishing Co, Ltd.). Born as identical twins, RuoLan and RuMei (both played by Liu Shishi) used to swap their clothes to trick people. Now as grownups, RuMei has become a famous star, while her older sister RuoLan lives an ordinary life and intensely envies her sister. Ryo (Haruma Miura) is a Japanese man who works as a clockmaker in China. After losing a loved one, he feels trapped in the past. RuMei and Ryo develop a romantic relationship after he gave her a watch that runs five minutes late, but Ryo still feels a certain distance between himself and RuMei. The twin sisters leave for a trip, only to face an unfortunate accident. Only RuMei survives, but neither RuoLan’s fiance and Ryo cannot be sure whether the woman is truly RuMei. Continued...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses HAYATE THE COMBAT BUTLER: CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU

25 December, 2014 - 10:24
Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: hayate-project.com Special Thanks to Christian Lopez
© Kenjirou Hata, Shogakukan / HAYATE PROJECT Partners • TV Tokyo 2012
Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its latest acquisition, HAYATE THE COMBAT BUTLER: CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU (ハヤテのごとく! キャント・テイク・マイ・アイズ・オフ・ユー, Hayate no Gotoku! Kyanto Teiku Mai Aizu Ofu Yuu, 2012-2013). Based on the popular title published serially in Weekly Comic Magazine SHONEN SUNDAY, and with animation production by manglobe Inc. (SAMURAI CHAMPLOO), this third season of the HAYATE THE COMBAT BUTLER series forges a new path with an original anime story based on a series concept by original author Kenjirou Hata. It was a tumultuous summer, but it's drawn to a close and things have returned to normal at Sanzenin Mansion -- when suddenly a phone call is received from the Nevada police! "Have your father's belongings been found?" a voice asks. "No. I have no interest in such things," replies Nagi, as nonchalant as ever. But then a mysterious girl arrives, claiming what could be either a shocking truth or utter nonsense! Continued...
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PRINCESS JELLYFISH: Live Action Manga Adaptation Opens December 27th

24 December, 2014 - 21:00
Jiji (Tomoe Shinohara), Chieko (Azusa Babazono), Tsukimi Kurashita (Rena Nounen), Banba (Chizuru Ikewaki) and Mayaya (Rina Ohta) in the first live action version of PRINCESS JELLYFISH. Photo courtesy of Asmik Ace. © 2014 "Princess Jellyfish" Film Partners © Akiko Higashimura / Kodansha
Source: Asmik Ace Entertainment, Inc. Official Site: kuragehi.me (Japan) The live action adaptation PRINCESS JELLYFISH (海月姫, Kuragehime) opens in Japanese cinemas on December 27th. Based on the manga series by Akiko Higashimura, the film is directed and co-written by Yasuhiro Kawamura (AKKO-CHAN: THE MOVIE). Continued...
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Shochiku Announces NEW INITIAL D THE MOVIE LEGEND 2 -BATTLE RUN-

24 December, 2014 - 13:39
New Anime Film Coming May 2015 Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: initiald-movie.com
The GT-R races through the night in key art for NEW INITIAL D THE MOVIE LEGEND 2 -BATTLE RUN-. Image courtesy of Shochiku. © Shuichi Shigeno / Kodansha ・ 2015 New Movie "Initial D" L2 Production Committee
Distributor Shochiku Co. has released information and images for the anime feature, NEW INITIAL D THE MOVIE LEGEND 2 -BATTLE RUN- (新劇場版「頭文字D」Legend2-闘走-, Shin Gekijoo-ban Inisharu Dii Legend 2 -Toso-). The film will open in Japanese theaters on May 23, 2015. NEW INITIAL D THE MOVIE LEGEND 2 is the second chapter of a film trilogy, updating the story of Shuichi Shigeno's Initial D (頭文字D, Inisharu Dii) manga that has sold 48.6 million copies. The first film, NEW INITIAL D THE MOVIE LEGEND 1 -AWAKENING- (新劇場版「頭文字D」Legend1-觉醒-, Shin Gekijoo-ban Inisharu Dii Legend 1 -Kakusei-), was released this past August 23rd. In INITIAL D, high school student Takumi Fujiwara is a gas station attendant by day and a delivery boy for his father’s tofu shop by night. But little does he know his precise driving skills and his father’s modified Toyota Sprinter AE86 Trueno will soon pit him against Gunma prefecture’s best racing groups. Continued...
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ULTRA HEROES THE LIVE ACRO BATTLE CHRONICLE: New Ultraman Stage Show

23 December, 2014 - 11:51
Source: Tsuburaya Productions press release Official Site: m-78.jp/acrobattle
Promotional art for ULTRA HEROES THE LIVE ACRO BATTLE CHRONICLE. Image courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. © Tsuburaya ・ Fields
In 2015, the long-running Ultraman franchise goes beyond the confines of the television screen with an all-new "Hero Live Entertainment Spectacular". Tsuburaya Productions and Fields have announced that ULTRA HEROES THE LIVE ACRO BATTLE CHRONICLE (ウルトラヒーローズ THE LIVE アクロバトル クロニクル, Urutorahiiroozu THE LIVE Akurobatoru Kuronikuru) will be held in sequentially Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka starting March 2015. ULTRA HEROES THE LIVE ACRO BATTLE CHRONICLE will present an onstage "Ultra Battle" by top sport athletes and other stage performers, using 3D projection mapping and other high-end imaging techniques. The show stars Olympic gold medalist Daisuke Nakano and parkour performer ZEN. The show's producers promise an unprecedented "Ultra World" that can be widely enjoyed by families and people of all ages. The popular Ultraman Ginga and Ultraman Belial will be joined by new characters that can only be seen on the live stage. Continued...
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FATE/STAY NIGHT [UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS] Import Blu-ray Disc Box I from Aniplex of America

23 December, 2014 - 06:29
Source: AniplexUSA press release Official Site: fate-sn.com (Japan), FateStayNightUSA.com (US) Special Thanks to EJ Rivera
Image courtesy of Aniplex of America. © TYPE-MOON, ufotable, FSNPC
Aniplex of America Inc. has announced that the FATE/STAY NIGHT [UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS] - Blu-ray Disc Box I will be imported from Japan and released in North America on March 25th, 2015. This highly anticipated release, featuring thirteen episodes with unaired, new footage, all subtitled in English over five Blu-ray discs, will be released simultaneously with Japan’s release date. The first season of FATE/STAY NIGHT is currently streaming and continues to grow in popularity with each new episode premiere. This Blu-ray Disc Box I is a must-own for any FATE/STAY NIGHT fan. Pre-orders for the Blu-ray Disc Box I have begun. The FATE/STAY NIGHT Blu-ray Disc Box I will be imported from Japan and will be available for pre-order in North, Central and South America. The set will include the entire first season “uncut,” the trailer collection, a TV Spot Collection, and the textless opening and ending. Bonus extras include an exclusively written novel by the Fate original creator Kinoko Nasu (with illustrations by Takashi Takeuchi), a soundtrack CD and a 50-page deluxe booklet featuring staff interviews, production materials and more. This collection will be encased in an exclusive box featuring Takeshi Takeuchi’s art and special Digipack to hold the discs. Continued...
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SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO 2199: THE STAR-VOYAGING ARK Synopsis

22 December, 2014 - 14:00
SciFi Japan presents a detailed look at the new SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO 2199 movie, with a trailer and high-res stills from distributor, Shochiku. Image courtesy of Shochiku. © 2014 Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Production Committee
Detailed Plot Description with High-Res Images Author: Tim Eldred, Cosmo DNA Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: yamato2199.net SPOILER WARNING: This synopsis describes the story in full. Continue reading at your own discretion. Note: This SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO 2199: THE STAR-VOYAGING ARK (宇宙戦艦ヤマト2199 星巡る方舟, Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 Hoshi Meguru Hakobune) synopsis is based on material in the film’s program book and multiple viewings in person. Details are subject to change pending an in-depth translation. The trailer and high-res stills are courtesy of the film's distributor, Shochiku Co., Ltd. Continued...
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THE LAST: NARUTO THE MOVIE Comes to U.S. Theaters this February

22 December, 2014 - 08:10
Don’t Miss the Climactic Cinematic Adventure of the World’s Most Popular Ninja Source: Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: naruto-movie.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Elizabeth Ellis, Erika T. Wright and Erik Jansen
Image courtesy of VIZ Media. © 2002 MASASHI KISHIMOTO / 2007 SHIPPUDEN © NMP 2014
VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, announces that it will team up with Los Angeles-based film distribution company ELEVEN ARTS to present U.S. anime fans and filmgoers nationwide with a very special opportunity to catch THE LAST: NARUTO THE MOVIE (ザ・ラスト‐ナルト・ザ・ムービー‐, Za Rasuto: Naruto za Muubii, 2014) in a limited theatrical engagement happening in select U.S. cities beginning on February 20, 2015. THE LAST: NARUTO THE MOVIE will initially screen in 20 major U.S. cities including New York, Boston, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and more! Tickets go on sale starting in mid-January 2015. Additional ticket information and a complete list of theatre locations and screening dates will be available on ELEVEN ARTS’ website at that time. The film will be presented with original Japanese dialogue with English subtitles. Attendees also will receive a special commemorative NARUTO film poster (while supplies last). Additional cities and screenings may be added; check the ELEVEN ARTS webpage for future updates. Continued...
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Bandai Releasing Signed & Framed Godzilla 60th Anniversary Print

21 December, 2014 - 21:25
Limited Edition "Toho Monster Memorial: Eternal Godzilla" Autographed by Haruo Nakajima Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Official Site: lalabitmarket.channel.or.jp/godzilla
Photo courtesy of Bandai Co., Ltd. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD.
Bandai continues the celebration of Godzilla's 60th anniversary into early 2015 with the Toho Monster Memorial: Eternal Godzilla (東宝怪獣メモリアル 永遠のゴジラ, Toho Kaijuu Memoriaru Eien no Gojira) deluxe signed and framed limited edition photo print. This is the first Godzilla release in Bandai's Memorial line, which launched in 2007 with the Ultraman franchise "Ultra Hero Memorial" and followed in 2009 with the "Rider Hero Memorial" series of Kamen Rider characters. This collectible features a famous publicity still from GODZILLA (ゴジラ, Gojira, 1954), reproduced with state-of-the-art digital printing and matted in black with a "Toho Monster Memorial" nameplate. The silver frame includes a wall-hanging mount. A distinct serial number is included on back. Each photo is personally autographed by suit actor Haruo Nakajima, who played Godzilla in the Toho films from the original GODZILLA to 1972’s GODZILLA VS GIGAN (地球攻撃命令 ゴジラ対ガイガン, Chikyuu Kogeki Meirei Gojira Tai Gaigan). Mr. Nakajima signed the prints in gold metallic ink to better contrast with the black and white image. Continued...
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RESSHA SENTAI TOQGER VS KYORYUGER Preview

21 December, 2014 - 07:03
SciFi Japan has high-res photos from Toei for the upcoming movie, TOQGER VS KYORYUGER. Photo courtesy of Toei Co., Ltd. © “ToQger VS Kyoryuger” Production Committee © TV Asahi · Toei AG · Toei Co., Ltd.
A Look at the Next "Super Sentai VS Series" Movie Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: tqg-vs-kyoryu.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei Co., Ltd. has provided press notes and exclusive high-res photos for RESSHA SENTAI TOQGER VS KYORYUGER (烈車戦隊トッキュウジャーVSキョウリュウジャー THE MOVIE, Ressha Sentai Tokkyuujaa Tai Kyouryuujaa Za Muubii). The latest film in the "Super Sentai VS Series" opens in Japanese cinemas on January 17, 2015. Continued...
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VIZ Media Launches Akira Toriyama’s Jaco the Galactic Patrolman

21 December, 2014 - 03:00
Hilarious Manga About a Clumsy Interstellar Cop and a Hermit from the Creator of Dragon Ball Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
Image courtesy of VIZ Media. © 2013 by BIRD STUDIO /SHUEISHA Inc.
VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, prepares to thrill manga readers and fans of legendary creator Akira Toriyama with the launch of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman (銀河パトロール ジャコ, Ginga Patorooru Jako) in print and digital on January 6th. The complete-in-one-volume interstellar comedy will be published under the company’s Shonen Jump imprint. Jaco the Galactic Patrolman is rated ‘A’ for All Ages and will carry a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. A digital version of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman also debuts on January 6th for $6.99 (USD/CAN) from VIZManga.com and through the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, Android-powered smart phones. The digital volume of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman can also be purchased through the Nook, Kobo, ComiXology, Kindle, iBooks and GooglePlay stores. Manga legend and creator of Dragon Ball Z, Akira Toriyama, is back with the quirky comedy Jaco the Galactic Patrolman! Retired scientist Omori lives alone on a deserted island while continuing his research into time-travel. His quiet life is interrupted when galactic patrolman Jaco crash-lands and decides to move in with him. This agent from space claims to be elite, but sometimes it can be a little hard to believe. Can Jaco get along with the old man long enough to save the earth from a dangerous threat? Continued...
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SciFi JAPAN TV: Final Episode / 最終回

19 December, 2014 - 20:48
Source: ACTV Japan A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE In our final regular episode of SciFi JAPAN TV, the show's producers JR and Jim take a look back at the series and discuss some of their favorite episodes. Continued...
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April 2015 DVD and Blu-ray Releases from Section23 Films

19 December, 2014 - 09:04
Artwork not final – mock-up. Photos courtesy of Section23 Films.
NOBUNAGA THE FOOL Collection 1 Available April 28th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its April slate of releases; including Sentai Filmworks’ sci-fi fantasy series NOBUNAGA THE FOOL, which will be released on both DVD & Blu-ray. Additional releases for April include DVD and Blu-ray editions of UNLIMITED PSYCHIC SQUAD COMPLETE COLLECTION, DD FIST OF THE NORTH STAR COMPLETE COLLECTION, HAYATE THE COMBAT BUTLER SEASON 3, THE PET GIRL OF SAKURASOU COMPLETE COLLECTION and SPACE BROTHERS COLLECTION 2; plus DEVIL SURVIVOR 2 COMPLETE COLLECTION on Blu-ray and SAIYUKI TV COMPLETE COLLECTION and SHE, THE ULTIMATE WEAPON COMPLETE COLLECTION 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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Aniplex of America Acquires SAEKANO: HOW TO RAISE A BORING GIRLFRIEND

19 December, 2014 - 04:00
The Director of ORESHURA and A-1 Pictures Present a New Romantic Comedy with an Unexpected Heroine! Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: saenai.tv (Japan), saekano.com (US) Special Thanks to Joanna Metoki
Key art for SAEKANO: HOW TO RAISE A BORING GIRLFRIEND. Image courtesy of Aniplex of America. © 2015 Fumiaki Maruto, Kurehito Misaki, KADOKAWA FUJIMISHOBO / Project Saenai
Aniplex of America, Inc. announced that they have acquired SAEKANO: HOW TO RAISE A BORING GIRLFRIEND (冴えない彼女(ヒロイン)の育てかた, Saenai Hiroin no Sodatekata, 2015) for this upcoming winter season. Originally a popular light novel series written by author Fumiaki Maruto, the anime adaptation of SAEKANO: HOW TO RAISE A BORING GIRLFRIEND will be directed by Kanta Kamei (ORESHURA, NANANA’S BURIED TREASURE) and produced by A-1 Pictures (SWORD ART ONLINE II, BLUE EXORCIST, OREIMO 2). Aniplex of America has also confirmed that this series will begin its simulcast schedule on January 8, 2015 and will be available for fans to stream on the Aniplex Channel, Crunchyroll, and Hulu. The specific time the show will simulcast will be announced at a later date. The official U.S. homepage for SAEKANO: HOW TO RAISE A BORING GIRLFRIEND has also launched and fans can get detailed information regarding this series before the premiere at saekano.com. The story of SAEKANO: HOW TO RAISE A BORING GIRLFRIEND revolves around Tomoya Aki, an otaku high school student who was working part-time to raise enough funds for an anime Blu-ray. One day, he is captivated by a girl he encounters while walking down a hill adorned with beautiful cherry blossom petals. Unable to take his mind off of this girl, Tomoya decides that he will develop his original dating simulation game with this girl as the model for the heroine! Continued...
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More DRAGON BALL Z: REVIVAL OF ‘F’ Images

18 December, 2014 - 07:19
Image courtesy of Toei Co., Ltd. © Bird Studio/ Shueisha © "2015 Dragon Ball Z" Production Committee
Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: dragonball2015.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE SciFi Japan has received additional high-res images from Toei for their upcoming movie, DRAGON BALL Z: REVIVAL OF 'F' (ドラゴンボールZ 復活の「F」, Doragon Booru Zetto: Fukkatsu no 'F'). Continued...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses SHE, THE ULTIMATE WEAPON

18 December, 2014 - 04:47
Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Special Thanks to Christian Lopez
© Shin Takahashi / SHO • TOV • TFC • CBC
Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its latest acquisition, SHE, THE ULTIMATE WEAPON (最終兵器彼女, Saishuu Heiki Kanojo, 2002). Adapted from the works of renowned creator Shin Takahashi and animated by GONZO, this post-apocalyptic anime series details the hardships of war, fighting one’s inner demons and the true nature of the human spirit. Not every soldier wants to fight. Not every weapon wants to be used. But when an unexpected force attacks their city, the hopes and dreams of students Shuji and Chise are shattered by the fires of war. Surviving the bombing after a mysterious defender decimates the attackers, Shuji discovers Chise in the ruins. But she is no longer the girl he has always known. Changed and twisted by military experiments, she has been altered into something no longer completely human. And even worse, though they both fight to deny it, the things that made her the person she was are slowly beginning to fade away. Continued...
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IDW Solicits Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #22 and Godzilla: Cataclysm TPB for March 2015

17 December, 2014 - 12:00
Left: Jeff Zornow's cover for Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #22. Right: Godzilla: Cataclysm TPB cover by Dave Wachter. Images courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2014 Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Kahlil Schweitzer IDW Publishing has announced solicitations for Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #22 and the trade paperback collection of the Godzilla: Cataclysm mini-series. Both publications are coming to comic book shops and retailers in March 2015. Continued...
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Win TRAFFICKERS on Blu-ray!

17 December, 2014 - 05:14
Korea’s Black Market, Where Everything Is for Sale... Even Your Life Source: Well Go USA, MPRM Communications Special Thanks to Leif Helland
Image courtesy of Well Go USA. © 2012 TimeStory/Cinus Entertainment
Well Go USA is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the award-winning, action-packed South Korean crime thriller TRAFFICKERS (공모자들, Kongmojadeul, 2012) on Blu-ray. The film takes place over six hours on a passenger boat with an ongoing black-market organ-trafficking operation, and a desperate husband out to find his missing wife. Directed by first time feature film director Kim Hong-sun, TRAFFICKERS stars Im Chang-jung (TWILIGHT GANGSTERS), Daniel Choi (CYRANO AGENCY), Oh Dal-soo (OLDBOY), Cho Youn-hee (DOOMSDAY BOOK), Cho Dal-hwan (PIRATES), Jeong Ji-yoon (I SAW THE DEVIL). Well Go USA is releasing TRAFFICKERS on both Blu-ray (SRP: $29.98) and DVD (SRP: $24.98) on December 23rd. The film has a runtime of approximately 111 minutes and is not rated. Continued...
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