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Media Blasters, Inc. and Fever Dreams LLC. are proud to present the world premiere of Special Effects Master Tomoo Haraguchi’s new kaiju epic, DEATH KAPPA, at the 2010 New York Asian Film Festival at the IFC Center on June 25th.
In the tradition of GODZILLA and GAMERA, DEATH KAPPA is a new, exciting chapter in classic old school Japanese monster mayhem! DEATH KAPPA is directed by Tomoo Haraguchi, the veteran creature creator of GAMERA: THE GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE, GAMERA 2: ATTACK OF LEGION and GAMERA 3: REVENGE OF IRIS and the director of KIBAKICHI.
DEATH KAPPA mixes high tech towering terror with traditional Yokai folklore! When an extreme imperialist group’s experiments go haywire and trigger an atomic explosion, the dire consequences are of global proportions. A giant monster attacks in the midst of the nuclear fallout and Japan’s defenses are helpless against it. Mankind’s only savior is an irradiated water goblin from Japanese folklore called the “Death Kappa.” The two rival monsters must go head-to-head in the ultimate titanic duel between good and evil with the earth’s very survival at stake! Continued…
Next week sees the launch of the 2010 New York Asian Film Festival and Japan Cuts: Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema. Running from June 25-July 8 at the Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, July 1 – 16 at Japan Society, and midnights June 25/26 and July 2/3 at IFC Center, the combined festival will feature dozens of films, international and world premiere screenings, Q&A’s with filmmakers, and other special events.
Last year’s NYAFF daikaiju double feature of MONSTER X STRIKES BACK and GEHARHA also included an exclusive video message from director and FX makeup great Tomoo Haraguchi (the 90s Gamera trilogy, GAMERA THE BRAVE, SAKUYA, UZUMAKI, KIBAKICHI, REIGO: THE DEEP-SEA MONSTER VS THE BATTLESHIP YAMATO) introducing his latest project, DEATH KAPPA… an “old school” Japanese giant monster movie done in the spirit of those creature classics of decades past. DEATH KAPPA is a Tokyo Shock original production from Media Blasters, Nikkatsu (GAPPA, THE TRIPHIBIAN MONSTER), and Fever Dreams (MACHINE GIRL, TOKYO GORE POLICE).
This year, the New York Asian Film Festival is hosting the world premiere of DEATH KAPPA on Friday, June 25th as part of their “IFC@Midnight” series. Even better: our friends at NYAFF have offered SciFi Japan readers a chance to win free tickets to attend the premiere! Continued…
Coming to US DVD and Blu-Ray this Summer
Source: Media Blasters
Special Thanks to Richard York
Media Blasters has released the English language trailer for DEATH KAPPA, a new Tokyo Shock original film produced with Fever Dreams Japan. DEATH KAPPA is an “old school” daikaiju movie from the creators of cult favorites THE MACHINE GIRL, DEATH TRANCE and TOKYO GORE POLICE and director Tomoo Haraguchi, the celebrated make-up, creature and effects master whose credits include the last four Gamera films, ASHURA, UZUMAKI, RING 0, Showtime’s MASTERS OF HORROR series. and REIGO: THE DEEP-SEA MONSTER VS THE BATTLESHIP YAMATO. Haraguchi has also directed a handful of films such as MIKADROID, SAKUYA, and KIBAKICHI. Continued…
The 2010 New York Asian Film Festival and Japan Cuts: Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema are now in full swing. Running from June 25-July 8 at the Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, July 1 – 16 at Japan Society, and midnights June 25/26 and July 2/3 at IFC Center, the combined festival is featuring dozens of films, international and world premiere screenings, Q&A’s with filmmakers, and other special events.
Earlier this month, NYAFF and SciFi Japan held a contest for tickets to the world premiere of the daikaiju movie DEATH KAPPA. Now our friends at Japan Society are presenting SFJ readers with two chances for free passes to selected films playing at Japan Cuts in July.
First up is the North American premiere of KING OF THORN, the new science fiction anime movie film which will screen at the Japan Society on Sunday, July 11 at 6pm. Based on the long-running manga by Yuji Iwahara, the film was released in Japan by Kadokawa Pictures this past May. Continued…
Next week sees the launch of the 2009 New York Asian Film Festival and Japan Cuts: Festival of New Japanese Films. Running from June 19-July 12 at the IFC Center (323 Sixth Avenue, at West 4th Street) and from July 1 – 5 at Japan Society (333 East 47th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues) in New York City, the combined festival will feature more than fifty movies, Q&A’s with filmmakers, and special events. The lineup also includes two new Japanese giant monster movies; MONSTER X STRIKES BACK: ATTACK THE G8 SUMMIT! and the short GEHARHA: THE DARK AND LONG HAIR MONSTER.
Now our friends at NYAFF have offered SciFi Japan readers a chance to win free tickets to attend the premieres of both movies— and a sneak preview of the next Tokyo Shock production, DEATH KAPPA— at the IFC Center on Sunday, June 28 at 11am! Continued…
A Brief Look at the Bonus Material Included on the Inadvertently-Released DVD
Author: Richard Pusateri
Special Thanks to Steve Ryfle, Ryan Clark and Allen Perkins
Media Blasters released a “barebones” GODZILLA VS MEGALON DVD on August 14, 2012. In September a “Special Edition of the disc loaded with extras…” was sold by Amazon.com. Soon, more copies with the extras surfaced, purchased from online and “brick-and-mortar” retailers, setting off the search for the “Golden Tickets” as some fans called the unmarked Special Editions.
Here is a brief description of the extras included on the Special Edition DVD. Continued…
Distributor Media Blasters has announced plans to release the 2006 daikaiju movie GAMERA THE BRAVE (小さき勇者たち～ガメラ～, Chiisaki Yusha-tachi Gamera) on Blu-ray in North America this May.
The twelfth film in the long-running Gamera series — and the first to be produced by Kadokawa Pictures — GAMERA THE BRAVE takes the monster back to his “The Friend of All Children” roots. The movie opens forty years ago, as the giant fire-breathing turtle Gamera disappears during a battle against the flying monsters called Gyaos. In 2006, a young boy named Toru Aizawa (Ryo Tomioka) discovers a turtle egg on a beach. The egg hatches in his hand, and Toru decides to keep the tiny newborn as a pet. But when the little turtle starts flying and breathing fire, Toru realizes that he has found a baby Gamera.
The young monster grows quickly, and is soon put to the task against Zedus, a giant man-eating sea monster. But the new Gamera is no match for his bigger, stronger, and faster opponent and suffers terrible wounds during the battle. Now Toru must help Gamera recover from his injuries and put an end to Zedus.
GAMERA THE BRAVE was previously released on DVD by Media Blasters’ Tokyo Shock label in December 2008. The upcoming Blu-ray edition, scheduled to street on May 22nd, will feature a new high-definition transfer provided by Kadokawa. Continued…
On May 27th, the New York-based home video and theatrical distributor Media Blasters announced that they have acquired North American rights from Toho Co. for the Godzilla movies DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (怪獣総進撃, Kaiju Soshingeki, 1968) and GODZILLA VS MEGALON (ゴジラ対メガロ, Gojira tai Megaro, 1973). Both films will be released on Region 1 DVD and Blu-ray through the company’s live-action Asian cinema division, Tokyo Shock.
Media Blasters has provided SciFi Japan with an official announcement on their new acquisitions. And Media Blasters Managing Director Carl Morano also agreed to clear up some recent internet rumors and misinformation regarding GODZILLA VS MEGALON and answer questions about the company’s plans for the two Godzilla films. Continued…
Photo courtesy of New York Asian Film Festival. Source: Subway Cinema press releases Special Thanks to Kristen Osborne and Grady Hendrix NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2010 June 25 – July 8 More of what you’ve loved and waited for all year 7 countries! 45 movies! 17 Guests! The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter […]
Godzilla, Ultraman, Gamera and More Return for Tokyo Hobby Festival
Author: Ed Godziszewski
Official Site: wf.kaiyodo.net
When the winter chill reaches its peak, it’s a sure sign that it’s time for Winter Wonder Festival. Taking place on Sunday, February 10 at the Makuhari Messe, a few stops down the Keio Line from Tokyo Disneyland, Wonder Festival is not unlike a theme park itself with its endless parade of costumed characters, merchandise for sale, incessant product promotion, and huge crowds. The only thing missing are the rides. Continued…
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER explores the secret life of our 16th president, and the untold story that shaped our nation. Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (director of “Wanted”) bring a fresh voice to the bloodthirsty lore of the vampire, imagining Lincoln as history’s greatest hunter of the undead.
Abraham Lincoln. Vampire Hunter. The very words evoke a juxtaposition that is unexpected, if not downright bizarre. Yet it’s an idea to which the filmmakers have fully committed. Their work is a portrait of the man and leader we’ve all studied and the seminal events that defined him and our nation – interwoven with the immersive, visceral action of a vampire story.
At the same time, ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER presents the Great Emancipator as the country’s first superhero. Notes producer Tim Burton: “Lincoln’s entire life mirrors the classic comic book superhero mythology. It’s a duality: during the day he’s the president of the United States; at night, a vampire hunter.” Continued…
Godzilla, Gamera, Ultraman and More at Tokyo Hobby Festival
Author: Ed Godziszewski
Official Site: wf.kaiyodo.net
Special Thanks to Bill Gudmundson, Yoichi Kakuma and Tetsu Shiota, Anime Jungle
On Sunday, February 12th it was once again time to trek out to Makuhari Messe International Convention Complex for the winter session of Wonder Festival, Japan’s premier hobby festival sponsored by Kaiyodo. A crisp cold Sunday morning breeze off of Tokyo Bay greeted thousands of visitors to this year’s show, many braving the cold hours in advance to try and gain a favorable place in line for when the doors opens and the mad dash begins to get a show exclusive.
This year’s show featured more dealers than the last few years, but the downward trend in monster and scifi kits seemed to continue. While there was no special movie tie-ins or displays, there was still more than the enough fun and interesting sights to be seen. The current miserable dollar-yen rate may have put a damper on the buying habits of foreign visitors, but there was still no shortage of items to tempt the wallet. Continued…
Next week sees the launch of the 2011 New York Asian Film Festival and Japan Cuts: Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema. Running from July 1-14 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and July 7 – 22 at Japan Society, the combined festival will feature dozens of films, international and world premiere screenings, Q&A’s with filmmakers, and other special events.
This year’s lineup a double feature of the new live action sci-fi movies GANTZ (前編, Gantsu, 2011) and GANTZ: PERFECT ANSWER (前編 PERFECT ANSWER, Gantsu Pafekuto Ansaa, 2011). Presented back-to-back and in the original Japanese with English subtitles, the screenings will mark the New York Premiere of the subtitled GANTZ and the North American Premiere of GANTZ: PERFECT ANSWER. And if that’s not cool enough, our friends at NYAFF are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win free tickets to see both movies! Continued…
Source: BAM! Marketing, Publicity & Promotions press release
Official Site: am2con.org
Special Thanks to Chase Wang
AM², the highly-anticipated animation, music and manga convention taking place July 1-3, 2011 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California, has revealed some of the titles (with more to come) that will be screened at this year’s event. Continued…
Newspapers, television, radio, internet blogs, magazines and more. When Halloween rolls around everyone starts talking about the best horror films to watch for any Halloween celebration. Most of the usual suspects are mentioned, from Universal classic monster films to NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE EXORCIST or any number of slasher/gore films.
However, here at SciFi Japan, we realize there are more choices to make and some you may not have thought about. So if you love Japanese cinema (and we assume you do if you are visiting this site), then here are some staff picks for Halloween. Treats from the East to liven up any Halloween feast! Continued…
43 years from it’s creation, Ultraman has consistently remained a beloved character for three generations. This staple series is now reborn with the aim at an all new stage. After Tsuburaya Productions joined TYO Group, Japan’s leading film relations enterprise, their first new theatrical film MEGA MONSTER BATTLE: ULTRA GALAXY combines the top staff of the film world from Hollywood and Japan. Abolishing the miniature SFX used until now, all the SFX cuts are presented with digital composites of CG and live action characters, with the images of the Ultraman home world the “Land of Light” and other worlds at the end of the universe being fully realized. And with the images of this world and the speedy activity of the Ultra heroes who move around freely within it having been totally reformed, it’s not wrong for the generations who have witnessed the former ULTRA series to be amazed at this evolution. Continued…
This year, the 13th annual Japanese Film Festival will be delivering another fantastic line-up of Japanese cinema to fans in Australia. The event begins November 24th at Event Cinemas George Street, Sydney, and December 3rd at ACMI Cinemas, Melbourne, and will also include screenings in Brisbane, Hobart, and Canberra.
Among the many movies being shown are THE CHEF OF THE SOUTH POLE, OPPAI VOLLEYBALL, K-20: LEGEND OF THE MASK, PANDEMIC, SUMMER DAYS WITH COO, THE CHERRY TREE IN THE HILLS, GRAVITY’S CLOWNS, KAMOGAWA HORUMO- BATTLE LEAGUE IN TOKYO, PENGUINS IN THE SKY: ASAHIYAMA ZOO, THE HANDSOME SUIT, ALL AROUND US, DETROIT METAL CITY, and GOEMON. Continued…
THE INCREDIBLE HULK kicks off an all-new, explosive and action-packed epic of one of the most popular Super Heroes of all time. In the film, scientist Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) desperately hunts for a cure to the gamma radiation that poisoned his cells and unleashes the unbridled force of rage within him: The Hulk.
Living in the shadows–cut off from a life he knew and the woman he loves, Betty Ross (Liv Tyler)–Banner struggles to avoid the obsessive pursuit of his nemesis, General Thunderbolt Ross (William Hurt), and the military machinery that seeks to capture him and brutally exploit his power.
As all three grapple with the secrets that led to The Hulk’s creation, they are confronted with a monstrous new adversary known as The Abomination, whose destructive strength exceeds even The Hulk’s own. And on June 13, 2008, one scientist must make an agonizing final choice: accept a peaceful life as Bruce Banner or find heroism in the creature he holds inside–THE INCREDIBLE HULK. Continued…
The mythical adventure THE GREAT YOKAI WAR (Yokai Daisenso, 2005) was a box office hit in Japan, an official selection for international film festivals in Venice, Toronto, Athens, Chicago, Sitges, and Brussels, and recently completed a limited theatrical run in the United States to glowing reviews from Variety and The New York Times.
Now that THE GREAT YOKAI WAR is available on DVD from Media Blasters, SciFi Japan takes a detailed look at one of the best fantasy films in many years. For information about the cast and crew, profiles for 40 different characters from the movie, a review of the new DVD , and photos and art from Kadokawa Pictures, Media Blasters, and Horizon Entertainment, please go here.