New Japanese Films at AFM

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New Japanese Films at AFM

Postby kpa » Tue Nov 11, 2008 4:38 pm

The 2008 American Film Market is now taking place in Santa Monica, CA. The event features more than 400 movie companies from around the world and over 900 screenings of new films. A dozen or so Japanese studios and distributors— including Toho, Shochiku, Kadokawa, Toei, Nikkatsu, TBS, NTV, Gold View, Pony Canyon, and Fuji Television— are at AFM screening and promoting their recent and upcoming movies.

I was able attend some film screenings and speak with reps from most of the Japanese exhibitors, and have put together an overview of some of the movies that were shown and pitched at this year’s AFM.

Check out SciFi Japan for information, basic plot details, and English language promotional art for NTV/Toho’s big budget sci-fi release 20TH CENTURY BOYS, Shochiku’s MONSTER X STRIKES BACK and KITARO AND THE MILLENNIUM CURSE, TBS/Toho’s upcoming thriller PANDEMIC, the live-action adaptation of IKIGAMI, Toho’s DETROIT METAL CITY with Kenichi Matsuyama (DEATH NOTE) and Gene Simmons of KISS, J-Horror movies OROCHI and SHRILL CRIES OF SUMMER, Takashi Miike’s sci-fi comedy GOD’S PUZZLE, the Zatoichi revamp ICHI, NTV/Toho’s great 1940s adventure K-20: LEGEND OF THE MASK, and more.

http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2008 ... rket-2008/
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Postby Danno » Sat Nov 15, 2008 8:36 pm

I see Reigo has been brought back from the dead.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-pa0ha7Ngo
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Postby godziwolf » Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:31 pm

Danno wrote:I see Reigo has been brought back from the dead.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-pa0ha7Ngo


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Postby MekaGojira3k » Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:50 pm

Yeah the project has popped up here and there over the past couple of years. Like two maybe? I remember hearing about it early on, then nothing for a long stretch of time. I then remembered hearing some other rumblings about screenings, and now this. So it kind of died or faded out of the stream of discussion for a while.
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Postby kpa » Sun Nov 16, 2008 8:48 pm

An "almost complete" version of REIGO was first screened at the 2005 American Film Market. The film was originally planned for Japanese release in 2006, but ownership of the pic changed hands and there were various delays. It finally started festivals screenings in Japan earlier this year, and it is reportedly now getting a theatrical release there.

International distributor Gold View Inc was pitching REIGO to foreign buyers at this year's AFM. I posted the English publicity art for the movie in the SciFi Japan article.
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