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    VirusKing joins Japan's ever-growing pantheon of daikaju in YUZO THE BIGGEST BATTLE IN TOKYO, the new movie from filmmaker Yoshikazu Ishii. Photo courtesy of Team Better Tomorrow. ©Team Better Tomorrow Source: Team Better TomorrowSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra  A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE   A closer look at VirusKing. Photo courtesy of Team Better Tomorrow. ©Team Better Tomorrow SciFi Japan is pleased to present a first look at YUZO THE BIGGEST BATTLE IN TOKYO (『特撮喜劇 大木勇造 人生最大の決戦』, Tokusatsu Kigeki Ōki Yūzō Jinsei Saidai no Kessen), the upcoming daikaiju movie from filmmaker Yoshikazu Ishii. Ishii was an apprentice of the late Toho FX director Koichi Kawakita, and served as a special effects assistant director on GODZILLA: FINAL WARS,  NEGOTIATOR: MASHITA MASAYOSHI, DAIMAJIN KANON, and ULTRAMAN MEBIUS. He has directed  episodes of ULTRAMAN GINGA and ULTRAMAN GINGA S as well as his own feature film, ATTACK OF THE GIANT TEACHER. 

    Source: MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler   Photo courtesy of MVD Entertainment. SRS Cinema and distributor MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the new DVD edition of the 1984 Korean movie WAR OF THE GOD MONSTERS. Released in its native country as THE UNDEAD BEAST (비천괴수, Bicheongoesu) and marketed internationally as THE FLYING MONSTER (飛天怪獸, Hiten Kaiju), this kaiju classic has never been released in North America until now!   Dr. Kim believes that ancient dinosaurs are waking up due to global warming rapidly melting the glaciers where they have slept for thousands of years. The recently widowed scientist, now in isolation to study his theories outside the judgemental eye of the public, struggles to find balance with his obsession and raising his young daughter, Sohee. A reporter, named Kang Ok-hee, discovers his hideout and

    Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © KADOKAWA Source: Arrow Films, MVD Entertainment Special Thanks to James Flower and Clint Weiler Following their incredible GAMERA: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION and THE DAIMAJIN TRILOGY releases, Arrow has announced another deluxe Blu-ray set... YOKAI MONSTERS COLLECTION! The box set will be available in the United States and United Kingdom in October. Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © KADOKAWA From the makers of Daimajin comes a trilogy of terror ripped from the pages of Japanese folklore, with ghosts and monsters from ancient myths and legends brought to life through stunning special effects, alongside an epic, big-budget reboot of the series from a modern-day master of the macabre, now available together on Blu-ray for the first time. In the first film in the trilogy, 100 MONSTERS (妖怪百物語, Yōkai Hyaku Monogatari, 1968), a greedy slumlord's attempts to forcefully evict his

    Photos courtesy of William Winckler. © 2021 – William Winckler Source:  William Winckler Productions press release English-dubbed Ultraman and Anime filmmaker William Winckler (ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE, FRANKENSTEIN VS. THE CREATURE FROM BLOOD COVE, ZOMBREX: DEAD RISING SUN) has just released his new Western-Horror fiction novel Demon Head of Tuscon, now available worldwide on eBook and paperback on Amazon Kindle.    Loosely based on the terrifying Native American monster/spirit legend of the “The Rolling Head,” readers should find author William Winckler’s fresh, unique story, original and captivating.  When a young Native American woman is stalked by a horrific disembodied head out to kill her, a wandering cowboy helps escort her to the safety of a Christian reservation.  On the way, they must battle and ultimately destroy the monstrous demon before everyone in the Arizona territory is wiped out by it! AMAZON Kindle & Paperback Book

    Photo courtesy of 3Y Film. ©3Y Film Photo courtesy of 3Y Film. ©3Y Film Source: 3Y FilmSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra  A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE KIKAIDA star Daisuke Ban has joined the cast of GHOST CAT RHAPSODY. Photo courtesy of 3Y Film.  3Y Film, makers of THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL ((大仏廻国 Daibutsu Kaikoku, 2018) and NEZURA 1964 (ネズラ1964, 2020), have announced some exciting cast additons to their upcoming film, GHOST-CAT RHAPSODY (怪猫狂騒曲, Kaibyō Kyōsō Kyoku). Today it was revealed that Daisuke Ban has been signed for the movie. Ban is best known as the star of the popular Toei superhero series KIKAIDA (人造人間キカイダー, Jinzō Ningen Kikaidā, 1972-73) and INAZUMAN (イナズマン, 1973-74) and has appeared in numerous tokusatsu shows and movies. He also played Sadako's father in the the internationally acclaimed J-Horror hit THE RING (リング, Ringu, 1998)

    Photo courtesy of Japan Society NY. North America’s largest festival of contemporary Japanese cinema presents a dynamic slate of 38 films streaming online throughout the U.S. and screening in-person at Japan Society in NYC, introduces New York Premiere of Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s WIFE OF A SPY and offers annual CUT ABOVE Award to star Yu AoiSource: Japan Society NY press releaseOfficial Site: JAPAN CUTS 2021: Festival of New Japanese FilmSpecial Thanks to Allison Rodman ​Japan Society announces the full lineup for the 15th annual JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film​, the largest festival of its kind in North America, set for August 20-September 2 as a hybrid online and in-person event.  Continuing its annual mission of showcasing a diverse slate of the best and most exciting films coming out of Japan today, the summer festival will introduce a total of 27 features​ and 12 short films​ including

    Lee Won-tae’s THE DEVIL’S DEAL, Paul Andrew Williams’ BULL, Vincent Grashaw’s WHAT JOSIAH SAW, Masashi Ando and Masayuki Miyaji’s THE DEER KING, Rob Jabbaz’s THE SADNESS, and Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury’s THE DEEP HOUSE are among the wealth of final titles announced  Source: Fantasia press release Special Thanks to Kaila Hier, Pierre Corbeil and Andre Dubois The Fantasia International Film Festival announces a massive new assortment of feature films for its 25th edition, along with details on scheduled panels, talks, tributes, special events, and our esteemed juries. On top of our impressive virtual slate of films, all geo-locked to Canada, and in addition to our globally accessible streamed events, the upcoming festival will also feature a limited number of in-person screenings in Montreal.  Fantasia begins August 5th with the World Premiere of Quebec zombie feature BRAIN FREEZE— following the August 4th special event screening

    Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © KADOKAWA Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © KADOKAWA   Arrow Video US and MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their new THE DAIMAJIN TRILOGY Limited Edition Blu-ray Set. The collection includes all three Daiei giant monster movies that transplants the Golem legend to Japan’s Warring States period of the late-16th century. In DAIMAJIN (大魔神), directed by Kimiyoshi Yasuda (YOKAI MONSTERS, ZATOICHI ON THE ROAD), the young son and daughter of the benevolent feudal lord Hanabusa flee to the mountains when their parents are slain by the treacherous usurper Odate. Ten years later, when the elderly priestess who has harboured them is also murdered, the rage of the slumbering ancient god that lies beneath the crumbling giant stone idol hidden deep

    Source: The Loot Company press release Special Thanks to George Roush Acclaimed horror manga artist Junji Ito is being celebrated with the announcement of the Loot Crate Artist Collection. Experience a new series of officially licensed apparel, collectibles and gear in honor of the legendary Japanese manga author most known for his work in horror. Get a surprise mix of exclusive items delivered to your door every other month in this limited edition 4-crate series. The Loot Crate Artist Collection celebrates three of Junji Ito’s most popular works. The first crate in the series is themed “Obsessive/Repulsive,” and features exclusive gear and apparel from Tomie, Souichi, and Yon & Mu! While each crate in the four-crate series is great on its own, many items are parts of a larger piece that can only be completed by purchasing the entire collection. For Tomie, one class

      The latest film in the legendary Japanese anime franchise will premiere in over 240 countries and territories excluding Japan Source: Amazon press release Official Site: https://www.evangelion.co.jp/final.html (Japan) Photo courtesy of Amazon. © khara / Project Eva. © khara / EVA Production Committee © khara Amazon Prime Video today announced the exclusive global premiere (outside of Japan) of the highly anticipated Japanese anime blockbuster EVANGELION:3.0+1.01 THRICE UPON A TIME (シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版:𝄂, Shin Evangerion Gekijōban:𝄂, 2021) on August 13th. EVANGELION:3.0+1.01 THRICE UPON A TIME is the fourth and final chapter of the new theatrical edition of Evangelion. The anime film – which is the highest-grossing in all movies by chief director Hideaki Anno and most-watched movie in Japanese theatres in 2021- is from directors Kazuya Tsurumaki, Katsuichi Nakayama and Mahiro Maeda as well as legendary creator, screenwriter and chief director Hideaki Anno (SHIN GODZILLA). To

    Photos courtesy of 3Y Film and Avery Guerra. THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL ©2019 3Y Film. NEZURA 1964 ©2020 3Y Film, KADOKAWA Source: SRS Cinema LLC Special Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Photo courtesy of 3Y Film and Avery Guerra. ©2020 3Y Film, KADOKAWA Distributor SRS Cinema has licensed North American home media rights to the independent kaiju films THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL (大仏廻国, Daibutsu Kokaiku, 2019) and NEZURA 1964 (ネズラ1964, 2020). Limited Edition VHS and Blu-rays will be made available soon with wide-release DVDs to follow. Directed by Hiroto Yokokawa, THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL is a remake of the long-lost 1934 film by Yoshiro Edamasa, which was quite possibly the first-ever daikaiju film from Japan. The film boasts an all-star cast of tokusatsu/kaiju actors that includes Akira Kubo (INVASION OF ASTRO MONSTER/MONSTER ZERO, SON OF GODZILLA), Akira Takarada (star of

    Source: MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler     Photo courtesy of MVD Entertainment. ©LosGatos Works   SRS Cinema and distributor MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the new DVD edition of the  independent daikaiju film HOWL FROM BEYOND THE FOG (狭霧の国 Sagiri no Kuni, 2019). The movie was written and directed by Daisuke Sato (GODZILLA MOTHRA KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL OUT ATTACK, GODZILLA: FINAL WARS, GAMERA THE BRAVE, ULTRAMAN MEBIUS & ULTRAMAN BROTHERS) and features work by legendary Toho monster maker Keizō Murase (MOTHRA, KING KONG VS GODZILLA, FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD, GAMERA).   Set in Kyushu during the Meiji era, a blind girl, named Takiri, and the blind monster from a nearby lake, named Nebula, fight against greedy developers who threaten to take over her family's land. Using an all puppet human cast

    3y Film presents GHOST-CAT RHAPSODY, a new take on the classic ghost cat movies. Photo courtesy of 3Y Film. ©3Y Film Source: 3Y FilmSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra  A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE      3Y Film, makers of THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL and NEXURA 1964, have announced their next project...GHOST-CAT RHAPSODY (怪猫狂騒曲, Kaibyō Kyōsō Kyoku). Directed by Hiroto Yokokawa (THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL, NEZURA 1964), the film will be a musica/film collaboration with living icon Chumei Michiaki Watanabe, the composer for such classic series as KIKAIDA, GREAT MAZINGER and GORENGER!   GHOST-CAT RHAPSODY is a fresh take on the classic legend of the ghost cat. The popular horror tale was once popular with Japoanese studios, who released dozens of movies such as THE GHOST CAT AND THE MYSTERIOUS SHAMISEN (1938), GHOST CAT OF NABESHIME (1949), THE GHOST CAT OF

    Takashi Miike is back with the sequel, THE GREAT YOKAI WAR -GUARDIANS-. Photo courtesy of Kadokawa Pictures. ©2021 The Great Yokai Wars Film Partners Source: Kadokawa Pictures Official Site: movies.kadokawa.co.jp/yokai (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Spoiler Warning: This article contains plots details for an upcoming movie. Do you have true courage? Kadokawa Pictures has provided SciFi Japan with press notes, a trailer, poster art and a large photo gallery from their upcoming film, THE GREAT YOKAI WAR -GUARDIANS- (妖怪大戦争 ガーディアンズ, Yōkai Daisensō Gādianzu). Director Takashi Miike returns for the sequel to his 2005 hit THE GREAT YOKAI WAR, which was itself an update of the yokai movie trilogy produced by the Daiei Motion Picture Company in the late 1960s. Takashi Miike has brought back many of the classic Yokai seen in the first THE GREAT YOKAI WAR. The movie will also feature Bushin,

    Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © KADOKAWA Source: Arrow Films, MVD Entertainment Special Thanks to Jasper Sharp and Clint Weiler Behind a Mask of Stone, the Fires of Vengeance Burn! Following their incredible GAMERA: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION release last fall, Arrow has announced another deluxe Blu-ray set... THE DAIMAJIN TRILOGY! The box set will be released in the United States and United Kingdom in late July. Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © KADOKAWA   The Daimajin Trilogy saw Daiei’s Kyoto studios bringing its own iconic movie monster to life in a unique but short-lived series that transplants the Golem legend to Japan’s Warring States period of the late-16th century. In DAIMAJIN (大魔神), directed by Kimiyoshi Yasuda (YOKAI MONSTERS, ZATOICHI ON THE ROAD), the young son and daughter of the benevolent feudal lord Hanabusa flee to the mountains when their parents

     Source: MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler   Photo courtesy of MVD Entertainment. © Shinpei Hayashiya   SRS Cinema and distributor MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the new DVD edition of the independent daikaiju movie GOD RAIGA VS KING OHGA (深海獣雷牙 対 溶岩獣王牙, Shinkaijū Raiga tai Yōganjū Ōga, 2019) from director Shinpei Hayashiya (REIGO; KING OF THE SEA MONSTERS, RAIGA: GOD OF THE MONSTERS). The giant monster Raiga returns, rising in Atami Harbor and attacking the city. A second kaiju, Ohga, soon joins the chaos, and the two monsters clash, destroying large sections of the city. Defense forces launch two new weapons, the giant tank Kamikaze and the drill tank Gokumei, to meet the monster invasion head on. But as the beasts work their way to Tokyo, will they be enough to stop the monsters from

    Source: SRS Cinema LLC,  Official Site: sagirinokuni.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Clint Weiler   Photo courtesy of MVD Entertainment. ©LosGatos Works This July, SRS Cinema and distributor MVD Entertainment present the independent daikaiju film HOWL FROM BEYOND THE FOG (狭霧の国 Sagiri no Kuni, 2019) on DVD.The movie was written and directed by Daisuke Sato (GODZILLA MOTHRA KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL OUT ATTACK, GODZILLA: FINAL WARS, GAMERA THE BRAVE, ULTRAMAN MEBIUS & ULTRAMAN BROTHERS) and features work by legendary Toho monster maker Keizō Murase (MOTHRA, KING KONG VS GODZILLA, FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD, GAMERA).   Set in Kyushu during the Meiji era, a blind girl, named Takiri, and the blind monster from a nearby lake, named Nebula, fight against greedy developers who threaten to take over her family's land. Using an all puppet human cast and a fantastic monster suit, it offers a new

    Source: The Asylum Special Thanks to Avery Guerra Photo courtesy of The Asylum. ©2021 Asylum, All Rights Reserved.   APE VS. MONSTER, The Asylum's homage to GODZILLA VS. KONG, will be released theatrically and on VOD this Friday, April 30th. The studio promises "An epic kaiju showdown in the verin of RAMPAGE and PACIFIC RIM!"   SYNOPSIS An ape, lost in space, crash-lands back to Earth. The vessel oozes a sludge that triggers massive growth in both the ape as well as a passing Gila Monster. Once the creatures reach titanic size their paths cross again, leading to a giant brawl in which mankind hangs in the balance.

    Source: Netflix press release Special Thanks to Sophia Shin Netflix and Skydance have announced a new anime series based on the globally successful TERMINATOR franchise, the first animated TV adaptation of the franchise. The series is produced in partnership with Production I.G (GHOST IN THE SHELL: SAC_2045, B: THE BEGINNING) who Netflix has a Production Line Deal with since 2018. Showrunner/Executive Producer Mattson Tomlin (PROJECT POWER, THE BATMAN) stated that, “Anyone who knows my writing knows I believe in taking big swings and going for the heart. I’m honored that Netflix and Skydance have given me the opportunity to approach TERMINATOR in a way that breaks conventions, subverts expectations and has real guts.” “TERMINATOR is one of the most iconic sci-fi stories ever created — and has only grown more relevant to our world over time,” explained John

    From Legendary Television & Inspired By Legendary’s SKULL ISLAND and Square Enix’s Iconic Video Game Franchise Source: Netflix press release, Legendary Special Thanks to Sarah Jarvis Netflix and Legendary Television announce two new anime series, the first based on Legendary’s SKULL ISLAND and the second on Square Enix’s Tomb Raider global franchise. Netflix and Legendary Television are also currently in production on the previously announced anime series PACIFIC RIM: THE BLACK. SKULL ISLAND

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