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After stomping into theaters across the world last year, Shin Godzilla is going to make house calls in the Us this summer when FUNimation Entertainment releases the movie on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on August 1st.
You can view the cover art and special features for the Us home media release of Shin Godzilla below, and stay tuned to Daily Dead and Funimation for more updates.
Synopsis and Special Features (via Blu-ray.com): Make way for the ultimate homage to one of the most enduring legends of the big screen—Godzilla! The King of the Monsters is back in Tokyo for a city-crushing crusade that speaks to the very roots of the world-renowned franchise.
It's a peaceful day in Japan when a strange fountain of water erupts in the bay, causing »
- Derek Anderson
The ceremony took place in the Grand Prince Hotel, in Tokyo, on the 3d of March and the winners were:
Best Picture: Godzilla Resurgence (Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi)
Best Actor: Koichi Sato (64: Part I)
Best Actress: Rie Miyazawa (Her Love Boils Water)
Best Supporting Actor: Satoshi Tsumabaki (Rage)
Best Supporting Actress: Hana Sugisaki (Her Love Boils Water)
Best Cinematography: Kosuke Yamada (Godzilla Resurgence)
Best Lighting Direction: Takayuki Kawabe (Godzilla Resurgence)
Best Art Direction: Yuji Hayashida & Eri Sakujima (Godzilla Resurgence)
Best Foreign Language Film: Sully
- Panos Kotzathanasis
Dallas' Alien Expo is now becoming Famous Monsters Convention due to the amount of highly requested creature-centric guests! In addition to the Lone Gunmen (The X-Files) joining the convention, the co-director and special effects cinematographer of Shin Godzilla will be in attendance for a special screening of the film.
Press Release: Due to the overwhelming requests for Famous Monsters-themed guests and an increasing demand for more science fiction and horror, Alien Expo in Dallas has now become Famous Monsters Convention Dallas, which will feature even more genre film and television stars!
Joining the previously announced Lone Gunmen of The X-Files will be the superstar director and special effects supervisor of Shin Godzilla, a special reunion of co-stars from Star Trek: The Next Generation, a celebration of the 35th anniversary of Blade Runner with Sean Young, and many more vendors, artists, and Vr experiences — along with the second annual Silver Scream Film and Comic Festival! »
- Tamika Jones
“Shin Godzilla,” a CGI-heavy reboot of the iconic Godzilla series, took seven Japan Academy prizes at the awards ceremony in Tokyo on Friday, the most of any of the nominees. The film, which earned $72 million at the Japanese box office last year, scooped best picture and best director honors for co-directors Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, who brought Toho’s signature series back to the screen after a 12-year hiatus.
The best actor prize went to Koichi Sato for his turn as a police public relations officer haunted by a long-ago murder case in Takahisa Zeze mystery/thriller “64.” Rie Miyazawa received the best actress trophy for her portrayal of a mother dying of terminal cancer in the Ryota Nakano drama “Her Love Boils Bathwater.’
The year’s biggest hit, animation “Your Name,” won awards for best script and music, as well as the most popular film prize. Best animation honors, »
- Mark Schilling
Author: Daniel Goodwin
With the looming release of Kong: Skull Island, FrightFest’s screening of Shin Godzilla (the first Japanese Godzilla film since Godzilla: Final Wars in 2004) was the perfect time for its long overdue UK debut. Shin Godzilla (translated “New Godzilla”) is a wistful, bustling and scintillating visual onslaught, with the type of pioneering fantasy action absent from most mainstream monster movies.
Former Ghibli animator Hideaki Anno’s film (co-directed by Shinji Higuchi) welcomingly harks back to the Godzilla films of the 50s and 60s, integrating the podgy bottomed man in rubber suit for the creature’s CG guise with breath-taking scenes of annihilation. Yet sadly, its scrawny plot, lack of protagonist, unlikeable characters and stock, news-gram delivery makes Shin Godzilla a cold, un-engrossing hat-tip that is tragically often difficult to enjoy.
An explosion off of Tokyo Bay results in city-wide mayhem. The government’s crisis management departments meet »
- Daniel Goodwin
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Best actress went to Aoi Miyazaki for »
- Gavin J. Blair
Ryan Lambie Mar 6, 2017
The director of Kong: Skull Island talks to us about monsters, anime, videogames and lots, lots more...
Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is a self-confessed nerd. Indeed, it's difficult to think of another filmmaker we've spoken to who, in the space of just 15 minutes or so, has managed to drop in such a varied array of pop cultural touchstones: Pokemon, Predator, the anime of Hayao Miyazaki, arthouse action videogame Shadow Of The Colossus, Ray Harryhausen and the Coen brothers.
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Vogt-Roberts' first feature was the charming coming-of-age comedy drama Kings Of Summer - one of the »
Stars: Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara, Ren Ôsugi, Akira Emoto, Kengo Kôra, Mikako Ichikawa, Jun Kunimura, Pierre Taki, Kyûsaku Shimada, Ken Mitsuishi, Shingo Tsurumi, Kimiko Yo | Written by Hideaki Anno | Directed by Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi
Godzilla, officially The King of the Monsters, returns to his Japanese roots following the 2014 Gareth Edwards directed Us film in Shin Godzilla. Set in present-day Japan, the film sees an unexplained seismic event occur off the coast of Shinagawa, causing ripple effects all the way to the capital. Ministers scramble to figure out what’s going on but only cabinet secretary Rando Yaguchi knows what the audience already does. That Godzilla has majestically returned and has his fire-breathing, stomping sights on Tokyo once more…
- Phil Wheat
The award ceremony for the oldest Japanese cinema competition took place on February 5 at the Bunkyo Civic Center, and the list of winners is:
Best Actor: Yuya Yagira (Destruction Babies)
Best Actress: Rie Miyazawa (Her Love Boils Bath Water)
Best Supporting Actor: Pistol Takehara (The Long Excuse)
Best Supporting Actress: Hana Sugisaki (Her Love Boils Bath Water)
Best New Actor: Nijiro Murakami (Destruction Babies, Natsumi no Hotaru)
Best New Actress: Nana Komatsu (Oboreru Knife, Destruction Babies)
Best Ten Japanese Feature Films
Harmonium (Koji Fukada)
Destruction Babies (Mariko Tetsuya)
Long Excuse (Miwa Nishikawa)
Her Love Boils Bath Water (Ryota Nakano)
Creepy (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Over the Fence »
- Panos Kotzathanasis
Author: Thomas Alexander
It is now one of the hottest, most eagerly anticipated, fixtures on calendars and the recent 2017 Glasgow Film Festival (Gff) programme launch proves there is plenty to look forward to.
The thirteenth annual film festival kicks off on February 15th and will see Ben Wheatley once again feature in the programme. This year Wheatley returns with Free Fire, a 1970s based shootout flick starring Brie Larson and Armie Hammer, and will host a special Q&A (as already reported).
As always with Gff, there will be a variety on offer from world cinema and beyond including Paul Verhoeven’s Golden Globe winner, Elle, and Shin Godzilla (Shin Gojira) directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi.
The Lost Boys will »
- Thomas Alexander
Warner Bros is negotiating to acquire the big screen rights to Attack on Titan, for a U.S. remake that will be shepherded by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them producer David Heyman. It isn't clear how far along these negotiations are, or if the studio is eyeing a director and/or screenwriter to bring this project to life quite yet. The studio has previously tried to bring the iconic manga Akira to the big screen, but that adaptation languished over a number of years. It remains to be seen if this film will move forward with more speed and efficiency.
Deadline reports that the movie will be an adaptation of the two-part Japanese manga adaptation that debuted in 2015. The first movie earned $25.7 million in Japan, although the second movie dropped significantly, earning just $13.2 million, hitting theaters just one month later. Both films were released in the U.S. »
Horror Channel FrightFest has announced its line-up for the 2017 Glasgow Film Festival next month, bringing a record fourteen films, including ten UK premieres. Check out the full line-up here…
Thurs 23 Feb – Gft Screen 1
21:00 A Cure For Wellness (Special screening)
An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness centre” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure.
23:40 Phantasm: Remastered (Scottish Premiere)
Set to introduce a new generation to the deranged charms of the cult classic, »
- Gary Collinson
Horror Channel FrightFest celebrates 12th year at Glasgow Film Festival with record-breaking fourteen titles – including Ten premieres and a screening of the 4K restoration of Phantasm!
FrightFest Passes are £70 and available from noon on Mon January 16th 2016. Passes cover all films on Fri 24 and Sat 25 Feb Only. Tickets for A Cure for Wellness and Phantasm: Remastered. Individual tickets for the Fri/Sat films are on sale Mon January 23rd from 10am.
To book tickets: +44 (0)141 332 6535 / email@example.com / www.glasgowfilm.org/festival
From the press release:
Monstrous stories, unspeakable urban legends, brutal acts and fearsome folktales dominate as the UK’s favourite horror fantasy event returns to the Glasgow Film Festival with a record fourteen films, including ten UK premieres, screening from Thurs 23 Feb to Sat 25 Feb 2017 at the iconic Glasgow Film Theatre.
- Phil Wheat
The incapability of many to consider 2016, now a week dead, as anything other than “teh worst year evar” gives yours truly an inclination to run positive and say, with no insincerity, that it offered one of the best collection of films I’ve encountered in some time — better yet, speaking not for quantity so much as the breadth and plurality of options. A good litmus test: group your bottom five with your five honorable mentions and ask, “Would this have made a proper top ten?” The answer to this year, perhaps more than any other I’ve been making countdowns, firmly leaned towards an affirmative, in no small part because it’s futile to consider one individual work — among nine-to-fourteen other works of such utter individuality — as inherently superior to another. This isn’t even to account for those that slip just out of reach: Paterson, The Bfg, De Palma, »
- Nick Newman
2016 was another great year for Asian cinema, although S. Korean films were the ones that, once more, stood at the epicenter of international interest, particularly due to Park Chan-wook’s comeback and the box office success of films like “The Wailing” and “Train to Busan.” Japan followed with a number of box office successes of its own, headed by “Your Name” and the new Godzilla film, although indie cinema had a very interesting year also.
Chinese language films also had a very interesting year, with “Ten Years” spawning enormous amount of controversy. Slowly though, filmmakers from other Asian countries, not as well known as the aforementioned, seem to present masterpieces of their own.
With a focus on diversity, here are the best Asian films of 2016, in random order. (Some of the films premiered in 2015, but I took the liberty to include them, since they mostly circulated in 2016).
- Panos Kotzathanasis
15 items from 2017
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