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Here's a new trailer for the Japanese action comedy, The Fable, based on Katsuhisa Minami's manga in which "a fabled genius at killing... is ordered to live in Osaka as a normal person."  The movie's theme song, Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way', is used (with permission) in the trailer.  More info at https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-04-08/lady-gaga-contributes-born-this-way-song-for-the-fable-manga-live-action-film/.145478  

Different plot synopsis from http://asianwiki.com/The_Fable - "A boy was trained as a killer.  He is now an elite contract killer and has the nickname of Fable.  The man gets 1 year off from his job as a contract killer.  He begins to live in Osaka as an ordinary person with the name of Akira Sato."

 

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SRS Cinema LLC, a low budget indie film distributor, has bought the rights to two kaiju movies "written, produced and directed by comedian and kaiju fan Shinpei Hayashiya."  Reigo: The Deep Sea Monster Vs. The Battleship Yamato "is set during World War II, with the Battleship Yamato attacked by a gigantic sea monster.  Raiga [Raiga: The Monster from the Deep Sea] picks up sixty years after the events of Reigo, as a huge and mysterious creature appears in the Sea of Japan and then rushes toward Tokyo Bay... SRS Cinema is tentatively planning to bring Reigo [2005] out on DVD in November/December 2019 with Raiga [2009] to follow by summer 2020.  Blu-Ray and VOD releases are also in the works, as well as screenings at festivals and conventions."  From an article at http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2019/04/17/kaiju-movies-reigo-and-raiga-licensed-for-north-american-release/  

Posters below are from IMDB - Reigo - 

Reigo, the Deep-Sea Monster vs. the Battleship Yamato Poster

Shinkaiju Raiga - 

Shinkaijû Raiga Poster

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Kessan! Chushingura is a 2019 movie about the 47 Ronin, but this one has a comedic spin - "Having no time to mourn his lord's death, Kuranosuke Oishi decides to take revenge on Kozukenosuke Kira.  He plans an attack with the help of accountant Chosuke Yato, but they don't have enough in their budget."  The movie is directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura (Golden Slumber).  Cast includes Tsutsumi Shinichi (Gintama 2: Rules Are Made to be Broken) as Oishi, Okamura Takashi (The Great Yokai War) as Chosuke Yato, Hamada Gaku (Space Brothers), Ishihara Satomi (Mumon: The Land of Stealth), and Nishimura Masahiko (Abacus and Sword).  The movie opens in Japan on November 22, 2019.  Info from http://asianwiki.com/Kessan!_Chushingura  and https://mydramalist.com/32530-kessan-chushingura  

 

 

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On 4/29/2014 at 4:39 PM, Takuma said:

Interestingly, Shiraishi's new film A Record of Sweet Murder (2014) sounds almost like a modification of Cho akunin. The film follows a serial killer who escaped from mental institution invites a reporter to make a story of him.

The film is a co-production between Nikkatsu and a Korean company, with most of the cast being Korean (including Kim Kkobbi, who has been in several Japanese films recently).

It may be 5 years since its release, but the U.S. label Unearthed Films recently released this one on Blu-ray.  I gave it the full review treatment over at COF, check it out via the link - 

https://cityonfire.com/a-record-of-sweet-murder-2014-review/

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Hell Girl (Jigoku Shoujo) is an upcoming Japanese live action movie written and directed by Koji Shiraishi (Sadako vs Kayako), and based on the Hell Girl anime franchise.  The Hell Girl anime TV series ran in 2005-06, followed by sequel series in 2006, 2008, and 2017.  "Stories in the Hell Girl franchise usually begin with bullied or tormented people accessing the Hell Correspondence website, allowing them to submit a request to eliminate the person tormenting them.  It is then that Ai Enma, the titular Hell Girl, appears, and gives these people a doll that, once pulled, sends their tormentor to Hell, where Enma and her companions proceed to enact karmic torment on the doomed person.  The catch is that the person who originally sent the request will be sent to hell as well."  The cast includes Tina Tamashiro (Sadako vs Kayako) as Ai Enma, Manami Hashimoto (Hamon: Yakuza Boogie), Akaji Maro (The Emperor in August), Nana Mori (Tokyo Ghoul S), and Kazuki Namioka (13 Assassins).  Hell Girl gets a Japanese theatrical release on November 2019.  News from https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-06-30/live-action-hell-girl-film-teaser-video-reveals-november-15-opening/.148469, Wikipedia, and http://asianwiki.com/Hell_Girl 

Teaser Trailer - 

 

 

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Yoshikazu Ishii, Japanese director (Game Master Death Sushi) and special effects assistant (Godzilla: Final Wars), has a new independent kaiju movie, Attack of the Giant Teacher, that will premiere at the 2019 G-Fest in Rosemont, Illinois.  G-Fest runs from July 12 to - July 14.  "ATTACK OF THE GIANT TEACHER [Atakku Obu Za Jaianto Ticha, 2019] is a classic style tokusatsu film that tells the story of Kenzo Miyazawa, an earnest teacher who works at a night high school.  His class is filled with unique and slightly odd students.  Suddenly, the night school witnesses a drop in student numbers and has no choice but to shut down by the end of the year.  Mr. Miyazawa's class decides to create a musical for the school's last festival.  Then, an alien beast invades Earth and begins destroying the town.  Mr. Miyazawa challenges to alien beast to a fight."  For posters, stills and more info, see http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2019/07/05/new-japanese-kaiju-film-attack-of-the-giant-teacher-to-premiere-at-g-fest/  and http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2019/07/07/attack-of-the-giant-teacher-trailer-poster-and-additional-photos/  

Trailer with English subs - 

 

 

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The 2005 Japanese kaiju film Reigo: The Deep Sea Monster Vs. The Battleship Yamato has been retitled Reigo: King of the Sea Monsters by its North American distributor, SRS Cinema LLC.  Both Reigo and the sequel, Raiga: The Monster from the Deep Sea (2009) are being shown at G-Fest 2019, with Reigo being screened on July 12, and Raiga on July 14.  Info at http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2019/07/09/reigo-and-raiga-kaiju-films-to-screen-at-g-fest/ 

Reigo Trailer - OK, the trailer isn't allowed to be embedded here, but you can watch it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkanK_Uq-aA&feature=youtu.be   The trailer actually looks pretty good.  

 

 

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Coming soon to Blu-ray from @MondoMacabroUSA ! Paul Naschy’s “The Beast and The Magic Sword” (1983)! 16th Century, the lycanthrope Waldemar Daninsky goes from Europe to Japan, seeking a way to cure himself of being a werewolf.
 

 

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Not yet big fan of Paul Naschy(That is  because haven`t yet seen many his movies, just shy 2-3.Should start fixing that lack of education soon) but looking forward to this.

Hopefully Japan&Spain are better than Shaws with their foreign experiences...

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On 7/12/2019 at 3:26 AM, Tex Killer said:

Coming soon to Blu-ray from @MondoMacabroUSA ! Paul Naschy’s “The Beast and The Magic Sword” (1983)!

Thought I'd check to see how many of the cast of The Beast and the Magic Sword were actual Japanese actors.  IMDB came up with a short list of Japanese actors who also appeared in samurai films, as well as samurai, ninja, and tokusatsu TV series.

Japanese cast members include Shigeru Amachi - whose long list of credits include (The Woman Vampire (1959), The Ghost of Yotsuya (1959), The Tale of Zatoichi (1962), Shinsengumi Chronicles (aka Shinsengumi Chronicles: I Want To Die A Samurai, 1964, Animeigo released this in 2010), Shinobi No Mono 2: Vengeance (1963), Sword of the Beast (1965), Zatoichi's Vengeance (1966), Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Villainy (1966), an episode of Hissatsu Shikakenin TV series (1972), and TV movie Samurai Secret Agent (1983).  He died in 1985. 

Junko Asahina - credits include an episode of Nemuri Kyoshiro: Burai Hikae TV series (1983) and the 1985 comedy action movie, Big Magnum Kuroiwa Sensei.

Yoshiro Kitamachi - credits include an episode of Hissatsu Shikakenin TV series (1972), and TV movie Hoseki no bijo: Edogawa Ranpo Hakuhatsuki yori (1979, a mystery based on a novel by Edogawa Ranpo).

Jiro Miyaguchi - credits include the Kamen Rider TV series (1971), Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell (1974), and the first episode of Shadow Warriors (Kage No Gundan, 1980).  

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