Tag: Toho

Blu Notes: MATANGO「マタンゴ」⋅ 2017 ⋅ Toho Visual Entertainment

Blu Notes: MATANGO「マタンゴ」⋅ 2017 ⋅ Toho Visual Entertainment

Eiji Tsuburaya’s lauded effects production takes a backseat in this oddball genre offering from Toho studios, released to critical ambivalence and general audience confusion in the fall of 1963. A standout among Toho’s glitzier sci-fi actioners and giant monster fantasies, if by virtue of its […]

Blu Notes: BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE「宇宙大戦争」⋅ 2017 ⋅ Anolis Entertainment

Blu Notes: BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE「宇宙大戦争」⋅ 2017 ⋅ Anolis Entertainment

Toho tokusatsu fans can scratch one more title off the list, courtesy of dependable German cult outfit Anolis Entertainment. Shinichi SEKIZAWA penned this action-minded follow up to 1957’s comparatively somber The Mysterians, which finds the newly-unified governments of Earth repelling an invasion from the high-tech bandits of […]

GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS – new trailer and poster from Toho Animation

GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS – new trailer and poster from Toho Animation

We now have our first good look at the King of the Monster’s colossal animated iteration courtesy of a new trailer for the upcoming feature from Toho Animation and Polygon Pictures. The official (and bilingual Japanese / English) website for the anime film has also […]

FRANKENSTEIN VS. BARAGON and MATANGO to Toho Blu-ray in November

FRANKENSTEIN VS. BARAGON and MATANGO to Toho Blu-ray in November

In addition to the two classic films from Ishiro HONDA, Kihachi Okamoto’s Battle of Okinawa and Japan’s Longest Day as well as the complete ’90s Mothra trilogy will also see release. All five are slated for November 3rd release dates, and can be pre-ordered through Amazon JP and the […]

Haruo Nakajima Remembered: A Few of our Favorite Performances from the Man who was Godzilla

Haruo Nakajima Remembered: A Few of our Favorite Performances from the Man who was Godzilla

For the best part of two decades, from the first Godzilla in 1954 through Godzilla vs. Gigan in 1972, actor Haruo NAKAJIMA served as the literal backbone of Toho Company’s tokusatsu production. A pioneer of the process of special effects suit acting, Nakajima performed the difficult and often […]

Ishirō Honda’s THE H-MAN「美女と液体人間」to Blu-ray from Anolis in March!

German label Anolis Entertainment have announced the Blu-ray world premiere of Toho’s classic 1958 special effects thriller 「美女と液体人間」 The H-Man. The dual-format 2-disc set will present the film in three different versions; the original Japanese and American theatrical versions, as well as the German. Missing in action […]

Makoto Shinkai’s YOUR NAME.「君の名は。」hits North American cinemas April 7th from Funimation Films

Makoto SHINKAI’s award-winning block-busting animated feature, currently in special IMAX release in Japan, will arrive in domestic cinemas in both its original Japanese with English subtitles as well as dubbed English. From Funimation: Separated By Distance Connected By Fate Makoto Shinkai’s latest masterpiece, Your Name. […]

All Brand New! An Important Film of Our Age Starring Russ Tamblyn, Kumi Mizuno, and… Kipp Hamilton?

All Brand New! An Important Film of Our Age Starring Russ Tamblyn, Kumi Mizuno, and… Kipp Hamilton?

The artwork shared below comes courtesy of a trade ad Toho placed in the September 14th 1966 issue of the industry publication Motion Picture Herald, in which it serves as the back cover image (which is great, as it means I didn’t have to dismember the […]

Makoto Shinkai’s YOUR NAME.「君の名は。」expanding to IMAX from 1/13 through 1/26

Toho’s megalithic animated hit Your Name. 「君の名は。」 will be expanding its influence to the IMAX screen for a limited 2-week engagement in select Toho Cinemas. A runaway smash since its release in late August, Your Name. is currently second only to 2001’s Spirited Away (director Hayao MIYAZAKI, Studio Ghibli) […]

A release date for SHIN GODZILLA 「シン・ゴジラ」?

I’m awaiting confirmation of this from more official sources (updated! see the note at the end of this article), but according to one Twitter user fans can expect a home video release of Shin Godzilla early in 2017 (in Japan, at least – due to licensing […]

Some thoughts on「シン・ゴジラ」Shin Godzilla

It’s been three days now since I caught up to Toho Co.’s big-deal series reboot Shin Godzilla. While my thoughts on the film are still running ramshackle through my brain I felt it pertinent to put them to paper none the less, particularly since I’ll be attending […]

SHIN GODZILLA – new theatrical teaser from Funimation Films

The limited North American theatrical engagement for ANNO Hideaki and HIGUCHI Shinji’s well-received reboot of Toho’s iconic Godzilla franchise is fast-approaching, and distributor Funimation Films have devised a slick new 15-second teaser to herald the King of the Monsters’ return. Shin Godzilla has chewed up the […]

Four new television spots for Hitoshi Ohne’s SCOOP!

The latest film from writer and director Hitoshi OHNE (Bakuman), a remake of Masato HARADA’s 1985 feature Out of Focus, is set for theatrical release in Japan on October 1st, and producer/distributor Toho have shared four new television spots for the production. Scoop! stars Masaharu FUKUYAMA (Like […]

SHIN GODZILLA set to stomp through the Twin Cities in October

Today Funimation Films published both a new trailer for their upcoming release of Shin Godzilla and a theater locator to help viewers find screenings in their home territories. Denizens of the downtown Minneapolis area will be thrilled to see Landmark’s Lagoon Cinema (a great venue, and […]

Toho shares two new TV spots for Lee Sang-il’s RAGE

Toho Company have shared two new television spots for the upcoming mystery drama Rage (Ikari), an adaptation of YAMADA Shuichi’s eponymous two-part novel from 2014 and the latest feature from writer – director Lee Sang-il (Hula Girls). The award-winning WATANABE Ken (Unforgiven) stars, with MORIYAMA Mirai (Penance), MATSUYAMA Kenichi […]

The return of ‘The Return of Godzilla’

After decades in licensing limbo, Toho’s 1984 series reboot The Return of Godzilla (Gojira) will this month be making its belated premiere on Stateside DVD and Blu-ray courtesy of Kraken Releasing. Directed by HASHIMOTO Kōji (a long-time assistant director of Tōhō tokusatsu productions) and featuring an ambitious effects production from […]

First Dispatch for Toho’s KOISAIKA MIYAMOTO

The first dispatch for Toho’s upcoming romantic family drama Koisaika Miyamoto has been made available to the public, both on the official film site and the company’s Youtube channel. The all-star production is an adaptation of acclaimed author SHIGEMATSU Kiyoshi’s 2013 novel Fuamuresu (Family Restaurant), and marks […]

Saturday Monster Matinee:「ゴジラ・ミニラ・ガバラ オール怪獣大進撃」All Monsters Attack

Saturday Monster Matinee:「ゴジラ・ミニラ・ガバラ オール怪獣大進撃」All Monsters Attack

My memories of Godzilla’s tenth screen adventure are fonder than usual. It aired on television constantly as I was growing up, being one of the U.P.A. Productions of America properties that TNT broadcast on a regular basis, and thanks to a grandmother sympathetic to my […]