Tag: Toho

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?

Tokusatsu Tuesdays is a regular feature relating to Japanese special effects entertainments and their associated whatsits, and a bridge, so to speak, between ExploderButton.com and its sister site, Eiga · Bouei.  Just a short write-up for all of you this Tuesday. The artwork shared below […]

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 […]

「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 […]

Earth Attack Order: Godzilla vs. Gigan「地球攻撃命令 ゴジラ対ガイガン」

Earth Attack Order: Godzilla vs. Gigan「地球攻撃命令 ゴジラ対ガイガン」

Aliens in orange leisure suits plot world conquest from a theme park, and it’s up to a comic artist and his friends (with an assist from Japan’s preeminent monster star) to stop them in Godzilla vs. Gigan, the twelfth entry in Toho Co.’s iconic monster franchise. […]

Disc Love: Lone Wolf and Cub (Rapid Eye Movies Blu-ray Collection, 2014)

Disc Love: Lone Wolf and Cub (Rapid Eye Movies Blu-ray Collection, 2014)

Note: This collection is effectively obsolete, at least for customers in English-speaking territories. The Criterion Collection have released the complete series on Blu-ray in both the United States and United Kingdom, and those interested in seeing the films in HD are encouraged to seek out […]