With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Friday, March 24, 2017

BEYOND GODZILLA series lecture by curator Mark Schilling

Japan Society
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Beyond Godzilla
Series Curator Lecture
When: Saturday, March 25th at 5:00 PM
Where: Japan Society NY
333 East 47th Street, NYC

Beyond Godzilla series curator Mark Schilling traces the evolution of the sci-fi/fantasy genre in Japan that (save for one big, scaly beast) remains largely neglected, considering its prewar origins to the present. The lecture will introduce Schilling’s selections and provide context for their inclusion in relation to the history of sci-fi/fantasy films in Japan, from Toho sci-fi epics helmed by Ishiro Honda and Eiji Tsuburaya to fantasies by pioneering indie auteur Nobuhiko Obayashi and beyond.

Approx. 60 min. This event is free with the purchase of a ticket to any film in the series. Seating is limited. Ticketholders will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Part of Beyond Godzilla: Alternative Futures & Fantasies in Japanese Cinema.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Section23 Films has announced its June 2017 slate of releases

Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its June slate of releases, including two Limited Edition Premium Box Sets from Sentai Filmworks. Chivalry of a Failed Knight and School- Live!

Product details, in order of release:

Published by: ADV Films
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 325 min.
Street Date: 6/6/2017
Format: DVD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $29.98

SYNOPSIS: Three days. Two nights. That’s how much time Kino and Hermes allot to each new place they visit before drifting off again, crossing a mysterious land filled with mystical sights and strange customs. Kino’s an enigmatic loner, skilled with weapons and always anticipating what might lie around the next hill or bend of the river. Hermes is Kino’s friend, companion, and motorcycle, gifted with the ability to think and speak, seldom as bold as Kino, but always there when speed is required. What is their goal, their ultimate destination? Like life itself, it’s all a mystery that one can only solve by taking the journey. All Kino and Hermes know is that adventure, danger, and new wonders lie on the horizon, waiting to be encountered at each passing stop. Join the odyssey and drift along for the ride in KINO’S JOURNEY!

Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 6/13/2017
Format: BD, DVD, COMBO
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $69.98 $59.98, $169.98

SYNOPSIS: Ikki Kurogane may have come from a long line of Blazers, people with the ability to create weapons or devices manifested from their souls, but as far as the Hagun Academy is concerned, he's been a major disappointment in the magical powers department. He is so disappointing, in fact, that he's earned the unfortunate nickname of the "Worst One". However, things change for Ikki in the most surp rising way when Princess Stella Vermillion, the most promising Rank-A Blazer to come along in many years, decides to transfer to Hagun. When she challenges him to a duel where the loser must obey the winner for the rest of their life, the last thing anyone expects is that the Worst One might prove to be a match for the Crimson Princess… and the unforeseen consequences will push the boundaries of society itself in CHIVALRY OF A FAILED KNIGHT!

Published by: SoftCel Pictures
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 50 min.
Street Date: 6/13/2017
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $19.98

SYNOPSIS: Hikomaro, better known as Dr. Maro, knows his way around the human body and can stick a thermometer in like a professional. Unfortunately, his medical ethics are seriously lacking, his concept of an appropriate Doctor-Patient relationship is entirely inappropriate, and his common sense is as non-functional as his sense of morality. When Sakimi and Masashi, a young married couple, come to inquire about a medical issue and to consult on the possibility of having children, what starts as a routine breast exam spirals madly out of control. Then, when Dr. Maro's far too intimate examination of the blushing bride results in a bashing husband, Maro finds his manual dexterity severely reduced by a pair of casts. Even then, Maro finds a way to come out on top, and to keep the not-so-good doctor from suing her husband, Sakimi must become his VERY personal servant in THE PATIENTS OF DR. MARO!

Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 650 min.
Street Date: 6/20/2017
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $79.98

SYNOPSIS: Forty years ago, the minds of Paradigm City's inhabitants were wiped clean of all recollections of the past. Now, ruled by a powerful corporation and cut off from the rest of the world by desolate wastelands, Paradigm has become a virtual police state where Negotiators like Roger Smith keep the wheels of progress, commerce, and society turning. As a combined hybrid of detective, mediator, and enforcer, Smith's primary resource is his keen, analytical mind, but it doesn't hurt to have a mansion filled with gadgets, his butler Norman, and his attractive assistant Dorothy to fall back on. Additionally, for those times when cases end up "in dispute," he also has the biggest, baddest back-up that any cop or small army could ever hope for: the Big O, a giant robot loaded with all the extras. Film noir thriller meets mecha mayhem masterpiece as the acclaimed classic series returns in the complete collection of THE BIG O!

Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 6/20/2017
Format: BD, DVD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98, $49.98

SYNOPSIS: It's been so long since someone used her name that she's forgotten it. Suddenly, she's ripped away from everything she knows, chosen by a mysterious organization called The World for a secret mission. However, from the moment she steps on board the incredible spacecraft Norn, she knows that she's found home. The other young people aboard the ship are just like her: gifted with unexpected skills and abilities. Now, to protect the future of peace and harmony, they're at The World's beck and call. Maybe she'll find more than just a purpose. Maybe she's finally found a family and, possibly, even… her soul mate? Join three amazing girls, nine incredible guys, and a mysterious kid as an epic odyssey begins in NORN9!

Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 6/27/2017
Format: BD, DVD, COMBO
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $69.98 $59.98, $129.98

SYNOPSIS: Why would anyone form a School Living Club? Could four girls, their advisor, and a puppy really love their school so much that they'd want to live in it? Or is there another reason, something that lurks behind the fa├žade of their comfortable existence? Something that waits outside their school's doors. Something that has already robbed one girl of her sanity? While the others try to come to grips with a dark new reality, the rest of the world falls to ruin at the hands of a ravenous force, and insanity may be the last hope for survival. Shocks, heartbreak and stunning revelations await as the twisted tale unfolds in SCHOOL-LIVE!

Monday, March 13, 2017

LEGEND OF BRUCE LEE: Vol. 2 coming to DVD on April 4th

10 Episodes in a Three-Disc Collection Available on DVD April 4

Danny Chan (Ip Man 3, Kung Fu Hustle) is back as legendary martial arts icon Bruce Lee when Well Go USA Entertainment debuts LEGEND OF BRUCE LEE: VOLUME TWO on DVD April 4. The set features 10 action-packed episodes on three-discs and follows Lee as he comes to America and begins a revolution in the world of martial arts. LEGEND OF BRUCE LEE: VOLUME TWO also stars Michelle Lang, Mark Dacascos, Wang Luoyang, Tim Storms, Ray Park and Michael Jai White.

Determined to promote Chinese martial arts in America, Bruce Lee establishes a small but popular kung fu school. As he encounters different opponents and their various fighting styles, Bruce envisions a new way of kung fu capable of revolutionizing the world of martial arts forever.

LEGEND OF BRUCE LEE: VOLUME TWO has a runtime of approximately 456 minutes and is not rated.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

VIZ laiunching new YU-GI-OH! ARC-V manga series on April 4th

YU-GI-OH! ARC-V © 2015 by Kazuki Takahashi, Shin Yoshida, Naohito Miyoshi, Masahiro Hikokubo/SHUEISHA Inc.

Latest Manga Series Of The Action Adventure
Card Dueling Franchise Launches This Spring

VIZ Media expands the world of YU-GI-OH! with the launch of YU-GI-OH! ARC-V on April 4th.

YU-GI-OH! ARC-V features story by Shin Yoshida and artwork by Naohito Miyoshi. First printings of the latest incarnation of the iconic series will include an ultra-rare trading card that will be highly prized by collectors and game players. The series is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will be published under the Shonen Jump imprint with a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. YU-GI-OH! ARC-V also launches digitally via VIZ.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as in the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. Subsequent volumes of the ongoing series will be published in English bi-annually.

In YU-GI-OH! ARC-V, action duels have become a global sensation, but what is the dark secret behind them that threatens to destroy the world? In the opening volume, Yuzu Hiiragi and her father run a Dueling school that’s seen better days. If only they had a star teacher to bring in new students! When a rogue Duelist known as Phantom appears in the city, Yuzu may have found a savior, but Phantom will have to deal with the Leo Corporation’s special forces before he can get into any community service!

“Dueling takes center stage in this new adventure with a fresh cast of characters and non-stop action,” says Michael Montesa, Editor. “YU-GI-OH! fans and manga readers won’t want to miss out on the latest tales from the dark and dangerous world of dueling.”

Original YU-GI-OH! series creator, Kazuki Takahashi, first attempted to break into the manga business in 1982, but success eluded him until YU-GI-OH! debuted in the Japanese Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1996. YU-GI-OH!'s themes of friendship and competition, together with Takahashi's weird and wonderful art, soon became enormously successful, spawning a real-world card game, video games, and six anime series (two Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! series, YU-GI-OH! GX, YU-GI-OH! 5D's, YU-GI-OH! ZEXAL, and YU-GI-OH! ARC-V). VIZ Media is the official North American publisher of a variety of YU-GI-OH! manga series including YU-GI-OH!, YU-GI-OH! GX, YU-GI-OH! 5D's, and YU-GI-OH! ZEXAL.

YU-GI-OH! is a $2-billion-dollar global entertainment franchise and is the leading trading card game in the world. The popular property has spawned a wide array of top rated TV anime series as well as trading cards, action figures, video games, magazines, apparel and other consumer products. In North America, the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series is widely seen on Nicktoons and over 7.2 million Yu-Gi-Oh! video games have been sold in the U.S. to-date.

For more information on YU-GI-OH! and other manga titles available from VIZ Media, please visit VIZ.com.

Saturday, March 11, 2017


NARUTO SASUKE-SHINDEN RAIKOHEN © 2015 by Masashi Kishimoto, Shin Towada/SHUEISHA Inc.

Latest NARUTO Novel Focuses On Naruto’s Best Friend And
Rival From Masashi Kishimoto’s Smash Hit Manga Series

VIZ Media adds a brand new addition to the continuing series of NARUTO novels with the debut of NARUTO: SASUKE’S STORY – SUNRISE.

Readers are invited to join Sasuke Uchiha on his journey to atone for his sins following the conclusion of the Great Ninja War. SASUKE’S STORY – SUNRISE will be available in print and digital editions. The novel was written by Shin Towada and features original cover art by NARUTO creator, Masashi Kishimoto.

MSRP: $10.99 U.S. / $14.99 CAN / $6.99 Digital • Available Now!
The Great Ninja War has ended, but to untangle the mystery that remains, Sasuke sets out on a journey – a journey that he hopes will allow him to atone for his sins. During his travels, those ninja faithful to the avenger Sasuke bring about tragedy. Meanwhile danger closes in on the villages of Konoha, Kiri, and Kumo, where red eyes burn with hatred. What is the future Sasuke stares down?


Manga author/artist Masashi Kishimoto was born in 1974 in rural Okayama Prefecture, Japan. Like many kids, he was first inspired to become a manga artist in elementary school when he read Dragon Ball. After spending time in art school, he won the Hop Step Award for new manga artists with his story, Karakuri. After considering various genres for his next project, Kishimoto decided on a story steeped in traditional Japanese culture. His first version of NARUTO, drawn in 1997, was a one-shot story about fox spirits; his final version, which debuted in Japan in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1999, quickly became the most popular ninja manga in the world. The series would also spawn multiple anime series, movies, novels, video games and more. Having concluded the series in late 2014, Masashi Kishimoto has kept himself busy this year with the side story, NARUTO: THE SEVENTH HOKAGE AND THE SCARLET SPRING, and writing the story for the latest NARUTO movie, BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE, both of which focus on the title character's son, Boruto.

VIZ Media is the North American master licensor for NARUTO and publishes the bestselling NARUTO manga series in print and digitally and also distributes the NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN anime series and feature films. For additional information on NARUTO and other manga titles published by VIZ Media, visit VIZ.com.