|Giant Monsters On The Loose!
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At the risk of being redundant
what is it about
watching actors in rubber monster suits kick the living daylights out of a
plaster-and-paint model of Tokyo (and each other), that seems so, well, satisfying?
We cant say for sure
WE JUST KNOW WE LOVE IT!! For those of you who can never
seem to get enough of city-stomping, radioactive-fire-breathing action, were back
with more GIANT MONSTERS ON THE LOOSE yes, more classics and rarities from the
Japanese kaiju ("giant monster") genre including the Los Angeles
Theatrical Premieres of the latest by Takashi Miike, THE GREAT YOKAI WAR, as well
as the completely-cgi-generated short "Negadon: The Monster From Mars",
the U.S. Premieres of GAMERA THE BRAVE and Tsubaraya Productions MIRROR
MAN: REFLEX plus three episodes from their ULTRAMAN MAX television show (one
directed by Shusuke Kaneko and two by Takashi Miike!!), a rare screening of GODZILLA,
KING OF THE MONSTERS (the 1956 American version of GOJIRA starring Raymond Burr), with
son of American co-director Terry Morse, Terry Morse, Jr. on hand for a Q&A, GODZILLA
2000 with American version producer Mike Schlesinger and the English-language voice
actors discussing the dubbing, and much more!!
Anime Jungle will be onsite selling merchandise.
Friday, June 30 - 7:30 PM
Kadokawa Pictures Double Feature:
Los Angeles Premiere! Short:
"Negadon: The Monster From Mars", 2005, Central Park
Media, 26 min. The worlds first 100% computer generated kaiju film is a loving
homage to the classic Japanese monster movies of the 1950s and 60s. In the
year 2025, extreme overpopulation has led to the "Mars Terraforming Project", a
plan to make the red planet a habitable world. The MTPs efforts awaken the space
monster Negadon, who crashes in Tokyo and destroys all in its path. Earths only hope
is Miroku, a prototype robot piloted by its inventor. The award-winning NEGADON: THE
MONSTER FROM MARS marks the directorial debut of graphics & special effects wizard, Jun
Awazu, whose previous credits include KAMEN RIDER 555 and the Godzilla film GMK. In
Japanese with English Subtitles.
Los Angeles Premiere! THE
GREAT YOKAI WAR, 2005, Media Blasters & Kadokawa,
124 min. Dir. Takashi Miike. While attending a festival at an ancient shrine, a
timid young boy named Tadashi is chosen to be the next Kirin Rider, a warrior of peace who
must defend the world in times of darkness. To prove his worth, Tadashi tries to claim the
legendary Goblin Sword from the yokai
strange mystical beings that come in a variety
of bizarre forms some hideous, some cute all who have incredible supernatural
powers. As Tadashi sets out on his quest, the evil Lord Yasunori Kato and his henchwoman
Agi the Bird-Stabbing Witch (Chiaki Kuriyma of BATTLE ROYALE and KILL BILL) have
been capturing yokai and merging them with discarded items to make an army of mechanical
monsters called Kikai. Tadashi must unite the good yokai to oppose Lord Kato, with the
fate of the world hanging in the balance. Acclaimed director Takashi Miikes big
budget update of the classic Daiei films is great entertainment; a wonderful blend of
adventure, horror, and comedy featuring hundreds of bizarre creatures. Co-starring Bunta
Sugawara. In Japanese with English Subtitles.
GAMERA THE BRAVE, 2006,
Kadokawa, 97 min. Thirty years after Gamera disappeared during a battle with the flying
monsters called Gyaos, a young boy named Toru Aizawa discovers a turtle egg while playing
on a beach. The egg hatches in his hand, and Toru keeps the tiny newborn as a pet. The
little turtle grows quickly and soon displays some very odd behavior like flying and
breathing fire. Toru soon realizes he has found a baby Gamera. When the sea monster Zedus
comes ashore and attacks the town of Isheshima, the new Gamera comes to the rescue of Toru
and his friends. But the little monster is no match for his larger and much stronger
opponent. Will this new Gamera be able to recover and find a way to beat the villainous
Zedus? A new creative team led by director Ryuta Tazaki (KAMEN RIDER AGITO, SHIBUYA
15) and special effects director Isao Kaneko (GODZILLA VS. BIOLANTE, TETSUJIN 28) launches
a fresh cycle of films unconnected to the 1990s Gamera trilogy. GAMERA THE BRAVE
mixes the traditional "friend of all children" Gamera from the classic films of
the 1960s with modern special FX techniques. The film opened in Japan on April 29,
and makes its US debut at this festival. In Japanese with English Subtitles. Please
Note: Due to current unavailability of a 35mm print, GAMERA THE BRAVE will be screened off
of a Digi-Beta source.
Saturday, July 1 - 6:00 PM
GODZILLA KING OF THE MONSTERS, 1956,
Rialto, 80 min. Dir. Ishiro Honda and Terry Morse. In 1954 Toho released the
blockbuster hit GODZILLA, the first of 28 movies starring the giant monster. Late the
following year, US rights to the film were acquired by a group of independent distributors
who combined to form Trans World Releasing Corp. In order to increase the appeal of a
Japanese production, barely a decade after World War II, Trans World decided to recut
GODZILLA to give it an American perspective. Director Terry Morse was hired to supervise
the process and helm new scenes with actor Raymond Burr (REAR WINDOW, "Perry
Mason") as an American reporter who witnesses Godzillas rampage during a
layover in Japan. This new version, entitled GODZILLA KING OF THE MONSTERS, was a huge
success upon its release in 1956, and launched Godzilla as an international icon. In
celebration of the 50th anniversary of Godzillas American debut, and in
anticipation of the upcoming DVD release of both the US and Japanese versions of this
film, the American Cinematheque and Classic Media present a rare theatrical screening of
GODZILLA KING OF THE MONSTERS. English Dubbed Version. Discussion
following film with Terry Morse Jr., editor of GKOTM and son of Terry Morse, who directed
the American footage with Raymond Burr. Sponsored by Classic Medias
Godzilla DVD collection.
Saturday, July 1 - 8:30 PM
GODZILLA 2000, 1999, Sony Repertory, 99 min. Dir. Takao
Okawara. Following TriStar Pictures poorly received American GODZILLA, Toho
brought back the original Japanese Godzilla for his first film in four years. A government
team salvages a spaceship that had crashed into the ocean millions of years ago.
Unfortunately the craft still houses the consciousness of the long-dead alien crew, who
begin looking for the material needed to recreate new bodies. They soon discover that
Godzillas unique genetic structure would allow them to conquer the world. But the
King of the Monsters has other ideas and takes on the spaceship and the alien beast Orga
for a duel to the death in the heart of Tokyo. GODZILLA 2000 launched the third wave of
Godzilla films that recently ended with GODZILLA: FINAL WARS. It was quickly picked up by
Sony Pictures and became the first Toho-produced Godzilla movie to receive a wide
stateside release in 15 years. English Dubbed Version.
GODZILLA, MOTHRA & KING
GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK, 2001, Sony Repertory, 105 min. Acclaimed by
fans as one of the most exciting Godzilla films since the heyday of the 1960s,
"GMK" features a terrific, redesigned Big G (hint: hes leaner, meaner and
packs a nasty bite), bent on destroying Japan as vengeance for the restless souls of WWII
victims. Standing in his way are the "Guardian Deities" i.e. Mothra, King
Ghidorah and Baragon. Director Shusuke Kaneko helmed the astounding trio of GAMERA
films for Daiei in the mid-1990s here, hes practically reinvented the
Godzilla series for the 21st century. In Japanese with English subtitles. Discussion in between films with GODZILLA 2000 American producer
Michael Schlesinger and the cast and crew responsible for the American version.
Sunday, July 2 - 6:30 PM
Tsuburaya Productions Night! 4 Hours of Giant
Superheroes & Monsters!
ULTRAMAN MAX, 2005, Tsuburaya Prod.
Approx. 90 min.. Dir. Shusuke Kaneko and Takashi Miike. The Ultraman
franchise returned to it roots with this hit series that brought back several classic
monsters as well as original ULTRAMAN stars Susumu Kurobe (Hayata) and Hiroko
Sakurai (Fuji). Some of Japans top directors took a rare turn at television with
ULTRAMAN MAX, including this trio of episodes from Takashi Miike (AUDITION, GREAT YOKAI
WAR) and Shusuke Kaneko (the Gamera trilogy, GMK) (All three episodes in Japanese with
Ep. 1: "Ultraman Max Is Born"
- The lava monster Grangon and the freezing monster Ragorath are ravaging Japan, and
only the defense force Team DASH and a brave, but reckless young man named Kaito Toma
stand in their way. As the tide of battle turns against the defenders, a powerful alien
being from Nebula M78 arrives on earth. Shusuke Kaneko directs this pilot episode
that establishes the cast and premise of ULTRAMAN MAX.
Ep. 15: "Miracle On
Planet Number Three"- Max and Team DASH battle a giant monster that feeds off
the energy of their attacks. What is the creatures connection to a young blind
musician? This episode is a rather dark commentary on the escalating nature of violence
and war by Takashi Miike.
Ep. 16: "Who Am I?" - Takashi
Miike totally changes gears with this silly, slapstick parody of the Ultraman series.
Three bizarre monsters cause everyone on earth to lose their memories. When Ultraman Max
shows up to save the day, he forgets what he is supposed to do.
Approx. 8:15 PM First
Episode! MIRROR MAN, 1971, Tsubaraya
Prod., 25 min. Episode 1: "Mirror Man is Born" In
the 1980s, the Earth comes under attack by the mysterious forces of the Invaders,
nefarious beings from an unknown world bent on conquest and destruction. Professor Mitarai
forms the Science Guard Members (SGM), a high-tech fighting force whose task it is to
protect our world. Meanwhile, newspaper photographer Kyotaro Kagami discovers that he is
actually a member of a race of super powered beings from the Second Dimension. When the
Invaders send a gigantic beast to devastate the city, Kyotaro uses his newfound power and
transforms into Mirror Man, a towering superhero. But is even Mirror Man strong enough to
defeat this terrible foe?
U.S. Premiere! MIRROR MAN: REFLEX, 2006, Tsuburaya Prod., 90 min.
Dir. Kazuya Konaka. Brothers Chiaki (ARMITAGE III) and Kazuya Konaka
(ULTRAMAN: THE NEXT) update the 1971 superhero show for the new millennium. The story
revolves around a troubled young man, a strange girl who possesses incredible powers, a
beautiful scientist with an unforgettable trauma in her past, giant city-smashing
monsters, and a mysterious being from a parallel universe that exists beyond the looking
glass. Featuring stunning special effects, moody velvet-dark photography, and the classic
MIRROR MAN monsters Aian, Darklon, and Golden Satan, MIRROR MAN: REFLEX will shred your
expectations of Japanese science fiction. In Japanese with English Subtitles. Please
note all materials tonight are from a digital video source.