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The Rise of Asian Cinema

The Rise of Asian Cinema
Asian cinema has been long mostly watched by true connoisseurs in the west – people who are never too shy to appreciate a good movie and take it on their own merits. And so, Asian cinema has been gaining a lot of traction. There have been quite a few hits throughout the years, including Ip Man, and most recently Parasite. But just like roulette, some movies have made it and others have flopped. Roulette77.us teaches us that understanding a game of roulette is not in fact that convoluted. Nevertheless, Asian movie makers have decided not to rely on luck for the success of their future productions.

As a result, you will get a whole lot of great productions today. In fact, 2019 was definitely one of the strongest years for Asian cinema and 2020 – with its own set of challenges – promises to be no less exciting. Be that as it may, good
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Anime Review: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) by Hayao Miyazaki

Anime Review: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) by Hayao Miyazaki
Let me start with a very personal note. I consider “Nausicaa” one of the best anime of all times, and along with “Akira” and “Ghost in the Shell”, the titles that allowed the category to skyrocket to international fame, particularly because they highlighted the fact that anime can be addressed to adults through their richness in context, and not only to children and young adults. “Nausicaa”, in contrast to public belief, is not a Studio Ghibli production, but was animated by Topcraft (where Hideaki Anno worked at the time) for Tokuma Shoten and Hakuhodo, and distributed by Toei. It is also worth noting that the film was released in 1984, with a recommendation from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

A thousand years have passed since the “Seven Days of Fire”, a war that destroyed civilization and created the Toxic Jungle, a poisonous forest swarming with giant mutant insects.
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Our 100 Most-Anticipated Films of 2020

After highlighting 40 films that we can guarantee are worth seeing this year and 30 films we hope will get U.S. distribution, it’s time we venture into the unknown. Rather than regurgitating a list of dated-years-in-advance studio releases, we’ve set out to focus on 100 films we’re genuinely looking forward to, regardless of their marketing budgets. While the majority might not have a set release–let alone any confirmed festival premiere–most have wrapped production and will likely debut at some point in 2020, so make sure to check back for updates over the next twelve months and beyond. If you want to see how we did with our picks last year, head on over here.

100. The Hunt (Craig Zobel)

We’ll kick off this feature with a film that was nearly a 2019 release, until Universal Pictures cowardly pulled it at the last second after protest from Donald Trump. Craig Zobel’s The Hunt,
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Trailer for New Shunji Iwai Film “Last Letter”

Japanese director Shunji Iwai most recent production “Last Letter” is set for release on January 17, 2020. The films stars Takao Matsuo, as a house wife who receives confession from her first love. Matuso, previously worked with director Shunji Iwai in the 1998 movie “April Story”.

In anticipation of the films release, Toho has made a trailer available, which can be viewed below. Recently, we got a chance to speak with director Shunji Iwai, you can read our interview here.

Synopsis

Yuri Kishibeno (Takako Matsu) is a housewife. She lives with her husband (Hideaki Anno) and their two children. Yuri Kishibeno then attends her sister Misaki Tono’s funeral. There, she meets her niece Ayumi (Suzu Hirose) for the first time in many years. Ayumi is still unable to accept her mother’s death and, because of this, she can’t open a letter left behind by her mother. Yuri Kishibeno attends her
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Godzilla Life-Sized Theme Park Attraction Is Stomping Into Japan

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Godzilla Life-Sized Theme Park Attraction Is Stomping Into Japan
A massive replica of Godzilla will open next summer at an anime theme park in western Japan. The ride is expected to be complete next summer, which is a little after Godzilla vs. Kong roars into theaters. The highly anticipated sequel opens early next year and should give Japanese fans something to tide them over while they wait for the new ride to open. However, this version of Godzilla is going to be a little different from the current Hollywood franchise.

Nijigen no Mori is the anime theme park located on Awaji Island. They are currently in the middle of constructing the life-size version of Godzilla for the ride. The ride is called Godzilla Interception Operation Awaji and it is based on the title character from Shin Godzilla. Chief Godzilla Officer Keiji Ota says the attraction "will have huge presence and tremendous impact." Parkgoers are going to be entering the
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“Neon Genesis Evangelion”—"Rebuild of Evangelion": It’s Happening Again

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Neon Genesis Evangelion Rewatch is a series of essays where Willow Maclay will be covering the streaming release of Hideaki Anno’s landmark anime show.Since around the 1990s, when serialized television started to overtake the medium and episodic storytelling fell by the wayside, television shows usually ended in climactic fashion with a definitive ending that wrapped everything up nicely. The best television series, however, end on an ellipsis. Some of this storytelling is incidental, a product of a show being cancelled before it could finish is story, but sometimes ending without the curtain coming down is the intended effect. David Lynch, popular American avant-garde director and chief mastermind behind the television series Twin Peaks, famously stated that he never wanted to solve the murder of “Who killed Laura Palmer?” because that question fuelled all of the narrative, and without an answer he could take the story in any direction he wanted.
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"Neon Genesis Evangelion"—"The End of Evangelion": Tumbling Down

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Neon Genesis Evangelion Rewatch is a series of essays where Willow Maclay will be covering the streaming release of Hideaki Anno’s landmark anime show.[Tw: Discussions of Suicide]There are countless films and television series about the apocalypse, but few actually reckon with the existential horror of what the end actually means. Even great examples like Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) and Gojira (1954) soften themselves near the end and reassure viewers that we survived. It is difficult to make something that is nihilistic to the point of saying we don’t go on as a species, because the film industry is tied up in capitalism and at the end of the day no one wants to be told that someday they won’t exist. But this is true for all of us. On a personal level, the apocalypse always comes; and we hope that we face the end with loved ones by our side
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"Neon Genesis Evangelion," Episodes 25 and 26: Congratulations!

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Neon Genesis Evangelion Rewatch is a series of essays where Willow Maclay will be covering the streaming release of Hideaki Anno’s landmark anime show.[Trigger Warning: Suicidal Ideation]“The world can change at any moment, based on what you’re feeling” —Rei Ayanami, Episode 26All throughout Neon Genesis Evangelion there have been vague mentions of “the Human Instrumentality Project”. It is Gendo Ikari’s final plan for the evolution of the human race. Giant monsters known as “Angels” have been attacking the post-apocalyptic city of Tokyo-3. They began their assault fifteen years after mankind tried to use the remains of an Angel to create and control an “actualized God”, and in the process brought about the cataclysmic Second Impact. That event nearly saw the extinction of the human race occur after the Polar ice caps melted instantaneously. Since that event happened, the common consensus is that a Third Impact would be inevitable and
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Shin Godzilla Creators Teaming Back Up to Create Shin Ultraman

Fans of the 2016 film Shin Godzilla have a treat in store, as the directors of that film, Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, are now working on their new film, Shin Ultraman. Variety reports that the adaptation will be a live action film, which “is based on the iconic 1966 tokusatsu (“special effects”) TV series about a giant alien that battles space monsters to save the Earth. But when it’s not fighting it takes a human form.”

Anno will be writing the script for the film, and the filmmakers have hired Masami Nagasawa, Hidetoshi Nishijima and Takumi Saito to star. Anno and Higuchi are both fans of the franchise, and Higuchi previously stated about the film, “A baton has been entrusted to me that has been shining ever since I was small child. I will solemnly strive to fulfill my responsibility to pass on that heavy, radiant baton created by my seniors.
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New Ultraman Movie Coming From Evangelion's Hideaki Anno

Shamus Kelley Aug 6, 2019

The creator of Evangelion and co-director of Shin Godzilla is taking on a live-action Ultraman movie!

Get in the Ultraman, Shinji! With Evangelion in the news recently thanks to it streaming on Netflix, it's a delightful time to hear that Hideaki Anno (the creator of Evangelion) will be working on a new entry in the Ultraman franchise. Shin Ultraman will be based on the classic 1966 tokusatsu series that featured the titular Ultraman fighting against giant space monsters.

Anno will be joined by Shinji Higuchi, who along with Anno were co-directors of the 2016 film Shin Godzilla. Anna will serve as writer and Higuchi will head up production. Masami Nagasawa, Hidetoshi Nishijima and Takumi Saito have signed to star. The release is set for 2021, with Tsuburaya Production, Toho and Khara producing. Thanks to Variety for their report on this one.

Anna is currently working on his long awaited Evangelion 4.0 Final film,
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New ‘Ultraman’ Movie Coming From the Creator of ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’

New ‘Ultraman’ Movie Coming From the Creator of ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’
Hideaki Anno, whose anime masterpiece Neon Genesis Evangelion recently made its streaming debut on Netflix, is reteaming with his Shin Godzilla co-director to direct a new Ultraman movie. Titled Shin Ultraman, the live-action feature film is based “on the iconic 1966 tokusatsu TV series about a giant alien that battles space monsters to save the Earth.” Variety reports that […]

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Shin Godzilla directors reteaming for Shin Ultraman

Variety is reporting that Shin Godzilla co-directors Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi are set to reunite for Shin Ultraman, a live-action feature based upon the classic Japanese TV series.

“A baton has been entrusted to me that has been shining ever since I was small child,” said Higuchi. “I will solemnly strive to fulfill my responsibility to pass on that heavy, radiant baton created by my seniors.”

Ultraman launched in 1966 and follows the high-tech police force Science Patrol and its giant hero Ultraman, who protect Earth from giant monsters and invading aliens.

Tokyo-based Tsuburaya Productions announced back in December of last year that it intended to relaunch the character across multiple platforms.

Shin Ultraman, which will star Masami Nagasawa, Hidetoshi Nishijima and Takumi Saito, has been slated for release in 2021, with Tsuburaya producing alongside Toho and Anno’s Studio Khara.

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“Neon Genesis Evangelion,” Episodes 23–24: Knocking on Heaven's Door

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Neon Genesis Evangelion Rewatch is a series of essays where Willow Maclay will be covering the streaming release of Hideaki Anno’s landmark anime show.Shinji Ikari is the hero of Neon Genesis Evangelion. I use the word “hero” loosely, because Shinji doesn’t act like someone you’d depend upon to save the world. He’s one of the child pilots of the robotic Eva-units that have been built to defend the post-apocalyptic city of Tokyo-3 from the monsters known as Angels. In the mecha anime genre the boy saviors of the world are usually confident at the very least, but Shinji doesn’t have these qualities. He isn’t comfortable in his own skin, he has anxiety around others his age, and he has intimacy issues with those who have offered him the breadcrumbs of their affection. His father, Gendo, is the mastermind behind the construction of
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Shin Ultraman Movie Is Coming in 2021 from Shin Godzilla Team

Ultraman is getting ready for his big comeback. It's been announced that Studio Khara has partnered with Toho Co. for Shin Ultraman, a brand new live-action movie that will reimagine that long-standing Japanese superhero for the modern age. Director Shinji Higuchi and writer Hideaki Anno, the team behind 2016's Shin Godzilla, are on board to bring the project to life, which could be very good news for the franchise, considering how well that movie was received. In any event, get ready for an Ultraman reboot in the not-too-distant future.

According to an announcement made by the companies, Shin Ultraman will arrive in theaters in 2021. No specific release date has been announced at this time. Shinji Higuchi will serve as director, with Hideaki Anno penning the screenplay. A draft of the script is said to have already been turned in as of February. Unfortunately, at present, no specific story details have been made available.
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Shin Godzilla Directors Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi Developing Shin Ultraman

If, like me, you enjoyed how the end of every episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers basically turned into a massive monster Godzilla movie, then you have the highly influential Ultraman to thank, and it's especially fitting that a Shin Ultraman movie is in development with the directors of 2016's Shin Godzilla.

Variety reports that Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, the directors behind Toho's Shin Godzilla movie, are developing Shin Ultraman, a live-action film based on Tsuburaya Productions' classic tokusatsu hero franchise that pitted Ultraman against creatures from space.

An alien visitor from beyond the stars, Ultraman has the ability to look like a human and can also morph to a towering height to defend Earth from colossal threats. The first episode of many Ultraman iterations premiered in 1967 (not long after the final episode of Ultra Q aired), and there are now more than 1100 episodes and 20 movies featuring
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‘Shin Ultraman’ in the Works Through Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi

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‘Shin Ultraman’ in the Works Through Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi
Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, co-directors of the 2016 smash hit “Shin Godzilla,” are teaming up again to make the film “Shin Ultraman.” Studio Khara, the animation house Anno launched in 2006, made the announcement on Thursday.

The live action film is based on the iconic 1966 tokusatsu (“special effects”) TV series about a giant alien that battles space monsters to save the Earth. But when it not fighting it takes a human form.

Anno will serve as scriptwriter for Higuchi’s production unit. Masami Nagasawa, Hidetoshi Nishijima and Takumi Saito have signed to star. The release is set for 2021, with Tsuburaya Production, Toho and Khara producing.

Anno is currently busy with work on “Evangelion 4.0 Final,” the last installment in his “Remake of the Evangelion” animation franchise. Following its completion, he expects to devote himself full-time to “Shin Ultraman.”

“A baton has been entrusted to me that has been shining ever since I was small child,
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“Neon Genesis Evangelion,” Episodes 21–22: Like a Prayer

Neon Genesis Evangelion Rewatch is a series of essays where Willow Maclay will be covering the streaming release of Hideaki Anno’s landmark anime show.In the Old Testament of the Bible there’s a circular narrative built around stories of punishment and submission underneath the will of a divine force. If you had faith in God and his will then you could escape these punishments, like Noah or Lot in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. The morals of these stories are usually tied up in notions of there being a specific way that people are supposed to lead their lives. Neon Genesis Evangelion feels a bit like the Old Testament at times, with the beings known as Angels attacking what’s left of the human race. The Angel attacks feel like a divine punishment for trying to become like God through science. In the beginning of the show
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"Neon Genesis Evangelion,” Episodes 17–20: Father Figures

Neon Genesis Evangelion Rewatch is a series of essays where Willow Maclay will be covering the streaming release of Hideaki Anno’s landmark anime show.The relationships we have with our parents as children tend to dictate our future in significant ways. Children usually look to their parents for foundation and support as they figure out who they are and what they want to be, but sometimes children are not given a base to stand upon. In Hideaki Anno’s landmark anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion this is true of every significant character. The child pilots of the giant robotic Eva units struggle with this very thing. Shinji Ikari’s mother died mysteriously and he has never been given direct support or admiration from his father, Gendo, who is overseeing the Evas and military operations at Tokyo-3’s defense outpost. Asuka has a history with her parents that hasn’t been revealed yet,
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“Neon Genesis Evangelion,” Episodes 13–16: There’s Something Wrong with Rei Ayanami

Neon Genesis Evangelion Rewatch is a series of essays where Willow Maclay will be covering the streaming release of Hideaki Anno’s landmark anime show.Clip shows are not synonymous with greatness. They’re the sort of episodes that television shows used to run when they were behind schedule, or over-budget or looking for an easy way to do the bare-minimum. Episode fourteen of Hideaki Anno’s anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion is a clip show, but it subverts expectations by pulling the rug out from underneath viewers in a shocking second-half that marks an entirely new direction for the television show. The first half of this episode is presented as a military report to Seele, a secret organization controlling the military installation of Nerv, who are fighting the monsters known as Angels that are ravaging the city of Tokyo-3. Most television shows would merely take the footage that already
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“Neon Genesis Evangelion,” Episodes 9-12: Dance Apocalyptic

Neon Genesis Evangelion Rewatch is a series of essays where Willow Maclay will be covering the streaming release of Hideaki Anno’s landmark anime show.When Shinji Ikari goes to school for the first time in Neon Genesis Evangelion his teacher gives a lecture to the students on living during the “second impact.” It was a cataclysmic event for Earth where a meteorite is believed to have crash-landed in the polar ice caps, melting the arctic and forcing the Earth’s climate to change instantaneously. For this class of fourteen-year-olds they only know of this happening through hearsay or through history books. They weren’t alive when it happened so it’s more difficult for these children to grapple with the Earth dying in real-time. They’ve grown up in a world that is post-second impact, which isn’t easy in and of itself. After the second impact the planet
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