"There is so much writing in English on Japanese cinema that can't be accepted at face value — not because the writers are careless, but because the differences in culture and language are just too intricate. When I see August Ragone's name on a piece of writing, it gives me permission to place my faith in it completely. Among Japanese fantasy film historians, he's the best working in English." —Tim Lucas, Video Watchdog


Saturday, August 9, 2014

"KIKAIDER: REBOOT" IS COMING TO THE US!
Honolulu Theatrical Premiere: October 10th

10月に『キカイダーREBOOT』がアメリカで上陸!


English herald for the North American Premiere in Honolulu.

SCOOP: It's official — this morning I was notified by the CEO of JN Productions/Generation Kikaida, Joanne Ninomiya, that we could finally announce that her Honolulu-based company has finalized their licensing deal with Toei for the recent feature film, KIKAIDER: THE ULTIMATE HUMAN ROBOT (Kikaida Reboot, 2014), a remake of the original 1972 series, directed by Ten Shimozawa. While more details on this will be forthcoming from JNP/GK in September, we are able to announce that the film will receive its North American Premiere in "Titan XC" at the Ward Stadium 16 in Honolulu, October 10th through October 16th.

JN Productions/Generation Kikaida have released several beloved vintage tokusatsu series on DVD in the US (complete with English Subtitles), such as KIKAIDA, KAMEN RIDER V3, KIKAIDA 01, and INAZUMAN.

Stay tuned for more details as they develop! Or check out the Generation Kikaida website!

Friday, August 1, 2014

THE REAL "GODZILLA" IS COMING TO YOUR TOWN
US Theatrical Screenings for the Big G's 60th!

初代『ゴジラ』は、アメリカの映画館に来ている!


Original Japanese theatrical release poster (1954). ©Toho Co., Ltd.

UPDATED (08/01/14): Rialto Pictures is once again rolling out the uncut Japanese version of the 1954 classic, boasting a brand-new 60th Anniversary DCP (Digital Cinema Package) Restoration (the transfer made for the Criterion Collection release) and it is now being booked in theaters around the US of A — contact your local cinema to screen it! Now, below is a quick look at the current dates and cities (those in red are newly-announced):

:: March 11: AUSTIN, TX • Alamo Ritz 1 (SXSW Film Festival)

:: April 12: HOLLYWOOD, CA • TCM Classic Film Festival

:: April 18–24: NEW YORK, NY • Film Forum

:: April 25–May 13: NEW YORK,  NY • IFC Center • HELD OVER (May 22)

:: May 1: SAVANNAH, GA • Savannah Film Festival 


:: May 2: HOLLYWOOD, CA • American Cinematheque Egyptian Theatre


:: May 2–4 & 6: SILVER SPRING, MD • AFI Silver


:: May 2–5: PORTLAND, OR • Hollywood Theatre*


:: May 2–8: SEATTLE, WA • SIFF Cinema Uptown

:: May 2–8: SOMERVILLE,  MA • Somerville Theatre • HELD OVER (May 15)

:: May 2–8: SANTA ANA, CA • The Frida Cinema

:: May 3: HOLLYWOOD,  CA • Egyptian Theatre

:: May 4: ASHBURN, VA • Alamo Drafthouse One Loudoun

:: May 4: LOS ANGELES,  CA • Landmark Regent Theatre

:: May 5–8: EDGEWOOD, PA • Pittsburgh Filmmakers (Regent Square)

:: May 5 & 8: KALAMAZOO, MI • Alamo Drafthouse Kalamazoo

:: May 8: AMBLER, PA • The Ambler Theater

:: May 8: KANSAS CITY, MO • Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet

:: May 9–10: FAIRFAX, VA • Angelika Mosaic

:: May 9–11: NASHVILLE, TN • The Belcourt • HELD OVER (May 16-17 & 20-22)

:: May 9–11: NEWBERG, OR • 99W Drive-In

:: May 9–11 & 13: LUBBOCK, TX • Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock


:: May 9-15: DALLAS, TX • Angelika Dallas (

:: May 9–15: CHICAGO, IL • Music Box Theatre • HELD OVER (May 22)


:: May 9–15: DENVER, CO • Denver Film Society • HELD OVER (May 22)

:: May 9-15: SANTA FE, NM • Jean Cocteau Cinema • HELD OVER (May 22)

:: May 9–15: FORT COLLINS, CO • Lyric Cinema Cafe

:: May 9–15: ALBANY, NY • The Madison Theater

:: May 9–15: SAN FRANCISCO, CA • Sundance Cinemas Kabuki

:: May 9–15: MENTOR, OH • Atlas Cinemas Great Lakes Stadium 16

:: May 9–15: MINNEAPOLIS, MN • Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul

:: May 9–15: PORTLAND, OR • The Bagdad Theatre and Pub

:: May 10–11: YONKERS, NY • Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers


:: May 11–12: MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, OH • Atlas Cinemas Eastgate 10

:: May 11 & 13: ATLANTA, GA • Landmark Theatres Midtown Art Cinema

:: May 12–13: WICHITA, KS • Warren Theatres Old Town


:: May 12 –14: HOLLYWOOD, CA • ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood

:: May 12–13 & 15: EL SEGUNDO, CA • ArcLight Cinemas Beach Cities

:: May 12–13 & 15: PASADENA, CA • ArcLight Cinemas Pasadena

:: May 12–13 & 15: SAN DIEGO, CA • ArcLight Cinemas La Jolla

:: May 12–14: SHERMAN OAKS, CA • ArcLight Cinemas Sherman Oaks

:: May 13: AUSTIN, TX • Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline

:: May 13–14: ALAMEDA, CA • Alameda Theater & Cineplex*

:: May 14: DOYLESTOWN,  PA • The County Theater

:: May 14: BETHLEHEM, PA • Arts Quest

:: May 15: BOISE, ID • The Flicks

:: May 15: NEW BRAUNFELS, TX • Alamo Drafthouse Marketplace

:: May 15: SAN ANTONIO, TX • Alamo Drafthouse Park North

:: May 15: JENKINTOWN,  PA • The Hiway Theater
(Missing from Rialto's current update)

:: May 16–17: BROOKLYN, NY • Nitehawk Cinema

:: May 16–18: CORAL GABLES, FL • Coral Gables Art Cinema

:: May 23–26 HOUSTON, TX • The Museum of Fine Arts

:: May 28: LEXINGTON, KY • Kentucky Theatre

:: May 30–31: ST. LOUIS, MO • Landmark Theatres Tivoli Theatre

:: May 31–June 1: PORT TOWNSEND, WA • The Rose Theatre

:: May 31, June 2 & 5: BALTIMORE, MD • The Charles

:: June 6 – 12: IOWA CITY, IA • FilmScene

:: June 8: SAN FRANCISCO, CA: The Castro Theatre

:: June 14: QUEENS, NY • Museum of the Moving Image

:: June 14: LOUISVILLE, KY • Baxter Avenue Filmworks

:: June 14 – 15: ATHENS, GA • Ciné Theatre

:: June 17: SAN ANTONIO, TX • Texas Public Radio

:: June 18: BRYN MAWR, PA • Bryn Mawr Film Institute

:: June 18: TUCSON, AZ • The Loft Cinema

:: July 1 – 7: ATLANTA, GA • Plaza Theatre

:: July 4: MADISON, WI • UW Cinematheque

:: July 17: COLUMBUS, OH • Wexner Center for the Arts

:: July 18: BERKELEY, CA • Pacific Film Archive

:: August 1: MILFORD, MI • Kensington Metropark

:: August 1, 3 & 6: OMAHA, NE • Film Streams

:: August 8: SHELBY TOWNSHIP, MI • Stony Creek Metropark

:: August 10 & 12: ANN ARBOR, MI • Michigan Theater

:: August 12: SALT LAKE CITY, UT • Utah Film Center

:: August 15: NEW BOSTON, MI • Willow Metropark

:: August 22 & 24: SHELBYVILLE, IN • Skyline Drive-In

:: August 23: VICTORIA, TX • Welder Center for the Performing Arts

:: August 26 & 28: ITHACA, NY • Cornell Cinema

:: September 12: HOLLYWOOD, CA • LA EigaFest

:: October 12 & 18: BLOOMINGTON, IN • Indiana University Cinema

:: October 18: MAITLAND, FL • Enzian Theater

Stay tuned for more dates... And if you don't see your city or town, contact your local theaters and ask them to book the film. Also, the new, paperback edition of my book, EIJI TSUBURAYA: MASTER OF MONSTERS on sale May 6th from Chronicle Books — and I'm available to introduce the screenings (with a visual presentation on the making of the film).

Currently, my confirmed appearance dates (as of Monday, May 5th) include May 2nd - 4th (The Hollywood Theater, Portland, OR) and May 13th & 14th (Alameda Theater, Alameda, CA). More dates to be announced — for booking contact us at august [dot] ragone [at] gmail [dot] com!

Composer and lifelong Godzilla fan, John "Dutch" DeSentis will be introducing the screening at the Arts Quest Center in Bethlehem, PA on May 14th, and will take questions after the film. For more information, click here.

More importantly, Gareth Edwards, director of Legendary Pictures' upcoming GODZILLA, hosted the screenings at SXSW in Austin and the TCM Film Festival in Hollywood!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EIJI TSUBURAYA!
July 10, 1901-January 25, 1970

円谷英二への誕生日おめでとう!


On the set of MATANGO (1963) with Sadamasa Arikawa on the right.

The “Father of Japanese Special Visual Effects” was born on July 10, 1901 as Eiichi Tsuburaya in the town of Sukagawa, Fukushima. As with his life, even his date of birth is steeped in legend — official sources have often listed that Eiji Tsuburaya was born on July 7th — a date of fortune in the celebration of Tanabata (meaning “Seven Evenings”), a Japanese star festival derived from the Obon (a celebration of ancestors). Tanabata is usually celebrated on July 7th or August 7th, to commemorate the meeting of Orihime (Vega) and Hikoboshi (Altair).

Tanabata originated from the Chinese Festival to Plead for Skills (Oi Xi), which came to Japan in the Heian Period (795-1192), and spread to the public during the Edo Period (1603-1867), where it was then combined with Obon traditions. From the Edo Period, girls wished for better sewing and craftsmanship skills, while boys wished for better calligraphy skills, by writing wishes on strips of tanzaku paper, which were hung on bamboo trees. This tradition is still practiced today in Japan.

Even if Eiji Tsuburaya was not born on July 7th, the myth of being born on the Tanabata certainly was apt, because Tsuburaya would become famous for his multiple artistic and practical skills, which he had in spades — and eventually, the name Tsuburaya would become world-renown with the production of GODZILLA (1954).

Thursday, June 5, 2014

UNVEILING TOHO STUDIOS' "GODZILLA" MURAL!
Hosted by Gareth Edwards and Akira Takarada

東宝スタジオのゴジラ巨大壁画が初お披露目 !


The 11-meter mural unveiled by Takarada and Edwards this morning.

Following up on my May 11th report on Toho's new mural, there was an official "unveiling" this past morning at the studios with the star of the first Godzilla film, Akira Takarada, and the director of the latest film, Gareth Edwards, acting as the "hosts" dressed up in special Big G happi coats. Interestingly, the mural was not originally intended to celebrate Godzilla's 60th Anniversary this year.


Reunited for the first time since the production of GODZILLA (2014).

Painted by Masao Hanawa, the mural was commissioned to go along with similar murals featuring scenes from Ishiro Honda's MOTHRA (1961) and Akira Kurosawa's SEVEN SAMURAI (1954), while the aging Toho Studios was undergoing numerous renovations, major facelifts, and upgrades to the studio grounds and buildings, which had been constructed, originally, in the 1930s.


Edwards, director of GODZILLA (2014), called the mural, "fantastic."

But, in the wake of the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011, work was postponed on the proposed Godzilla mural. So, in light of the 60th Anniversary and the release of the Edwards' production, Toho brought back Hanawa to move forward on the project. The famed painter not only created the SEVEN SAMURAI mural, but was also the art director of Tokyo DisneySea Resort.


Takarada's opinion of Hanawa's work was, "Subarashii" (wonderful)!

Using the 1994 Big G as his model, featured in Kensho Yamashita's GODZILLA VS. SPACE GODZILLA, the mural reportedly took three months to complete at the cost ¥8,000,000 (roughly $78,000 USD). Completed on May 31st, Godzilla will now stand over the front gates of Toho Studios into the foreseeable future — hopefully, where he continues to reign as the once and future King of the Monsters.


Click to watch Masao Hanawa at work on the Godzilla mural.

Photo source: Oricon News Inc. & Asahi.com

Thursday, May 22, 2014

DEATH WALTZ' UNVEILS "GODZILLA" LP JACKET!
Regular & Limited Vinyl Pressing Out June 21st

福部昭の『ゴジラ』限定版LPレコード発行6月21日!


Cheung Chung Tat's jacket art featuring the 1990s-style Godzilla.

Back on March 12th, I broke the news that UK-based Death Waltz Recording Company had negotiated the rights to the full soundtrack of Akira Ifukube's score for GODZILLA (1954). Fully remastered from Toho's original audio materials, this release boasts the very first time the complete score has been pressed on vinyl, with exclusive art by Cheung Chung Tat. Interestingly, much like the Criterion Collection packaging, the cover art features a non-1954 Godzilla — here we have a Heisei-style Big G. You have to wonder what the process was in decided this, as I would've preferred a version of the king that actually appears in the film. Still, Tat's painting is admittedly spectacular (and the anachronistic Pacific War aircraft bare, not Rising Suns, but Death Waltz symbols — a nice touch).


Famed artist, Noriyoshi Ohrai captures the 1954 Godzilla perfectly.

All that minor art quibbling aside, Death Waltz is sparing no expense in creating this special presentation, which also features both deluxe and standard packaging for this historic soundtrack. Deluxe Gatefold Edition (limited to 400 units): 180g "Atomic Breath" (blue and white) vinyl, housed in a heavyweight tip-on, case-bound gatefold jacket printed on beautiful textured Galtex Prima card containing a full-color booklet (with liner notes by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp and "Film On Wax" Editor Charlie Bridgen), and wrapped in an Obi strip (MSRP: £22.00). Standard Edition (limited to 400 units): 180g green vinyl pressing, housed inside a 350gsm single pocket jacket with a poster (MSRP: £17.00).

Here are Death Waltz' track listings (English translations seem to duplicate those contained in the 50th Anniversary release from La-La Land Records in 2004):

SIDE 1
Godzilla Approaches
Godzilla Main Title
Medley/ Ship Music / Sinking Of Eikou-Maru
Sinking Of Bingou Maru
Anxieties On Ootojima Island
Ootojima Temple Festival
Stormy Ootojima Island
Theme For Ootojima Island
Japanese Army March I
Horror Of The Water Tank
Godzilla Comes Ashore

SIDE 2
Godzilla’s Rampage
Desperate Broadcast
Godzilla Comes To Tokyo Bay
Intercept Godzilla
Tragic Sight Of The Imperial Capital
Oxygen Destroyer
Prayer For Peace
Japanese Army March II
Godzilla At The Ocean Floor
Ending
Secret Hidden Track

While these are not for sale to the US, when has that ever stopped fans from getting what they want? Until then, you can listen to the LP in full (for a limited time) on Empire Magazine online — and it sounds amazing!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

COMET EMPIRE RETURNS IN NEW "YAMATO" FILM!
Details & Trailer for ARK OF THE STARS (2014)

白彗星帝国出現!新作劇場版『宇宙戦艦ヤマト2199 星巡る方舟』


Beautiful textless theatrical poster for the rise of the Comet Empire!

"They lied to us!"* In a brilliant move, producers of the new SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO: 2199 franchise, kept insisting that they were not going to attempt a remake of the 1978 film, FAREWELL YAMATO, and the television version, YAMATO 2, both telling the story of the White Comet Empire threatening the Earth (familiar to American fans as the second season of STAR BLAZERS). Most of these deflections did indeed have a kernel of truth behind them — director Yutaka Izubuchi was quoted that he wasn't interested in adapting the later YAMATO stories into the new universe they had created for YAMATO: 2199, and that the upcoming film would still be set within the year 2199 (the original Comet Empire stories were set in 2201).


First teaser trailer: Tagline, "The new enemy is... Gatlantis!"

Finally, after months of a veil of secrecy, the plot details of the new production has finally been broken: Entitled SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO: 2199 ~ ARK OF THE STARS (bowing in Japanese cinemas on December 6th), the all-original theatrical motion picture will not be a full-blown remake of the Comet Empire story that fans around the world are most familiar with, but will instead focus on an incident with the Comet Empire that occurs during the Yamato's voyage home from Iscandar. Details, herein are based solely on just-posted announcements by the official websites (which may be subject to change) — here's my translation of the official story synopsis:

Starting out on their journey home, after retrieving the Cosmo Reverse System from the planet Iscandar, the Yamato encounters the vanguard of a mysterious space fleet on the outer rim of the Large Magellanic Cloud, which suddenly appears before them. Identifying themselves as "Gatlantis," they demand the Yamato to surrender. With time running out for the Earth, the Yamato attempts to avoid an engagement, but an unknown lifeform materializes to bar their retreat. By a hairbreadth, the Yamato warps — into an otherworldly, grey-and-white space, where a strange planet hovers before them...

Is this mysterious planet the artificial interstellar citadel of Emperor Zwordar: Gatlantis? And could this strange, "gray-and-white-space," be the center of the White Comet? Or is it the "Ark of the Stars"? Stay tuned to this blog and Our Star Blazers for future news and updates!

*Star Wars reference. If you don't get it, you suck. ;)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

MINI REVIEW: GARETH EDWARDS' "GODZILLA"
Run, Do Not Walk to See This King of Monsters!

ギャレス・エドワーズ監督の『ゴジラ』は大成功だ!


The very striking Imax 3D poster for Gareth Edward's kaiju spectacle!

NO SPOILER ZONE: This past Monday, I attended a press/advance 3D screening of the highly-anticipated return of the King: Edwards' GODZILLA (2014), produced by Legendary Pictures. Until the film is released this coming weekend, I will be holding off on my full-blown review, which will discuss the film in far more detail. So, there will be no spoilers this time around — I will just state that GODZILLA is a must-see spectacle, which is light-years beyond the Roland Emmerich film, from the opening titles to the end credits. The crowd gasped, cheered, and pumped their fists into the air numerous times, and enthusiastic applause and thunderous hoots exploded as the screen faded to black.

Without giving away anything, Edwards' interpretation of the monster is also largely atypical of similar, braindead blockbuster Hollywood productions, and doesn't pander to the lowest common denominator in its execution. Fiercely character driven, GODZILLA's narrative and drama unfold in the tradition of the best of director Shusuke Kaneko's benchmark kaiju eiga, GAMERA 3 (1999) and GMK (2001). The visual effects are gorgeous and dynamic, and sometimes truly frightening — but it never veers into Michael Bay territory. The source of much pre-release debate, the pair of enemy monsters, designated "Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms" (MUTOs), are highly evocative of Japanese kaiju design, and are one of the film's many highlights.

With some minor — I repeat, minor — reservations, Gareth Edwards' GODZILLA is a certified champion of modern monster movies. In the words of the legendary "Creature Features" host, Bob Wilkins, "I think you're gonna like it."

Monday, May 12, 2014

GADZOOKS! THE BIG "GODZILLA WEEK" BEGINS
Edwards & Honda Go Toe-to-Toe On Frisco Bay!

ゴジラ·ウィークはアメリカで始まった!米国Gは太りすぎですか?


Fantastic traditional woodblock-style rendering of the Big G!

The week many have been waiting, while others have been dreading, is finally here. Tonight, I'll be attending the press screening of Gareth Edwards' highly-anticipated GODZILLA (already receiving some stellar reviews). On Tuesday & Wednesday evening, I'll be hosting screenings of the original GODZILLA (1954) and signing copies of my book, "Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters" at the Alameda Theater (where they keep the nuclear wessels).

Then, this Friday & Saturday evening, I'll be hosting the Famous Monsters of Filmland screenings of the new GODZILLA, featuring the Japanese guests of this year's Big Wow! ComicFest, and signing my book at the Camera 12 Cinema in San Jose! But, wait! There's more! Finally (?), I'll also be appearing as a guest at Big Wow! (taking place at the San Jose Convention Center), signing my book and moderating the panels with the Japanese guests!

Plus, we'll have the exclusive pre-release of our annual "All Kaiju" issue — FM #274 — with four variant covers by Bob Eggleton!

How much terror can you stand?

Sunday, May 11, 2014

GODZILLA WELCOMES YOU TO TOHO STUDIOS!
Giant 60th Anniversary Mural Nears Completion

ゴジラ壁画は60周年のための東宝スタジオの門を守る!


The Big G now looms large over the front gates of Toho Studios...

Joining the ranks of large scale murals of Akira Kurosawa's SEVEN SAMURAI (1954) and Ishiro Honda's MOTHRA (1961) emblazoned across the studio walls of Toho, Godzilla now reigns supreme as it's face — combing forces with his 6'+ counterpart statue holding guard at the gates (also a representation of the popular 1990s-style Big G). Thanks to special effects artist, Kakusei Fujiwara for the image.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

"GODZILLA" RAIDS ALAMEDA: MAY 13th & 14th!
Alameda Theater Signings for "Eiji Tsuburaya"

初代『ゴジラ』と私はアラメダ市に上陸 !


The Big G raids Alameda this week in search of nuclear wessels!

Come join me on Tuesday, May 13th and Wednesday, May 14th for screenings of the original GODZILLA (1954) at the historic Alameda Theatre in Alameda, California, as part of their "Classic Film Series." Prior to the each evening's screening, there will be a reception in the Lobby from 5:30-6:40 pm, offering the opportunity for attendees to obtain copies of the second edition of "Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters" (Chronicle Books), the lavishly-illustrated biography of the visual effects mastermind behind Godzilla and Ultraman.

At 6:50 pm, on both nights I will be introducing the film with a special presentation, with the film screening at 7:00 pm (running time 98 minutes). Afterwards, there will be a Q&A session, and an additional book signing (courtesy, Books Inc.). The Alameda Theatre offers Discount Ticket Packets for their Classic Film Series (Discount Packets of four are $25.00. Packets of eight are $40.00). Advance ticket packets are valid for any future Classic Films at the Alameda Theatre and never expire. General Admission only is $7.75.

Tickets are currently available, so order now!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

THE CONTROLLER WANTS YOU TO CAPITULATE:
Buy "Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters" Now!

X星人統制官の指令:「円谷英二 怪獣の使い」がを買う!


WANTED: More Readers Like... THE CONTROLLER OF PLANET X!

The Controller orders all mankind to surrender and buy my book, EIJI TSUBURAYA: MASTER OF MONSTERS (Chronicle Books), now on sale across the solar system — including Planet X — and throughout the intergalactic structure, as well. NOW!


Now available in a deluxe paperback edition, amended and updated!

Click here for Plan 2, Item 4, Schedule 5!

Monday, April 28, 2014

"GODZILLA" STOMPS INTO PORTLAND: MAY 2 - 5!
Hollywood Theater Signing for "Eiji Tsuburaya"

初代『ゴジラ』と私はポートランド市に上陸 !

The digital restoration of GODZILLA is coming to Portland this week!

This coming Friday, May 2nd, the original, uncut version of Ishiro Honda's GODZILLA (1954) will be smashing onto the big screen at Portland's historic Hollywood Theatre through Monday, May 5th. But, don't worry, Kyle Yount, the host of Kaijucast, and I will be there to help you survive this Northwestern kaiju attack in our opening intro on the making of this historic film. And I will be armed with copies of the new edition of "Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters" (Chronicle Books)!

The first copies of this new edition will be available at the event!

Showtimes for Ishiro Honda's GODZILLA are Friday (May 2nd) at 7:00 pm, Saturday (May 3rd) & Sunday (May 4th) at 3:00 pm, and Monday (May 5th) at 9:30 pm. I will be signing advance copies of the new "Eiji Tsuburaya" before and after each screening in the Lobby — but, supplies of these early-bird copies are limited (the book goes on sale to the public on May 6th). So, come down and get a copy before the rest of the country does!

Tickets for the Friday (May 4th) & May 6th Evening shows: General Admission: $8.00 • Seniors (65+), Students & Children (12 & Under): $6.00. All tickets for the Saturday (May 3rd) & Sunday (May 4th) Matinees are only $5.00. Advance tickets are available from the Hollywood Theatre!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NEW "YAMATO: 2199" TEASER SCREENING IN MAY
Trailers Featured During Special Yamatalk Event

特別総集編「追憶の航海」について語る! 5月13日ヤマトーク開催!!


The new YAMATO: 2199 features will be the Yamatalk topic in May!

After the big news broke out of Tokyo this past Sunday, concerning the two new YAMATO: 2199 feature films coming in October and December, the official "Yamato Crew" website announced early this morning that previews for both VOYAGE OF RECOLLECTION (October 11th) and ARK OF THE STARS (December 6th) will be screened during the next "Much Yamatalk Night" event at Tokyo's Shinjuku Piccadilly Theater on Tuesday, May 13th.


Title design for YAMATO: 2199 ~ VOYAGE OF RECOLLECTION.

While the original theme of this "Yamatalk" event was dedicated to the "Battle at Rainbow Star Cluster," it was announced this past Monday, the main staff of VOYAGE OF RECOLLECTION, writer Shigeru Morita and director Takao Kato, will be in attendance to discuss the new compilation film, which will serve as a primer and a reminder of the events and characters over the 26 episodes of SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO: 2199 (while ARK OF THE STARS is entirely new).


Title design for YAMATO: 2199 ~ ARK OF THE STARS.

But wait! There's more! There are currently plans afoot to unveil the advance poster for VOYAGE OF RECOLLECTION as well as screen the official trailer, at this event in mid-May. Additionally, the producers are planning on screening the first footage from the new production of ARK OF THE STARS in the form of the film's initial teaser trailer. This will be the first, exclusive public showing for those attending this special Yamatalk Night event:


YAMATALK SHINJUKU: "Decisive Battle! The Rainbow Star Cluster"

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at the Shinjuku Piccadilly Theater

9:00 PM: Episodes 18 - 20
10:15 PM: Yamatalk
10:50 PM: Event Closes

Special Guests: Screenwriter Shigeru Morita & Director Takao Kato
MC: Osamu Kobayashi

For further information on both of these exciting feature films, stay tuned to this blog and Our Star Blazers for news and updates!