Monday, January 14, 2019

It's Nearly Here! Alita: Battle Angel Movie

 Alita: Battle Angel Movie

Thursday, February 14, 2019.

From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY), comes ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past – she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she’s grown to love.

Directed By

Robert Rodriguez

Screenplay By

James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis

Based on the Graphic Novel (“Manga”) Series:

“Gunnm” By Yukito Kishiro


Produced By

James Cameron and Jon Landau


Cast

Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, Keean Johnson

Dragon Ball Super: Broly, A One Day Affair On January 16, 2019

Dragon Ball Super: Broly


Friday, January 16,019 Only

A planet destroyed, a powerful race reduced to nothing. After the devastation of Planet Vegeta, three Saiyans were scattered among the stars, destined for different fates. While two found a home on Earth, the third was raised with a burning desire for vengeance and developed an unbelievable power. And the time for revenge has come. Destinies collide in a battle that will shake the universe to its very core!

Goku is back to training hard so he can face the most powerful foes the universes have to offer, and Vegeta is keeping up right beside him. But when they suddenly find themselves against an unknown Saiyan, they discover a terrible, destructive force.


Dragon Ball Super: Broly  can be seen at these Bay Area theaters:

Sundial 20
151 2nd Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Distance: 0.33 mile
Start Date: 01/16/2019


Park Place Stadium 16
7200 US Hwy 19 North
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Distance: 5.67 miles
Start Date: 01/16/2019


Cobb Tyrone Luxury 10
2998 Tyrone Boulevard North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Distance: 6.66 miles
Start Date: 01/16/2019
For more theaters and movie detaild go here

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Cowboy Bebop Goes Live

On November  27, 2018 Netflix announced  its approval of the 10-episode live action series of the Japanese hit animated series Cowboy Bebop.  To refresh the fans memories of the animated series, Cowboy Bebop centers around the characters of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine, Ed and Ein, and their space adventures as bounty hunters.

The synopsis is as follows;

In the year 2071, humanity has colonized several of the planets and moons of the solar system leaving the now uninhabitable surface of planet Earth behind. The Inter Solar System Police attempts to keep peace in the galaxy, aided in part by outlaw bounty hunters, referred to as "Cowboys." The ragtag team aboard the spaceship Bebop are such individuals.


Mellow and carefree Spike Spiegel is balanced by his boisterous, pragmatic partner Jet Black as the pair makes a living chasing bounties and collecting rewards. Thrown off course by the addition of new members that they meet in their travels—Ein, a genetically engineered, highly intelligent Welsh Corgi; femme fatale Faye Valentine, an enigmatic trickster with memory loss; and the strange computer whiz kid Edward Wong—the crew embarks on thrilling adventures that unravel each member's dark and mysterious past little by little.

Well-balanced with high density action and light-hearted comedy, Cowboy Bebop is a space Western classic and an homage to the smooth and improvised music it is named after. ---     MAL


 Cowboy Bebop has been an international hit since it first aired on Tokyo TV back in 1998. A few years back the web was all a buzz with the rumor of a live-action movie with Keanu Reeves possibly starring as Spike Spiegel. Yet, to the disappointment  of Cowboy Bebop's many fans nothing more was said about the making of the movie.  However, this 10-episode live-action series  from Netflix will be a welcome treat.

It is too early in the production  of Cowboy Bebop  for there to be an announcement of an air date at this time, but at the rate in which Netflix produces series a late 2019 air date could be possible. In addition, who will play the main characters is also unknown at this time.

Care to speculate on which actors are best suited to step into the shoes of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine, Ed and Ein?

Those in charge of putting live flesh on Cowboy Bebop are as follows:

  1. Co-Production: Netflix and Tomorrow Studios (a partnership between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios). Netflix will handle physical production.
  2. Showrunners / Executive Producers: Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio
  3. Executive Producers: Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios (Snowpiercer, Good Behavior); Yasuo Miyakawa, Masayuki Ozaki, and Shin Sasaki of Sunrise Inc; Tetsu Fujimura and Matthew Weinberg.
  4. Writer/Executive Producer: Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok) will write the first episode.
  5. Consultant: Shinichiro Watanabe (director of the original anime)



To date the Cowboy Bebop series consist of 26 animated episodes, one special and one animated movie, known in Japan as Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door (no US release).

Related: Cowboy Bebop

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Pokémon Detective Pikachu Coming May 2019

Pokémon Detective Pikachu
The world of Pokémon comes to life!

Friday, May 10, 2019.


The first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure, “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” stars Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, the iconic face of the global Pokémon phenomenon—one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and the most successful media franchise of all time. Fans everywhere can now experience Pikachu on the big screen as never before, as Detective Pikachu, a Pokémon like no other.  The film also showcases a wide array of beloved Pokémon characters, each with its own unique abilities and personality.


The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened.  Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City—a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world—they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.


“POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” also stars Justice Smith (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”) as Tim; Kathryn Newton (“Lady Bird,” TV’s “Big Little Lies”) as Lucy, a junior reporter following her first big story; and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (“Godzilla,” “The Last Samurai”) as Lt. Yoshida.


 Directed by Rob Letterman (“Goosebumps,” “Monsters Vs. Aliens”), the “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” creative filmmaking team includes two-time Oscar nominated director of photography John Mathieson (“The Phantom of the Opera,” “Gladiator”), production designer Nigel Phelps (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Lies”) and Oscar-winning editor Mark Sanger (“Gravity”). Visual effects are by Moving Picture Company (“Wonder Woman”) and Framestore (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”).



Launched in 1996 to overwhelming response, the Pokémon brand is a global sensation that now encompasses a robust video gaming fandom with over 300 million units sold worldwide; trading card games available in 11 languages with more than 23.6 billion cards purchased; an anime television series in its 21st season that is available more than 160 countries; and over 20 animated films; as well as books, manga comics, music, toys, merchandise, and apps, including the wildly popular Pokémon GO, that has been downloaded over 850 million times and is enjoyed across the globe by fans of all ages.



“POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” is set for release on Friday, May 10, 2019. The film will be distributed outside of Japan and China by Warner Bros. Pictures, in Japan by Toho Company, Ltd. and by Legendary East in China.




Genre: Sci-Fi/FantasyAnimationFamilyMysteryAction/Adventur

Saturday, October 13, 2018

The New City Hunter Movie


If you missed seeing Lee Min-Ho in the live action television series City Hunter, which is based on Tsukasa Hojo's  manga, well, you can always watch it again on DramaFever. However, if you are looking for more from the City Hunter saga, then prepare yourself to enjoy the new animated City Hunter series set for release on February 8, 2019 JST.

This new animated adaptation of City Hunter is not the first. The first
City Hunter anime ran from April 6, 1987 up until  March 28, 1988 with 51 episodes.  In addition, the first live action movie was release in China in  1993. Then in 2011, the most memorable adaptation of Tsukasa Hojo's  City Hunter manga was the live action television series that aired in South Korea and starred Lee Min-Ho  in a dual role as Lee Yoon-sung and Poochai, alias the City Hunter. While loosely based on the manga and its previous incarnations, the series still stands out today as very popular worldwide.
 
While there is not a synopsis available for this new anime version of City Hunter at this time; having it based on the 2011 live action television series would be great.

Tsukasa Hojo's  City Hunter manga was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1985 to 1991 and collected into 35 volumes.
 
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Mystery, Police







Get Ready For Three New Psycho-Pass Movies

The creator of the Psycho-Pass, Gen Urobuchi, creation is heading to the theaters beginning in January 2019. There will be three movies in all. They are as follows:
Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System Case.1: Tsumi to Bachi
 Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System Case 2.: First Guardian
Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System Case.3: Onshuu no Kanata ni


The storylines for each of the films have not been disclosed as of this writing; however, for the fans of the anime below is the series synopsis to refresh your memories on just what the Psycho-Pass team is about.

Psycho-Pass  Anime Synopsis

Justice, and the enforcement of it, has changed. In the 22nd century, Japan enforces the Sibyl System, an objective means of determining the threat level of each citizen by examining their mental state for signs of criminal intent, known as their Psycho-Pass. Inspectors uphold the law by subjugating, often with lethal force, anyone harboring the slightest ill-will; alongside them are Enforcers, jaded Inspectors that have become latent criminals, granted relative freedom in exchange for carrying out the Inspectors' dirty work.

Into this world steps Akane Tsunemori, a young woman with an honest desire to uphold justice. However, as she works alongside veteran Enforcer Shinya Kougami, she soon learns that the Sibyl System's judgments are not as perfect as her fellow Inspectors assume. With everything she has known turned on its head, Akane wrestles with the question of what justice truly is, and whether it can be upheld through the use of a system that may already be corrupt.


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Bleach the Live-Action Movie, A Review



Just what was Warner Bros in Japan thinking when they made and released Bleach the Live-Action Movie. It was suppose to be based on Tite Kubo's popular  manga and equally successful anime series "Bleach". However, it did not seem like it.

Most manga/anime that go from print/television to live action movie's adaptations usually follow the series in the order is which the manga/anime was created by the artist. However, with bleach several scenes were out of place. Like the opening scene in the movie of the young Ichigo Kurosaki and his mother. This scene in anime came near the close of the first season as a way to explain to Rukia Kuchiki why he was reluctant to attend his mother annual funeral ceremony. 

In addition, some of the dialog was changed and many scenes and the relationships with the character appeared forced. The close bonds between the characters did not mesh as well as in the anime. And the actor who played Chad could have looked more Mexican and Japanese descent, as in the series, but he did not. In fact in the movie, he looked short, slim, shaggy and demented.

As a diehard Bleach fan on my second viewing of the anime, Warner Bros should have remain faithful to the manga and the anime. However, what we as fans got was a very loosely based and choppy viewing of a still very popular international work of creative art.

This film deserves a makeover to make it into what Tite Kubo created and what we as fan expected.

If you are new to Bleach and would not mind the inconsistencies with the film, it is streaming now on Netflix.

In addition, I have not been able to find the film on sale.

Your Heroes Are Playing Now In Pinellas Park, Florida

That's right! Being on Sept 25th at the Park Place Stadium 16 In Pinellas Park, Florida, Funimation Film's My Hero Academia The Movie is now showing for your enjoyment. 





PARK PLACE STADIUM 16
7200 US HWY 19 NORTH
PINELLAS PARK, FL 33781
Distance: 3.85 miles
Start Date: 2018-09-25


Click here for showing and tickets.

30 ASIAN FILMS TO WATCH FOR IN 2019

FROM SOUTH KOREA

English Titles

Native Titles

Genre

Directors

Actors

The Swordsman

검객

Action, Period

Choi Jae-hoon

Jang Hyuk, Jung Man-sik, Joe Taslim, Kim Hyun-soo

EXIT

엑시트

Disaster, Action

Lee Sang-geun

Jo Jung-suk, Yoona

The Battle of Jangsari

장사리 9.15

War, Drama

Kwak Kyung-taek, Kim Tae-hoon

Kim Myung-min, Megan Fox, Kim In-kwon, Choi Min-ho

Heads of Namsan

남산의 부장들

Drama, Action

Woo Min-ho

Lee Byung-hun, Lee Sung-min, Kwak Do-won, Lee Hee-joon

The Divine Fury

사자

Action, Horror

Kim Joo-hwan

Park Seo-joon, Ahn Sung-ki, Woo Do-hwan

Okay Madam! (literal title)

오케이! 마담

Action, Comedy

Lee Cheol-ha

Park Sung-woong, Uhm Jung-hwa, Lee Sang-yoon, Lee Sun-bin, Bae Jeong-nam

Blackout

암전

Mystery, Horror

Kim Jin-won

Seo Ye-ji, Jin Seon-kyu

Money

Crime, Action

Park Noo-ri

Ryu Jun-yeol, Yoo Ji-tae, Jo Woo-jin

Hunting Time

사냥의 시간

Sci-fi, Thriller

Yoon Sung-hyun

Lee Je-hoon, Choi Woo-shik, Ahn Jae-hong, Park Jung-min, Park Hae-soo

The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale

기묘한 가족

Comedy

Lee Min-jae

Jung Jae-young, Kim Nam-gil, Uhm Ji-won

FROM JAPAN

Titles

Directors

Cast

Genre

Production Notes


City Hunter the Movie: Shinjuku Private Eyes

Kenji Kodama

Akira Kamiya, Kazue Ikura, Yōko Asagami, Tesshō Genda, Mami Koyama

Drama, Action, Comedy, Spy, Sci-fi, Superheroes

Based on a manga series, This is a Valentine's Day (Chinese New Year, National Foundation Day) film.


Psycho-Pass SS Series

Naoyoshi Shiotani

Ayane Sakura, Kenji Nojima, Hiroki Tōchi, Kinryū Arimoto, Akira Ishida, Tomokazu Seki

Drama, Action, Crime, Spy, Sci-fi

Based on a manga series, This is a Valentine's Day (Chinese New Year, National Foundation Day) film.


Lord of Vermilion vs. School-Live!: The Crimson Apocalypse

Issei Shibata, Cédric Jimenez

Nanami Abe, Midori Nagatsuki, Wakana Majima, Rio Kiyohara, Benoît Magimel, Olga Kurylenko

Horror, Drama, Action, Monster, Thriller, Youth

A live-action film, based on a manga series, part of the sixth Asian Dark Universe, This is a New Year's Eve (Coming of Age Day) film.

BUILD NEW WORLD Kamen Rider Cross

Kyōhei Yamaguchi

Kyōhei Yamaguchi

Tokusatsur ( live-action), Action, Sci-fi

Based on Super Sentai and Kamen Rider, This is a Valentine's Day (Chinese New Year, National Foundation Day) film

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection

Gorō Taniguchi

Jun Fukuyama, Takahiro Sakurai, Yukana, Ami Koshimizu, Kaori Nazuka, Fumiko Orikasa

Fantasy, Sci-fi, Action, Mecha, Supernatural

Based on the Code Geass anime and manga, This is a Valentine's Day (Chinese New Year, National Foundation Day) film.

King of Prism: Shiny Seven Stars Series

Masakazu Hishida


Tetsuya Kakihara, Tomoaki Maeno, Toshiki Masuda, Junta Terashima, Sōma Saitō, Tasuku Hatanaka

Drama, Romance, Musical, Sports (Figure skating), Idol, Youth

Based on a video game series, This is the International Women's Day (Hinamatsuri, Commonwealth Day) and Saint Patrick's Day film.

Dragon Quest and Kingdom Crossover

Shinsuke Sato, Christophe Gans

Kento Yamazaki, Ryo Yoshizawa, Masami Nagasawa, Kanna Hashimoto, Takeru Satoh, Hayden Christensen

Historical, Fantasy, Drama, Action, Spy, Superheroes

Based on a manga series, This is an Easter Day (Earth Day, April Fools' Day) film.

Inemuri Iwane X Assassin's Creed

Katsuhide Motoki

Tori Matsuzaka, Fumino Kimura, Kyoko Yoshine, Tasuku Emoto, Yosuke Sugino, Kuranosuke Sasaki

Historical, Fantasy, Drama, Action

Based on a children's novel, This is a Golden Week (Europe Day, Constitution Memorial Day, Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day) and May Day film.


Pokémon the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution

Kunihiko Yuyama, Motonori Sakakibara

Fantasy, Drama, Comedy, Action, Children's, Youth

Based on a video game series, This is a Marine Day and Mediterranean Stanza Heroes' Day (Bastille Day, Tanabata) film.


Tokyo Ghoul 2

Masataka Kubota, Maika Yamamoto, Nobuyuki Suzuki, Hiyori Sakurada, Yū Aoi, Yo Oizumi

Horror, Dark fantasy, Supernatural horror, Action, Monster, Superheroes

A live-action film, based on the Tokyo Ghoul anime and manga series, part of the prequel of Spider-Man: Far From Home.

From China

Titles

Directors

Cast

Genre

Production Notes

Air Strike

Xiao Feng

Bruce Willis, Liu Ye, Nicholas Tse, William Chan, Song Seung-heon

War / Drama

Mainland-United States co-production

Empires of the Deep

Olga Kurylenko

Sci-fi

Mainland-United States co-production

The Great Detective

Roy Chow

Han Geng, Yin Zheng, Zhang Huiwen

Comedy / Action / Suspense / Crime

L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties 2

Guo Jingming

Fan Bingbing, Kris Wu, Chen Xuedong

Animation / Fantasy

Out of Control

Axel Sand
Richard Lin

T.O.P, Cecilia Cheung, Michael Trevino

Action

Mainland-Germany-South Korea co-production

The Three-Body Problem

Panpan Zhang

Zhang Jingchu, Feng Shaofeng

Science fiction

The Wonder

Norman Stone

Archie Kao, Karl Urban, Willow Shields, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Leo Wu, Christy Chung, Joe Chen

Fantasy

China-New Zealand-United Kingdom co-production

The Forest Monster

Action / Suspense / Horror

A Rain Cloud in the Sky

Lou Ye

Jing Boran, Song Jia, Sandra Ma, Zhang Songwen, Michelle Chen, Qin Hao

Crime / Suspense

2019 Asian Television Dramas

South Korea

Japan

China

Absolute Boyfriend (South Korean TV series)

Asadal Chronicles

Beautiful World (TV series)

Because It's My First Love

Best Chicken

Big Issue (TV series)

Different Dream

Doctor Prisoner

The Fiery Priest

Haechi (TV series)

He Is Psychometric

Kingdom (South Korean TV series)

Left-Handed Wife

Legal High (South Korean TV series)

Live or Die (TV series)

Love Alarm

Love at First Sight (TV series)

My Fellow Citizens

My Lawyer, Mr. Jo 2

Romance Is a Bonus Book

So I Married an Anti-fan (TV series)

Spring Turns to Spring

Touch Your Heart

Trap (TV series)

Vagabond (TV series)

Voice 3

Ace of Diamond

Ao-chan Can't Study!

Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest

B-Project

Boogiepop and Others

Carole & Tuesday

The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II

A Certain Scientific Accelerator

A Certain Scientific Railgun

Chihayafuru

Circlet Princess

Colorful Pastrale

Cop Craft

Date A Live

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Dimension High School

Domestic Girlfriend

Dororo

Dr. Stone

Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru?

Endro!

Ensemble Stars!

Fate/Grand Order

Fire Force

Fruits Basket

Girly Air Force

Grimms Notes

Gunjō no Magmell

Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine

Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu

Hoshiai no Sora

Hulaing Babies

I'm From Japan

Isekai Quartet

Idaten (TV series)

Joshi Kausei

Kabukichō Sherlock

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War

Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler

Katana Maidens ~ Toji No Miko

Kemurikusa

Kenja no Mago

Kono Oto Tomare!

Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger

Magia Record

Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka

Magical Sempai

The Magnificent Kotobuki

Manaria Friends

Maō-sama, Retry!

Mayonaka no Occult Kōmuin

Meiji Tokyo Renka

Mix (manga)

My Roommate is a Cat

Nobunaga Sensei no Osanazuma

Over Drive Girl 1/6

Pastel Memories

Pet (manga)

Pretty Rhythm

The Price of Smiles

The Promised Neverland

The Quintessential Quintuplets

Rainy Cocoa

Re:Stage!

Revisions (TV series)

The Rising of the Shield Hero

Sarazanmai

Senryū Shōjo

Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san

Shōmetsu Toshi

Sorcerous Stabber Orphen

Star Twinkle PreCure

Superbook

Super Sentai Strongest Battle

Symphogear

Ueno-san wa Bukiyō

Ultraman New Generation Chronicle

Vinland Saga (manga)

W'z

Wataten!: An Angel Flew Down to Me

We Never Learn

Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki

YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of this World

Z/X

Beautiful Reborn Flower

Cry Me a Sad River

Dancing in the Storm (TV series)

Empress of the Ming

The Fated General

God of Lost Fantasy

The Gods (TV series)

The Golden Eyes

Held in the Lonely Castle

Idol Producer (season 2)

In Youth

The King's Avatar

The Legend of Ba Qing

The Legend of Haolan

The Legends of Monkey King

The Love of Hypnosis

New Dragon Gate Inn (TV series)

New Horizon (TV series)

Peace in Palace, Peace in Chang'an

Queen Dugu (TV series)

See You Again (TV series)

Sword Dynasty

Tears in Heaven (TV series)

Ten Years Late

The Wolf (TV series)

Zhaoge (TV series)