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Monday, January 30, 2017

Hot Off The Presses: Section23 Films Announces Its May 2017 Movies Releases

 SECTION23 FILMS ANNOUNCES MAY SLATE

Home video distributor Section23 Films announced recently its May slate of releases; including Sentai Filmworks’ Himouto! Umaru-chan! Available on DVD, Blu-ray and Collector’s Edition Premium Box Set!
Product details follow, in order of release coming May 2017

Title:NURSE WITCH KOMUGI R COMPLETE COLLECTION
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 5/2/2017
Format: BD, DVD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98, $49.98


SYNOPSIS: Komugi Yoshida wants to be famous, but her efforts as an idol don't seem to be working out so far. Unlike her prim friend Cocona or her tomboyish rival Tsukasa, both of whose idol popularity is soaring, Komugi seems to be getting only the bottom-tier jobs, like pitching pharmaceutical products to the locals. However, everything changes when Komugi discovers an injured creature named Usa-P who offers her a chance to be something bigger: a magical nurse! With awesome powers and a cute outfit to boot, Komugi might just be moving up in the world, but is she going to be able to handle the stress of saving the world, being an idol, AND keeping up in school? Find out as the universe of SOULTAKER and NURSE WITCH KOMUGI is reborn in an all new adventure: NURSE WITCH KOMUGI R!

Title: AJIN SEASON 1 COMPLETE COLLECTION
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 325 min.
Street Date: 5/16/2017
Format: BD, DVD, COMBO
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $69.98 $59.98, $149.98

SYNOPSIS: When the truck slammed into Kei Nagai's body, he should have died instantly. Instead, the high-school student finds himself resurrected, with all of his wounds somehow healed. However, Kei's real problems are just starting. Now revealed to be an Ajin, one of a mysterious new breed of demi-human that have begun appearing around the world, he's been marked with an international bounty, and in the eyes of the world's governments, Kei is a specimen to be contained by any means possible. Now he's on the run, unable to trust anyone except his closest friend, and his only hope is to discover the terrifying secrets behind his new abilities before he's forced to use them in battle! When you have an infinite number of lives ahead of you, death is only the beginning in AJIN: DEMI-HUMAN!

Title: GIRLS UND PANZER DER FILM
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 120 min.
Street Date: 5/16/2017
Format: COMBO
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $49.98

SYNOPSIS: When the Ministry of Education goes back on its promise to keep Ooarai Girls Academy open, the task of saving the five-mile-long Academy Ship from the wreckers falls to Miho and her barely-seasoned tankery team. However, things go off track almost immediately. While the Oorai tank crew may have won the high school tournament, they're now facing a larger and more experienced university team, and if they fail, their armored vehicles will be forfeit! Will they be swapping their tanks for the memories? It's possible, but winning a tank battle is all about tactics and teamwork, and the fledgling Ooarai students have more friends and allies than anyone suspects. Get ready for another high-caliber round of the only sport where "having a blast" doesn't necessarily mean you're having a great time, as the Ooarai team puts everything on the line in GIRLS UND PANZER DER FILM!

Title: WANDABA STYLE COMPLETE COLLECTION
Published by: Maiden Japan
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 5/16/2017
Format: DVD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $39.98

SYNOPSIS: Dr. Susumu Tsukumo isn't your typical mad scientist. First, he's only 14 years old, and second, he's firmly convinced that the moon landings never happened. He intends to fix that, however, just as soon as he can find some human guinea pigs to test out his highly-unorthodox, but environmentally-friendly, methods for getting people into space without using fossil fuels. He has one problem: where do you find someone who's crazy enough to let a kid launch them into orbit? Enter Michael Hanagata, manager of MIX JUICE, a struggling girl band that's so desperate for a break that they'll do just about anything to be seen. Do they really mean… anything? Get ready to blast off with former child-star Sakura, tough-as-nails rocker Yuri, construction worker Himawari, and folk singer Ayame as they attempt to go from the Earth to the Moon with a little WANDABA STYLE!

Title: MOMOKURI COMPLETE COLLECTION
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 325 min.
Street Date: 5/23/2017
Format: BD, DVD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98, $49.98

SYNOPSIS: For the longest time, Yuki Kurihara has been obsessed with Shinya Momotsuki (aka Momo), and her crush is a little more extreme than writing his name surrounded with dozens of hearts in her binder. In fact, Kurihara does things outside the realm of a typical high school girl… like secretly following him, taking pictures of everything he does, and collecting anything he happens to discard and drop. The funny thing? Despite being considered rather cute by most girls, Momo is relatively inexperienced with the opposite sex, explaining why he misses the warning signs of her fixation. However, now that he and Kurihara are going out, is it possible that a little obsession might not be such a bad thing? Love can be strange, and it's about to get even stranger in MOMOKURI!

Title: HIMOUTO! UMARU-CHAN COMPLETE COLLECTION
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 325 min.
Street Date: 5/30/2017
Format: BD, DVD, COMBO
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $69.98, $59.98, $179.98

SYNOPSIS: To her classmates, Umaru Doma appears to be the perfect girl. She's beautiful, friendly, and fashionable, earns top grades, and seems to be able to do any task asked of her with ease. She's even humble and polite! However, if Umaru's classmates could see her in the privacy of her home, they wouldn't even recognize her. Once she's inside the door, the pretty clothes come off, the orange hamster hood goes on, and it's time to pig-out on snack foods, binge-watch television, and play violent video games! This version of Umaru is everything that the public Umaru isn't: she whines, rolls on the floor, leaves messes all over the apartment, and makes life miserable for her poor older brother, Taihei. Even the most guarded secrets have a way of being found out, and, as Umaru becomes even more obnoxious and outrageous, her two lives are bound to collide in disastrous fashion in HIMOUTO! UMARU-CHAN!

Press release courtesy of  Section23 Films

About Section23 Films:
 

Section23 Films provides home video marketing and distribution services for a variety of companies, including Sentai Filmworks, Switchblade Pictures, Maiden Japan, Kraken Releasing and AEsir Holdings. With its special focus on genre entertainment, Section23 Films distributes some of the very best anime, martial arts, and horror titles on the market today.

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)