Author: Ryan Dao

JAPAN: SUPERHERO YEAR REACHES ITS CLIMAX

RYAN DAO WRITES — Toei Company, the Japanese film and television production company behind the wildly popular “Power Rangers” series in the U.S., will be celebrating the end of their “Superhero Year” with the premiere of “Kamen Rider Heisei Generations: Dr. Pac-Man vs. Ex-Aid & Ghost with Legend Riders” (English Title: “Kamen Rider Heisei Generations”).   “Kamen Rider,” also known as “Masked Rider,” is a long-running Japanese superhero franchise comprised of several TV shows and feature films. The titular hero, Kamen Rider, was created by the highly-regarded Japanese manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori (“Cyborg 009,” “Android Kikaider”).   Since its...

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JAPAN: GODZILLA’S TRIUMPHANT RETURN

RYAN DAO WRITES — After a long 12-year hiatus, the legendary king of monsters makes his triumphant return of the silver screen with “Shin Godzilla” (“Shin Gojira,” or internationally known as “Godzilla Resurgence”), a modern-take on a classic Japanese icon. “Shin Godzilla” is the 29th installment in the Godzilla franchise and is co-directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, both also serving as the chief writer and visual effects director respectively. The film earned roughly $6.08 million during its opening weekend in Japan, nearly half the amount that the previous Japanese installment, “Godzilla: Final Wars,” earned throughout its entire...

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