One of the best blockbusters films of this summer, Godzilla 2014 finally premiered in Japan last Friday after long wait. Delayed release is not always bad though, because Japanese viewers can buy this really awesome Godzilla Cup with Figure Topper in theaters!
As you might have guessed, this cup is sold exclusively in Japanese theaters, and for limited quantity only. So how can you get it if you want one? Well, you can always find rare collectibles and novelties on YJ Auction via Rinkya!
Like many other animated feature films, after the movie finishes its production, Madoka Magica The Movie has been giving out original films used in the movie to its visitors. These films are highly collectible and frequently transacted on Yahoo Japan Auction.
Today we found several Madoka Magica films listed on YJ Auction.
1) Madoka and Homura from Opening Sequence
This is a film sequence used for the opening of Madoka Magica the Movie. This is a special film given only to visitors who went to both the first and the second films of Madoka Magica.
This auction ends on June 20th, 2014 at 00:57 in PDT.
2) Madoka Magica -Rebellion- Homura
A beautiful sequence of Homura trapped in clockwork from its opening.
This auction ends on June 21st, 2014 at 6:27 in PDT.
3) A Set of 125 Madoka Magica -Rebellion- Films
This is a listing for a huge set of 125 Madoka Magica -Rebellion- films, plus several bonus items such as limited edition Blu-ray disc of the movie and five replica sketches by Ume Aoki that were given out to movie visitors.
This seller has been donating profit to victims of Tohoku Earthquake, and for this auction, he’ll be doing the same. Unfortunately, he’s unable to upload all 125 films as Yahoo doesn’t allow uploading more than three photos (unless you do a proxy trick to get around it). If you are interested, the bidding ends on June 19th, 2014 at 6:54 in PDT.
When you are a follower of Japanese celebrities, actors, and TV personalities, you are likely to encounter the word “roke (ロケ)” from time to time.
Roke is short for rokeshon satsuei (ロケーション撮影), where rokeshon is Japanese pronunciation of “location” in English, and satsuei means “filming.” Therefore, roke is equivalent of location shooting in English filming term.
The physical location of where the filming took place is called “rokechi (ロケ地).” For example, Zōjō-ji, a Buddhist temple in Tokyo, is one of the rokechi used for Wolverine: SAMURAI movie in 2013.
The act of finding a proper rokechi for films is called “rokeshon hantingu (ロケーションハンティング),” or “rokehan (ロケハン)” for short. In English film term, it’s called location scouting.
Live-action Lupin III movie is going to hit Japanese theater screens this summer. The latest visuals for the five main characters were revealed at the official website on April 9th. Can you see the resemblance?
The cast includes Shun Oguri (Lupin III), Tetsuji Tamayama (Jigen), Gō Ayano (Goemon), Meisa Kuroki (Mineko Fuji), and Tadanobu Asano (Inspector Zenigata). Quite a cast indeed!
Shun Oguri told press that he went through 10 month of physical training and strict diet to lose 8 kilograms of weight in order to achieve Lupin III’s physique.
The movie is scheduled for opening from August 30th, 2014. Visit the official site to see more information!
Disney’s Academy Award-winning feature film Frozen, or “Ana to Yuki no Jooh (Anna & Snow Queen)” in Japanese title, premiered in Japan on March 14th, 2014. “Anayuki,” for short, has recorded a little over nine hundreds million yen in box office for the first three days, and brought in about 800K visitors to theaters.
As customary for films that premier in Japan, there are limited edition goodies you can get by reserving tickets in advance.
Some of them are showing up on Yahoo Japan Auction already!
Pacific Rim premiered in Japan on August 8th, and it’s already scoring 3 hundred million yen (~US$3M) for Japanese box office in 3 days! With all the super robots and kaijus rampaging on large screens, it’s not surprising that Japanese people fell in love with the film.
And of course, as customary for Japanese marketing, limited edition items related to the film are being released, in which Japanese fans cannot resist!
Currently, especially sought after among Japanese fans is a book called “Pacific Rim Visual Guide,” which is a translated version of what’s originally titled Pacific Rim: Man, Machines, and Monster in English by David S. Cohen.
This is the cover for the Japanese version, translated and released from ShoPro Books.
It contains beautiful concept sketches, commentary, director’s notes, behind-the-scene stories, all the good stuff. On Amazon Japan, Pacific Rim Visual Guide sold out quickly after the film’s successful opening. Right now, it’s being sold for whooping 14,000 yen at Amazon Marketplace. Wow, that’s quite a jump, since the original English version is still being sold for under $30 (although the English version seems to be out of stock at the moment too and takes months to get a reprint). This rise in price is due to the small number of prints in Japan. Only 3,000 of Pacific Rim Visual Guides were printed in total, while 200,000 people have already gone to see the film in the first 3 days.
On Yahoo Japan Auction, the price for Visual Guide is less ridiculous, ranging from 6000-8000 yen, but it’s fiercely competed and creating quite a bidding war, a different kind of war than defeating a giant monster from the ocean!
If you are a fan, could you resist the urge to add this to your collection? Or are you happy with just the movie experience? Japanese people certainly are prone to exclusive items and limited edition collectibles!
If you are interested in joining the war, check out all listings on Pacific Rim Visual Guide from the Bid Now button below!
Pacific Rim Hits US theaters this week! Is everyone ready for the biggest giant robot fight of the year? Directed by Guillermo del Toro, a huge Japanese robot anime fan himself, and with Rinko Kikuchi and many famous super robot seiyuus (for dubbing) such as Shuuichi Ikeda (Char Aznable), Toru Furuya (Amuro Ray), and Megumi Hayashibara (Rei Ayanami) involved in the film, both Japanese fans and western robot fans have been anticipating for its release.
Pacific Rim will not be in Japanese theaters until August, but as customary of films released in Japan, theaters give away exclusive pamphlets, flyers, collectibles to viewers who purchase movie tickets in advance.
For Pacific Rim, here are some exclusive items for advance ticket viewers.
This is a set of 5 trading cards featuring different Jaegars. The cards are the same as the ones released in US at Wonder Con, except these have been localized to Japanese audience, making them extra special! It comes in a very nice package too…
Many super robot creators from Japan who’ve watched it highly praised the film too, including Go Nagai (Mazinger Z), Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Evangelion), Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear Solid), and the list goes on. I can’t wait to see it!