Nikkatsu have published an English subtitled trailer for writer / director Isao YUKISADA’s Aroused by Gymnopedies 「ジムノペディに乱れる」, which was released in Japanese cinemas just last week. Yukisada’s film was produced as a part of Nikkatsu’s Roman Porno Reboot project, and was the first of the series of five films to see release.
Aroused by Gymnopedies was written and directed by Yukisada, who co-wrote with Anne HORIZUMI (Five Minutes to Tomorrow), and stars actor and comedian Itsuji ITAO (Tokyo Gore Police), Sumire ASHINA, and Izumi OKAMURA (The Virgin Psychics).
I’m awaiting confirmation of this from more official sources(updated! see the note at the end of this article), but according to one Twitter user fans can expect a home video release of Shin Godzilla early in 2017 (in Japan, at least – due to licensing restrictions a US release is unlikely until considerably later). The tweet, which follows below, lists a release date of March 22nd for not only the anticipated DVD, Blu-ray, and special edition Blu-ray packages, but a 4k UHD Blu-ray release as well.
Ultra HD Blu-ray 8900(本体価格)
Blu-ray 特別版 6800
Again, I’m awaiting a more official announcement, but tentatively speaking, this is quite exciting. Godzilla in UHD is a tantalizing prospect, and one hopes that some of Toho’s classic series efforts will eventually make that leap as well. No specifics are yet known, of course, but I’ll update whenever they become available. My preliminary thoughts on the film itself are here.
Blessedly less ambiguous, as of earlier today, is the release date of the megalithic and oft-delayed The Art of Shin Godzilla 「ジ・アート・オブ・シン・ゴジラ」 hardcover tome, which will finally see the light of day on December 30th of this year. The 560-page record of the making of Japan’s most successful live-action film of 2016 is set to include a host of extras, including a complete screenplay and a deluxe slipcase, and retails for around $100. Full details and pre-order are available at Amazon.co.jp and the Evangelion Store.
Note (2016/12/2): Another tweet to share. Co-director Shinji HIGUCHI appears to have, himself, confirmed a release date for Shin Godzilla in March, which is more than enough for me.