Skilfully Hand Drawn Godzilla Jeans to Release at Godzilla Store in Tokyo
Last year marked the 65th anniversary of the first-ever Godzilla film which was released in 1954. The Hollywood live-action movie Godzilla: King of the Monsters was released last year, and the new Godzilla vs. Kong will release on November 19, 2020 as Hollywood’s third Godzilla film. Going into 2020, many things are planned as part of the 65th anniversary celebrations.
This includes the new collaboration with the brand ZEN, which aims to promote a type of traditional clothes dyeing from Kyoto called kyo-yuzen which involves the artist painting directly onto the cloth. ZEN has teamed up with Godzilla and will release their new Godzilla jeans on March 18, 2020.
ZEN produces its jeans in Okayama, the only place in Japan famous for manufacturing denim. All of their jeans are hand drawn one by one by skilled artisans of Kyoto Kimono Yuzen, making them a difficult to mass produce. The process of using this type of dyeing is so delicate that the slightest change in pressure on the brush can make drastic changes. This means that no one pair of their jeans is the same, making every pair unique and the only one in the world. This gives them a “Made In Japan” quality and makes them more special－rather than being mass produced, your pair of jeans has had time and careful consideration put into by the dyer.
The Representative Director (⻯⽥昌雄) at Kyoden, Inc. said: “We want to promote art and culture from Kyoto by creating, so getting to collaborate with a name like Godzilla, known the world over, is a dream for us. I was really happy to hear about this project. We will use this opportunity to get Godzilla fans interested in Kyoto’s culture, and to make sure that happens, we have been conscious about the touches that are unique to hand-drawing, while making something that reminds people of Japan.”
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ZEN x Godzilla Hand Drawn Jeans
Release Date: March 18, 2020
Price: ¥30,000 (Before Tax) *40″ only
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New Kaiju Comedy Film ‘Daikaiju no Atoshimatsu’ to Release in 2020
27.February.2020 | MOVIE
The world never seems to be short of big SFX movies, with the announcement of Godzilla Vs. Kong set for release in the US on November 20, 2020 and Shin Ultraman in Japan in 2021.
But what about a comedic kaiju (giant monster) film? Well, that’s exactly what we’re about to get with the surprise announcement that movie companies Shochiku and Toeiーwho are normally rivalsーare coming together for the first time to put a spin on the monster movie genre with a completely original script. The title of the film is Daikaiju no Atoshimatsu (“Cleaning Up After the Big Monsters”), and it’s coming this year.
Ever wondered who cleans up after a giant monster wrecks a city? Who’s in charge of cleaning up a kaiju corpse?“
The story is as follows. One day, a giant monster who wreaked havoc across the country dies suddenly. Its dead body is extraordinarily enormous, enough to make you do a doubleーno, a quadruple take. Time is of the essence as the gas emitting from the dead beast could explode at any moment. If it’s not taken care of immediately, it could mean disaster for the country. Someone has to do it. And that person is Arata Taito (played by Ryosuke Yamada), a member of the Prime Minister’s special forces who is responsible for the role of the field commander for this unprecedented national disaster. Before him appears Yukino Ameoto (Tao Tsuchiya), Arata’s former fiancee and a secretary for the Minister of the Environment. They are tasked with the unheard-of, unreasonable demand to “clean up the giant corpse of a monster,” which they must do using their wisdom, their scheming, and their… love?
Everybody knows what happens in SFX kaiju movies, but nobody has seen into the world of what happens after. Now we’ll get to see that impossible mission unfold.
Japanese actor and singer Ryosuke Yamada (Hey! Say! JUMP), who will play the role of Arata Taito, is known for playing characters who are firm and resolute. This will be his first dive into a fully-fledged comedy movie. Tao Tsuchiya, who will play Yukino Ameoto, is climbing her way to the top in both name and reality in the industry as an actress. This will be Yamada and Tsuchiya’s first time working together.
Ryosuke Yamada (Arata Taito, Special Forces)
“When we first had talks about this film, although I’ve been in a lot of serious movies, this was my first ever talk about a comedy movie, so I felt really lost. But when they let me read the script, I saw how interesting it was that the protagonist is super serious despite being in such a ridiculous situation. So I said sign me up! I don’t really feel much pressure now. I’m going make the character interesting and go all out to be as ridiculous as I can to meet director [Satoshi] Miki’s expectations.”
He continues: “The movie makes you think, ‘So this is what happens when adults try to be as silly as possible!’ <laughs> And the cast line-up is incredible, you’d think it was a lie. The jokes are really gonna come down! This is my first time working with [Tao] Tsuchiya in a film, but she’s played a lot of movies roles where she’s the serious one in a comedic situation, so she can be both serious and humorous. I’m looking forward to seeing her in action in this one. I wondered to myself if it’s really alright for Shochiku and Toei to come together for the first time in a film like this. It’s industry-shaking. But I also think it’s really significant that such big players in the movie industry come together to go all out have fun like this too. I want to work hard to make this a film where people say, ‘Yamada and Tsuchiya’ do this kind of thing!?’ and make it one that’s more than just people playing to watch it. I ask all of your support.”
Tao Tsuchiya (Yukino Ameoto, Secretary for the Environmental Minister)
“I love heroes. Films that are called SFX talk about things that are important in life, things you can’t forgive, things that you do forgive but will never forget. Like something that satirises reality, like a real sense of danger. It has everything in there, and within that are the heroes who shine bright, who suffer, who fight. They’ve given me so much courage.”
She continues: “When I came to know about heroes as a kid, there wasn’t a system in place at cinemas where you could reserve seats. You would line up in the morning. The first time I experienced experienced excitement before a film starts when it goes dark in the room might have been a Shochiku film or a Toei film. Whatever film it was, I remember getting sucked into the screen, and was intensely moved by it. When I read the script for Daikaiju no Atoshimatsu, the emotions from that memory came flooding back, and my eyes opened. And when I met director Miki, I had a hunch of the power and deepness that this film holds. I’ll stand resolute and return the favour to all those heroes as a member of the team supporting the protagonist, who’s played by Ryosuke Yamada.”
Daikaiju no Atoshimatsu
Release Date: 2020 (Japan)
Life-Sized Godzilla Theme Park Attraction Stomps Its Way to Japan in Summer 2020
This year is a towering year for Godzilla, marking 65 years since the first Godzilla film was first released in 1954. The third-ever Hollywood studio adaptation from the franchise, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, was released on May 31 this year. A new film from Hollywood, entitled Godzilla vs. Kong, will be released on March 13, 2020.
Nijigen no Mori, a theme park on Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture, has announced that a new Godzilla-themed attraction entitled “Godzilla Interception Operation Awaji ~National Awaji-Island Institute of Godzilla Disaster~” will open at the park in summer 2020.
The new attraction imagines Godzilla landing on Awaji Island, ready to display his immense size and power to the people living there. Those brave enough to go head-to-head with the giant monster can look forward to a variety of missions, including zooming along a zip line straight through a detailed recreation of Godzilla’s insides, a shooting game, and more.
There will also be official and exclusive themed merchandise and food too. If you’re looking for a real Godzilla experience when visiting Japan, then look no further (and try not to get eaten!)
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Godzilla Interception Operation Awaji ~National Awaji-Island Institute of Godzilla Disaster~
Grand Opening: Summer 2020 (Subject to Change)
Location: Nijigen no Mori, 2425-1 Kusumoto, Awaji, Hyogo
Official Website: https://nijigennomori.com/godzilla_awaji
*Listed information is correct at the time of this article’s publication but is subject to changes. Please visit the park’s official website for the latest information.
Godzilla 65th Anniversary Sneakers Released by Patrick
To celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Godzilla franchise, stylish sneaker company Patrick has created 4 different shoe models: Godzilla Marathon, Chibi Godzilla Marathon, and two Chibi Godzilla Velcro.
Chibi Gozilla was created this year for the anniversary and is aimed at children. A book entitled Ganbare Chibi Godzilla was released in October last year and by the following month, huge orders were placed as the book received huge attention. A second picture book was released in May this year titled Nakayoshi Chibi Godzilla. In the books, a cute and tiny Godzilla befriends an equally cute and tiny Mothra and Anguirus. The first Chibi Godzilla animated film is also now airing at TOHO cinemas across Japan, attraction the attention of not only kids but movie fanatics too. A Hollywood movie titled Godzilla: King of the Monsters was also released earlier this year and became a worldwide hit.
And now, from the big screen and books, the Godzilla craze is now entering the real world in the form of sneakers. Let’s take a look at the models.
Godzilla Marathon (Unisex) *Adult size
These sneakers are made from a special lacquer material to make it feel like Godzilla’s tough, amour-like skin. The specially-designed insoles and woven logo are sure to be a hit with Godzilla fans.
Chibi Godzilla Marathon (Unisex) *Adult size
The entire shoe is covered with illustrations of Godzilla. The insoles have logos have also been specially designed for this model.
Chibi Godzilla Velcro
Also featuring Chibi Gozilla’s iconic green colour is this model pair with Velcro for an easy fit. The kids version comes with double Velcro.
The line-up features sneakers that both kids and adults alike can enjoy. Which pair is your favourite?
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Price: ¥19,000 (Before Tax)
Size: 35-45 (22.5cm-28.0cm)
Material: Steer Leather
Release Date: End of October 2019
Chibi Godzilla Marathon
Price: ¥15,000 (Before Tax)
Size: 35-45 (22.5cm-28.0cm)
Materials: Nylon x Velvet
Release Date: End of October 2019
Price: Kids Model ¥7,500 (Before Tax) / Junior Model ¥9,500 (Before Tax)
Size: Kids 14.0cm-18.0cm / Junior 19.0cm-22.0cm
Materials: Nylon x Velvet
Release Date: End of October 2019
Godzilla Store Tokyo Official Website: https://godzilla.store/tokyo/
Escape From Godzilla at TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS Escape Game Theme Park
TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS’s catalogue of games just keeps on growing. The puzzle and escape game theme park has just announced the return of its escape game Escape From Shin Godzilla which is being held in collaboration with the 2016 film Shin Godzilla.
The event was previously held last April where it ran until October, enjoying huge popularity with over 40,000 escape game-goers. Players took the role of a member of the Kyosaitai―the anti-Godzilla task force―based in Kabukicho, Shinjuku where you will be tasked with solving puzzles to defeat the colossal giant.
The thrilling event returns once more with original visuals created to make it look like Godzilla has really invaded Kabukicho. Tickets are now on sale, and you can pick up exclusive merchandise and themed food at the venue too. Can you defeat Godzilla?
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Escape From Shin Godzilla
Location: Himitsu Kichi Lab, TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS (Floor B1F)
Running: October 4, 2019 – November 10, 2019
Weekdays: 13:20 / 16:20 / 19:20
Weekends & Holidays: 10:10 / 12:40 / 15:10 / 17:40 / 20:10
*The event will end 100 minutes after each starting time
Advance: Single ¥3,300 / Group ¥12,000 / Repeater Group Ticket ¥12,000
Same-Day: Single ¥3,800 / Group ¥14,000 / Repeater Group Ticket ¥14,000
*Same-day tickets will not be available if all advance tickets sell out
TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS
Address: APM Bldg., 1-27-5 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo, 160-0021
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:30-23:00 / Weekends & Holidays 09:30-23:00
No Fixed Holidays.
Price: Free Entry (*Separate tickets required for games)
Official Homepage (English): https://mysterycircus.jp/en/
Event Page (Japanese): https://mysterycircus.jp/shin-godzilla/
Kaiju Monsters to Take Over Shibuya With Limited-Time Exhibition
The world’s first ever exhibition for kaiju monsters that have fought with Godzilla or who have always stayed as minor characters is set to take place at Seibu Shibuya from April 27 to May 6.
The line-up will include an army of different monsters including the instantly-recognisable ones that even people who aren’t fans will know, like Baragon and Hedorah, amongst others. The exhibition will feature figures, monster suits, recordings of monster fights, and more.
The exhibition will also feature written commentary throughout by production designer Toshio Miike. Miike will also appear at the event on the final day to give a guided tour on the exhibition.
Japanese mangaka Shinji Nishikawa will also hold a live drawing performance. Full details are on the event’s official website.
Promotional material for the upcoming film Godzilla: King of the Monsters will be dotted throughout the event. The movie is set for worldwide release on May 31, 2019.
Gojira Janai Kata Ten (Exhibition Of Those Who Aren’t Godzilla)
Running: April 27, 2019 – May 6, 2019
Location: Seibu Shibuya (Floor 7F)
Price: ¥900 (Free for elementary school students and younger)
Bonus Ticket: ¥1,200 (Choose between two illustrated postcards)
*The first 5,000 people to attend the exhibition will receive an exclusive trading card
Official Event Page: http://no-godzilla.world