Tuesday, April 27, 2010

New Images And Video From "Daimajin Kanon"

Written By: Ken Hulsey
Sources: Giant Monsters Attack / Kadokawa Pictures / Avery Guerra

Giant monster fans on this side of the Pacific, and well, the other side as well, have been chomping at the bit to find out more about Kadokawa Pictures' upcoming late-night television series entitled, "Daimajin Kanon".

For the most part, Kadokawa has been keeping info about the show pretty close to their vest, but as time for the shows debut grows closer, more and more is coming to light.

Thanks to the author of the "Giant Monsters Attack!" blog, Internet handle "Mysterious Pants", we have the first clear look at the shows giant star, Daimajin, via the pages of Space Magazine Uchusen.

In case you didn't know, "Daimajin Kanon", is based on the classic series of "Daimajin" films (Dai Majin, Dai Majin ikaru, Dai Majin gyakushu) produced by Daiei in the late 1960s.

The story has just been updated to fit the tastes of a modern audience.

Besides these new photos, Kadokawa has just released another promotional video, this time featuring a behind-the-scenes expose on the shows smaller star, actress Rikuna Yuka, a 21-year-old college student, that was selected for the role of Kanon out of about a thousand prospective applicants.

This is how Yuka describes her character, and the shows plot, "In the dorama (a late-night TV drama aimed at an adult audience) Kanon is able to experience personal growth despite the cold-hearted and painful life in the city. Just like her I was able to learn a lot during the filming and think that I grew up a bit myself."

"This time the heroine will be a college student called Kanon who keeps on singing prayers that awake the giant god of war. Once again Daimajin will have to deal with a lot of bad guys."

Check out this video of Rikuna Yuka, oh and and rather scary looking, and angry, Daimajin puppet (Another Photo After The Clip):

See Also: In The Absence Of Godzilla, Japan Has Had A Real Giant Monster Boom!

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Burbank, CA – March 29, 2010 – Legendary Pictures announced today that they will develop and produce a new film based on Toho Company’s famed GODZILLA character. Through the terms of the agreement, Legendary Pictures has acquired the rights to produce a movie inspired by Toho’s Godzilla, a franchise the Japanese company created and has nurtured for over fifty years.

Toho’s GODZILLA franchise boasts one of the most widely recognized film creatures worldwide, resulting in a series of books, television programs, video games and more than 25 films worldwide. Legendary intends to approach the film and its characters in the most authentic manner possible. The company will, in the near future, announce a filmmaker to helm the film for an intended 2012 release. The film will fall under the company’s co-production and co-financing deal with Warner Bros. Toho will distribute the film in Japan."

"Godzilla" is coming back -- this time, with Legendary Pictures taking the lead, co-producing and co-financing with Warner Bros. for release in 2012.

Legendary announced Monday it had obtained rights to the iconic monster character from Japan's Toho Co., which has overseen more than 25 "Godzilla" films. Toho will release the pic in Japan.

Legendary said it's planning to announce a director shortly.

In addition to Legendary, producers on the new film will be Dan Lin, Roy Lee and Brian Rogers. Yoshimitsu Banno, Kenji Okuhira and Doug Davison will exec produce.

"Godzilla is one of the world's most powerful pop culture icons, and we at Legendary are thrilled to be able to create a modern epic based on this long-loved Toho franchise," said Thomas Tull, Chairman and CEO of Legendary. "Our plans are to produce the Godzilla that we, as fans, would want to see. We intend to do justice to those essential elements that have allowed this character to remain as pop-culturally relevant for as long as it has."

Legendary noted the film will fall under its co-production and co-financing deal with Warner Bros. Legendary's productions with Warners have included "The Dark Knight," "300" and "The Hangover."

Speculation about a new "Godzilla" has been active since last summer. The Bloody Disgusting web site reported in August that the project was in development.