"World Trade Center" topped the Japanese B.O. following its Oct. 8 bow. In its first two days the Oliver Stone thriller grossed ¥400 million ($3.34 million) on nearly 350 screens, beating out hit…
Jean-Pierre Jeunet will take over from Claude Lelouch as chairman of the Tokyo Intl. Film Festival competition jury, fest officials have announced. Lelouch had to step down because of a change in the…
Distrib IMX will roll out a director's cut of Korean hit "April Snow" to theaters in Fukuoka and Nagoya following its record-breaking bow. The pic recorded 3,492 admissions and a B.O. take of…
NEC Electronics has started shipping chips able to handle both Blu-ray and HD DVD formats, paving the way for the production of hybrid players.
A Tokyo court has rejected Paramount Pictures' appeal of a lower court decision holding that cheap DVD knockoffs of its 1953 pic "Roman Holiday" were not a violation of copyright.
Tom Cruise now has his own day in Japan, according to the Japan Memorial Day Assn., which cited his love for and close association with Japan.
The Japanese biz has long been a firm believer in media synergy. Most local commercial pics begin life as a bestselling manga or book, with the publishers putting up part of the coin and reaping the…
Jupiter VOD and NBC Universal Intl. Television Distribution have inked a multiyear Japanese VOD rights deal covering NBC Universal pics. Under the terms of the deal, announced Friday, Jupiter VOD…
Pubcaster NHK will take 48 viewers to court in November unless they pony up back subscription fees, NHK chairman Genichi Hashimoto announced Thursday.
Media giant Usen and stock market-listed talent shop Yoshimoto Kogyo, together with Yoshimoto group companies Fandango and R&C, have inked a co-production and Web distribution deal.
To keep a lid on piracy, the Blu-ray Disc Assn. has decided to use regional codes for film discs released in the format. The coded discs will debut this fall. New code system differs from the one in…