For decades, Tokyoites went to Akihabara, a sprawling shopping district in downtown Tokyo, to buy everything electric -- from Christmas lights to floor fans -- at discount prices. In the heady days…
Japanese sales companies of all sizes, from the giant Dentsu ad agency to small indie outfits, are setting up booths at the Pusan Intl. Film Festival Asian Film Market, which runs Sunday through…
Japanese major Toho has unveiled its lineup through the summer of 2007, including six new titles.
NHK's crackdown on deadbeat viewers who refuse to pay the pubcaster's monthly receiving fees is paying off, officials say. But the number of noncompliers also is growing.
"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.
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…
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.