The Pia Film Festival, Japan's premier fest for the discovery of new directors, has awarded its Grand Prize for its 28th edition to Madoka Kumagai's "Hakko -- fermentation," a funny/touching film…
Toho, Japan's largest distrib, released 10 films in the first half of 2006 that each grossed more than ¥1 billion ($8.6 million), the traditional mark of a B.O. winner in Japan. The company's total…
Multimedia giant Usen will make film distrib Gaga a wholly owned subsidiary. On Friday, the Osaka Stock Exchange halted active trading on Gaga shares.
Producer Haruki Kadokawa (Yanato) will remake "Sanjuro," the 1962 samurai swashbuckler helmed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshiro Mifune.
Summer is here, and court cases involving the majors are heating up around the world. In Spain, UIP, Warner Sogefilms and Buena Vista Intl. Spain lodged appeals Tuesday with the country's Audiencia…
The Tokyo Intl. Fantastic Film Festival, known locally as Tokyo Fanta, is shutting its doors after 21 editions.
"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" closely followed by "Mission: Impossible III" are summer's must-see films in Japan, according to a poll by Oricon Style, an entertainment news and…
Japanese fans of "The Da Vinci Code" have sent admissions soaring at an art museum in Naruto City, Tokushima Prefecture, that includes copies of the paintings featured in the pic.
An unnamed 41-year-old man in Kakamigahara, Gifu Prefecture, was arrested for operating a pirate streaming-video site in violation of Japanese copyright law, according to the Assn. of Copyright for…
Imagica Holdings, Japan's largest film processing lab, has renamed itself Imagica Robot Holdings, while spinning off three business units into independent subsidiaries, the company said.
Sony Corp. has been hit with a surprise tax bill of ¥27.9 billion ($245 million) from the Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau. Company says it will appeal.