"Death Note -- The Last Name," the second of a two-part mystery/horror pic based a wildly popular comic, will open Nov. 3 in Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong, distrib Warner has announced.
Japanese movies are set to grab more than half of the local box office take for the first time in 21 years, according to figures released by the Motion Picture Producers Assn. of Japan (Eiren).
The 19th Tokyo Film Festival unveiled its full lineup Tuesday, confirming Clint Eastwood's "Flags of Our Fathers" as Oct. 21 opener and "Murder of the Inugami Clan," Kon Ichikawa's reworking of his…
The Motion Picture Producers Assn. of Japan (Eiren) has selected "Hula Girls" as its nomination for foreign-language Oscar.
Walt Disney Japan is getting into the game biz with "Spectrobes," a role-playing game with a manga-esque look aimed at young teens. Release is skedded for next spring on the Nintendo DS handheld…
Japan's Avex Group has acquired a 20 percent share in the Chengitan Entertainment (International) Holding Company Limited, a diverse Chinese entertainment conglom.
Sony presented its latest Blu-ray Disc recorder on Wednesday at its annual convention for Japanese electronics retailers. Speaking to company reps, Sony senior veep Kiyoshi Shikano called the…
Yoji Yamada, helmer of the Oscar-nommed "The Twilight Samurai," will make his fourth period pic with the Shochiku Studio. Titled "Kabei" and based on a novel by Teruyo Nogami, the pic stars Sayuri…
Toon maker Gainax will produce four theatrical features in its iconic "Evangelion" series. The pics, the first in nearly a decade, are based on the 26-part TV series that launched the worldwide…
Toho has long been the 800-pound gorilla -- or rather Godzilla -- of the Japanese distribution and exhibition jungle. With more than 460 screens, it operates the largest chain of directly managed and…
Trading house Itochu has acquired a 10% stake in producer Michael Uslan's "Comic Book Movie," as well as Japan merchandising rights to all the company's pics.