"The Girl Who Leapt Through Time," a toon that has become one of Japan's surprise B.O. winners this year, has scooped the best animated film prize at the recently concluded Sitges film fest in…
A fire interrupted the shooting of "Oh-oku," the Fuji TV period drama about the women in the inner court of the Shogun's palace. A black plastic reflector, overheated by a light, started burning on…
Korean pop culture, from pics to music and TV dramas, have boomed through much of Asia. Japan was the first and biggest market to catch the wave (known as hanryu); consumers began taking to all…
The Asian Producers Network, a new org for promoting cooperation among leading Asian producers, had its launch meeting on Saturday at the Grand Hotel. Chaired by Korean producer Jonathan H. Kim, the…
Japan's commercial broadcaster Fuji TV will air a primetime drama series based on hit pic "Granny Gabai," the web has announced.
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…
Japan is the second-biggest film market on the planet, with 2005 box office totaling $1.68 billion on 160.5 million admissions and 731 pics released, so naturally everyone in the global biz wants to…
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.