The city government of Yubari, a ski resort town on Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido, has decided to stop sponsoring the Yubari Fantastic Film Festival, Yubari mayor Kenji Goto announced…
Helmer Hayao Miyazaki, whose toon "Spirited Away" won the 2003 animated feature Oscar, has resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences -- only weeks after becoming the third Japanese…
Once trundling toward oblivion, the Japanese movie biz has roared back in the past two years, making more pics, scoring more hits and taking more market share away from Hollywood.
Indie distrib Gaga Entertainment has announced its 37-title lineup for 2007-08. Hollywood additions include "Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D," "Prestige," "Next," "Mimzy" and "Rambo 4."
Even with the strong perf of "The Da Vinci Code," it was electronics that helped Sony solve its earnings woes. Sony announced an 11% boost in revenue to ¥1.744 billion ($15.2 billion) for its first…
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.