Djamshed Usmonov's "To Get to Heaven First You Have to Die" won the Grand Prize at the Tokyo Filmex fest at Sunday's awards ceremony.
Japanese pics are on track to grab a majority share of the 2006 box office, the first time domestic product has beaten foreign films since 1985, according to numbers compiled by the Nikkei newspaper.
Culture Convenience Club, which operates Japan's biggest video rental chain, Tsutaya, will launch an online download service for pics next spring, the company said Tuesday.
GDH Capital, a member of the GDH Group, has launched a ¥650 million ($5.5 million) investment fund to develop content across a range of media, including music, TV, mobile and feature pics.
The Madhouse toon shop will make a cartoon for Japanese TV based on the popular online role-playing game Maple Story, company announced.
Yoshimoto Kogyo, Japan's biggest comic talent shop, has taken a 30% capital stake in Beijing-based events planning company China Xiangyu Cultural Development Corp.
A sequel to hit dramedy "Always -- Sunset on Third Street" is about to go before the cameras, the NTV web has announced.
Takashi Miike, best known abroad for his extreme horror and yakuza pics, including "Audition," "Ichi the Killer" and "One Missed Call," is looking to the American West for his next, "Sukiyaki Western…
Some 360 Japanese films have been released since Jan. 1, beating last year's 356 and on course to reach over 400 releases. The last time this happened was in 1973, which saw 405 releases.
Nintendo will ship 400,000 units of its Wii game console for its Japan launch on Dec. 2, company sources disclosed. That's about four times the number of PlayStation 3 consoles shipped by Sony…
Sony bowed its PlayStation 3 on Saturday in Japan -- and immediately offered a download to overcome a problem it had been unable to solve by shipping date on the game platform, which has been beset…
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