Hisao Kurosawa has launched the Akira Kurosawa School for filmmakers in Tokyo. It's named after his father, the late helmer.
Usen Corp., parent company of distrib Gaga, has pacted with Korean cable player CJ Media. But Usen denied reports that it will buy all the shares of troubled Internet startup Livedoor.
Japanese pubcaster NHK has been plunged into a fresh round of controversy. It was hit with yet another embezzlement scandal and fierce opposition to suggestions of compulsory license fee collections…
Smell-o-Vision has made a comeback in Japan. The creation of producer Mike Todd was used only once, for the film "Scent of Mystery" in 1960. But the technology for wafting scents through theaters may…
Buena Vista Intl. Japan has taken ¥10 billion ($85.5 million) at the box office in the first three months of this year, almost half of the record $177.8 million taken in 2004.
Japan is the world's second-largest film market; Tokyo, with a metro area of more than 20 million people, is that market's thriving hub. Only in Tokyo are cinephiles likely to hit cinemas more than…
Sumitomo Corp. has upped its stake in Tokyo-based film producer-distributor Asmik Ace Entertainment to 75.3% and intends to create synergies with its own cable TV movie channels and cinema biz.
Pubcaster NHK, Japan's five commercial webs and Tobu Railway will build the world's tallest tower for transmitting terrestrial digital broadcasts.
The Japanese television market looks, on first glance, like a throwback to another era. The five commercial webs and pubcaster NHK still claim the vast majority of the viewing audience and revenues…
Japan Digital Contents Trust, has announced the launch of Cinema Trust, a fund for the production of movies by five independent film companies.
FUNimation Entertainment has acquired North American rights, including theatrical, DVD and broadcast, to the ninja actioner "Shinobi" from Shochiku. According to Shochiku sources, FUNimation has not…