"Death Note 2" scored ¥1.2 billion ($10.2 million) in its first three days in release through Sunday.
Helmer Kazuyuki Izutsu has started work on "Pacchigi! 2," the sequel to his 2004 hit romantic drama "Pacchigi!" ("We Shall Overcome Someday").
Rupert Murdoch on Monday confirmed reports that News Corp. is mulling a joint venture with Japan's Softbank to bring social-networking site MySpace to Japan. "That's certainly a possibility," Murdoch…
Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea got their 400 millionth visitor on Wednesday, operator Oriental Land announced, some 23 years and 200 days after Tokyo Disneyland opened on April 15, 1983.
Tokyo-based toon house GDH's "Afro Samurai" will bow on Spike on Jan. 4, the company announced on Tuesday.
"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" topped ¥10 billion ($85 million) in Japan on Oct. 25, its 95th day of release, to become the country's box office leader, according to distrib Buena…
"OSS117, Cairo Nest of Spies," a spy parody by French helmer Michel Hazanavicius, was awarded the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix at Sunday' Tokyo Film Festival closing ceremony.
Surviving as an indie distrib has never been tougher in Japan's hyper-competitive market, where 731 titles fought for space on 2,926 screens last year.
PRODUTION INCENTIVES:Japan offers no regulatory or financial incentives to foreign producers. In the past five years, however, a nationwide network of film commissions has sprung up to support the…
Satellite platform Sky Perfect Communications and communications satellite operator Jsat will merge in April under a holding company.
Law-abiding Japan might seem far from the frontlines of Asia's piracy wars, but don't tell that to Motion Picture Assn. chairman-CEO Dan Glickman.