Yoji Yamada, helmer of the Oscar-nommed "The Twilight Samurai," will make his fourth period pic with the Shochiku Studio. Titled "Kabei" and based on a novel by Teruyo Nogami, the pic stars Sayuri…
Toon maker Gainax will produce four theatrical features in its iconic "Evangelion" series. The pics, the first in nearly a decade, are based on the 26-part TV series that launched the worldwide…
Toho has long been the 800-pound gorilla -- or rather Godzilla -- of the Japanese distribution and exhibition jungle. With more than 460 screens, it operates the largest chain of directly managed and…
Trading house Itochu has acquired a 10% stake in producer Michael Uslan's "Comic Book Movie," as well as Japan merchandising rights to all the company's pics.
Takafumi Horie, former prexy of Internet startup Livedoor, pleaded not guilty to security law violations on Monday at the start of his trial in Tokyo district court. Horie is accused of falsifying…
Japan's first commercial satcaster Wowow has reached a tentative agreement with rival Sky Perfect Communications to launch a channel on Sky PerfecTV! satellite and cable platform, possibly by the end…
Studio members of the Blu-ray camp will release 75 pics in the format in Japan, starting in November.
In its biggest Asian deal to date, Viacom's MTV Networks is buying out the majority share in MTV Japan from private-equity partner H&Q Asia Pacific. Purchase price was undisclosed.
Jupiter Telecommunications has bolstered its position as Japan's No. 1 cabler by acquiring Osaka-based Cable West from Matsushita Electric, ending the latter's involvement in the business.
Japan's Tokyo Broadcasting Systems web plans to set up a holding company to take advantage of a new law to help companies fight hostile takeovers, expected to go into effect early 2007.