Tokyo Broadcasting System, a major Japanese TV network active in film production, has revealed plans to invest, with Asmik Ace Entertainment and Cinema Investment Corp., in "Trapped Ashes," a new…
"Yamato: The Last Battle," a WWII naval action pic that has roused the ire of Japan's neighbors for its flag-waving theatrics, looks likely to become the No. 1 Japanese hit of 2005. Last weekend, its…
Icot, an Osaka, Japan-based content-management company, has announced the launch of two movie funds, one for features, the other for animation, with the backing of brokerage Mizuho Securities.
Gaga Communications, a leading Japanese indie distrib with ambitious production aims, will tap into the largest production fund yet launched in Japan. The ¥30 billion ($252 million) fund is being…
Yahoo! Japan and its parent company Softbank on Monday launched TV Bank, a new online movie and video clip service, on the Yahoo Japan Web site. TV Bank offers recent and classic Japanese and foreign…
Buena Vista Intl. Japan unspooled "Chicken Little" on Thursday, Japan's first screening using the Disney Digital 3-D system, at the AMC Ikspiari multiplex in the Tokyo Disney Resort.
Japanese thesp Ken Watanabe is exec producing his first film, the Japanese-language "Memories of Tomorrow" (Ashita no kioku). Set for release by Toei next May, it will also be Watanabe's first…
Can "King Kong" conquer Japan? The film opens Saturday on nearly 800 screens -- not quite the local record, but close enough. Distributor UIP is aiming at the ¥10 billion ($84 million) box office…