It's probably just as well "Mission: Impossible III" decided to give Japan a miss on its day-and-date rollout around the world. Tom Cruise starrer likely would've been sunk by Japanese Coast Guard…
Helmer Masayuki Suo is prepping a new film 10 years after the release of his worldwide hit "Shall We Dance?" That pic was released in the U.S. by Miramax in 1996 and remade as a Richard Gere-Jennifer…
Trading house Sojitsu Holding will take a 17% stake in distrib Klockworx with the aim of developing and marketing content for the international market, including live-action films and animation.
Pubcaster NHK has been hit by another embezzlement scandal as it continues to face protests from angry viewers who are withholding the license fee.
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.