Electronics giant Matsushita, the TBS network and Kadokawa Mobile, a cell-phone content distributor belonging to the Kadokawa media group, have announced the launch of Words Gear, a joint venture…
The Tokyo Filmex fest has unveiled the lineup for its seventh edition, with 34 pics unspooling Nov. 17-26 at four venues in the city. Fest directors Kanako Hayashi and Shozo Ichiyama on Wednesday…
The Committee of Creators' Organizations to Consider Copyright Issues, an umbrella group of 16 orgs with copyright concerns, has called for an extension of Japanese copyright protection from the…
Sony has shuffled exec responsibilities after production-related problems, including embarrassing battery recalls and product launch delays.
In a bid to boost Japanese sales of its new PlayStation 3 console in the crucial holiday period, Sony has slashed the price of the 20-gigabyte model 20% even before its skedded Nov. 11 launch.
Matsushita will launch the first Blu-ray recorders on Nov. 15 in Japan. In addition to recording high-def images from TV and copying them to discs, users will be able to play pre-recorded Blu-ray…
"Death Note -- The Last Name," the second of a two-part mystery/horror pic based a wildly popular comic, will open Nov. 3 in Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong, distrib Warner has announced.
Japanese movies are set to grab more than half of the local box office take for the first time in 21 years, according to figures released by the Motion Picture Producers Assn. of Japan (Eiren).
The 19th Tokyo Film Festival unveiled its full lineup Tuesday, confirming Clint Eastwood's "Flags of Our Fathers" as Oct. 21 opener and "Murder of the Inugami Clan," Kon Ichikawa's reworking of his…
The Motion Picture Producers Assn. of Japan (Eiren) has selected "Hula Girls" as its nomination for foreign-language Oscar.
Walt Disney Japan is getting into the game biz with "Spectrobes," a role-playing game with a manga-esque look aimed at young teens. Release is skedded for next spring on the Nintendo DS handheld…
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