In the crowded Japanese market, distribs have come up with some inventive -- and odd -- gimmicks to entice auds. To publicize the July 8 bow of "MI3" in Japan, UIP will whisk 150 fans from Tokyo to…
The sea epic "Umizaru 2: The Test of Trust" cruised past the $40 million mark on its 23rd day on release, while scoring 3.35 million admissions. It is now on track to become the…
The Japanese animation industry is Asia's oldest, biggest and, internationally, most successful, with millions of fans worldwide. But inside Japan, auds get a much different picture of the national…
After opening May 13, Ken Watanabe starrer "Memories of Tomorrow" has become distrib Toei's biggest hit this year, with total gross expected to reach $23 million.
Development Bank of Japan and New Bank Tokyo are underwriting a new scheme for animation content development, backed by the Tokyo city government. DJB will kick in $460,000 and NBT $640,000 for the…
Takafumi Horie, former prexy of Internet startup Livedoor, issued a statement to the press proclaiming his innocence of the securities fraud charges that put him behind bars and sent Livedoor's…
The Akira Kurosawa Film School, which had been skedded to open in September with a teaching staff largely comprised of the late helmer's colleagues, has closed its doors, the school's management…
Chinese and Korean pics may generate more international heat, but the Japanese film biz is bigger -- and booming. With 356 releases in 2005 alone, production is at its highest level in three decades…
Four players who are making waves that roll beyond the Land of the Rising Sun.
Four players who are just about to start making an impact beyond Japan.