Everyone knows Japanese moviegoers don't care for comedies -- they get plenty of laughs for free on the tube and don't feel like paying for them in the theater. Everyone also knows Japanese like the…
Girl power is growing in the Japanese film industry, driven by strong B.O. numbers of films with young female stars for young female auds.
The movie biz is back in the good books of financial folk in Japan with film funds sprouting left, right and center.
Fuji Television Network has launched a new type of film fund. Its 27 nationwide affiliates are underwriting the production of "Limit of Love -- Umizaru," the follow-up to the hit 2004 thriller and…
Japanese media giant Kadokawa is following South Korean major CJ Entertainment and selling its stake in DreamWorks to Paramount. Kadokawa will sell its 2.91% stake for $21.7 million by the end of…
Japan's total B.O. fell 6% to ¥198,160 million ($1.7 million) in 2005, while admissions dropped 5.7%, to 160 million, according to figures announced last week by the Motion Picture Producers Assn. of…
Shochiku and Paris-based Celluloid Dreams are partnering on international sales of "Hana," the first period drama from Japanese helmer Hirokazu Kore-eda.
Total B.O. fell 6% to Y198,160 million ($1,693 million) in 2005 in the Japanese market, while admissions dropped 5.7%, to 160,453,000, according to figures announced on Tuesday by the Motion Picture…
Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan) has reshuffled its film group, prior to releasing a beefed-up slate of 49 titles in 2006-07.
Pubcaster NHK is cutting ¥50 billion ($435 million) from its budget and axing 1,200 jobs, 10% of its staffers, to stanch red ink as more and more viewers refused to pay their subscriptions in protest…
Shochiku is beefing up its 2006 slate with local films in a wider range of genres, including animation and horror. On the foreign film side of the ledger, the biggest upcoming title is Warner Bros.'…