Four players who are just about to start making an impact beyond Japan.
Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan and multiplex operator Warner Mycal have joined a group that has been testing the 4K Pure Cinema system for digital distribution and exhibition since last fall.
Veteran indie helmer Shunji Iwai ("Love Letter," "All About Lily Chou Chou") has launched an initiative to nurture scriptwriters and other talent, with backing from the Amuse production house.
Lawyers for Takafumi Horie, the former president of Internet startup Livedoor, pleaded not guilty Wednesday on his behalf to charges that he violated Japanese securities laws.
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.