Toho, Japan biggest domestic distrib, is to release its first live-action 3D pic, "Umizaru 3."
The Japan Academy of Moving Image, a film school founded by helmer Shohei Imamura, is set to launch Nihon Eiga Daigaku (Japan Film U.) -- the country's first college devoted to film studies.
Sony announced its second straight year-on net loss -- but the red ink, 40.8 billion yen ($441.4 million), was less than half of the previous year's.
The Japanese biz escaped the recession that ravaged the larger economy in 2009, if overall numbers told the whole story.
Japanese buyers supply what is still the world's second-largest pic market, especially for non-Hollywood product.
Sony is set to return to profit for the past fiscal year, thanks to a rigorous cost-cutting regime and an uptick in demand.
Net profit rose 40.6% to $27.7 million while operating profit climbed 4.6% to $45.8 million.
In 2009, the Japanese B.O. hit its second-highest total ever, with $2.21 billion -- 5.7% better than 2008. Meanwhile, admissions grew 5.5% year-on to some 170 million.
For the first time in six years, Nintendo has announced drops in earnings and profits.
Underscoring the softening of demand for indie pics in the Japanese market, pioneering arthouse operator Cinema Rise has announced it is closing two of three screens in its Tokyo theater in June.
Domestic Film DAILY
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Heaven is for Real
Heaven is for Real1Daily:$3.7M Cumulative:$3.7M Sony / TriStar 0.00%
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Captain America: The Winter Soldier2Daily:$3.5M Cumulative:$170.6M Disney -25.44%
Rio 23Daily:$3.0M Cumulative:$49.3M Fox -28.83%