Japan's new culture minister, Tatsuo Kawabata, has scotched plans to build a $130 million national media arts center.
Tokyo Filmex, Japan's leading fest of indie pics, announced its lineup on Thursday.
Louie Psihoyos' "The Cove" is among pics playing at the 22nd Tokyo Film Festival.
Helmer-thesp Takeshi Kitano's next pic will return to the gang genre that brought him international recognition.
Homevideo distributors have long argued that just because you own a DVD doesn't mean you actually own a copy of the movie or show that's on it.
A play based on Japan's 2008 foreign-language Oscar winner, "Departures," will open in May in Tokyo, according to producer Yasuhiro Mase.
Japanese broadcasters and pic producers are building their own nostalgia boom from 1955 to 1965.
Talent shop, Yoshimoto Kogyo, will go private after accepting a buyout from an investment group.