Cine Qua Non, a film distrib and producer that helped launch the Korean Wave in Japan in the early 2000s, and its allied theater management company have filed for bankruptcy in Tokyo district court.
The Japanese B.O. reached its second-highest ever total in 2009 -- $2.29 billion -- according to figures compiled by the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan.
DVDs and Blu-ray discs of "This Is It" racked up $18 million on the title's first day in Japan, setting a new record.
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"New Super Mario Bros. Wii" for the Nintendo Wii console has sold 10 million units worldwide in just eight weeks, a new sales speed record for a single-console game.
John Malone's Liberty Global has agreed to sell its 37.8% stake in Japan's largest cabler, Jupiter Telecommunications (J:COM), to telco KDDI for more than $4 billion.
Japan's largest cabler Jupiter Telecommunications will launch 3D broadcasts in April, company sources have revealed. The move is a first for the Japanese broadcast biz.
Hideo Nakata, the J Horror maestro of "Ring" and "Ring 2" fame, has inked a deal with talent shop Horipro to helm psychological suspenser "The Incite Mill."
Overseas auds have long clamored for more varied product from Hollywood, and in 2009 the biz's potpourri paid off robustly.
Nikkatsu is reviving its signature "roman porno" genre, on which many mainstream helmers cut their teeth, after a 22-year gap.
Shipments of video software in Japan, including DVDs, fell 5% last year, the fifth year straight that a drop has been recorded.
Japanese pubcaster NHK is forecasting a $61 million loss for its fiscal 2010 budget as more cash-strapped households become exempt from paying fees.