Incoming president calls into question broadcaster's independence, risks Asian tension as he dismisses Japan's sex slave history.
The WWII kamikaze pilot epic "The Eternal Zero" won its fifth weekend in a row at the B.O., cruising past the JPY5 billion ($49 million) milestone, the mark of a Japanese megahit.
Japanese pics again delivered a solid beating to the Hollywood competition at the local box office in 2013.
"When Marnie Was There," has been set as the first feature to emerge from Japan's powerhouse animation studio Studio Ghibli in the new post Hayao Miyazaki era.
A group of prominent Japanese film folk, including animation master Hayao Miyazaki has formed a group to oppose the controversial state secrets protection bill now before the Japanese parliament.
"In Bloom," a Georgian coming-of-age drama was awarded the Grand Prize at the closing ceremony of the 15th Tokyo Filmex fest in Tokyo.
"The Hunger Games" films may soon have a Japanese competitor as Takashi Miike gets Toho green light for "As God Says" ("Kamisama no lu Tori".)
"The Story of Princess Kaguya," Anime maestro Isao Takahata's first feature in 14 years, topped the Japanese BO on its opening weekend.
Top Japanese film group, Toho will make a two-part sci-fi-horror pic based on the popular 1990s comic "Parasyte," having won a fierce bidding war after New Line ceded its rights.
Kyoto is to celebrate it rank as Japan's cultural capital with the launch of the Kyoto International Film and Art Festival, scheduled for September 2014.
Domestic Film DAILY
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Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy1Daily:$2.1M Cumulative:$255.2M Disney 26.88%
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles2Daily:$1.7M Cumulative:$148.5M Paramount Pictures 28.38%
If I Stay
If I Stay3Daily:$1.5M Cumulative:$18.5M Warner Brothers / New Line 21.30%