"Angels and Demons" topped the Japanese B.O. for a second weekend May 23-24, but box office across the territory was hit hard by the swine flu scare.
SG Investments, a fund led by the Goldman Sachs Group, will buy 99.31% of the shares of USJ, which operates the Universal Studios Japan theme park in Osaka. The deal, announced on Friday, involves…
The Japan Society for the Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (Jasrac), the country's largest rights org, collected $1.2 billion in rights' fees last year, down 2.4% on 2007.
Swine flu, which has erupted in Western Japan with 193 reported cases as of Tuesday and closed more than 4,400 schools and colleges for the week, is also causing havoc in the entertainment biz.
Tran Anh Hung's adaptation of Haruki Murakami's international bestseller "Norwegian Wood" will star Kenichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi and newcomer Kiko Mizuhara, distrib Asmik Ace revealed on…
The headwinds of the ailing global economy and strong yen have hit Sony as hard as other Japanese giants, but its movie biz provided a ray of light amid the gloom.
Indie distrib Wise Policy has filed for bankruptcy in Tokyo District Court, company sources have revealed.
Broadband and media conglom Usen has started negotiations to sell distribution subsid Gaga Communications, Usen announced on Tuesday.
Tetsuya Komuro, once Japan's most popular music producer, whose hit tunes built media conglom Avex into a powerhouse in the 1990s, has been handed a suspended sentence for a copyright sales scam.
Thesp Mitsuko Mori has commemorated her 2,000th performance in "A Wanderer's Notebook" (Horoki), an all-time record in Japan.
A growing numbers of pics are competing for a static number of viewers in the Japanese market -- annual admissions have peaked at about the 160 million mark -- while a handful of megahits are…