Umetsugu Inoue, a director who had a big impact on Japanese and Hong Kong pop cinema starting in the 1950s, died Thursday of a cerebral hemorrhage in Tokyo. He was 86.
Tokyo-based Cinema Syndicate, a consortium of 45 indie theaters across Japan, has launched an initiative for releasing pics by frosh helmers.
Trading house Sumitomo Corp. announced plans Monday to launch a takeover bid for Jupiter Telecommunications (J:Com), Japan's biggest cabler.
The Japanese film and TV biz has long been insular, even xenophobic, with local pics often showing outlanders in a negative light as loutish soldiers or brutish gangsters.
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Controversial nature docu "The Cove" will get a Japan release, Tokyo-based distrib Unplugged announced on Wednesday.
French nature docu "Oceans" is on track to set a B.O. record for the genre in Japan.
The global recession has taken a chunk out of the vidgame business everywhere -- despite some blockbuster titles still setting records -- and Japan's Namco Bandai Holdings has been especially hard…
Sony reported Thursday a net profit of Yen 79.2 billion ($861 million) for October-December, compared with $115 million for the same period a year before.
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.
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