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.
The Japanese video biz suffered a 9.7% drop in sales in the first half of 2009, compared with the same period the previous year, according to figures released Wednesday by the Japan Video Assn.
Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Kazakhstan have announced their films for consideration for the foreign-language film Oscar category.
A play based on Japan's Oscar-winning pic "Departures" will open in May in Tokyo, according to producer Yasuhiro Mase.
The Fuji Television and Nippon Television networks have inked a deal to each take 7% stakes in Gyao, a free-video portal whose corporate parent is Yahoo!.
Sony has unveiled plans for 3-D-capable consumer products that will hit the shelves in 2010, boosting the burgeoning market for 3-D pics while putting competitive pressure on its rivals.
Sony will merge Tokyo-based Sony Broadcast Media, which manages its investments in about 20 media companies, into the parent company on Nov. 1.