Yosuke Okuda's laffer "Hot as Hell" was awarded the Grand Prix at Yubari Fantastic Film Festival.
Japanese acting legend Mitsuko Mori, 89, is canceling her skedded bow in a new run of "A Wanderer's Notebook" -- a play she has been starring in since 1961.
Popular online game "SD Gundam Capsule Fighter Online" (SDGO) will bow in Japan this spring.
Amuse, a major talent house with extensive media interests, has called off its merger with contents subsidiary Amuse Soft Entertainment.
The Tokyo Film Festival is addressing criticisms of its program and competition selections by adding film execs to its roster for its 23rd edition, skedded to unspool Oct. 23-31.
"Avatar" topped the Japanese B.O. for the weekend of Feb. 13-14, for the eighth week in a row.
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.
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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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