Helmer Yojiro Takita's "Departures," Japan's contender for the foreign-language Oscar, was named best Japanese pic of 2008 at the 82nd Kinema Junpo Awards.
Sony is refusing to comment on a report in the Times of London that alleges it is mulling massive restructuring, including shuttering entire divisions.
The 22nd Tokyo Film Festival will unspool Oct. 17-25.
Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy and Pixar honcho John Lasseter are working with toon house Studio Ghibli to make the summer release of Hayao Miyazaki's smash toon "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea" the…
Hollywood pics used to dominate the Japanese market, the world's second largest, with regal ease. But with Japanese viewers turning more toward local product, Hollywood majors are looking to get in…
The Fuji TV network took the annual ratings crown in all three major categories for the fifth straight year, according to figures released by ratings agency Video Research on Monday.
Yoji Yamada, the veteran helmer who has become one of Japan's most consistent exports, will crank up his new pic "Younger Brother" (Otouto) in Jan.
"The Day the Earth Stood Still" topped the Japanese box office with a $5.03 million take in its opening four-day weekend. Alien invasion pic saw 359,000 admissions during the Dec. 19-21 period.
"The Day the Earth Stood Still" topped the Japanese box office with a $5.03 million take in its opening four day weekend. Alien invasion pic saw 359,000 admissions from Friday Dec. 19 to Sunday Dec…
Japan's foreign-language Oscar hopeful, Yojiro Takita's "Departures," an offbeat drama set in the funeral biz, has scooped the most nominations, 13, for the Japan Academy Awards, including picture…