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…
Shochiku is offering its iconic "Tora-san" pic franchise on its Shochiku online site on a pay-per-view basis -- the first time the films have appeared online.
Japanese helmer Yoji Yamada's meller "Kabei — Our Mother" and Taiwanese magical realist tale "Soul of a Demon," by Chang Tso-chi, will open the Hong Kong Film Festival on March 18.
Clint Eastwood's "Flags of Our Fathers" took home the foreign film prize at the 30th annual awards from the Japan Academy on Friday, while local fave "Hula Girls" was the big winner with four…
Homevid label Genius Products has inked an exclusive distrib agreement with Tartan USA -- the U.S. arm of Blighty distrib Tartan Films -- to release Tartan's library domestically on DVD.
Hisao Kurosawa has launched the Akira Kurosawa School for filmmakers in Tokyo. It's named after his father, the late helmer.
The Berlin Film Festival is set to announce the remaining titles in competition, with local speculation pushing Will Smith starrer "Hitch" as a possible surprise addition to the 11 entries already…
Veteran helmer Yoji Yamada smoothly trumps his previous "The Twilight Samurai" (2002) with "The Hidden Blade," another deft dovetailing of stories by Shuhei Fujisawa. With interest high, this Tokyo…
A cozy, upfront heartwarmer about a Tokyo night-school teacher and his pupils , "A Class to Remember" is a polished big-studio production that won't get much farther offshore than the vid shelf in…