TOKYO — Hamana Kazuya , who was in charge of Tokyo Broadcasting System’s film division, has been appointed head of local film production at Warner Entertainment Japan, company sources have revealed.
Hamana joined Warner on Feb. 10 with the title of local film division executive producer. He will report to Millard Ochs, a Warner veteran who will officially succeed long-time Warner Japan chief Bill Ireton in March.
Warner Japan is coming off a good year for its local productions, including the hit “Rurouni Kenshin” period actioner duology. Among Warner’s upcoming Japanese film releases are the Takeshi Kitano gangster comedy “Ryuzo 7,” which is scheduled for an April 25 bow, and Takahisa Zeze’s sci-fi thriller “Slayer’s Chronicle,” which will open in June.
Hamana’s credits include most of TBS’s big hits over the past two decades. After joining the company in 1991 he quickly rose through the ranks, while producing and executive producing films that would make the network a box office powerhouse, including the “Spec” paranormal cop thriller series and the film adaptations of the smash “Boys Over Flowers,” “Rookies” and “Ooku” TBS TV series.