In October 1964, Tokyo welcomed the world as it hosted the Summer Olympics. The event signaled Japan's recovery from the devastation of World War II. To broadcast the proceedings, venerable pubcaster…
One important aspect of the mandate of the Sundance Film Festival has been the Sundance/NHK Intl. Filmmakers Award, which since its establishment in 1995 has recognized and supported a visionary…
The longtime script supervisor and assistant to legendary Japanese director and screenwriter Akira Kurosawa praised the filmmaker's inclusion as an honoree of the 2013 Jean Renoir Award.
Japan concerned about international content revenue
With declining auds, closed plexes and scrapped projects, the film biz has suffered like many other industries following the Great East Japan Earthquake, but it has nonetheless played a role in…
While Japanese cultural exports have been popularized overseas in recent years, such content has not been as lucrative as it could be, and the government is moving to do something about it.
In the opening sequences of 3D sci-fi actioner "Resident Evil: Afterlife," Tokyo's fashionable Shibuya shopping district winds up in chaos and ruins.
Hollywood may be steadily producing 3D films, but in Japan, 2D domestic pics still dominate at the B.O.
Non-mainstream Japanese dramas and comedies routinely receive substantial critical acclaim internationally, but a new wave of low-budget cult pics is slipping under the radar and gathering an…
A scan of Japan's recent year-end B.O. charts reveals a familiar recurring theme: Storylines for top films are typically based on a hit television series or drawn from a popular manga (comicbook).
Tokyo's Kabukicho entertainment area, once one of Japan's most vibrant cinema districts, is experiencing a rapid shuttering of its theaters, as their aging buildings lose auds to modern plexes nearby.