Six Japanese companies are investing in Anime Consortium Japan, a content joint venture launched by Bandai Namco and the Cool Japan Fund
Robert Zemeckis drama "The Walk," starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as wire-walker Philippe Petit, has been set as the opener of the Tokyo International Film Festival.
"Hero," the second feature in a TV/film franchise centering on a rebellious public prosecutor played by Takuya Kimura, won its second weekend at the Japan box office.
"Behavior," Cuban director Ernesto Daranas Serrano's drama about an 11-year-old boy who raises pit bulls, won the feature Grand Prize at Japan's SKIP City International D-Cinema Festival.
"Hero," the second film based on a popular Fuji TV drama series featuring a rule-bending public prosecutor played by Takuya Kimura, won the July 18-19 weekend at the Japanese box office.
Japan's five top commercial TV networks will jointly launch a service to stream their new shows on the Internet, starting in October.
Mamoru Hosoda's "The Boy and the Beast," a Harry-Potter-ish coming-of-age animation, topped the Japanese box office for the weekend of July 11-12.
Animation maestro Hayao Miyazaki confirmed that he is directing an animated short for the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo.
Director/actor Takeshi Kitano is starring in Wayne Wang's "While the Women Are Sleeping," a story about a struggling Japanese author who befriends a mysterious couple.
Fuji TV has announced that it will supply shows to Netflix's new service in Japan, which is scheduled to launch this fall.
Culture Convenience Club, which operates the Tsutaya video store chain, has unveiled an initiative to underwrite the work of new film makers.