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Mamiko Kawamoto

  • Kadokawa ready for Hong Kong HQ launch


    Japan's leading media group, Kadokawa Holdings, is to open its newheadquarters in China in August.
  • Sumitomo snaps up Japan's AMC Theatres


    Japanese film conglomerate SumitomoCorporation has paid a reported $48m for AMC Theatres Japan, which hascurrently five multiplexes nationwide.
  • Tropical Malady scoops Grand Prize at fifth FILMeX festival in Tokyo


    TropicalMalady - this year's Cannes special jury prize winner, has won the Grand Prizeat the fifth edition of the FILMeX festival in Tokyo.Director Apichatpong Weerasethakulwon a $9,000 cash prize (Y1m) for the second time, after winning the prize withBlissfully Yours in 2002.The Special Jury Prize"Kodak ...
  • Tropical Malady scoops Grand Prize at fifth FILMeX festival in Tokyo


    TropicalMalady - this year's Cannes special jury prize winner, has won the Grand Prizeat the fifth edition of the FILMeX festival in Tokyo.Director Apichatpong Weerasethakulwon a $9,000 cash prize (Y1m) for the second time, after winning the prize withBlissfully Yours in 2002.The ...
  • Canary to sing at Tokyo FILMeX opening


    The Tokyo FILMeX festival (Nov20-28) has announced its line-up for its fifth edition, with a competitionsection presenting ten features from young Asian directors.The festival's opening film will be Japanesedirector Akihiko Shinota's Canary, which receives its world premiere atTokyo FILMeX. The director of Harmful Insect, Shiota's latest featuredepicts the story ...
  • Steamboy under pressure on Japanese debut


    Katsuhiro Otomo's long-awaited new animation Steamboy- which cost a record-breaking $22m (Y2.4bn) to make - grossed a weak $2.2m on its three-day opening weekend fromJuly 17 on 262 screens nationwide.
  • Euro buyers swoop for Japanese samurai action feature


    European buyers have snapped up Japanese samurai action feature Azumi.
  • Japanese studio draws up mass market animation plans


    Spurred onby the success of rival Studio Ghibli's Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, Japan's Toei Animation hasbegun to shift its emphasis away from kid-targeted TV fare to produce moreanimation features aimed at a wide audience.
  • Japan's Movie Television files for bankruptcy protection


    Japan's Movie Television, a leading seller of Hollywood films and TV programmes to Japanese TV, has filed for protection from its creditors after its debts climbed to $345m (Y38bn) at the end of January.
  • Grudge remake sold to 27 territories


  • Top Japanese broadcaster unveils film ambitions


    Japan's leading TV broadcaster Fuji TV is aggressively expanding its business into film production and foreign film acquisitions.
  • Japan's Asmik Ace teams up for new video label


    Leading Japanese independent film distributor Asmik Ace Entertainment, publisher Kadokawa Shoten Publishing and Kadokawa Holdings and have jointly launched a video & DVD distribution unit.
  • Nippon Herald to slash Hollywood acquisitions


    Leading Japanese independent distributor Nippon Herald plans to reduce its acquisition of major Hollywood titles to improve revenues in its film distribution business.
  • Japan acts to boost its international film profile


    Encouraged by recent Hollywood interest in Japanese films such as The Ring and Spirited Away, the Japanese government is looking to further raise the profile of local films abroad.
  • Gaga blames losses on bad timing


    Japanese distributor Gaga Communications has blamed its release strategy for Hollywood films as one of the reasons for cutting its earnings forecast earlier this month.
  • Japanese horror takes Asian box office by storm


    Japanese hit horror The Grudge (Ju-on) is repeating its box office success across Asia.
  • Rings fever hits Japan early


    Japanese distributor Nippon Herald Films has sold a record number of advanced tickets to The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King - even though it does not open in Japan until Spring 2004.
  • Matrix Reloaded crosses Japanese milestone


  • Tokyo names Gong Li as head of jury


    Tsuguhiko Kadokawa, the new director-general of the Tokyo International Film Festival (Nov 1-9), has named Chinese actress Gong Li (Breaking The Silence, The Emperor And The Assassin, Temptress Moon) as the jury chairman for the festival's 16th edition.
  • Buyers rush to acquire Grudge sequel


  • Hollywood to make live-action feature of Japanese comic book


    Twilight Entertainment has signed a deal to make a live-action feature of Japanese animation Lupin The Third .with Japan's TMS Entertainment who created animation features and TV series of the story and Kazuhiko Kato the writer of the original comic book.
  • Toho takes over Virgin Cinemas Japan


    Major Japanese distributor and exhibitor Toho announced on Tuesday a deal with Virgin Cinemas Japan to acquire its chain of multiplex cinemas. The $83m (Y10bn) deal will take effect by the end of March.
  • Broken Wings flies at Tokyo Int'l film festival


    Israeli title Broken Wings (pictured) by Nir Bergman won the Grand Prix at the 15th edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival which ended on Monday (November 4)
  • Three Japanese titles to compete at Tokyo film festival


    The full lineup of the 15th edition of the Tokyo international film festival, (Oct 26 to Nov 4) includes three Japanese titles out of a total 15 competition films.
  • Oldest living Japanese director shoots The Owl


    Veteran Japanese director Shindo Kaneto is currently producing his latest feature, The Owl (Fukuro).
  • Japan's Toei to produce Battle Royale sequel


    Japan's leading distributor/exhibitor Toei, is to produce a sequel to the smash-hit feature Battle Royale.
  • Tokyo festival sails with Russian Ark


    Tokyo FILMeX (Dec 1-8), the three year old festival that is mounting a challenge to the longer established Tokyo International Film Festival, will open with a screening of Alexander Sokurov's experimental digital film The Russian Ark. Otar Iosseliani's Berlin prize winner Monday Morning will close the festival.The festival, which is run by Takeshi Kitano's Office Kitano, screens some highly-regarded films from European international festivals this year including ...
  • New Yorker gets US rights to Unknown Pleasures


    New York-basedspecialized distributor New Yorker Films has acquired US distribution rights toJia Zhang-Ke's Chinese teen drama Unknown Pleasures which world premiered in competition atthis year's Cannes Film Festival. It also screened in Toronto and playedat the New York Film Festival last night.
  • Tokyo film festival boosts international profile


    The 15th edition of the Tokyo international film festival, (Oct 26 to Nov 4) is to welcome high-profile Hollywood guests at the same time as increasing the number of Japanese films at the event.
  • Veteran BVI Japan executive Nakajima dies aged 71


    Veteran Japanesemovie executive Isamu Nakajima died last week (Aug 7) in Tokyo at the age of71. He was vice president of sales for Buena Vista International Japan (BVIJ)at the time of his death.
  • Japan's Takeshi Kitano wraps Dolls


  • Japan's Toho gears up for new fiscal year with new president


    Toho, Japan's largest film distributor and exhibitor, has named its new president, Hideyuki Takai. He replaces Toshihiko Ishida, who will take the post of advisor.
  • Luc Besson creates two-way French-Japanese distribution joint venture


    Luc Besson's Europa Corp has launched a rights, marketing and distribution venture in Japan to grow the company's business in the territory and to 'assist' the distribution of a number of Japanese films in France.
  • Japan's Toho posts record profit of $78.5m


    Toho, Japan's largest film distributor and exhibitor, has posted a record-breaking net profit of $78.5m (Y10.29 billion) for the fiscal year 2002, ended February 28, an increase of 16.2% over 2001.
  • Warner Bros. to make live-action version of Akira


    Warner Bros. is to make a live-action feature based on the Japanese hit animation Akira. Currently in pre-production, the film is set to be released as early as 2004.
  • Japanese distributor launches international film production arm


    Japanese film distributor Klockworx is entering the international film production business with the unveiling of its first project, Meher Grougian's Citizen Zero, due to start shooting in Los Angeles in December.
  • Iain Glen chosen to star in Japanese spy thriller


    Scottish actor Iain Glen is to star in veteran Japanese director Masahiro Shinoda's final film project: the $15m thriller Spy Sorge.
  • Shochiku signs first-look deal with DiCaprio, IEG


    Japan's Shochiku has signed a $5m three-year, first-look distribution deal with Leonardo DiCaprio's production company Appian Way.
  • Miyazaki spirits away crown from Go's record haul


  • Gaga weighs major investment in live-action Tekken


    Japan's Gaga Communications is in talks to co-produce a live-action feature version of Namco's hit game Tekken with Namco and the US production Crystal Sky Entertainment.
  • Japan's Gaga posts $10.8m pre-tax profit


    Gaga Communications, one of Japan's leading distributors, has recorded a pre-tax operating profit of $10.8m (Y1.34 billion) in the fiscal year 2001, ended Sept 30, up by 209% from the previous year.
  • Toei records bumper first half, predicts growth


    Toei, one of Japan's leading distributors and exhibitors, has recorded a net operating profit of $10.5m (Y1.3 billion) in the first half of fiscal 2001, ending in September.
  • Tokyo festival loses stars to travel fears


    Cameron Diaz, Josh Hartnett and Julia Stiles of Save The Last Dance have cancelled their attendance at the 14th edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival, citing security concerns.
  • Matsushita launches digital film business


    Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. will launch its first digital film production company, Progressive Pictures Co., on October 1. Company president Hidenori Ishii is a former vice president of Japan Victor Entertainment US, with extensive experience in the film industry.
  • Tokyo film fest selects 14th edition competitors


    The 14th edition of the Tokyo Film Festival, which screens 140 films between October 27 and November 4, has selected the 14 films which will compete for the $42,700 (Y5m) Grand Prix and the $11,300 (Y2m) Jury Prize.
  • Branson's Virgin Cinemas set to expand in Japan


    Virgin Cinemas is to launch two new multiplexes in Japan as part of an aggressive expansion plan for the territory that will see Richard Branson's exhibition interests reach 18 sites by 2004.
  • Toho profits from digital version of Spirited Away


    Japanese exhibition giant, Toho, held its first digital screening of Hayao Miyazaki's blockbuster, Spirited Away on July 20 at the Umeda Sukara-za Cinema in Osaka. The company used an IMAX DIGIMAX projector for the event, which delivered a three-day opening gross of $228,629 (Y28m), the highest take of all 336 screens showing the animated feature.
  • Toho moves into DVD rental


    Leading Japanese distributor and exhibitor Toho is to enter the DVD rental market with the release of Ridley Scott's Hannibal on November 9. The company will join rivals Toei and Shochiku, which are already competing in the rental DVD business.
  • T Joy opens second e-cinema complex in Japan


    T Joy, a member of the Toei Group, is to open its second all digital multiplex cinema next month in Niigata, northern Japan.