Reliance on a huge domesticmarket, language barriers, cultural differences and historical antipathies haveall contributed to the Japanese film industry's isolation, local producer SatoruIseki told delegates at the seminar about 'the rise of Asia in the global filmmarket'.
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But the third speaker on thepanel, Pandemonium Films founder Bill Mechanic, said that advances intechnology would turn the entertainment industry on its head before China hadthe chance to become a major box office player - at least from the Hollywoodstudios' point-of-view. "Technology is the next step that will enable everyoneunder the age of 40 to change the world," Mechanic said.
The former Fox FilmedEntertainment chairman also said he believed it would be possible to build a pan-Asiandistribution mechanism, but there are many pitfalls in attempting to produce ona regional basis, and pointed to the ill-fated Euro puddings of the past decadeas a cautionary tale: "What works is movies with a point-of-view - homogenisationdoesn't work. But pan-Asian distribution - that could work."
The seminar was held as partof the three-day TIFFCOM market (Oct 23-25), which is running parallel to theTokyo International Film Festival this week. Around 150 companies areexhibiting at the market on the 40th floor of
TIFFCOM also encompassesco-production market Tokyo Project Gathering (TPG) and the one-day LocationMarket which is being held today.