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Tokyo Festival Programmer Picks 10 Recent Japanese Films That All Cinema Buffs Should See

For the first time in 15 years, the 2021 Tokyo International Film Festival’s programming is being shaped by a new cinematic sensibility. Shozo Ichiyama, a producer and festival veteran, was named Tokyo’s new programming director in March, replacing Yoshi Yatabe, who held the role since 2004. Ichiyama was previously head of Tokyo Filmex, a festival […]

Tokyo: 5 Questions With Festival Ambassador Ai Hashimoto

Since her debut in Tetsuya Nakashima’s acclaimed feature Confessions (2010) as a schoolgirl, Ai Hashimoto, 25, has built an impressive filmography, to say nothing of her television work, modeling and singing career (she’s signed to Sony Music). The native of Kumamoto on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu has shown her versatility in appearing in everything […]

Tokyo Film Festival Kicks Off with Isabelle Huppert and Post-COVID Optimism

The 34th Tokyo International Film Festival kicked off in the Japanese capital Sunday night on a distinctly optimistic note, as jury president Isabelle Huppert walked the red carpet alongside a slew of local stars. It was Japan’s first glitzy red carpet occasion for an international movie premiere since the start of the pandemic — and […]

Nicolas Cage Fighting Japanese Corn Snack With His Name and Picture

Photos of a Deluxe Umaibo Nicolastick bearing the star's image from the critically panned 'Army of One' made their way around the internet in early October.

Filmart: Can Japan Make Anime Great Again?

With box office phenomenon 'Your Name' leading the way, Japanese animation is on a roll, but to survive the country’s aging demographics, it must attract more young artists and truly cross over globally.

Sony Swings to Profit, But ‘After Earth’ Drags Down Film Unit

The conglomerate, led by CEO Kaz Hirai, said lower theatrical revenue due to the Will Smith film's "underperformance" and fewer home entertainment releases was offset by a music catalog sale.

Sony Posts First Annual Profit in Five Years

UPDATED: Boosting the latest results were a weaker yen, asset sales and such box office hits as "Skyfall" and "The Amazing Spider-Man."

Cannes 2012: Japanese Directors Benefit From Aging Film Demo

Thanks to one of the oldest populations in the world, veteran helmers enjoy career longevity rarely seen in the global film business.

Japan’s Entertainment Industry Continues Recovery on One-Year Anniversary of Natural Disasters

The nation looks to expand its business overseas following devastating events that killed nearly 20,000 people last year.

Sundance 2012: Keiichi Kobayashi’s Talks ‘About the Pink Sky’

The Japanese director's quirky black and white debut feature grabbed the attention of the jury at TIFF before heading to Sundance.

Japanese Director Kaneto Shindo Sends Personal ‘Postcard’ to Oscar Voters

The latest film from the 99-year-old helmer is based on his experience as a WWII soldier, and is Japan's foreign-language Academy Awards hopeful.

Sony Predicts $3.2 Billion Fiscal-Year Loss After Earthquake

The company revised its forecast from a profit to its third annual loss in a row amid a provision for deferred tax assets and said costs for the recent PlayStation Network security breach will cost it $171.5 million this fiscal year.