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Nakata to open Udine Far East fest

TOKYO -- "The Ring" director Hideo Nakata will cut the ribbon to open the 10th annual Far East Film festival in Udine, Italy, where his "L Change The World" will have its international debut.

Fuji readies 3rd ‘Shakedown’

TOKYO -- The most lucrative live-action title in Japanese movie history is about to get a third run, according to Fuji Television Network.

Google inks Japan copyright pact for YouTube

TOKYO -- Google and one of Japan's largest copyright organizations are working together to enable YouTube users to upload video clips of themselves performing their own versions of Japanese hit songs.

Crowds, exhibitors up as Anime Fair open

TOKYO -- A personal "movieoke" device grabbed animated content companies' attention as the Tokyo International Anime Fair kicked off Thursday to crowds 7% larger than last year's, according to organizers.

NHK targets youth demo with ‘Kawaii’

TOKYO -- Pubcaster NHK is shedding its fuddy-duddy image with the April launch of a fashion program aimed squarely at teens and 20-something women who are obsessed with "kawaii."

Material girl gain: Song is theme of Japan show

"Miles Away," a new track from Madonna's upcoming album, will provide the theme music for Fuji Television's new spring drama, "Change." It represents the first time a Madonna track has been licensed for a TV drama in Japan.

Madonna to provide theme for Fuji TV’s ‘Changes’

TOKYO -- Madonna will provide the theme music for "Changes," Fuji Television's new spring drama, a move likely to secure hit status for the show starring idol Takuya Kimura, and the first time the singer has attached a song to a Japanese TV drama.

Japan urged to take film abroad

HONG KONG - Japanese moviemakers need to stop seeing their domestic market as their sole audience because a boom time in the industry is inevitably followed by lean years, Bey Logan, vp of the Weinstein Co., told a seminar on "Cool Japan Content" on Tuesday.

Levy ready to supply Japan 3-D

HONG KONG -- Japan will not have any 3-D capable cinemas for another couple of years, but when it does, Stuart Levy intends to be ready to supply them.

‘Nana’ tough to follow for helmer Otani

Following up the wildly popular "Nana" was always going to be a challenge, director Kentaro Otani said, but he insists he is not feeling any pressure with his new project. The key, he said, is to do something completely different.

Sabu plays up Hong Kong spirit

FILMART: After starting out as a singer and actor, Hiroyuki Tanaka adopted the nickname Sabu before turning to directing. With a long history of working in Hong Kong, his latest project is a horror-romance tale set in a city with which he has fallen in love.

Suo tackles Japan’s legal tangles

HONG KONG - “Shall We Dance?” was a story that the rest of the world could relate to. Richard Gere starred in the Hollywood remake. But Masayuki Suo’s latest project, "I Just Didn't Do It," does not cross borders or cultures with such ease.