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Patrick Brzeski

Asia Bureau Chief

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Japan’s Wowow to Produce Live-Action Spinoff of Classic Anime Series ‘Yatterman’ (Exclusive)

Leading Japanese pay TV broadcaster Wowow has greenlit a live-action TV series spin-off of the legendary anime series Yatterman. Titled Doronjo, the new series will tell the prequel story of the influential female villain of the same name from the original Yatterman series. A pop cultural icon in Japan, Doronjo is arguably the anime world’s […]

Crunchyroll Sets Global Theatrical Release for Anime ‘That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime’

Sony’s specialty streamer and distributor Crunchyroll has picked up global theatrical rights to Kodansha’s forthcoming feature adaptation of the hit anime series That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. The film, with the full title of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime the Movie: Scarlet Bond, debuts in Japan in November 2022 […]

MPA’s Anti-Piracy Organization ACE Adds First Partners in Asia

The Motion Picture Association’s anti-piracy organization, ACE, is boosting its global impact by partnering with local entertainment companies in the Asia-Pacific region. Hong Kong-based video streaming platform Viu and Thailand’s leading cable satellite TV provider True Visions have both joined the coalition to help combat entertainment piracy in their home markets and around the world. […]

Imagine Entertainment Teams With Taiwan’s TAICCA on Content Development Lab

Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment is extending its reach to Taiwan. The company said Tuesday that it has partnered with TAICCA (Taiwan Creative Content Agency) and Taipei-based studio Sixty Percent Productions to produce Emerge, a new program designed to support Taiwanese writers, directors and producers to develop Chinese-language original TV series. TAICCA said […]

Shanghai Disneyland Set to Reopen as Local COVID Wave Subsides

The Shanghai Disney Resort is set to reopen Thursday after suspending operations for more than three months in response to China’s worst COVID-19 outbreak since the early days of the pandemic. The Walt Disney Co. said the resort will resume ticket sales Wednesday, and attendance levels will be capped during the first phase of reopening, […]

‘Ninja Warrior’ Considered for Inclusion in Los Angeles 2028 Summer Olympics 

A gold medal for Ninja Warrior skills? It’s not as far-fetched as you might think. Japanese TV network TBS, creator of the original Ninja Warrior reality competition format, revealed Monday that the show’s signature obstacle course will be tested for possible inclusion in the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games. The Ninja Warrior course is under […]

China Box Office: ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Slips to Second Place After Crossing $100M

Universal’s Jurassic World Dominion crossed the $100 million mark in China on Thursday, becoming the first Hollywood film to hit that milestone since F9: The Fast Saga did so in spring 2021. The dinosaur sequel was pushed into second place over the weekend, however, as the heartwarming Chinese drama Lighting Up the Stars opened Friday […]

Japanese City Launches Campaign to Preserve Forest that Inspired Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘My Neighbor Totoro’

A city in Japan has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help preserve a stretch of pristine forest that inspired Hayao Miyazaki when he was creating his classic hand-drawn animation My Neighbor Totoro.  The city of Tokorozawa, located about 20 miles northwest of Tokyo, has set out a plan to raise 2.6 billion yen ($19 million) to […]

Tokyo Film Market to Return as Virtual Event for Third Consecutive Year

TIFFCOM, the content market that runs in tandem with the Tokyo International Film Festival each Fall, will remain an online-only event in 2022 for the third consecutive year, organizers confirmed Thursday. TIFFCOM shifted to the virtual format in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe, driving most major film festivals and markets online. TIFFCOM’s […]

Thailand Introduces Tax Exemption for Foreign Actors, Boosting Incentive Scheme

Thailand boosted its film incentive scheme on Tuesday by approving a tax exemption for all foreign actors who work on movies or television productions in the country. The new measure will remain in effect for a period of at least five years. Thailand has operated an incentive scheme since 2017 to lure international productions to […]

Japan’s Amuse Inc. Unveils 7 Projects for Hollywood Collaboration (Exclusive)

Japanese entertainment giant Amuse Inc. has unveiled a slate of seven curated projects that it will pitch to the Hollywood creative community for potential adaption or co-production during the upcoming A-JAPAN content showcase event later this week. The projects span best-selling manga and YA novels, as well as successful TV and film projects for remake. The […]

A New Media Power Player Emerges in India

On June 13, The Walt Disney Company passed on the opportunity to renew its streaming rights to Indian Premier League cricket. Investors and analysts largely cheered that decision, deeming the rights to the most popular sport in the world’s second-most populous nation, which ultimately sold at auction for over $3 billion for a period of […]