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Tokyo: Producer Genki Kawamura Talks Directorial Debut, ‘Your Name’ Hollywood Remake

Producer, scriptwriter, best-selling author and now award-winning director Genki Kawamura is best known for his work on Makoto Shinkai’s 2016 anime megahit Your Name. Beginning his career at Toho, his talented was spotted early and he was trusted with producer duties on major projects at Japan’s biggest studio. In 2010, he worked on the Confessions, […]

Tokyo Film Festival Aiming to Bounce Back After Two Lowkey Pandemic Editions

Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will open with a full red carpet for the first time in three years as the event looks to bounce back from two relatively subdued editions held during the pandemic. Fest chairman Hiroyasu Ando said at a line-up press conference that he expected around 100 overseas guests and participants to […]

‘Your Name’ Director Makoto Shinkai Announces New Anime Feature

Makoto Shinkai, director of anime smash Your Name, has announced his next film, 'Weather Child (Tenki no Ko) Weathering With You,' to be released in Japan in July 2019.

Japan’s Anime Industry Worth Record $19B, Driven by Streaming and Exports

Revenues for the Japanese anime industry reached a record $19.1 billion (?2.15 trillion) last year, according to the annual report released this week by The Association of Japanese Animations (AJA).

Filmart: ‘Your Name’ Producers Team With Chinese Filmmakers on New Anime Anthology

CoMix Wave is working with Shanghai's Haoliners on a three-film project by Chinese and Japanese directors.

Hollywood’s Share of Japanese Box Office Jumps Nearly 20 Percent in 2017

Led by 'Beauty and the Beast,' imported films took in $935 million last year, which registered the second-biggest box-office numbers of all time.

Japan’s Anime Industry Grows to Record $17.7B, Boosted by ‘Your Name’ and Exports

Revenue at animation houses climbed by nearly 10 percent, but a lack of capacity is likely to hamper further growth, with most studios now fully booked for years.

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.

Annie Awards Preview: What to Know About the Animation Community’s Big Night

'Zootopia' and 'Kubo and the Two Strings' are among the contenders for best animated feature.

How Anime ‘Your Name’ Became an Unlikely Phenomenon

The low-budget Makoto Shinkai-directed megahit is now the highest-grossing Japanese film in history.

Japanese Anime Phenomenon ‘Your Name’ Gets North American Release Date

Last weekend, the Oscar hopeful was honored as best animated feature at the Los Angeles Film Critics Awards.

International Box-Office Hits of 2016

This year's international success stories: China's half-billion-dollar blockbuster, Germany's refugee comedy and the New Zealand indie that outgrossed 'Rogue One.'