April 21, 2014
YUFU, Oita Prefecture--A local indie director hoping to screen his first feature film at this city's annual movie festival is now seeking backers for his project.
April 19, 2014
Director Yoshiyuki Tomino, creator of the “Mobile Suit Gundam” robot anime franchise, announced two new projects: a “Gundam” film and a remake that will be jointly produced with a Hollywood studio.
April 15, 2014
Japan was a strong contender for Oscars this year with nominations for the feature anime "The Wind Rises" and the anime short "Possessions."
March 17, 2014
Cult film director Noboru Iguchi's latest flick features hordes of zombies, a girl who transforms into a superhero after merging with a talking alien who inhabits a raspberry sherbet-colored teddy bear and plenty of old-school "tokusatsu" live-action special effects.
March 05, 2014
TRENTO, Italy--Acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki's animated historical drama “The Wind Rises” is set to be released in Italy this spring, and Italo Caproni couldn't be happier.
February 25, 2014
OSAKA--The Osaka Convention and Tourism Bureau (OCTB) is hoping to use the lure of "screen tourism" to draw Indian tourists into Japan's second largest city and its surrounding areas.
February 24, 2014
"Giovanni's Island," a new animated feature film inspired by real-life events that transpired on a Japanese island occupied by Soviet troops in the waning days of World War II, hit theaters nationwide on Feb. 22.
February 19, 2014
MINAMI-SANRIKU, Miyagi Prefecture--A filmmaker who started documenting a fishing community in this town, three years before it was swept away by the tsunami on March 11, 2011, will soon release his work at mini theaters across the country.
February 16, 2014
BERLIN--Haru Kuroki won the Silver Bear prize for best actress at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival for her role as a housemaid in wartime Tokyo in “The Little House,” directed by veteran Yoji Yamada.
February 15, 2014
The four top-earning Japanese films in 2013 were animated features while two of the top five hits from overseas were cartoons, according to the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan Inc. (MPPAJ).
February 04, 2014
Animated shorts by young Japanese artists are getting a rare chance to play in Tokyo’s theaters and prove to audiences that the genre has developed a language of its own.
January 28, 2014
More than 50 years after his death, renowned film director Yasujiro Ozu’s works continue to inspire interest both in Japan and abroad.
January 17, 2014
Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Wind Rises” has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, the third time a film by the world-renowned anime director has received Oscar consideration.
January 09, 2014
HAMAMATSU, Shizuoka Prefecture--By the turn of the century, the increase in multiplex theaters featuring Japanese and Hollywood blockbusters prompted the shuttering of many smaller community movie houses that showcased independent and art house films.
January 06, 2014
Dancer and actor Min Tanaka had always wanted to work with a screenwriter and director to turn his performances into a feature film.
December 25, 2013
Wu Zengdong would like nothing better than for people to prepare meals using the kitchen knives he forged during a time of hatred and fear.
December 21, 2013
KOBE--Animated TV series "Attack on Titan" and feature film "The Garden of Words" received awards in their categories for best animated work at the 18th annual Animation Kobe Awards.
December 17, 2013
A documentary film focusing on the daily routine of a family that runs a slaughterhouse and butcher shop is currently playing in Tokyo and Osaka after winning praise from audiences at showings both home and abroad.
December 07, 2013
KANAZAWA--Koji Yamazaki’s career has been stuck in a rut for more than a decade. But over that time, he has grown to appreciate the “artistry” and “beauty” of writing screenplays for pornographic movies.
November 26, 2013
FUKUYAMA, Hiroshima Prefecture--Even a brooding mutant malcontent prone to "beserker rages" can occasionally be a nice agreeable guy.