In the Yufuincho district of Yufu, Oita Prefecture, indie director Ko Eto promotes his film project to be shot in Canada. (Ayumi Shintaku)
Indie director from Oita working on film in Canada
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.
The main robot from "Gundam Reconguista in G" ((c) SOTSU・SUNRISE)
'Gundam' creator Tomino working on two new projects at age 72
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.
A screenshot taken from "Possessions."  "Possessions" is now available on Blu-ray and DVD in the omnibus animated film "Short Peace." ((c) SHORT PEACE COMMITTEE (c) KATSUHIRO OTOMO/ MASH・ROOM/ SHORT PEACE COMMITTEE)
Oscar nomination leaves 'Possessions' animator wanting more
Japan was a strong contender for Oscars this year with nominations for the feature anime "The Wind Rises" and the anime short "Possessions."
Director Noboru Iguchi (Photo by Atsushi Ohara)
Cult director Iguchi's 'Nuigurumer Z' goes retro with live-action special effects
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.
Italo Caproni and a seaplane are seen in the Gianni Caproni Museum of Aeronautics in Trento, Italy. (Hiroshi Ishida)
Miyazaki's 'The Wind Rises' pays homage to Italian aircraft designer
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.
Actors join a "danjiri" wooden cart event during a shoot at Osaka Castle Koen park in Osaka's Chuo Ward on Nov. 3. (Kaori Sawaki)
Osaka turns to the big screen to attract Indian tourists
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.
A scene from "Giovanni's Island." Junpei, right, and Kanta, center, talk with a Russian girl named Tanya. ((c) JAME)
'Giovanni's Island,' living under Soviet occupation as seen through the eyes of a child
"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.
In the film “The People Living in Hadenya--Part One,” a fisherman and his wife prepare for oyster farming in Hadenya, a community in Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, before the Great East Japan Earthquake struck on March 11, 2011. (Courtesy of Kazuki Agatsuma)
Film shows lifestyles of traditional Miyagi village before 3/11 disaster
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.
Actress Haru Kuroki receives the Silver Bear for best actress in the movie "The Little House" from jury member Christoph Waltz during the award ceremony at the Berlin International Film Festival on Feb. 15. (AP Photo)
Haru Kuroki 4th Japanese named best actress at Berlin film fest
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.
"The Wind Rises" ((c) 2013 Nibariki・GNDHDDTK)
Animated films dominate Japanese box office in 2013
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).
"Golden Time" ((c) Robot)
Without words, animators develop unique voice through short films
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.
Yasujiro Ozu (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Ozu's movies continue to win new fans
More than 50 years after his death, renowned film director Yasujiro Ozu’s works continue to inspire interest both in Japan and abroad.
Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises" ((c) 2013 Nibariki・GNDHDDTK)
Miyazaki's 'The Wind Rises' receives Oscar nomination
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.
A scene from "A Band Rabbit and a Boy" (Courtesy of Cinema E-ra)
Art house theater, local community unite to produce indie film
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.
A scene from "No Beginning, No End." Min Tanaka with a large stone on his back ((c) 2013 ITO PLANET )
Dancer Min Tanaka stars in his first dramatic film
Dancer and actor Min Tanaka had always wanted to work with a screenwriter and director to turn his performances into a feature film.
Director Masayuki Hayashi holds kitchen knives Wu Zengdong made from spent artillery shells at the Cineka Omori theater in Tokyo's Ota Ward. (Yuri Imamura)
From exploded artillery shells, a Taiwanese story of utensils and peace
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.
A scene from "Attack on Titan" ((c) Hajime Isayama, Kodansha/ "Attack on Titan" Production Committee)
'Attack on Titan,' 'Garden of Words' take top honors at Kobe anime awards
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.
A scene from the "Tale of a Butcher Shop" (Courtesy of Aya Hanabusa)
Documentary on daily life of Osaka butcher shop wins accolades
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.
Koji Yamazaki keeps his day job as a projectionist at Ekimae Cinema theater. "I'm the only one in Japan who shows the films he writes." (Daiji Higuchi)
While waiting for his big break, porn writer wins screenplay award
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.
Members of the Tomo-Ryoma Omotenashi-tai (The Hospitality Squad of Tomo-Ryoma) receive a letter from Hollywood star Hugh Jackman at the Fukuyama city hall on Nov. 12. (Toru Okuda)
X-Men's 'Wolverine' promotes Fukuyama as tourism ambassador
FUKUYAMA, Hiroshima Prefecture--Even a brooding mutant malcontent prone to "beserker rages" can occasionally be a nice agreeable guy.

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