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‘Demon Slayer’ Overtakes ‘Titanic’ at the Japanese Box Office

The period action animation “Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train” has passed “Titanic” at the Japanese box office, to become the territory’s number two all-time hit, according to figures announced on Monday by distributor Aniplex.Based on a hit comic by Gotoge Koyoharu that has sold more than 100 million copies in all formats, including digital, […]

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Paramount’s Live-Action ‘Your Name’ Movie Lands ‘Minari’ Director Lee Isaac Chung

While his Sundance sensation “Minari” is still on the hook for release from A24 Films, director Lee Isaac Chung has just landed a major new project with the live-action reimagining of the beloved 2016 Japanese animated fantasy, “Your Name.” Chung will write and direct the film, which will be produced by Bad Robot’s J.J. Abrams […]

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Oscars 2020: Best Animated Feature Predictions

Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” leads a field of sequel-heavy studio contenders for Best Animated Feature, along with rival Disney’s “Frozen 2” and DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.” But indies are well represented, too, with Netflix’s existential French mystery, “I Lost My Body” (voted Best Animated Feature by the Nyfcc and Lafca), […]

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‘Weathering With You’ Review: A Beautiful but Flawed Film about Romance and Climate Change | Tiff 2019

Though he’s been making acclaimed movies for years, it was not until Your Name. became the highest-grossing anime film ever in Japan and a global sensation that people started eagerly anticipating Makoto Shinkai’s next feature, Weathering With You. The result is a beautifully animated film about love, growing up, and human’s emotional connection to the […]

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Japan’s ‘Weathering With You’ Set for China Theatrical Release

“Weathering With You,” the hit Japanese animation directed by Makoto Shinkai, is set for a theatrical release in mainland Chinese theaters. Chinese state media reported on Monday that the film had been approved by China’s censors, but said that the film had not yet been given a release date.After his previous hit “Your Name,” “Weathering […]

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‘Weathering With You’ Heads for $100 Million Box Office Haul

Makoto Shinkai’s animated romantic drama “Weathering with You” passed the JPY10 billion ($94 million) mark in Japan on Wednesday, according to an announcement by distributor Toho. This makes it the tenth-highest earning Japanese film of all time.Since its release on July 19 on 448 screens in 359 complexes, the film has racked up 7.52 million […]

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China and Japan Hatching Co-Production Treaty

Asian neighbors and frequent rivals, Japan and China are expected to sign a film coproduction treaty next month.The news was reported Wednesday by Japan’s Asahi newspaper, citing Foreign Ministry sources.The treaty would be the first of its kind for Japan, whose film production and distribution industries have seen growth stall after pushing back Hollywood in […]

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