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Japanese Animation Market Surpassed 2 Trillion Yen in 2016

Japanese Animation Market Surpassed 2 Trillion Yen in 2016
The Japanese animation market surpassed 2 trillion yen ($17.7 billion) for the first time last year, fueled by the runaway success of “Your Name” and international sales.

In its annual survey of the industry, the Association of Japanese Animations (Aja) said the market had grown by nearly 10% from 1.82 trillion yen in 2015 to 2 trillion yen in 2016. In 2014, the market was worth 1.63 trillion yen.

The association has conducted its survey since 2009. The new survey looked at almost 100 animation productions from January to December 2016.

The survey looked at nine different categories, including TV animation, theatrical animation, video, online distribution, merchandise, live entertainment, international expansion and more. The Japanese box office recorded revenue of 66.3 billion yen in 2016, with “Your Name” and “In This Corner of the World” as big hits. That was a 41.1% increase from the previous year.

Additionally, international expansion saw 31.6% growth and live entertainment 29.5% growth from the previous year.

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Competition: Win anime ‘Your Name’ on DVD!

Take home the body-swapping romance that captivated the world with the highly anticipated release of Your Name. Critically acclaimed and as beautifully written as it is animated, this spellbinding story of love and youth is the perfect gift for the anime or film fan in your life.

Synopsis:

“One thing is certain. If we see each other, we’ll know.”

Mitsuha (Mone Kamishiraishi) and Taki (Ryunosuke Kamiki) have never met, but when the frustrated country girl wishes of a life in the big city, they will forge a connection both unexplainable and unforgettable. In their dreams, the two swap lives, cultures and genders as they learn more about, and grow closer to, each other. What was once a shock becomes a joy-filled double life, but what will happen when they discover the red string of fate tying them together?

Your Name comes to DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray Steelbook 6th November from Anime Ltd.
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Adapt or Die, Hollywood!

Moneyball’s Billy Beane said it best when it came to surviving in a hard industry. “Adapt or die.” Powerful words and while Hollywood is not baseball, they’ve got more in common than most would think about. You see, both require stars to perform their craft admirably for an audience, sell merchandise, and get butts in seats. However, one thing that Hollywood does better than baseball, and pretty much every other profession is: adaptation.

For those of you who don’t know, adaptation refers to the process of making something suitable for a new use or purpose. Our bodies adapt to time changes, animals adapt to environmental shifts, and Hollywood adapts novels, comic books, plays, and video games to try and get more money. While not identical in the biological sense, Hollywood is just doing what we do all the time. They are changing to better fit the new situation they are presented with.
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Daily Podcast: Justice League, Jj Abrams, Agents of Shield, Coming To America 2, Hocus Pocus, Stranger Things 2

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Daily Podcast: Justice League, Jj Abrams, Agents of Shield, Coming To America 2, Hocus Pocus, Stranger Things 2
On the September 29, 2017 episode of /Film Daily, Peter Sciretta is joined by Ben Pearson and Hoai-Tran Bui to talk about the latest news including the Justice League score, Marvel’s Agents of Shield, Coming To America 2, a Hocus Pocus remake, Stranger Things 2 and Jj Abrams remaking Your Name. You can subscribe to […]

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Dazzling Anime ‘Your Name’ Getting Live-Action Reboot From J.J. Abrams

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Last week, word emerged that Paramount was none too happy about their golden boy J.J. Abrams once again taking a work vacation from the studio, where he has a longtime deal with his Bad Robot shingle, to go play in Disney‘s sandbox and make another “Star Wars” movie. Well, it looks like he’s trying to make it up to them.

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Abrams will put his producing powers toward a live-action remake of this year’s dazzling anime sensation, “Your Name.Makoto Shinkai‘s gorgeous film has earned over $355 million worldwide, which tells the story of high schoolers Mitsuha and Taki, who soon start waking up randomly inside each other’s bodies.

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J.J. Abrams & Bad Robot To Produce Live-Action Version Of ‘Your Name’

Your Name

Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot announced today they have won the rights to adapt the hit Japanese film Your Name for the big screen. The two companies will work with Japan-based Toho Co., Ltd., the producers of the acclaimed original animated film, to develop a live-action take on the story that has captivated audiences around the world over since its release in 2016. Toho will handle distribution of the film in Japan.

J.J. Abrams and Lindsey Weber will produce for Bad Robot, along with Genki Kawamura, producer of the original film. Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer (Arrival) will write the screenplay.

“We are excited to collaborate with an extremely talented team in Hollywood,” said Yoshishige Shimatani, CEO of Toho Co., Ltd. “And to create with them a live action version of the iconic Japanese film Your Name.

“Just like in the film it feels like a dream” says Genki Kawamura.
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J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot to adapt hit anime Your Name as live-action feature

Paramount Pictures and J.J. AbramsBad Robot have announced that they are teaming up with Toho Co. Ltd to produce a live-action version of the hit Japanese anime feature Your Name, tapping Oscar-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer (Arrival) to pen the script.

Created, written, and directed by Makoto Shinkai, Your Name tells the story of a teenage boy and girl from different backgrounds who discover they can swap bodies. They become desperate to cross space and time to find a way to meet and stop an impending disaster.

“We are excited to collaborate with an extremely talented team in Hollywood,” said Yoshishige Shimatani, CEO of Toho Co., Ltd. “And to create with them a live action version of the iconic Japanese film Your Name.

“Just like in the film it feels like a dream” added producer Genki Kawamura. “Mr. Abrams and his team have captivated audiences in their masterful reinvention of known properties.
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J.J. Abrams Will Adapt a Live-Action Adaptation of Anime Hit ‘Your Name’ for Paramount Pictures

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J.J. Abrams Will Adapt a Live-Action Adaptation of Anime Hit ‘Your Name’ for Paramount Pictures
J.J. AbramsBad Robot and Japan-based Toho Co. will adapt Makoto Shinkai’s 2016 Japanese anime hit “Your Name” into a live-action feature for Paramount Pictures., adapted by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer (“Arrival”).

“Your Name,” which drew Oscar buzz last year when the Los Angeles Film Critics Association named it the year’s best animated film, tells the story of a teenage boy and girl from different backgrounds who discover they can swap bodies. They become desperate to cross space and time to find a way to meet and stop an impending disaster.

“There’s still more to gawk at in any single frame of this film than there is in the entirety of ‘Frozen,’ wrote IndieWire’s David Ehrlich in his ‘B’ review last December. “And ‘Your Name’ only gets more beautiful as it grows more grandiose, as every lonely train ride and periwinkle sunset glistens with the bittersweet glow of regret.
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J.J. Abrams Developing Remake of Japanese Hit ‘Your Name’ With Paramount

J.J. Abrams Developing Remake of Japanese Hit ‘Your Name’ With Paramount
Paramount Pictures and J.J. AbramsBad Robot have won the rights to adapt the blockbuster Japanese animated movie “Your Name.”

The two companies announced Wednesday that they will work with Japan-based Toho Co., Ltd., the producers of the original animated film, to develop a live-action take on the story. Toho will handle distribution of the film in Japan.

Abrams and Lindsey Weber will produce for Bad Robot, along with Genki Kawamura, producer of the original film. Eric Heisserer, who received an Academy Award nomination for his “Arrival” screenplay, will write the screenplay for “Your Name.

The Japanese film was created, written, and directed by Makoto Shinkai. It tells the story of a teenage boy and girl from different backgrounds who discover they can swap bodies. They become desperate to cross space and time to find a way to meet and stop an impending disaster.

“We are excited to collaborate with an extremely talented team in Hollywood,” said
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Celebrities Continue to Show Support for Puerto Rico in the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria

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Celebrities Continue to Show Support for Puerto Rico in the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria
After Category 4 storm Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico and left islanders with a lack of electricity and running water and fast-dwindling food supplies, celebrities immediately united on social media to help out by collecting material donations, fundraising and encouraging fans to follow suit.

Hamilton composer Lin Manuel Miranda, Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez, late night host Jimmy Fallon, and reality T.V.’s Kim Kardashian West were among the celebrities lending a helping hand. “I will be donating to Puerto Rico and help them get the food & water they desperately need. Please donate,” wrote Kardashian West on Twitter. In the same tweet,
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Two Korean Films Dominate All Time High First Half Korean 2017 Box Office

According to the Korean Film Council (Kofic), this is the highest box office South Korea achieved among the first half in years.

Yoo Hae-jin and Hyun Bin in Confidential Assignment (2017) (Source: Hancinema.net)

The report stated that there were 97.29 million admissions, which resulted in a all-time high ticket sales of Usd 704.5 million. The number of viewers increased by 2.66 million for a growth of 2.8% from the same time last year, whilst the box office grew 3.4% with an increase of Usd 23.3 million. However, local films only took 41.62 million admissions, witnessed a decrease of 2.2 million (down 5%).

In comparison to last year, domestic films held a 42.8% market share, which was 3.5% less. On the other hand, foreign movies attracted 55.6 million viewers, increased by 4.86 million (up 9.6%) from first half of 2016. Us titles accounted for 48.8% of admissions, while European took 2% and Chinese took 0.2%. Meanwhile, Japanese films’ share surprisingly jumped 86% to take 5.2% of market share, mainly thanks to
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Are we suffering from Dwayne Johnson franchise fatigue?

Anghus Houvouras is suffering from Dwayne Johnson franchise fatigue…

We spend so much time analyzing franchises. That’s mainly because they make up such a high percentage of blockbuster cinema. If you look at the top 10 films of 2017 globally, only two films don’t fall under the franchise tag: The Boss Baby, an animated family film that is as close to the formulaic world of franchises as any movie can get and the Japanese anime Your Name. Everything else is a franchise film fare.

While discussing the bombs of 2017, Baywatch was brought up. The film drowned quickly at the box office and was universally panned. Like any good armchair pundit, we tried to assign blame for the failure. Most attributed the failure to poor marketing or the fact that Baywatch isn’t exactly a brand that audiences were hoping to see adapted to the big screen. The more I thought about,
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Film Review: ‘In This Corner of the World’

Film Review: ‘In This Corner of the World’
In 1931, Japan began a crusade of Asian expansion, and for more than a dozen years, the country waged an offensive war away from home — meaning that the women and children were largely insulated from the horrors their sons and husbands were wreaking abroad. And then, in 1944, the tide turned, as Allied bombers reached Japan, culminating, of course, in the two atomic blasts that ended the war. Wistful and snowglobe-intimate, director Sunao Katabuchi’s “In This Corner of the World” takes place a stone’s throw from Hiroshima during this period, capturing a way of life that was effectively wiped out by the war through the experience of a young housewife blessed with an artistic sensibility.

“Even in war, cicadas cry and butterflies fly,” observes Suzu Urano (Non), the movie’s young protagonist, who has the capacity to look out at a sky full of explosions and see them as bursts
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South Korea's Bucheon festival opening and closing films announced

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Line-up includes films from Lee Yong-seung and Fukuda Yuichi.

Asia’s largest genre fest, the 21st Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (Bifan) today announced it will open with the world premiere of Room No. 7, the sophomore feature from award-winning Korean director Lee Yong-seung (10 Minutes).

Running July 13-23, the fest will hold its awards ceremony July 21 with closing film Gintama, the live action film directed by Fukuda Yuichi based on the popular manga by Sorachi Hideaki.

This year, Bifan will screen 289 films from 58 countries with 63 world premieres with encore screenings July 22-23.

The Bucheon Choice: Features competition will screen 11 films including the world premiere of Jeon Kyuhwan’s Korean film The End and the Asian premiere of Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson’s Us film The Endless.

Korean Fantastic: Features competition, which includes films like the recent Cannes Midnight Screenings title The Villainess, also has a socio-political slant with world premiering films such as Im Heung-soon’s North
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Annecy Review: ‘A Silent Voice’ (Koe no katachi)

Annecy Review: ‘A Silent Voice’ (Koe no katachi)
Deafness becomes a metaphor for isolation and miscommunication in Nipponese anime “A Silent Voice,” which tracks the fracturing friendships in a school class when a hearing-impaired girl enters the mix. Narcissism, self-loathing, secret crushes and longing for acceptance — all the trademarks of puberty are vividly evoked in beguiling hand-drawn visuals. Moreover, the film boasts a fresh and engaging approach in tackling the ubiquitous Japanese subject of school bullying from the perspective of the bully rather than the victim. The third feature directed by Naoko Yamada has roped in nearly $20 million domestically and reverberated into cinemas in territories all over Europe, Latin America and Asia; it may create as much noise internationally as Japanese phenomenon “Your Name.

Yamada, whose first two TV-spinoff films “K-On!” and “Yamada Love Story,” were highly rated, is regarded as a rising star in Japan’s competitive anime industry. Her screen rendering of Yoshitoki Oima’s multiple
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Glocal In Progress Launches at 2017 San Sebastian Fest

Cannes — Industry showcase Glocal in Progress will launch at September’s 2017 San Sebastian’s Festival aiming to lend larger visibility to movies made in Europe but not in one of its big-six market languages – English, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian and German.

Three features in post-production stage will be screened to an audience of producers, distributors, sales agents and festival programmers.

A new activity on San Sebastian’s industry program, Glocal in Progress will run parallel to the festival’s 32nd edition of Films in Progress and the 7th Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum.

A call for submissions runs through June 30. International co-productions are admitted if movies are majority European.

European non-hegemonic languages are ones other than English, Spanish, French, German, Italian or Russian, such as the Basque-language movie used in “Aundiya” (pictured), a nineteenth century two brothers drama, one of whom is the tallest man in Europe. It is sold at Cannes by Film Factory Ent.
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“Mother, I’ve Pretty Much Forgotten Your Face” is a genuine folk/punk (music) story

Michiro Endo is a cult icon in Japan. Born in 1950, in Fukushima, he formed the former punk band “The Stalin” in 1980, a group with radical performances and methods of expression, which featured in Sogo Ishii’s “Burst City.” “The Stalin” were disbanded in 1985, and Michiro Endo started his solo career in 1993, giving, mostly, acoustic folk performances. In 2011, he begins the “Project Fukushima!” with various activities to support the restoration of the area after the Great East Japan Earthquake. The same year starts his Kanreki tour, to celebrate his 60th birthday. He films this tour from January 23 to September 16, and the footage becomes the backbone of “Mother, I’ve Pretty Much Forgotten Your Name.

The film will screen at the 18th Japan-Filmfest Hamburg, that will be on 31.05-04.06.2017

The film starts with a performance by “The Stalin” (Endo reunited them for this tour), that highlights the band’s, but mostly his,
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‘Paris Can Wait,’ Eleanor Coppola’s French Valentine, Leads Arthouse Box Office Openers

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‘Paris Can Wait,’ Eleanor Coppola’s French Valentine, Leads Arthouse Box Office Openers
As specialized distributors head to Cannes, Eleanor Coppola’s French valentine “Paris Can Wait” (Sony Pictures Classics) scored with arthouse moviegoers. It’s only the fourth 2017 limited release to break the increasingly rare $20,000 per-theater-average mark.

These days, movies with older audience appeal are sustaining the market — and will likely form the core demo for similar available new films at Cannes. Eleanor Coppola (“Apocalypse Now” documentary “Heart of Darkness”) makes her narrative film debut at 81 with her semi-autobiographical first screenplay, starring Diane Lane as the wife of a self-involved film producer (Alec Baldwin).

New York also saw a handful of other small but still promising initial results, led by Cate Blanchett stunt-theater piece “Manifesto” (Film Rise), Israeli marriage story “The Wedding Plan” (Roadside Attractions) and “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” (First Run).

Netflix’s timely Tribeca documentary “Get Me Roger Stone,” an eye-opening portrait of Donald Trump’s flamboyant dark knight,
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