Archive for category Japan

Films shot on location help revitalize Japan’s regional economies

KOBE — Regional economies in Japan are getting a boost from film production companies shooting on location, assisted by increasingly active local film commissions. Film commissions—nonprofit organizations established by local governments—help smooth the way for media companies that want to film in their respective localities. Local governments welcome the idea as film crews bring in […]

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Japan’s ‘Production Committee’ Filmmaking Has Critics Grousing About Groupthink

Brett Bull Social media was abuzz in April after producer and distributor Adam Torel of Third Window Films told the Sankei Shimbun newspaper that the quality of movies made in Japan had fallen low. One of his points was that the so-called “production committee” system, whereby multiple partners invest in a film project, results in a highly conservative product […]

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Director Yukisada bypasses stagnant film industry by setting latest work in China

By NORIKI ISHITOBI/ Senior Staff Writer Moved by a sense of urgency about the future of Japanese cinema, leading filmmaker Isao Yukisada joined hands with companies in China to make his latest film, “Five Minutes to Tomorrow.” “The time has finally come for Japanese to go beyond borders to make movies,” said Yukisada, the director […]

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