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Takashi Miike and Kim Ki-duk Announce Period Action Epics

7 October 2015 11:02 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Takashi Miike has settled on his (give or take) 416th feature, and it’s in a territory that won’t surprise any of this prolific helmer’s fans. Following Yakuza Apocalypse, a recent Tiff title that we liked and talked to him about, and next year’s Terra Formars — so long as nothing else crops up between now and then — will be a samurai picture entitled Blade of the Immortal. Notwithstanding how much that just sounds like the very title of something he’d produce, this work is based on a manga / anime series that mixes the mysticism and honor-bound drama that comprises so much of his oeuvre.

Takuya Kimura is to play Manji, a more-or-less immortal samurai with terrible deeds to his name. His sister’s death spurns the need to end his immortality — something that can only be achieved by killing 1,000 evildoers. With the help of “sacred bloodworms” that repair wounds, »

- Nick Newman

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Japan B.O.: ‘Hero’ Wins Second Weekend

27 July 2015 7:14 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tokyo — “Hero,” the second feature entry in a long-running TV/film franchise centering on a rebellious public prosecutor played by Takuya Kimura, won its second straight weekend at the Japanese box office.

For the July 24-25 frame “Hero” earned $2.99 million on 271,000 admissions. This was about half its take for its opening weekend — the biggest of any live-action domestic film released in Japan so far this year. Produced by Fuji TV and distributed by Toho, “Hero” had a cumulative total of $15 million from 1.45 million admissions by its ninth day in theaters.

Meanwhile, last week’s number two, “The Boy and the Beast,” another Toho release, held onto its spot in the chart, with $2.74 million. By Monday (July 27), it had reached a total of $20 million on admissions of 1.9 million.

Disney’s “Inside Out” moved up one slot from fourth to third, with earnings of $2.97 million on 240,000 admissions, pushing it past the 1 million ticket sales mark. »

- Mark Schilling

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Japan Box Office: ‘Hero’ Opens On Top

22 July 2015 2:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tokyo — “Hero,” the second film based on a popular Fuji TV drama series featuring a rule-bending public prosecutor played by Takuya Kimura, won the July 18-19 weekend at the Japanese box office.

Opening on 443 screens, with Toho distributing, the film earned $5.90 million on 541,000 admissions – the highest figure of any domestic film  bowing this year.  But its opening weekend take is 27% down on the previous “Hero” film, which finished with $66 million in 2007.

Last week’s number one, “The Boy and the Beast,” also distributed by Toho, fell to number two, scoring $4.0 million on 350,000 admissions. As of Monday, the Mamoru Hosoda animation had driven its cumulative total to $15 million on 1.4 million admissions.

Bowing at number four was Disney’s “Inside Out” with $3.27 million. The film is competing with local animations for the family market – hugely important now that Japanese kids and many of their parents are finally on summer holiday. One, the »

- Mark Schilling

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