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Japan Film Festival 2014 Review: Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends Caps An Explosive Trilogy

7 December 2014 8:59 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

By this stage, the humble tale of the first film and the bombastic masterfully shot darkness of the second film should prepare you for what is in store in Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends. Namely, a lot of exposition, happenstance and meandering until the final utterly jaw dropping fight sequence. Facing facts, it is clear that fans are here for the long haul; to just spend time with Kenshin and his cronies in this period is justification enough for another film.It can be argued that films two and three could have been combined to create a much more powerful experience, but this would be discounting all the additional story adapted from the manga, delving into Kenshin's psyche and reasoning. Like it or not, the overlong...

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Trailer Park: Night at the Jurassic World with Cinderella

27 November 2014 4:43 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Welcome to the latest installment of Trailer Park, our (semi) regular look at the latest trailers to hit the interwebs. This weeks line-up features a bevy of the latest movie trailers including: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Insurgent, Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto Inferno, Cinderella, Are You Here, Jurassic World and Home.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Get ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled Night At the Museum ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) leaves New York City for London, uniting favourite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.

Insurgent

Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Kate Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the »

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 tops the UK box office chart with biggest opening weekend of 2014

26 November 2014 4:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 14th to Sunday 16th November 2014…

Exactly a year after its predecessor topped the chart, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 debuted in first place at the UK box office, pulling in £12,654,109 – accounting for 2 out of every 3 cinema tickets told and taking home the biggest opening of 2014 to date. It’s also a franchise high, beating out The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which opened with £12.2 million.

Despite the success of Mockingjay, The Imitation Game, Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?! and Interstellar all managed to crack seven figures, although the life was pretty much sucked out of the rest of the chart, allowing Punjabi animation Chaar Sahibzaade to sneak into the chart in tenth with an opening weekend of £129,328.

Number one this time last year: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 – £12,654,109 weekend (New »

- Gary Collinson

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Rurouni Kenshin 2 hits UK cinemas

25 November 2014 11:20 AM, PST | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

The brand new UK trailer for Warner Bros. UK epic live action sequel Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto Inferno has landed on our doormat, so of course it would rude not to share! Based on the popular manga series, written & illustrated by Watsuki Nobuhiro, Kenshin 2 was directed by Ohtomo Keishi, who directed the first Rurouni Kenshin film in 2012, and even better theres a third instalment, fittingly entitled ‘The Legend Ends’ still to come. RK2 opens in UK cinemas 28th November. Synopsis: Kenshin Himura (Takeru Satoh) is a legendary swordsman, a hero in the wars preceding the turbulent fall of Japan's Shogunate in the 19th century. Once feared as 'Battosai the Killer', with the arrival of the new Japanese age and nursing the pain of losing many of his companions he is now a lone wanderer, roaming the land seeking to be of service to those in need. Fate however, had taken »

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Veteran Warner Bros Japan Chief Bill Ireton To Leave Company

20 November 2014 2:04 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Bill Ireton, President and Representative Director of Warner Entertainment Japan is to step down from his post in March. Ireton has been with Warner Bros for 26 years and has been instrumental in its Japanese operations, including several successful local-language films. Millard Ochs will take over as head of the studio’s Japanese business and will begin working with Ireton in December.

This year will be Warner Entertainment Japan’s most profitable since 2009. While box office in Japan for imports has dropped somewhat over the past few years, local movies are riding high. Warner produced late-2014 box office hits Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno and Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, which together are expected to gross nearly $90M.

Along with the Rurouni movies, Ireton shepherded such films as 2010′s Saigo No Chushingura, 2011′s Paradise Kiss, 2013′s The Straw Shield and Yurusarezarumono, and this year’s Kurohitsuji. Initially, Ireton established a »

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Millard Ochs Steps in as Bill Ireton Quits Warner Japan

19 November 2014 7:20 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bill Ireton, long-time head of Warner Bros. activities in Japan, is to step down in March next year.

Another Warner veteran Millard Ochs, comes out of retirement and is appointed head of Japanese operations, starting next month giving a three month overlap with the departing Ireton.

Ireton joined Warner Japan in 1988 and has been its president and representative since 2006. His departure was not fully explained and his next move was not announced.

“I’m proud to be leaving on a high note and know the company is in good hands and will continue to flourish,” Ireton said in a Warner statement.

This year will mark Wej’s most profitable year since 2009. Successes have included box office hits “Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno” and “Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, which are expected to gross nearly $90 million.

Ochs served as president, Warner Bros. International Cinemas, from 1994 until his retirement in 2013 when »

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New trailer for Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto Inferno

19 November 2014 3:03 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its impending UK release later this month, Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for the live-action sequel Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto Inferno, which we have for you right here after the official synopsis…

Kenshin Himura (Takeru Satoh) is a legendary swordsman, a hero in the wars preceding the turbulent fall of Japan’s Shogunate in the 19th century. Once feared as ‘Battosai the Killer’, with the arrival of the new Japanese age and nursing the pain of losing many of his companions he is now a lone wanderer, roaming the land seeking to be of service to those in need. Fate however, had taken hold of Kenshin’s future and was now guiding him toward a new destiny.

Without warning he is summoned by Home Minister Toshimichi Okubo (Kazufumi Miyazawa), and is informed that Makoto Shishio (Tatsuya Fujiwara), his successor in the service of the new government, »

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‘Turtles’, ‘Maze Runner’ Top Int’l Box Office Ahead Of ‘Interstellar’ Start: Final

3 November 2014 5:28 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

3rd Update, Monday 5:28 Pm Pt: Actuals are in from the major studios with numbers updated throughout the posts below. Notably, Fox’s The Maze Runner came out fleeter of foot than previously predicted with a $14.58M opening in China versus the $13.7M estimate. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles maintained its No. 1 spot in the market with $26.5M and increased its overall weekend take to $34.9M, while Annabelle was up slightly, scaring up $14.3M in offshore coin. Most of the other titles were on par with estimates.

Along with the above films, figures have been updated below for Guardians Of The Galaxy, Gone Girl, Fury, Dracula Untold, Big Hero 6, John Wick, Lucy, The Book Of Life, Ouija, The Judge, The Equalizer, The Boxtrolls, Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Nightcrawler, Hercules and Happy New Year. Below the original post, there are also actuals on films not »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Tiff’s 'Seven Samurai' look back with nostalgia

26 October 2014 6:36 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Tokyo International Film Festival’s ‘Seven Samurai’ directors compared the restrictive studio-controlled filmmaking environment of modern-day Japan to the golden age of Akira Kurosawa at a talk event on Sunday.

For this year’s edition, the festival has selected seven directors, who have achieved a degree of international recognition, to promote Japanese cinema to the world. Three of the seven attended the talk event: Keishi Otomo, who has directed two hit films based on the Rurouni Kenshin manga series; Takashi Yamazaki, whose Parasyte is closing the festival; and Lee Sang-il, whose credits include the Japanese remake of Unforgiven.

The other four ‘Samurai’ are Takashi Miike (13 Assassins), Tetsuya Nakashima (Confessions), Eiichiro Hasumi (Umizaru series) and Daihachi Yoshida, whose Pale Moon is the only Japanese film in Tiff’s competition section. The event was followed by a screening of Kurosawa’s 1954 Seven Samurai.

Asked to compare filmmaking in Japan today to the era when Seven Samurai was made, the »

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‘Cape Nostalgia’ tops Japan B.O.

15 October 2014 4:35 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tokyo – Veteran star Sayuri Yoshinaga proved her still-potent B.O. clout as “Cape Nostalgia,” a drama she produced and headlines, topped the Japanese charts in its first weekend on release, Oct. 11-12.

Opening on 286 screens, Yoshinaga’s 118th feature film scored $1.65 million on 152,000 admissions. Including the Monday holiday, its three-day total was $2.19 million. 

Bowing at number two on 179 screens was teen romance “Kinkyori Renai” (Close Range Love), which earned $1.6 million on 135,181 admissions.

Meanwhile “Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends,” the second of a two-part period swashbuckler produced and released by Warner Entertainment Japan, slipped to third place, while driving its cume to $34.5 million and 2.94 million admissions. 

None of the three foreign pics in the top ten chart are new, with “Jersey Boys” (#9) in its third week, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (#7) in its fourth; and “Guardians of the Galaxy” (#10), fifth week on release.

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Int’l Box Office Final: ‘Annabelle’ Wins Over ‘Gone Girl’ At Overseas Box Office In Hair-Pulling Race; ‘Dracula’ Drinks Up $34M+; ‘Guardians’ Strong In China; More – Int’l B.O. Final

13 October 2014 1:17 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Annabelle edged out Gone Girl this weekend internationally, pulling in $28.1M compared to $26.89M that the Ben Affleck thriller scooped up. Annabelle is now tracking 6% ahead of The Conjuring at the same point in its run. The Conjuring went onto to gross $180.6M overseas for a worldwide total of $318M when it bowed last year. For market by market breakouts, see below. Also added are finals for The Judge, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hercules and Relatos Salvajes.

Final Update, Monday, 12:18 Pt: Final numbers are in for many films, but we’re still awaiting Warner Bros. to weigh in before we know who won the weekend wrestling match between its horror film Annabelle and Fox’s Gone Girl (which has held the No. 1 one for two weekends in a row stateside). Fox has reported a little under $27M »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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‘Gone Girl’ Vies To Keep Its Distance From ‘Annabelle’ At Int’l B.O. — Monday Update

6 October 2014 3:25 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

3Rd Update, Monday, 3:25Pm Pt: The majors — Fox, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Warner Bros. — have updated their weekend estimates which are now reflected throughout the story. Some dips from what was originally reported yesterday among Sony and Paramount’s titles, but nothing too earth-shattering. While Gone Girl barely notched No. 1 with roughly $400K more than Annabelle stateside, $37.5M to $37.1M respectively; their spread at the overseas B.O. is wider in their weekend takes with the David Fincher film grabbing $24.5M and The Conjuring spinoff taking $20.7M for the weekend.  However, Annabelle has a leg up on Gone Girl since it opened in Russia last weekend, hence the horror film’s total cume is $23.6M, $887K short of Gone Girl’s foreign take.  Next weekend, the spooky doll film and the missing chick pic will pull each other’s hair in France and Spain where they bow against each other. »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Int’l Box Office Update: ‘The Equalizer’ Clocks $19M In Debut; ‘Maze Runner’ Races To $92.3M; ‘Gone Girl’ On Deck; More

29 September 2014 5:41 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Final Update, 3:30 Pm: Final grosses have been updated for the following films: The Equalizer, The Maze Runner, The Boxtrolls, Annabelle, Lucy, Hercules, Into the Storm, Let’s Be Cops, The Drop, If I Stay, The Dwarf, Boyhood, Get On Up, Sex Tape, horror films The Purge: Anarchy and As Above/So Below, 22 Jump Street, El Nino, Relatos Salvajes, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, and the big U.S. tentpoles Guardians of the Galaxy, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Also added are the thriller about hacking

2Nd Update, 6:37 Pm Pt: Despite the arrival of The Equalizer on 4,994 international screens, for a total take of $19M (including Village Roadshow markets), and the continued effort of The Maze Runner, this was a reasonably quiet overseas weekend whose initial estimates for the Top 10 studio releases are down about 15% on last frame. Those numbers don »

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‘Maze Runner’ Adds $38M Internationally With No. 1s In 50 Countries; ‘Apes’ Crosses $100M In China

22 September 2014 2:37 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Updated, Monday, 12:47 Pm: We have all 29 films’ final totals updated so far, including this weekend’s big box office king, The Maze Runner. Updated so far (besides Maze Runner) are Universal’s The Boxtrolls and Lucy, Disney/Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, and the Fox titles Let’s Be Cops, How To Train Your Dragon 2 from DreamWorks’ Animation, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Paramount’s newly revamped franchises Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Hercules, Fox’s Ya success story The Fault In Our Stars, Universal’s horror flicks As Above/So Below and The Purge: Anarchy, Fox’s El Nino, Finding Fanny, Doktorspiele and Guten Tag, Ramon. We also just got Warner Bros. titles’ Dolphin Tale 2, Into The Storm, If I Stay, Relatos Salvajes and Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends and other Uni titles The Riot Club, indie fav Boyhood and dance franchise Step Up All In. »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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‘Rurouni Kenshin’ Beats ‘Apes’ at Japanese Box Office

22 September 2014 12:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tokyo — “Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends,” the third and final film in a trilogy about a reformed samurai assassin in post-feudal-era Japan, won its second weekend with $3.84 million on 321,000 admissions for the Sept. 20-21 frame. That drove its cume to $20 million on 1.76 million admissions.

Meanwhile, the second pic in the trilogy, “Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno,” earned a total of $45 million, while staying in the top ten. All three films, including the 2012 first “Rurouni Kenshin” (Bo: $26 million) are produced by Warner Entertainment Japan.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” bowed at number two in its last major international territory, with $1.9 million on 149,000 admissions on 712 screens. The previous picture in the series, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” finished with $22 million in Japan. »

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Japan Box Office: 'Apes' Opens Behind Samurai Film

22 September 2014 4:12 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opened in second place at the Japanese box office this weekend in its final major market launch. The 20th Century Fox film has done well in various international markets. With $1.9 million (¥21 million), it dragged way behind the $3.8 million (¥41.8 million) that Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, the final part of a samurai sword-fighting trilogy directed by Keishi Otomo, took in its second weekend on top. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opened on 712 screens, a wide release for Japan, and pulled in just shy

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La Eigafest: What It's Like to Attend a Japanese Film Festival

22 September 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

The Japan Film Society held its 4th annual La EigaFest from September 12-14. "Eiga" means film in Japanese, and the EigaFest introduces American audiences to some of the best films from Japan. With a film lineup of 16 feature-length films and 5 competition shorts, EigaFest was the best way for me as a newcomer to enter the world of Japanese cinema!

The first movie I watched was a psychological thriller called Genome Hazard. With a South Korean Director and a Japanese cast, parts of the film were both spoken in Korean and Japanese. Genome Hazard had an intriguing premise, fascinating characters, and plot twist after plot twist that really racked my brains.

I interviewed Melvina Sato, who grew up in the States but immerses herself in Japanese culture all the same. This was her second year as a moviegoer for the La EigaFest. She spoke about the difference between Hollywood and Japanese cinema. »

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Japanese Box Office: ‘Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends’ Rules

16 September 2014 9:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tokyo — “Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends,” the second installment of a two-parter about a reformed sword-wielding assassin in post-feudal-era Japan, opened at number one with $8.6 million on 717,958 admissions for the Sept. 13-14 frame. That was 55% better than the opening weekend B.O. for the previous installment, “Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno.”

The film’s total take for the three-day holiday weekend was $12 million.

Meanwhile, “Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno” ranked in at number seven with a cume approaching the five billion yen ($47 million) milestone. Both films are Warner Entertainment Japan productions.

Also entering the rankings last weekend was “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which grabbed the number three spot with $2.9 million on 176,233 admissions and 595 screens.

Bowing at number five was “Lady Maiko,” a singing-and-dancing musical by “Shall We Dance?” director Masayuki Suo. The film took just over $1 million on 91,772 admissions to rank in at number five, and is expected to pass the $10 million mark. »

- Mark Schilling

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Intl Box Office Final: No. 1 Bragging Rights In China Too Close To Call As ‘Storm,’ ‘Expendables 3′ And ‘Apes’ Fight It Out

15 September 2014 3:01 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

4th Update, Monday, 2:43 Pm Pt: Who was No. 1 this weekend in China? It’s just not clear. Although Warner Bros reported $7.7M this afternoon for Into The Storm, Fox reported $7.64M for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and it looks like Expendables 3 ended up with $7.5M (according to Rentrak). But China reporting on box office is always a bit sketchy and numbers tend to fluctuate, which may be why another final total for Into The Storm shows it pulled in only $7.16M. Warners is sticking by its $7.7M number (which includes previews). So, to be fair to both parties, it’s really too close to call.

Final grosses are in for Guardians Of The Galaxy and other films including The Maze Runner (which bows in the states next weekend), The Boxtrolls (which won’t bow until September 26 in the U.S.), Dolphin Tale 2, Lucy, Finding Fanny (which »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Review: Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno Delivers Grand Thrills

4 September 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Satoh Takeru's wandering samurai returns in a sequel that improves considerably on the enjoyable first feature while setting the scene for the soon to follow finale. The first film's strength was its high production value and visually exciting action scenes that really put it above many other manga adaptations that are so frequently hampered by TV aesthetics and distractingly awful CGI. Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno impresses from the stunning opening onwards as it attempts to tell a much grander story with a marked step-up in characterization and a darker tone. Setting the tone, we begin with returning character Saitoh, the chain-smoking captain of the new government's police forces as they closes in on fearsome renegade Shishio ( Fujiwara Tatsuya). The hapless police are slaughtered in...

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