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Asian Beat: 'Ponyo,' DVDs, 'Sophie's Revenge' Tease

Opening in 800 theaters on Friday, Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo promises to be another enchanting experience. The English-language version features a voice cast that appears to have been chosen from a name recognition menu (one Cyrus girl, one Jonas boy, etc.) but John Lasseter has been as faithful as possible to the original-language versions in the past, and if this is the price to pay to see Miyazaki on the big screen, so be it.

Out on DVD tomorrow, Seijun Suzuki's A Tale of Sorrow (Hishu monogatari), his only film from the 70s, is "a sexy psycho-drama," says Jasper Sharp of Midnight Eye, "based around the popularity of that most bourgeois of sports, golf! ... This long-overlooked work simply cries out for revival." The Samurai I Loved (Semishigure), based on a novel by Shuhei Fujisawa and directed by Mitsuo Kurotsuchi, features "scenes that are absolutely heart-wrenching," Zack Davisson writes at his Japan Review Blog.
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'Charlie' still cooking in int'l tour

SYDNEY -- Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory again sweetened the international boxoffice over the weekend, which also saw a sprinkling of such strong openings as Flightplan, Goal! and Night Watch. According to weekend estimates, Charlie grossed $10.2 million from about 3,200 screens in 52 countries, bringing its cumulative to date to $219 million. In Japan, it held the top spot for the fourth consecutive weekend, unwrapping an estimated $3.1 million from 360 screens to finish ahead of openers Sin City and local film Semishigure. In Italy, Charlie maintained its lead for the second weekend in a row with an estimated $2.4 million from 428 prints. Pride & Prejudice held its top ranking in the U.K., grossing an estimated $2.7 million. With strong openings in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, the film's cume now stands at around $17.9 million, with 51 more territories still to open.

'Charlie' still cooking in int'l tour

SYDNEY -- Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory again sweetened the international boxoffice over the weekend, which also saw a sprinkling of such strong openings as Flightplan, Goal! and Night Watch. According to weekend estimates, Charlie grossed $10.2 million from about 3,200 screens in 52 countries, bringing its cumulative to date to $219 million. In Japan, it held the top spot for the fourth consecutive weekend, unwrapping an estimated $3.1 million from 360 screens to finish ahead of openers Sin City and local film Semishigure. In Italy, Charlie maintained its lead for the second weekend in a row with an estimated $2.4 million from 428 prints. Pride & Prejudice held its top ranking in the U.K., grossing an estimated $2.7 million. With strong openings in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, the film's cume now stands at around $17.9 million, with 51 more territories still to open.

'Charlie' still cooking in int'l tour

'Charlie' still cooking in int'l tour
SYDNEY -- Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory again sweetened the international boxoffice over the weekend, which also saw a sprinkling of such strong openings as Flightplan, Goal! and Night Watch. According to weekend estimates, Charlie grossed $10.2 million from about 3,200 screens in 52 countries, bringing its cumulative to date to $219 million. In Japan, it held the top spot for the fourth consecutive weekend, unwrapping an estimated $3.1 million from 360 screens to finish ahead of openers Sin City and local film Semishigure. In Italy, Charlie maintained its lead for the second weekend in a row with an estimated $2.4 million from 428 prints. Pride & Prejudice held its top ranking in the U.K., grossing an estimated $2.7 million. With strong openings in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, the film's cume now stands at around $17.9 million, with 51 more territories still to open.

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