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  • Japan Box Office Report – September 7/8

    September 11, 2013 @ 6:32 pm

    The 8th victory of 'Kaze Tachinu' and 'Captain Harlock' embarks in 2nd place. As expected, 'Kaze Tachinu' managed to exceed the results of its two previous weekends as a result of Miyazaki Hayao announcing his retirement and continued to monopolize the first place on the box office chart. The 10 billion Yen mark is already well within its reach. The last film that claimed the top for eight consecutive weekends was 'Avatar' in 2009/10. Seve

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  • Japan Box Office Report – August 31/September 1

    September 4, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

    It was the 7th victory for 'Kaze Tachinu', while 'Man of Steel' and 'Anohana' enter the top 3. The news of Miyazaki Hayao retiring was only released on Monday, but last weekend his final masterpiece 'Kaze Tachinu' already managed to increase its viewers and weekend revenue compared to the previous week. That was caused by cheaper tickets on Sunday that marked the end of the summer holidays. However, the sudden retirement news might ensure this

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  • Japan Box Office Report – August 24/25

    August 29, 2013 @ 1:07 am

    The reign of 'Kaze Tachinu' continues, 'Star Trek Into Darkness' opens in 3rd, and 'Gatchaman' in 6th place. Studio Ghibli's 'Kaze Tachinu' achieved its 6th victory, even though a distinct decline in viewers compared to the previous weekend could definitely be seen this time. One more victory and it will exceed the winning streak of Ghibli's own 'Ponyo' from 2008. As for the box office, 'Kaze Tachinu' has already surpassed the 8 billion Ye

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  • Japan Box Office Report – August 17/18

    August 22, 2013 @ 12:54 am

    'Kaze Tachinu' claims its 5th consecutive victory; 'White House Down' debuts in 5th place. The anime 'Kaze Tachinu' received some criticism for its smoking scene, but that definitely didn't hurt its popularity as it once again ranked 1st place this weekend. Moreover it's set to screen at the upcoming Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. Meanwhile 'Monsters University' moved back up to the 2nd place and continues to

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  • Japan Box Office Report – August 10/11

    August 14, 2013 @ 4:29 pm

    'Kaze Tachinu' claims it 4th victory on top; 'World War Z' opens in 2nd place and 'Pacific Rim' in 6th place. What's better than going to a cool cinema to watch a nice movie during the current heat wave in Japan? Many people thought the same way on the weekend and most of them chose Miyazaki Hayao's anime 'Kaze Tachinu' as their movie of choice again. It has already passed the midway point on its way to the 10 billion Yen mark. Brad Pitt's

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  • Japan Box Office Report – August 3/4

    August 7, 2013 @ 1:57 pm

    'Kaze Tachinu' remains on the top after its third weekend with good chances of cracking the 5 billion Yen mark before the end of this week. The second position featured the movie sequel opening of popular TV drama 'Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de' starring Arashi's Sakurai Sho and Kitagawa Keiko. Its opening weekend result was pretty similar to 'Platina Data', another mystery/suspense movie that was released earlier this year starring Sakurai's f

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 08/02~08/04

    August 6, 2013 @ 1:55 pm

    This is Tokyohive's regular Drama Prime Time Report that gives you a detailed look at the prime time ratings with a focus on the weekly dramas. Almost all weekend dramas experienced a decline in ratings again and reached a new personal low of the season. Only the much-talked about Sunday drama 'Hanzawa Naoki' (TBS) managed to wow all the regulars and it brought in plenty of new viewers. 'Hanzawa Naoki' recorded an amazing average episode ra

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  • Sakurai Sho, Kitagawa Keiko & Shiina Kippei attend Singapore premiere for 'Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de' movie

    July 29, 2013 @ 4:37 pm

    On July 27, Sakurai Sho, Kitagawa Keiko, and Shiina Kippei attended the Singapore premiere of movie, 'Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de' (August 3 release). They greeted about 2,000 people at the red carpet event and about 1,500 people at the theater.Since Singapore was one of the filming locations for the movie, it was announced that it would open in theaters in Singapore on August 22. During the stage greeting, Sakurai expressed his gratitude in Eng

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 03/22~03/24

    March 26, 2013 @ 9:45 pm

    [caption id="attachment_292555" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="'Yakou Kanransha' (TBS)"][/caption] Four more dramas have reached the end of the winter season over the weekend. The most noteworthy final among the remaining Friday/weekend dramas was achieved by 'Yakou Kanransha' (TBS). It recorded a viewer rating of 13.9%, which meant a rise of 2.9% compared to the previous episode and the highest rating of the drama through

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 03/15~03/17

    March 19, 2013 @ 2:19 am

    [caption id="attachment_292026" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="'Nobunaga no Chef' (TV Asahi)"][/caption] This weekend, the Sunday drama 'Tonbi' (TBS) solidified itself as the most popular drama of the spring season after the long-running detective drama 'Aibou', at least in terms of ratings. The family drama aired its grand finale this week and managed to record a great episode-rating of 20.3%, which is the highest single-epi

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