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  • Japan Box Office Report – 10/05~10/06

    October 9, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

    Check out the box office charts and trailers of all the new Japanese films of the past two weekends below! Japan Box Office Chart – October 5/6 01 (01) Soshite Chichi ni Naru (Weeks: 02) 02 (02) Shazai no Ousama (Weeks: 02) 03 (03) Despicable Me 2 (Weeks: 03) 04 (04) ATARU THE FIRST LOVE & THE LAST KILL (Weeks: 04) 05 (05) Kaze Tachinu (Weeks: 12) 06 (06) Elysium (Weeks: 03) 07 (00) R100 (Weeks: 01) 08 (08) The Wolve

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  • Japan Box Office Report – 09/28~09/29

    October 3, 2013 @ 3:14 am

    Check out the box office charts and trailers of all the new Japanese films of the past two weekends below! Japan Box Office Chart – September 28/29 01 (00) Soshite Chichi ni Naru (Weeks: 01) 02 (00) Shazai no Ousama (Weeks: 01) 03 (01) Despicable Me 2 (Weeks: 02) 04 (02) ATARU THE FIRST LOVE & THE LAST KILL (Weeks: 03) 05 (03) Kaze Tachinu (Weeks: 11) 06 (04) Elysium (Weeks: 02) 07 (00) Kara no Kyoukai: Mirai Fukuin (We

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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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  • Miyazaki Hayao holds a press conference regarding his retirement

    September 7, 2013 @ 5:49 am

    On September 6, famous animation film director Miyazaki Hayao (72) held a press conference regarding his retirement. Miyazaki made his appearance at the press conference with cameras flashing all around him. With a smile, he said, "I'm a person who has caused many uproars saying that I would quit, but this time, I'm serious." He continued, "Since 'Ponyo', it's taken 5 years to make 'Kaze Tachinu'. It takes 5 years. If I start thinking a

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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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  • Miyazaki Hayao to retire after 'Kaze Tachinu'

    September 2, 2013 @ 12:26 am

    It was announced that famous animation film director Miyazaki Hayao will be retiring, and his newest work 'Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises)' will be his final film. This announcement was made by Studio Ghibli's president Hoshino Koji during the press conference at the Venice Film Festival which screened 'Kaze Tachinu'. Hoshino stated there, "Director Miyazaki has decided his retirement, making 'Kaze Tachinu' as his final movie."No other details on

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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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