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  • What is your favorite commercially successful Japanese movie of 2010?

    February 23, 2011 @ 8:05 am

    [caption id="attachment_129271" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption=""THE LAST MESSAGE: Umizaru""][/caption] 2010 was quite a successful year for Japanese cinemas and distributors, as the total box office revenue of all Japanese and foreign movies opening in Japan increased by 7.1% and came out to over 2.6 billion USD. Unfortunately, Hollywood was able to completely occupy the top 3 with "Avatar", "Alice in Wonderland", and "T

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  • "Akunin" wins the Grand Prize at the 65th Mainichi Film Awards

    January 18, 2011 @ 6:49 am

    The Mainichi Shinbun has announced their award winners for the 65th Mainichi Film Awards. Lee Sang-il's Japanese movie, "Akunin", which recently won Best Picture at the Kinema Junpo Awards, has got its second big national award with the Grand Prize at the Mainichi Film Awards.  The Best Film went to Kobayashi Masahiro's "Haru tono tabi". Tsutsumi Shinichi won Best Actor for his role in "Kokou no Mesu" (Lone Scalpel), and a special award h

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  • Akanishi Jin's "BANDAGE" receives "Fan Award" at Nikkan Sports Film Awards

    December 29, 2010 @ 11:14 am

    On December 28th, the awarding ceremony for the "23rd Nikkan Sports Film Awards • Ishihara Yujiro Awards" was held at Hotel New Otani, and the winners of the awards attended the ceremony. For the "Fan Award", "BANDAGE", which Akanishi Jin stared in, was chosen as the victor.  The winner of the "Fan Award" is chosen by fan votes, so at the ceremony, Akanishi thanked to the fans, saying, "I'm not used to receiving this kind of award, so I'm v

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  • Japan Box Office Report - November 27th/28th

    November 29, 2010 @ 1:43 pm

    Greetings to all the tokyohive readers out there! As you hopefully know by now, we're constantly looking for new and innovative ways to improve the site, and we're pleased to introduce what should become a weekly feature - the Japan Box Office Report. The new feature will aim to give our readers a solid indication of the state of the film industry, what's been recently released, what's coming up soon, and what's most popular now. Hope

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  • "THE LAST MESSAGE Umizaru" to be released worldwide!

    November 20, 2010 @ 11:59 pm

    "THE LAST MESSAGE Umizaru" which has been in theaters since September 18th, and is the biggest box office hit of 2010 (among Japanese live-action movies), will be released in several countries. "THE LAST MESSAGE Umizaru" is the conclusion of the "Umizaru" series, which is a story about officers in the Japan Coast Guard.  The movie pulled in an audience of 5.52 million, and its box office sales ranked in at¥7.8 billion at this point. It

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  • Cast members attend private showing of "THE LAST MESSAGE Umizaru"

    July 27, 2010 @ 5:41 am

    A private showing of upcoming movie "THE LAST MESSAGE Umizaru" was held on the 26th and cast members greeted the audience. "THE LAST MESSAGE Umizaru" is the conclusion of the "Umizaru" series, which is a story about shipwreck rescues and other incidents in the sea and it has been 4 years since the release of the last movie in 2006. The cast members are, Ito Hideaki, Kato Ai, Sato Ryuta, Tokito Saburo, Kato Masaya, Fukiishi Kazue, Miura

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  • EXILE to sing for Umizaru

    June 24, 2010 @ 3:42 pm

    Popular group, EXILE, will sing a theme song for upcoming movie "THE LAST MESSAGE UMIZARU" (September 18th release).  It has been 2 years since EXILE last had a theme song for a movie. The leader of EXILE, HIRO said, "We are very honored to sing for this movie.  This song, 'Motto Tsuyoku' matches with the theme of this movie which is to trust your company, and to never give up.  I hope this song will stay in many people's hearts." Check out

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