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'Star Wars' takes Chinese social media by storm ahead of release

Dec 27, 2015

'Star Wars' takes Chinese social media by storm ahead of release

After a mammoth marketing campaign, the growing online chatter in China around “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” suggests that the latest installment of the hit film franchise has a shot at breaking box-office records in the world’s second-largest movie market. China is crucial if ...

Top 10 films of 2015: War, slackers and a love hotel

Dec 23, 2015

Top 10 films of 2015: War, slackers and a love hotel

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It’s hard to be an optimist about the present state of Japanese cinema. One reason is the decline of the mid-budget film, previously the refuge of much quality work, with many talented directors going either fully commercial or extremely indie. Micro-budget films are not ...

4D introduces new viewing option for 'Star Wars' fans

Dec 18, 2015

4D introduces new viewing option for 'Star Wars' fans

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In preparation for the much-anticipated worldwide release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Toho Cinemas Ltd. has tripled its so-called 4D motion effects theaters to nine stretching from Tokyo, Yokohama, Kawasaki and Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, to Nanba in Osaka. The theaters use specially engineered ...

A promotional force to be reckoned with

Dec 18, 2015

A promotional force to be reckoned with

"Star Wars" mania has hit a fever pitch in Japan as one cannot go anywhere without seeing merchandise or advertisements for the new movie, the long-awaited seventh installment in the series. Here are just a few of the out-of-this-world merchandise and promotions for "The ...

The Force is strong with Japanese 'Star Wars' fans

Dec 17, 2015

The Force is strong with Japanese 'Star Wars' fans

This week the new "Star Wars" film will hit Japanese theaters at the same time as the rest of the world. With a 10-year gap since the last movie, all of Japan's promotion and hype has awoken many dormant fans who have spent the ...

Japanese 'Star Wars' fans get ready for a new adventure

Dec 17, 2015

Japanese 'Star Wars' fans get ready for a new adventure

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It’s become a bit of trivia among “Star Wars” fans that creator George Lucas allegedly took inspiration from both the term jidai geki (historical drama) when creating the word “jedi” and Akira Kurosawa’s film “The Hidden Fortress.” Those aren’t the only Japanese references in ...