• SHARE

As Japan trudged on through the COVID-19 pandemic, its film industry found some cause for celebration in 2021. For the second year in a row, domestic films dominated the box office, with Japanese films accounting for nine of the top 10 earning titles. By contrast, in pre-pandemic 2019, six of the top 10 films were from Hollywood.

It’s not yet clear whether 2022 will deliver the same box-office results, as Hollywood may well rebound from its dismal 2021 showing, with titles like “The Batman” (March 11), “Sing 2” (March 18), “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” (April 8) and “Top Gun: Maverick” (May 27) in the pipeline.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)