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.

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