• Kyodo News


A hit animated film by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki helped boost box office revenues for Japanese movies to an all-time record in 2008, an industry group said Thursday.

Revenues for Japanese movies rose 22.4 percent from the previous year to ¥115.86 billion, while those for foreign movies declined 23.9 percent to ¥78.98 billion, the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan said. Combined revenues slid 1.8 percent to ¥194.84 billion.

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