June 20, 2006


Toho was responsible for 9 of the top 10 Japanese films of 2005Toho was responsible for 9 of the top 10 Japanese films of 2005, and this year they're really driving their point home. So far they've made $227 million at the box office, more than every single foreign distributor combined (which comes to a paltry $220 million). Toho has so far released:

UMIZARU 2 - $65 million (and still going)

SUITE DREAMS (aka HOTEL ECSTASY) - $52 million
YAMATO - $43 million
DORAEMON - $27 million
DETECTIVE CONAN - $26 million
STAR REFORMERS - $17 million
CRAYON SHINCHAN - $13 million

And still to come just this summer alone are the latest POKEMON movie, THE SINKING OF JAPAN, the third ONE MISSED CALL film, and Ghibli's TALES FROM EARTHSEA.

Folks are predicting that this year might be the first time since 1985 that Japanese films will hit a 50% market share.

June 20, 2006 at 10:02 AM in News | Permalink



Thanks for taking up this news - it is on my Hoga Blog as well. BTW, just a small correction - YAMATO is by Toei, not Toho.

Posted by: Michi | Jun 20, 2006 10:35:43 AM

Thanks, Michi. Variety has made the correction.

Posted by: Grady Hendrix | Jun 21, 2006 6:47:22 AM

I am looking for the film "Star Reformers". I was watching it in th airplane when flying from Frankfurt to HongKong and since I really liked it I would like to get that as DVD or whatever format if that is already available. One reason for that is that I really would like to show that to my team since there were so many things that fits to our current challenges...

I am from Finland but I am living in Germany right now - anybody who knows how to get that film somehow?

RGrds, Hannu

Posted by: Hannu Valimaki | Jul 15, 2006 2:50:11 PM

Yes, I love that movie, "Star Reformers" as well. I watched it on the airplane on my way from Canada to the Philippines.
I also love the movie "Fukumimi" or "Lucky Ears" as the English title.
Does anyone here know how I can buy DVDs of these movies and do they make ones with English subtitles (such as for international releases?)

P.S. TO ANYONE WHO HAS WATCHED FUKUMIMI/LUCKY EARS, what is the quote and saying that the lead characters mentioned towards the end of the movie while they were on the sea, something inspiring like "Listen to the wind and you will hear...something like that, very close. I think it was the advice from the old man.

Thank you!

Posted by: Pablo | Aug 7, 2006 6:14:08 PM

Lol I watched it too when I went Back to the Philippines with JAL! Comfortable seats! Good Foods nice atmosphere!

Posted by: John | Aug 21, 2006 7:40:43 PM

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