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December 08, 2006

JAPANESE MOVIES ARE BETTER THAN YOUR MOVIES

Japanrules Japan can't stop dominating things. Now it's the domestic box office. Jason Gray sums it up:

- 400 new movies this year...more than at any time since 1977!
- 5 of the box office top ten are Japanese movies, and it may go up with NANA 2 out this weekend.
- 6 Japanese films have broken $5 billion yen...the Big Hit Gold Standard! An all-time record!
- Japanese movies are at a 47% box office share - highest since 1988!

Yoji Yamada's LOVE AND HONOR, about a blind swordsman, also opened last weekend (this weekend is NANA 2 - don't forget to set your watches to NANA time) and Marc Schilling gives it a rave in the Japanese Times while Aaron Gerow in the Daily Yomiuri basically pans it. Either way, it kicked CASINO ROYALE out of the number one spot on its opening weekend and CASINO was on more screens. Ha!

You know what? Hollywood cinema is like a cockroach, and Japanese cinema is like a wily samurai. Look! A visual!

Or maybe Japanese cinema is a virile mugger and American cinema is a helpless victim that can only do step aerobics while robotically intoning "Spare Me My Life" and "Take anything you want" . A visual!

(Thanks to the KineJapan mailing list for the video)

December 8, 2006 at 10:29 AM in News | Permalink

Comments

I was robbed by two men. Honest.

Posted by: Simon Abrams | Dec 8, 2006 6:08:47 PM

It is great to see Japanese cinema beating Hollywood in local business

Posted by: polly | Dec 9, 2006 9:18:44 AM

Japanese movies are better than "my" movies??? ha ha ha.. i dont care.. i didnt like the western ones. I give my whole devotion to asian movies... especially the J-Horror

So.. what u say... is true...

Even if japanese dont sell so much... NO ONE wont have the similar creativity Japan have... Hollywood are just copycat.. and the cheap one

Posted by: Unsadus | Dec 10, 2006 8:58:10 PM

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