October 2nd, 2013

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Signed and Sealed: Spielberg's Dreamworks to remake the #1 film in Japan

DreamWorks to Remake Japanese Cannes Jury Prize Winner 'Like Father, Like Son'
12:47 AM PDT 9/30/2013 by Gavin J. Blair
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Hirokazu Kore-eda's family drama caught Steven Spielberg's eye at the Cannes Film Festival this year, where he presided over the jury.

TOKYO – DreamWorks has acquired remake rights to Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda's Like Father, Like Son after the babies-swapped-at-birth story caught the eye of Steven Spielberg at Cannes this year, where it was awarded the Jury Prize.

Spielberg, who was president of the jury at Cannes, has not announced who will direct the U.S. remake. The Japanese film, which stars Masaharu Fukuyama, was produced by Fuji TV, Amuse Inc. and GAGA.

Following Cannes, there was much chatter that DreamWorks could pick up the remake rights to the film, and over the weekend, the two sides made the deal official.

"When I saw the film at Cannes, I was so impressed by its power to bring such a human story to the screen. Here at DreamWorks Studios, Stacey and our team recognized that it was a story we wanted to remake to bring to our audiences throughout the world," said Spielberg in a statement. "I thank Hirokazu Kore-eda and Fuji TV for giving us this once in a lifetime opportunity."

"I am honored that a company such as DreamWorks will be developing my film for American audiences. I’m looking forward to working with Steven Spielberg, for whom I have great admiration,” said Kore-eda.

Like Father, Like Son (Soshite Chichi ni Naru) opened in Japan on Sept. 28, released by GAGA, which will handle international sales along with Wild Bunch.

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Jin Akanishi releases song devoted to his love of abusing women

Following on the success of such American music legends as Robin Thicke and Chris Brown, singer Jin Akanishi has done his utmost to impart his treasured values of misogyny and domestic violence into his newest album, due to be released in November. Like his idols Thicke (who thinks good sex should be painful for women) and Brown (who thinks everything should be painful for women), Akanishi tries his best to expound on the success of last year's I like to hit women, That's What She Said.

This time, Akanishi debuts his latest musical achievement, One Last Time, in which he states his penchant for forcing women to have sex with him as punishment for kicking his greasy ass to the curb. The song, which features authentic African-American Vernacular English undoubtedly picked up by Akanishi during an educational trip to Los Angeles, expresses Akanishi's desire to "make [her] pay."

We already knew that Akanishi enjoyed drugging girls at clubs to have sex with them and referring to women as "sluts" and "bitches", but this newest development greatly reinforces his deep-seated hatred for anything with lady parts. We can only hope the other songs on Akanishi's upcoming CD are as enlightening as this one!

(Full lyrics for both songs can be viewed at the above links.)


[GOO Ranking] Japanese anime you'd want to be made as a Hollywood movie

20. Others (601 votes)
19. Mazinger Z (115 votes)
18. Legend of the Galactic Heroes (184 votes)
17. Urusei Yatsura (193 votes)
16. GHOST IN THE SHELL (221 votes)
15. Devilman (273 votes)
14. AKIRA (277 votes)
13. Cyborg 009 (321 votes)
12. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (324 votes)
11. Doraemon (426 votes)

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10. Mobile Suit Gundam (430 votes)

9. My Neighbor Totoro (490 votes)

8. Golgo 13 (574 votes)

7. Slam Dunk (575 votes)

6. Neon Genesis Evangelion (618 votes)

5. Castle in the Sky (632 votes)

4. Galaxy Express 999 (663 votes)

3. Detective Conan (690 votes)

2. ONE PIECE (1024 votes)

1. Lupin III (1454 votes)

curious to see Neon Genesis Evangelion and Ghost in the Shell..hbu arama?


Angry landowner fights tree-loving boy band fangirls with the ultimate weapon: More trees


Due to the unique nature of Japanese advertising, you haven’t really arrived as an entertainer until you’ve appeared in at least a half-dozen commercials. The symbiotic relationship is amazing to behold, as the general trust for domestic celebrities and corporations means that when, say, a popular actress appears in an ad for energy-efficient plasma TVs, viewers tend to come away feeling more positively about the product because of the endorsement, and at the same time more impressed by the endorser because of her growing career portfolio.

But sometimes commercials can be a little too effective, as Japan Airlines is finding out with one of its recent TV spots featuring popular boy band Arashi.

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1 year after Japan started prosecuting Internet pirates, CD sales drop some more


In the year that Japan passed stricter copyright laws – well, stricter than most nations – that made illegal downloading a crime punishable with jail time and heavy fines, the country’s music industry has not experienced a significant increase in profits. In fact, the quarterly numbers are lower than the year before it. Also, police have yet to prosecute anyone for the breaking of this specific law.

Japan officially started prosecuting music, movie, and software pirates starting in October 2012. The tangible effect that the law has had in the past year has been the decrease of the number of people who use “Winny” and “Share” – the two most popular illegal download programs in the country – by 40 percent. That may be a substantial decrease, but it didn’t quite bump up CD sales as the Japanese music industry would have hoped for. Sales had initially increased after the law was passed, with CD purchases rising by 5 percent over the period of October 2012 to June 2013. From January to August, the numbers show a decrease of 7 percent, even lower than the already suffering numbers last year. In other words, sales went up briefly and then went even further back down. In addition, legal digital music distribution during October 2012-June 2013 dropped 24 percent.

We hope that the government begins to realize that these numbers will prove that there is not a direct link between music piracy and decreasing CD sales. Another notable effect the law had was to increase the rate of album rentals. According to the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ), rentals have increased by nearly 50 percent over the same period. “The revised law has been effective in increasing the amount of rentals, but it seems unconnected to the number of people who are paying to actually buy music,” said RIAJ’s managing director Kenji Takasugi. Maybe it’s the price of the CDs. Maybe it’s that no one uses CDs anymore, and everyone has virtually digitized their music. Maybe it’s the quality of the music. Or maybe it’s a combination of all these factors. One thing is sure, though – the numbers show that the issue can’t possibly be all blamed on illegal downloads.


Johnny's talents who's suitable for a villain role

20. Others (485 votes)
19. Yamaguchi Tatsuya (77 votes)
18. Imai Tsubasa (163 votes)
17. Fujigaya Taisuke (355 votes)
16. Domoto Koichi (372 votes)
15. Kamenashi Kazuya (396 votes)
14. Higashiyama Noriyuki (427 votes)
13. Okada Junichi (431 votes)
12. Shingo Katori (530 votes)
11. Nagase Tomoya (559 votes)

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10. Kimura Takuya (628 votes)

9. Morita Go (761 votes)

8. Matsumoto Jun (765 votes)

7. Sakurai Sho (878 votes)

6. Akanishi Jin (885 votes)

5. Tanaka Koki (944 votes)

4. Ikuta Toma (998 votes)

3. Nishikido Ryo (1038 votes)

2. Ninomiya Kazunari (1385 votes)
Nino shop (127)

1. Matsuoka Masahiro (1458 votes)


World's longest-running cartoon to go digital in Japan


The world's longest-running cartoon is to go fully digital, abandoning hand-drawn celluloid-based animation after a run of 44 years. Fuji Television Network said episodes of "Sazae-san" aired from October would be produced entirely digitally. The move will mean there are no hand-drawn cartoons left on Japanese television, according to the Association of Japanese Animations.

Until the 1990s many cartoons were created by artists working directly on celluloid, a painstaking process that meant characters had to be drawn in many different postures to give them impression of movement as the camera was repeatedly started and stopped.

Two decades ago, computer animations began to become widespread, slowly squeezing out the traditional method.

"Sazae-san", which first aired in 1969, revolves around the life of the Mrs Sazae of the title, a cheerful but klutzy full-time housewife who lives with her parents, husband, son, brother and sister.