From: Neil Harrison, Sean Steele, Juley Remily, Chloe Wild, Henry Piney
Subject: Summary of International Tracking: May 14 – May 20, 2007
Date: 21 May 2007
UK: Market Overview
France: Market Overview
Germany: Market Overview
Japan: Market Overview
Australia Market Overview
Non-English Language Title Information, by Country
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May 24 – May 31
Total awareness is up 2% points overall (now 19%), following a rise of 7% points among younger females (from 20% to 27%), who now match younger males (also 27%) on this measure. 1% continue to name the title top-of-mind.
“Definite” interest is down a touch at 37% (from 41%), with 1% making the film their first choice, from all those on tracking (unchanged).
The first film took AUD$820,000 on its opening weekend in Australia; however, it faced markedly weaker competition in its first week (Derailed, Capote) than Hostel 2 will (Shrek The Third).
As seen last week, awareness has again remained stable at around two in ten (23%), peaking among males (36%-38% “definite” interest). Interest has, however, seen some decreases (down -6% points to stand at 32%), as has first choice (1%, down -2% points on last week).
Hostel 2 remains the strongest title releasing on June 14, with just 3%-4% familiar with either competitive title (Hot Fuzz and Irina P.) at this stage.
Total awareness is unchanged (23%) on the past 2 weeks, and fewer than 1% name the film unaided (though this rises to 2% among younger males).
Overall, “definite” interest among those aware (36%) and first choice preference (2%) are virtually unchanged since last week; the film is first choice for 4% of 18-24 year olds (also the segment that over-indexes as being Likely Attendees).
Awareness of Hostel 2 has dropped just 1 % point over the past week, now at 8% and skewing to younger males (14%). Seven weeks out, 1% of males make the film their first choice.
Younger males most strongly over-index as Likely Attendees, both this week and cumulatively.
Are We Done Yet?
May 24 – May 31
1% can name the film unaided, and 15% are aware in total (no change on a week ago).
“Definite” interest stands at 27% of those aware; awareness and “definite” interest are close to the working norms.
Competition that week will come in the form of Ocean’s Thirteen, currently first choice for 5% of UK moviegoers.
May 24 – June7
Total awareness is a touch below the working norms (8% vs. 10%), but did move up a couple of points over the last week. Among younger females (11%) and males (9%), awareness is close to normative levels.
The film is yet to register any significant levels of unaided awareness or first choice preference.
The film opens against Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer, which the majority of moviegoers are aware of (54%), but is only registering 1% first choice preference.
Other Sony Titles: Also featuring on tracking but registering low levels of interest and awareness at this stage or territory specific are:
Australia: 6 weeks pre-release
UK: 24 weeks pre-release
Australia: 24 weeks pre-release
UK: 16 weeks pre-release
Australia: 16 weeks pre-release
UK: 24 weeks pre-release
France: 3 weeks pre-release
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UK MARKET SUMMARY
OPENING THIS WEEK (25 May 2007):
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN:
AT WORLD’S END
Opening this week, Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End (BVI) looks set to dominate the box office.
With 88% total awareness, and 41% unaided awareness (the latter up 7% points on last week), the film lags the Spider-Man 3 (Sony) awareness numbers in the week that film was released (50% unaided).
However, first choice preference (opening/in release) is, at 42%, well ahead of where Spider-Man 3 was at that point (32%).
The film also has very strong levels of “definite” interest (66% of those aware).
“Definite” interest skews slightly female (69%) but reaches above 60% across all the quads
First choice preference also shows a female skew (46% older females, 45% younger females); for Spider-Man 3, only younger males had higher first choice levels than Pirates in its release week (45% vs. 38%).
This suggests that Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End could equal or better the opening weekend box office performance of last year’s installment, Dead Man’s Chest (£13.7m).
UK MARKET SUMMARY
OPENING NEXT WEEK (1 June 2007):
Of next week’s releases, Universal’s remake of The Hitcher has the highest levels of awareness (22%), although Lionsgate’s Paradise Lost has picked up another 4% points (mostly from the under 25s), to reach a normative 16%.
The Hitcher’s “definite” interest levels (23%) approach the working norm (26%), but Paradise Lost is below norm in this respect (16%). Each film has less than 1% first choice preference, a week out.
Also opening next week, Wedding Daze (Pathe) is now familiar to 11%, somewhat below the 17% working norm, but up 7% points on last week. Only 7% are aware of Verve’s Flyboys.
OTHER PRE-RELEASE TITLES:
In 2 weeks, Ocean’s Thirteen (WB) opens, and the title is now familiar to 74% of moviegoers (a slight increase of 4% points since last week), with close to one in ten able to name it top-of-mind (9%, up 2 points). “Definite” interest remains at 37%, with first choice levels at 5% (7% among males, up from 3% last week).
The following week sees the release of Fox’s Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer, which has lower awareness levels than Ocean’s (54% total, 7% unaided), similar levels of “definite” interest (40%, and with a similar older male skew as Ocean’s) and lower first choice levels (1%).
5 weeks out, Shrek The Third continues to look good, with 81% awareness and 23% naming the film top-of-mind (down slightly on last week’s 26%). However, first choice levels fell slightly (from 14% to 11%), with a marked drop on this measure among younger males (down from 11% to 4%).
Opening a week after Shrek 3, Die Hard 4.0 has seen an upswing in unaided awareness among younger males, and 10% of this segment now make the film their first choice (up from 4% last week). Older males are also up 3 points in this respect (to 9%) and males in general have slightly higher “definite” interest levels this week than last (61% vs. 57%), well ahead of females (34%).
Now 7 weeks out, Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix (WB) is familiar to most moviegoers (86%), more than half of whom express “definite” interest in seeing it (55%), with 15% making it their first choice. There has been little shift on the key measures since a week ago.
France MARKET OVERVIEW
OPENING THIS WEEK (23 May 2007)
LA DISPARUE DE DEAUVILLE
PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN: AT WORLD’S END
Opening this weekend, Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End (BVI) boasts incredibly strong tracking measures, with 41% unaided and 84% total awareness. “Definite” interest – a huge 59% overall – reaches 72% among younger females. Of films open and releasing, Pirates 3 is the first choice among 30% (at 37% among the under-25s), with only Spider-Man 3 providing any competition (24% first choice).
Indeed, the third Pirates holds very similar awareness levels to the third Spider-Man the week prior to its release; however, Pirates 3 holds markedly stronger “definite” interest levels (59% vs. 48%), suggesting that Pirates 3 could come close to matching, if not actually exceed, Spider-Man 3’s record-breaking €15.5m 5-day run earlier this month.
OPENING NEXT WEEK (30 May 2007)
Only one of next week’s releases – Metrop’s 88 Minutes – has an awareness level that reaches the norm (14%; norm is 12%). There is solid interest among those aware (39% “definite”), but only 1% make it their first choice.
Each of the remaining titles has awareness levels of 5% or less: U.V. (TFM) at 5%, Deck The Halls (Fox) at 4%, Black Snake Moan (Paramount) at 3%, and Le Mas Des Alouettes (UGC) at 2%.
OTHER PRE-RELEASE TITLES:
Three weeks out, Paramount’s Shrek The Third remains steady at strong 16% unaided and 67% total awareness levels. Of those aware, 58% are “definitely” interested, skewing younger. First choice has inched up from 8% to 9%, reported at similar levels across the board.
Ocean’s Thirteen (WB), which opens the following week, also enjoys strong awareness levels (59% total, but just 4% unaided) and good levels of “definite” interest (51%; lower among older females). 5% make the film their first choice, led by younger males (7%).
France MARKET OVERVIEW
OTHER PRE-RELEASE TITLES (CONTINUED):
Awareness of Fox’s Live Free or Die Hard (opening in six weeks) has lifted slightly over the past week, with 4% thinking of the film top of mind and 27% aware in total. A good 54% express “definite” interest in seeing the film, at similar levels across the board (although dropping a bit among younger females). 7% of older males make it their first choice.
Although it hasn’t moved much from last week, tracking figures for Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix (WB) continue to look considerable: 14% unaided, 70% total awareness and 60% “definite” interest. First choice has jumped 3 % points to now reach 16% overall, with little variation across the quadrants.
Entering the 16-week window is The Bourne Ultimatum (Universal), which holds 17% awareness among these French cinemagoers. Further out, at 24-weeks out, is another Universal title The Kingdom, which has 5% awareness at this stage.
Germany MARKET OVERVIEW
OPENING THIS WEEK (24 May 2007):
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN:
AT WORLD’S END
Thursday’s bank holiday brought a boost to the German box office, with Spider-Man 3 (Sony) continuing to reign at the top of the chart (€2.7m), while Wild Hogs (BVI) remained at number two (€1.0m). The weekend itself was relatively quiet in terms of cinemagoing with the warm weather holding, while sport dominated the headlines as the Bundesliga (German football league) ended for the summer, with Stuttgart crowned the champions. As in the UK, Monday is another bank holiday in Germany, while schools in the states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg break up on Friday for a two week holiday.
Releasing this weekend is BVI’s Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End, which looks set to dominate the box office:
Four in ten (38%) name the movie top of mind, peaking among the younger group (43%-46% vs. 33% among the older quadrants), while nine out of ten (88%) claim to be familiar with the swashbuckler overall.
Among those aware, 61% express “definite” interest in seeing the movie, rising to 70% among younger females. Younger females also lead first choice (opening and released), with 40% selecting the sequel (compared to 20%-23% among the remaining groups).
Germany MARKET OVERVIEW
OPENING NEXT WEEK (31 May 2007): Following in the wake of Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End, none of the films scheduled for release on the 31 May currently reach normative levels of awareness:
At best, just over one in ten (11%-13%, norm is 18%) are familiar with either Accepted (UPI) or Zodiac (WB), with awareness for the high school comedy peaking among younger males (17%). “Definite” interest in both titles reaches similar levels (23%-24%, norm is 27%).
Fewer than one in ten (7%) claim to have heard of either Goal! 2: Living The Dream (Kinowelt) or Invincible (BVI).
OTHER PRE-RELEASE TITLES:
Two weeks out, Ocean’s 13 (WB) has remained relatively static in terms of awareness and interest (now 4% unaided, 65% total awareness, 46% “definite” interest, 5% first choice).
Sony’s Hostel 2 (releasing June 7) has also seen little change in terms of familiarity (1% unaided, 23% total awareness), while interest in the film has seen some decreases (“definite” interest down -6% points to reach 32%, first choice down -2% points to stand at 1%).
Again, Shrek The Third (PPI) has seen very incremental changes in awareness (11% unaided, 73% total awareness), while first choice has seen some increases among males (now 5%-6%). Die Hard 4.0 (Fox) also registers figures on par with last week (8% unaided, 56% total awareness, 47% “definite” interest, 7% first choice).
Although familiarity with Transformers (PPI) is similar to last week (now 2% unaided, 19% total awareness), there have been good gains in interest over the past week (up +9% points to reach 35%), particularly among males (42%-43% “definite” interest).
Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix (WB) continues to look very strong, although having made little progress on last week’s figures (12% unaided, 78% total awareness, 54% “definite” interest, 19% first choice).
Japan MARKET OVERVIEW
OPENING THIS WEEK (26 May 2007):
GOAL! 2: LIVING THE DREAM
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END
While Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End (BVI) is assured to dominate the Japanese box office this weekend, the question remains whether it will be able to top Spider-Man 3’s impressive $10.1m 2-day opening weekend.
Within a similar time frame, Pirates 3 has lower total awareness (78% vs. 90%) and top-of-mind recall (39% vs. 47%) than Spider-Man 3. However, it holds considerably stronger “definite” interest (38% vs. 26%) and first choice (22% vs. 14%), with both measures at robust levels across the board.
Also boding well in its favour, Pirates 3 will be shown on a total of 870 screens throughout Japan, topping that for The Da Vinci Code, which was shown on 863 screens in May of last year (and went on to gross approximately $80m).
OPENING NEXT WEEK (2 June 2007):
None of the six films opening wide next weekend look to provide Pirates 3 with much in the way of competition.
Of the six, prospects look best for two local titles: comedy Dai Nihonjin and drama Sonotokiwa Kareni Yoroshiikua (Toho), although both films only generate 2% overall first choice levels. At most, 4% of the under-25s make Sonotokiwa Kareni Yoroshiikua their first choice (vs. 22% for Pirates 3 among the same segment). A further 4% of younger males also select Dai Nihonjin as their first choice.
The other films releasing next weekend – Kantoku Banzai, Notes On A Scandal (Fox), Shooter (UIP) and Ye Yan (Gaga) – each have 0% first choice.
Japan MARKET OVERVIEW
OTHER PRE-RELEASE TITLES:
WB’s 300, which opens in two weeks’ time, has made some positive gains over the past week: unaided rose from 3% to 5%, while total awareness jumped from 13% to 19%. Among those aware, “definite” interest is a good 20% (norm is 12%), skewed to older males.
Maiko Haaaan!!!! is set for release in three weeks and continues to build on its awareness and interest levels. Among the 35% aware, an average 13% are “definitely” interested (norm is 12%), led decisively by the under-25 set.
Five weeks out are sequels Die Hard 4 and Shrek The Third. Although Die Hard 4 is still far below Shrek 3 in terms of awareness (44% vs. 70%), it is as top-of-mind (each at 9%) and generates considerably higher “definite” interest (22% vs. 10%) and first choice (6% vs. 2%) than the animated title. While older males most strongly over-index as Likely Attendees for the Die Hard sequel, it is females and parents who form the profile of Likely Attendees for Shrek The Third.
There is already a great deal of buzz around the 10thPokemon sequel, opening in seven weeks. A widely-covered press conference was held on the 14th of May, attended by Shoko Nakagawa, a popular local celebrity (pictured below). The filmmakers announced that, in participating cinemas, those who attend Pokemon 10 will be able to wirelessly download the franchise’s central character Darkrai into their “Pokemon Diamond&Pearl” video game via their Nintendo DS or DS Lites.
Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix enters the eight-week tracking window this week and already shows strong promise in the marketplace. The film is top-of-mind among 14% of Japanese cinemagoers (skewing female) and 75% claim to have heard of the film. “Definite” interest among those aware is at 31% overall and 12% make the film their first choice.
Australia MARKET OVERVIEW
OPENING THIS WEEK (24 May 2007):
MY BEST FRIEND
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN : AT WORLD’S END
Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End (BVI) looks set to knock Sony’s Spider-Man 3 from the top of the box office this weekend.
The film is first choice (of films opening/in release) for more than a third of Australian moviegoers (37%); in contrast, the third Spider-Man movie was first choice for 25% in its release week.
First choice preference skews to younger females (45%), but at 33-38% is at strong levels across the other age/gender quads too (Spider-Man 3 had similar first choice levels among younger males (34% vs. 33%), but was not as high across the other quadrants).
Most Australians (89%) are aware of the film, and the proportion naming it unaided (39%) is up 10% points on last week, and although this is somewhat lower than where Spider-Man 3 was (46%), “definite” interest among those aware exceeds the superhero sequel (67% vs. 49%).
The first two films in the franchise opened at AUD$5.2m (Curse Of The Black Pearl) and AUD$11.2m (Dead Man’s Chest).
The week’s other opener, My Best Friend (Hopscotch) is familiar to a below normative 7% of Australian moviegoers and will be on a limited release pattern.
Australia MARKET OVERVIEWOPENING NEXT WEEK (31 May 2007):
None of the films opening the week after Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End show a great degree of promise. Awareness of each of Orchestra Seats (Rialto), The Messengers (Roadshow) and The Last Mimzy (Roadshow) is at no more than 3% at present.
13% have familiarity with local title Romulus, My Father (Dendy), up 3% points, but this is somewhat below the 19% working norm, and the film is not registering any first choice preference this week.
OTHER PRE-RELEASE TITLES:
In 2 weeks, Paramount’s Shrek The Third opens, and unaided awareness of the film is continuing to move upwards, now standing at 27% (last week = 24%).
“Definite” interest, among the 84% aware of the film in total, sits at 61%, skewing to females (68%) and parents (71%).
First choice preference (12% overall) also skews to parents (20%) as well as to older females (18%).
In the same week, Sony’s Hostel 2 continues to have slightly above average levels of awareness (19%, up 2% points) and “definite” interest (37%), with the 18-24 year olds continuing to over-index as being Likely Attendees.
Of the other June releases, there has been little significant movement in terms of awareness for Roadshow’s Ocean’s Thirteen (69% total awareness), Fox’s Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer (55%) or Paramount’s Transformers (38%).
Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix (WB), opening in 7 weeks time, is unchanged on the key measures compared to last week (14% unaided awareness, 81% aware in total, 54% “definite” interest, and 15% first choice).
APPENDIX NON-ENGLISH LANGUAGE TITLE INFORMATION France
2 JOURS – 2 DAYS
2 Jours - 2 Days is a romantic comedy following two days in the relationship of a New York based couple; a French photographer Marion and American interior designer Jack, as they attempt to re-infuse their relationship with romance by taking a vacation in Europe. Their trip to Venice didn't really work out, they both came down with gastroenteritis. They have higher hopes for Paris. But the combination of Marion's overbearing non-English speaking parents', flirtatious ex-boyfriends', and Jack's obsession with photographing every famous Parisian tombstone and conviction that French condoms are too small, only adds fuel to the fire.
L’AMICO DI FAMIGLIA
Director Paolo Sorrentino leaves the Mafia world (The Consequences of Love) and turns his attention to the underworld of loan sharks, as seen through the eyes of three people: a moneylender, a debtor and a young woman.
French actor-turned-director Gaël Morel's fourth film as a director "APRÈS LUI" deals with grief, mourning and friendship and casts Catherine Deneuve as Camille, a woman who sinks into a depression after losing her child in a car accident. The man responsible for the tragedy, Franck (Thomas Dumerchez), was her son's best friend and a strange friendship seems to develop between the two.
Jane Birkin, writes, directs, and stars in a biopic based upon her own life and experiences. The film, entitled "BOXES" - Birkin's word for the "chapters" of her life, many of which were naked - has a cast that is dominated by Birkin's family and friends. Also staring Maurice Bénichou as her ex-husband and mentor, Serge Gainsbourg, and Geraldine Chaplin as Birkin's mother.
CHERCHE FIANCE POUR LES
Drama - Madame Aldjéria, with her team, fix up other people's problems in exchange for cash. She doesn't hesitate to dirty her hands in order to survive in a country where no holds are barred. Paloma, her new recruit, catches everyone's eye, beginning with Riyad, Aldjéria's son. Madame Aldjéria is in on a deal close to her heart: buying the Caracalla Thermae. But this is one deal too much, too grandiose; because of it she loses her son and her freedom.
DETESTE LES ENFANTS DES AUTRES, JE
Comedy where a woman decides to spent with her two children and away from her partner by inviting two best friends and their four children to a holiday home in the South. However, by the end of the first say day the parents realise that the six children are more than a handful.
DIALOGUES AVEC M0N JARDINIER
Adaptation of the novel where two men, both advancing in years, converse deep in the French countryside. One is an artist, the other his gardener and as s the artist draws, the gardener talks: about his youth, his family, his travels, his health deepening their bond.
DISPARUE DE DEAUVILL, LA
Thriller directed by Sophie Marceau
The lives of six very different people in France and Portugal come together and learn that they each share a common and unique bond.
GOMEZ ET TAVARES LA SUITE
The continuation of the adventures of both supers cops in the heat of Marseilles
JEAN DE LA FONTAINE
Set in 1661, this biographical film is about one of France's most famous authors in a modern-day fable about art and power.
Animation; Poignant coming-of-age story of a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl that begins during the Islamic Revolution
Five former friends head off on their ritual excursion to the top of Iseran. But what is supposed to be an occasion to re-tighten the bonds, turns out to be a nightmare with the French Police force on their case, and turns their situation into a test of friendship.
Science Fiction Comedy
Thriller about after a storm, a temporary worker that has come to fix a supermarkets computer system finds himself caught up in an embezzlement.
VEUX PAS QUE TU T'EN AILLES, JE
Paul is a brilliant psychoanalyst in a stale marriage to Carla. When patient Raphaël entrusts to him that he fell in love with a married woman, Paul realizes it is his wife. Rather than put an end to the meetings, Paul continues his therapy session in the hope of reconnecting with his wife but Raphael is not as easy to dissuade as he seems.
Coming of age comedy / drama for two teenage girls though one summer that will change their lives for ever.
DOPPELTE LOTTCHEN, DAS
Another adaptation of author Eric Kastner’s children’s book Lottie and Lisa: two twins who are separated at birth by their parents are reunited in later life and plot to bring their parents back together. Most recent film versions include The Parent Trap (1998) starring Lindsay Lohan and German film Charlie and Louise (1994). This film is an animated version of the novel.
Director Ben Verbong, author and Sams-creator Paul Maar and producer-writer Ulrich Limmer have come together again to tell the tale of 12-year-old Max who is jealous of his widower father’s attempt to find new love with Frau Lichtblau. Max’s best friend is his dog, Bello, and thanks to magic the animal turns into a human being, Herr Bello. But if manners, or is it clothes, make the man then Herr Bello is most definitely still a dog! Furry-faced, cat-chasing and bad-breathed chaos ensues until it all comes good in the happy end as, thanks to Herr Bello, Max learns to accept the newest member of his family.
Oscar-nominated director Marc Rothemund returns to his comic roots with "PORNORAMA," a lighthearted look at the Munich sex film industry in the 1970s. The director's "SOPHIE SCHOLL - THE FINAL DAYS," a gripping drama about the final days of the Nazi resistance fighter, won almost every prize on offer in 2005, taking two Silver Bears at the Berlin Film Festival, two Lolas at the German Film Awards and a European Film Award for star Julia Jentsch.
Romantic dating comedy. The story of 18 singletons as they go speed dating.
Romantic comedy based on the best-seller by German author Tommy Jaud. Director Tobi Baumann's feature film debut, "Der Wixxer," was a sleeper hit in 2004. The film stars German television comedian Oliver Pocher in his first feature film role. Pocher plays Simon, a no-luck 20-something who falls for the wrong woman again and again. “Not all men are idiots… some are big idiots!”
Für den unbekannten Hund
Twins Benjamin and Dominik Reding are back to rattle some more cages! After their no-punches-pulled drama of skinhead and right-wing violence,“Oi!Warning (1999)” achieved rave reviews, they are again tackling the theme of violence and social displacement among young people in Germany. This time, in Fur den unbekannten Hund (translation: “For the Unknown Dog”), they tell the story of 20-year-old Bastian, who beats a tramp to death. Similar to their previous movie, this one will be raw and emotional.
Japan In alphabetical orderAPARTMENT
Horror set in a tower block
BANQUET (Ye Yan)
A loose adaptation of Hamlet, "The Night Banquet" is set in an empire in chaos. The Emperor, the Empress, the Crown Prince, the Minister and the General all have their own enemies they would like to finish off at a night banquet.
Sakiko, a travel agent in Tokyo, returns to her hometown on hearing her mother is hospitalized. Tatsuko looks like a star in the hospital with her natural sense of justice, for she demands the doctors and nurse treat their patients equally.She looks all right. but the doctor tells Sakiko that her mother is suffering from cancer and her days are numbered. Tatsuko has a secret. Back in Tokyo, she once fell in love with a doctor from Tokushima, but he was a married man. She gave him up and went to his hometown and had Sakiko. When Sakiko grew up, she was told by her mother that her father was dead. But in her memory, she has a vague outline of her father who took her to Mt. Bizan, the symbol of Tokushima, where she saw fireflies.Sakiko goes on a trip to find her mother's secret love...
CONFESSIONS OF PAIN (Shang Chen)
From the makers of the acclaimed Infernal Affairs comes the new Hong Kong murder mystery blockbuster starring Asian superstars Tony Leung (Hero) and Takeshi Kaneshiro (House of Flying Daggers) in their first film together. The film is about a detective who helps a friend investigate the mysterious death of his father, and according to one website is “one of Asia's most anticipated movies this year”.
Animation adaptation of the popular video game by Toei Animation Studio.
This movie is directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto who is a very famous and popular comedian in Japan, and is the first movie he has directed.
This is a non- fiction family movie based on a dolphin called Fuji at one of the world’s largest aquariums, in Okinawa. Fuji sadly lost his fin from an unknown cause, sparking a project involving both staff and the public to help rehabilitate Fuji. This is a moving story with joy, sadness and love between people and a dolphin.
GEGEGE NO KITARO
Live action fantasy about a young specter named Kitaro who lost his parents at birth. Raised within the specter clan, Kitaro keeps an eye on the human society, and fights the evil monsters in order to save the human beings from the threats from another world.
HOKUTO NO KEN 2 (FIST OF THE NORTH STAR 2)
Animation based on a TV series - Peace was brought to the land by Kenshirô years ago, but now he is gone; merely a legend. Along with the peace came a distinction in classes, and soon a new era of violence began. A resistance is formed called the "Hokuto Army" and when times are at their worst, Kenshirô returns to help stop the Gento terror
The Latest broad comedy from Kitano Takeshi with a star studded cast
The continuing animated adventures of Shin-chan, a 6-year-old growing up in Tokyo. He’s a combination of Dennis The Menace and Howard Stern and his foul mouth and rude behavior constantly scandalize his parents
Another oddball comedy from writer Kudo Kankuro , this time it's about a salary-man obsessed with maiko (apprentice geisha). Upon being transferred to his company's Kyoto branch, Kimihiko dumps his office worker girlfriend and makes his first ever visit to a geisha house. However, when the realisation of Kimihiko's lifelong dream is rudely interrupted by a professional baseball star named Naito, he vows to take revenge by becoming a pro baseball player himself. Meanwhile, Fujiko decides to become an apprentice geisha.
Animation – follows the adventure of Conan and his gang who go on vacation to a beautiful island in the Pacific Ocean, where old legends exist about an ancient ruin that lies deep under the sea. They come across some treasure hunters and soon things start to go wrong due to a pair of notorious female pirates.
Pacchigi! Love and Peace
The previous Pacchigi film got many movie awards and grabbed young people by the passionate story. The sequel is set in Tokyo, 1974 and illustrates the dramas of "life", showing us about love for family, lovers and friends.
Further animated adventures in the successful ling running franchise
Stars Taichi Kokubun (member of the J-pop band TOKIO and presenter), in his first major role, who plays a raguko artist or rakugo-ka unable to improve his art.
SONOTOKIWA KARENI YOROSHIIKU
Romantic Drama: Years ago in THAT TOWN, three kids met, played by the lakeshore and made promises to each other about their dreams. Karin, Satoshi and Yuji, the three were separated by circumstances but 13 years later, they met again serendipitously.Karin, That was just the beginning of a sweet and heartbreaking drama. Reliving the beautiful memories of THAT TOWN, their sepia memories became colorful and bright. However, fate was waiting…
TOKYO TOWER – OKAN TO BOKU TO TOKIDOKI OTON (Tokyo Tower - Mom, Me and Sometimes Dad)
Based on a best-selling novel and subsequent TV drama, the story is staged in 1960's Tokyo and depicts the loving relationship between a mother and a son
Tsukigami is based on the eponymous novel by Jirô Asada, and is about an academically diligent warrior named Bessho Hikoshiro who finds himself unable to move up in the world due to the stifling caste system of the Bakumatsu era.