Based on a popular comic and TV toon about a reformed samurai assassin, Keishi Otomo's live-action period swashbuckler "Rurouni Kenshin" has become a smash since its Aug. 25 bow, with Warner Entertainment Japan producing and releasing.
The pic recently surpassed 2 million admissions and $36 million at the box office, and played at the Busan and Sitges fests. Meanwhile, Warner has licensed the pic to screen in 64 countries and territories, where it hopes to continue to knock auds dead.
"Rurouni Kenshin" is latest among a string of successes for Otomo. Born in Morioka (the largest city in a prefecture devastated by last year's earthquake and tsunami), he joined pubcaster NHK straight out of college in 1990. In 1997, he went to Los Angeles to study directing and, after returning to Japan and NHK in 1999, and helmed a brace of hit drama series, including 2007 corporate thriller "Hagetaka: Road to Rebirth," which became the basis of his first feature, "The Vulture," two years later.
A 43-year-old woman and other six boys and girls aged 14 to 18 years have been arrested by police in the western Japanese prefecture of Hyogo in connection with the abuse of a 15-year-old junior high school student, local press reported on Tuesday. (Global Times )
On November 30, officers from the Shizuoka Prefectural Police arrested Hitomi Sugawara, a part-time music teacher at elementary schools in Tokyo, for appearing in an adult video (AV) uploaded to an overseas Internet site. (Tokyo Reporter )