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.
China's television regulator has ordered a crackdown on dramas about the country's battles with Japan during and before World War Two and demanded they be more serious, state media said on Friday, following viewer complaints about ludicrous storylines. (Reuters )
Shukan Post (May 24) conveys the difficulties experienced by other parts of the adult-entertainment biz in servicing customers from the communist nation.
A deri heru (“delivery health”) call-girl tells the tabloid that she is often requested to arrive at major hotels in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro entertainment areas of Tokyo by Chinese visitors. (Tokyo Reporter)