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Mon, Mar. 26th, 2007 01:16 am
(Don't want to live in a) hub and spoke world

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jasongtokyo
jasongtokyo
Mon, Mar. 26th, 2007 04:32 am (UTC)
Japanese BO

Hi Momus,

As the Japan correspondent for Screen International (London), I write a fair amount about Japanese box office. Your assessment for the "future" of viewership here is based on figures from 7 years ago (!) and is completely the opposite of what's happening recently.

Japanese films gained a majority share (53.2%) of the market in 2006, for the first time in over two decades. This is after year-on-year increases since the all-time low of '02.

Here are some more articles on my own blog about last year's quite amazing results:

http://jasongray.blogspot.com/2007/01/greatest-japanese-box-office-story-ever.html
http://jasongray.blogspot.com/2007/01/what-will-2007-bring.html
http://jasongray.blogspot.com/2006/12/of-box-office-and-blind-men.html


Most believe it's a bubble that may burst as soon as this year and that the high number of productions is causing a glut. Nonetheless, Japanese people are loving Japanese films more than any time in recent memory, aided by major synergy between different media (especially TV/film/publishing).

However, most major producers agree that both Hollywood films and local films (as well as titles from other territories such as Korea) need to perform well for a healthy industry.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, Mar. 26th, 2007 07:38 am (UTC)
Re: Japanese BO

Jason, that's very interesting and very heartening news. I did say I thought the death trend of Japanese cinema would be reversed, I just didn't know it had happened so quickly! Over 50% local productions is an amazing comeback.

Japan is a quirky country in some ways, but in others it's a bellweather -- it shows what could happen if other countries were wealthier and more vigorous and believed in themselves more. I think the Japanese turnaround may be the beginning of the multipolar world -- and of course India's rise as a world power is important here too. India has always had a strong and healthy cinema, producing more titles than the US.


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phatshambler
phatshambler
Mon, Mar. 26th, 2007 07:43 am (UTC)
Re: Japanese BO

As a french-canadian, I think our local movies are doing really good against Hollywood's hegemony. However, it is often at the expense of content and/or "real" independent movie making (financing being focused on commercially successful movies), and most people think it's a bubble waiting to burst like in Japan. Nonetheless, the TV here seems to hold up pretty well and local production is as popular as ever, even if the networks often airs clones of american hits.

jimineuropa, to answer your question, yes it does seem to have a positive impact on local culture, even if on principle I usually hate free speech restrictions, when you witness the market taking over the cultural landscape there is no other way to counter that tendency. On the music side, the french speaking bands from Montreal do not get enough airplay IMHO (worldwide) compared to their english counterparts, but that can be compared to book publishing I guess.


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