Classy reworking, set in '30s Shanghai, makes up in style what it lacks in emotional punch.
Johnnie To's first Mainland crime movie is quirky, playful and much more hit than miss.
Pang Ho-cheung's Aberdeen to open Udine
Thermae Romae II to close Italian festival
Hawaii spotlights Asian two dozen
Spring Festival focuses on South Korea, Japan
New Doraemon adventure tops Japan box office
12 Years a Slave tenth-placed on limited release
The Great Passage wins Japan Academy Prize
Maki Yoko wins both actress awards
Miike Takashi dethrones Eternal Zero in Japan
Jack Ryan third-placed
Eternal Zero tops Japan B.O. for 8th week
Box office slowed by extreme weather
Thor and Wolf fail to dethrone Eternal Zero
7 consecutive weeks atop Japan box office
Eternal Zero leads Japan B.O. for sixth weekend
Yamada Yoji's The Little House third-placed
Yonosuke tops Blue Ribbon Awards
Omori Tatsushi named Best Director
Eternal Zero tops 5th week at Japan B.O.
Small 15% drop from last weekend
Kore-eda, Ishii, Yamada lead Japan awards
12 nominations each for directors' films
Eternal Zero soars for fourth week at Japan B.O
Trick finale opens in second place
Pecoross tops Kinema Junpo list
Amour named Best Foreign Film
China B.O. up 27% in 2013
Domestic films take 59% market share
Great Passage leads Blue Ribbon nominations
Results to be announced in February
Eternal Zero claims number one spot in Japan
Hollywood animations flop at box office
Gravity fails to ground Lupin-Conan in Japan
Strong 3-D gross for Gravity
Quiet start for new films at Taipei B.O.
Documentaries continue strong hold
Conan-Lupin collaboration tops Japan B.O.
47 Ronin sixth-placed by admissions
White Storm defies Gravity at China B.O.
Animation Epic fourth-placed
Local documentaries strong at Taipei B.O.
Beyond Beauty and Twelve Nights in top three
Grandmaster leads Asia-Pacific award nominations
Snowpiercer and Lunchbox also recognised
Gravity starves Hunger Games at China B.O.
Kenneth Bi's Control third-placed
Beyond Beauty stays strong in Taipei
Documentary second-placed behind Catching Fire
Forever Young release indefinitely postponed
China distributor cites lack of screenings
Thor wins second weekend at China B.O.
RED 2 third-placed
Local films fill China December line-up
New Feng Xiaogang, Ning Hao, Jackie Chan films
Catchplay, SSG resolve licensing dispute
Fall out changed Taiwan distribution landscape
Detective Dee arrests China box office
Tsui Hark sets National Day holiday record
Rikyu and Feed Me awarded in Montreal
Films from Japan and China take runner-up prizes
China, Japan dominate Montreal's Asian lineup
Festival includes tribute to South Korean cinema
Japanese films in Montreal World Film Festival
Local media announces titles early
Eternal Zero tops Japan's New Year's B.O.
By Kevin Ma
Wed, 08 January 2014, 09:30 AM (HKT)
The Eternal Zero 永遠の０ remained the top draw in Japanese cinemas during the weeklong New Year's (or shogatsu) holiday.
YAMAZAKI Takashi 山崎貴's war drama has been the top film for three consecutive weekends, grossing ¥372 million (US$3.56 million) in its second weekend (28-29 Dec 2013) and ¥532 million (US$5.09 million) in its third weekend (4-5 Jan 2014). After 16 days on release, it has made ¥3.21 billion (US$30.8 million) from 2.58 million admissions.
One year ago, One Piece Film Z ワンピース フィルム ゼット (2012) was the top film during the holiday period. It spent four consecutive weekends at the top for a total of ¥6.85 billion (US$65.6 million). Les Misérables (2012) was the second-placed film for five consecutive weekends, grossing a total of ¥5.93 billion (US$56.8 million).
Lupin the 3rd vs. Detective Conan The Movie ルパン三世vs名探偵コナン ＴＨＥ ＭＯＶＩＥ also remained strong during the holidays, spending three consecutive weekends as the second-placed film. After 30 days on release, it has made ¥3.59 billion (US$34.4 million) from 2.99 million admissions.
Opening third-placed on the weekend of 28-29 Dec, animated feature Hunter x Hunter: The Last Mission 劇場版 ＨＵＮＴＥＲｘＨＵＮＴＥＲ〜Ｔｈｅ Ｌａｓｔ Ｍｉｓｓｉｏｎ〜 dropped to sixth place in its second weekend. It has made ¥571 million (US$5.47 million) after ten days on release.
Opening on the same day as Hunter x Hunter, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has made only ¥183 million (US$1.75 million) after ten days on release. Two years ago, The Hunger Games (2012) made ¥295 million (US$ ) in its first two weekends for a total of ¥398 million (US$3.81 million).
Thanks to positive word-of-mouth and its four Golden Globe nominations, Gravity remained strong over the holidays. The Alfonso CUARÓN film saw a week-on-week increase of 23% in its fourth weekend, grossing ¥213 million (US$2.04 million) for a 24-day total of ¥2.1 billion (US$20.1 million).
Ask This of Rikyu 利休にたずねよ also saw a week-on-week increase of 124% in its fifth weekend, returning to the admission ranking at tenth place. After 30 days on release, the biopic has made ¥664 million (US$6.36 million).
This week, two domestic films – comedy Judge ジャッジ and Trick: The Movie - Last Stage トリック劇場版 ラストステージ – will open against Escape Plan and Insidious: Chapter 2. Other new releases include Dangerous Liaisons 危險關係 (2012), Killing Season, Drug War 毒戰 (2012) and Seventh Code セブンスコード.