Tokyo-based video game developer Konami is teaming up with Beijing-based film company Starlight Film to develop a live-action film and TV drama series based on the classic side-scrolling action shooter video game series, Contra. Hit the jump to learn more.
Anime director Goro Miyazaki (From Up on Poppy Hill, Ronia the Robber's Daughter) is supervising the Japanese language adaptation of Monkey King: Hero is Back (known as Xi you ji zhi da sheng gui lai in China and Saiyuki: Hero is Back in Japan), a 2015 3DCG animated film based on the Chinese literary classic, Journey to the West. Hit the jump to learn more.
Aniplex has announced that Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale will receive wide release in over 6,000 theaters in the mainland China from September 15, and director Tomohiko Ito and Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (the voice of Kirito) will join a premium screening event in Beijing this Saturday. Hit the jump for more details.
As reported, the live-action film Gintama opened in over 8,000 theaters with 16,637 screens in the mainland China on September 1. According to the film's official Twitter, it earned a massive 1,000,666,800 yen (about 9.1 million US dollars) on 1,955,700 admissions in its first three days, which was the biggest opening record for a Japanese live-action film. Hit the jump for more details.
Chinese film production company Perfect World Pictures will be making a live-action film adaptation of Root Letter, a 2016 visual novel about a letter delivered 15 years late that sparks a murder investigation. Hit the jump to learn more.
The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Hideaki Sorachi's action comedy manga Gintama announced on August 21 that the Shun Oguri-starring film will receive wide release in 8,000 theaters with over 12,000 screens in the Chinese mainland from September 1. It is the largest scale release for a Japanese film in the Chinese cinema history. Hit the jump for more details.
DMM pictures has released the Japanese version of a cute new musical animation clip entitled "Elise in Wonder Cooking", which promotes the popular Elise character for the Chinese social media service Weibo. Hit the jump to check it out.
According to Chinese entertainment blog Gamersky.com, Shueisha has announced an new IP licensing deal that will allow international companies to adapt some of Shueisha's publications, including an upcoming live-action TV drama version of Himouto! Umaru-chan that will be released in China in 2017. Hit the jump to learn more.
Having completed tours in Japan, North America, and Taiwan, the "Hatsune Miku Expo 2016" is adding two venues in China to its globe-trotting tour for dates in December of 2016. Hit the jump to learn more.
Another live-action film adaptation of City Hunter, an action / comedy manga by Tsukasa Hojo about a skilled but lecherous private detective, is currently in development in China. Hit the jump to learn more.
The official website for Live Spectacle Naruto, the stage play adaptation of Masashi Kishimoto's internationally popular action manga series, has announced the schedule for its Chinese tour that will be held in six cities from October to December of this year. Hit the jump for more details.
The 3 minute live-action short film celebrating the 10th anniversary of Yasuhisa Hara's historical drama manga, Kingdom, is now available online. Hit the jump to check it out.