According to data from the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan (mppaj), in April, Japans 12 largest film distribution companies had a total box office revenue of only $6.4 million (688.24 million yen), down 96.3% from the same period last year. The group said it was the lowest monthly box office for mppaj since records began in 2000.
Since the end of May, Japanese cinemas have been reopened, with the declaration of lifting emergency in many places in Japan and in Tokyo and Hokkaido, where the epidemic is most serious. At the beginning of June, Tokyo, the capital, finally ushered in the lifting of the ban. Toho cinema under Dongbao Yinghua and the theater line under matsuzhu announced the reopening of business on the same day.
Studios and distribution companies from Hollywood to Tokyo have delayed the release of most mainstream new films to a few months to cope with the new coronavirus epidemic. These film and television companies generally realize that the box office revenue generated by the current situation is negligible. Until the policy of social safety distance can be relaxed on a large scale, cinemas will not be popular places. This forces local film companies and theatres that are resuming operations to be creative in order to earn box office revenue. In Japan, the solution to this problem fully reflects the interest of local fans in watching movies and the taste of film selection of distribution companies.
The companys first big screen films include William Weilers bingxu (1959), Wizard of Oz (1939), James Deans east of Eden (1955), male and female Thieves (1969), West End story (1961) and John Waynes red gall and dragon slaying (1959).
Many popular films in the 1980s and 1990s also appeared in the film arrangement, such as Redley Scotts classic works blade killer (1982), E.T. alien (1982) and Shawshank Redemption (1994), 4K restored version of Akira (1988), and back to the future trilogy, which were reprinted in Japan last year.
At the same time, there are many popular films in the new millennium, including many early works of Marvel Universe, which are loved by young audiences, and your name, which has become the world box office champion of Japanese films. u300bHe helped Alfonso Caron win his first Oscar for gravity, the Japanese hit Rhapsody of Bohemia the year before last, and the black-and-white special edition of parasite, which just won the best film and best director awards.
On June 18, Studio Ghibli, as the mainstay of Japanese animation films, announced that four of its classic works, Miyazaki Hayaos valley of the wind, ghost princess, thousands of miles away and Miyazaki Wulangs Legend of the earth sea, will be re screened in 372 cinemas in Japan from June 26.
In 2001, thousand and thousands released has accumulated about 23.5 million viewers and more than 30.4 billion box office receipts. It has become the most popular film in Japanese history. This record is even the fast-growing Avatar and your name. u300bIt has not been broken. Last year, after its premiere 18 years ago, thousand and one made its debut in the domestic cinema, and finally made more than 480 million box office receipts, which pushed back Pixars New Movie Toy Story 4. In the summer of 2016, qiandaoqian won the first place in the list of works that the audience would like to see again in the official voting activity of Ghibli. The remake of Ghibli, led by Hayao Miyazakis masterwork, will undoubtedly give a boost to the current hard to resume operations.
In addition to a series of heavy classic remakes, Japanese cinemas are restarting in strict accordance with the new lifestyle advocated by the Japanese government. At present, both large-scale theaters and small-scale art theaters only sell movie tickets with space seats. At the same time, the audience is required to wear masks when entering the cinema or watching the movie. At the same time, according to the authors experience of watching the movie last week, the Toho cinema will also carry out infrared temperature detection when checking in tickets. In terms of attendance, its obvious that the ticket sales per seat have only half of the attendance in the past, but for gravity, which has only one IMAX a day, it still attracts many fans who are eager to go back to the cinema and watch movies.
Of course, on the other hand, some works didnt wait for the movie theater to reopen. The animated film I put on the cats mask when I want to cry that was supposed to be released in Japan on June 5, because the movie theater was closed before, so I finally chose to switch to Netflix, a streaming media giant. Meanwhile, the movie was also bought by watermelon video under byte beat in China u3002 Although this is only one of the cases caused by the epidemic, we have to see the huge survival pressure faced by these low-cost works.
Although the situation of the Japanese film industry as a whole under the epidemic situation is also very serious, many Japanese filmmakers are still struggling and having fun. The popular movie dont stop camera released in 2017! u300bs director, shinichiro OTA, earlier released the short film dont stop the camera! on YouTube! Long range operations. The work is composed of video call picture and mobile phone self shot image. Shinichiro OTA not only wrote and directed by himself, but also edited by himself. It is a work made entirely through remote connection. In addition, Xing dingxun, a famous director for calling for love in the center of the world, also produced the short film its OK today, I live at home every day remotely on April 24. On May 17, he also published the short film on YouTube to encourage everyone to actively face the epidemic.
According to Shen tingliangjie, a reporter from the entertainment industry of buzzfeed Japan, the efforts of the two directors are based on the rapid and excellent actions made in the current situation, which makes people feel great.. With regard to the development of the film industry in the future, it may be possible to release films in the form of Netflix, etc., but it is still necessary to give time to cinemas and those traditional films, hoping that the films released through cinemas will not be extinguished.
Source: editor in charge of interface news: Wang Xiaowu_ NF