1998 at the BO
Tue Jan 26 17:15:52 EST 1999
Following Aaron's comments about the effect of dominant players in the
video rental market within Japan, I wanted to draw a comparison with
Hong Kong and specifically the distribution of Japanese films in Hong
Kong. Seems that a major video rental store closed down there in
September which meant that, for example, Iwai's "April Story" wasn't
released on VHS. With VCD piracy so high, TV not buying and the overall
annual box office down by about 30-40%, the future of minority films in
Hong Kong looks bleak.
I also read an article about Japan's box office in this week's "Variety"
which reported the accumulated box office of "Odoru Daisosasen" at
US$40m, whereas in the magazine's box office charts it was still just
under US$18m. (Hollywood Reporter gives an even lower figure.) Which
figure can be trusted?
The Asian Film Library
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