Three bits of news
gerow at ynu.ac.jp
Thu Jun 29 05:10:59 EDT 2000
>Do you happen to know what the future of Shochiku is? Also, is it open to
>the public during this final month?
Well, the future of Shochiku...that's a big question, one Mark may also
want to answer. I personally do not think there's much of a chance of
Shochiku itself going under (the kabuki side is fairly profitable), but
there's a legitimate question about what will happen to the film side.
Many are speculating that Shochiku will essentially become a
distribution/exhibition company, with little or no production. But it
does seem that Shochiku is serious about building a replacement studio in
Shin Kiba (I think I heard they already had a groundbreaking ceremony or
something like that). But we shall see...
The Shochiku union did hold some public events at the studio in order to
drum up support for their quixotic attempt to save the studio (one of my
colleages at YNU went to one), but I don't think the studio itself has
been open to the public every day. And I also assume it's too late now...
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