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Anime: the 10 must-watch films and TV shows for video game lovers

These titles bridge the gap between anime and game culture, from Ghost in the Shell and Dragon Ball to lesser known names Ah! My Goddess and Initial D

Japan’s pop culture is dominated by two inextricably linked industries – video games and animation. The twin forces even form part of the country’s Cool Japan ambassadorial project, pushing Japanese creativity to a global market. Yet in the west, although anime fandom has grown significantly, we still tend to see the fields as separate, aficionados of one medium only occasionally crossing over to the other.

Anime is a powerful storytelling platform in its own right though, and with increased home video releases and a cavalcade of titles available on streaming platforms such as Netflix and Crunchyroll, it’s never been easier for players to explore a medium that has inspired thousands of video games over the last 40 years.

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Chow's 'CJ7' shakes up cell phones

Chow's 'CJ7' shakes up cell phones
HONG KONG -- New Stephen Chow comedy "CJ7", which cleaned up at the local boxoffice during the Chinese New Year holiday period, is providing the inspiration for the world's first film-inspired, motion-sensing mobile phone game, Sony Pictures Television International and Sony Ericsson said Tuesday.

"The high penetration rate of mobile phones in Asia presents us with a growing market for our branded movie and TV-based mobile content," said Rosemary Tan, SPTI's director of mobile entertainment Asia. "The CJ7 mobile pack is a vivid example of our dedicated effort in developing cutting edge mobile content,"

The plot of "CJ7" revolves around a struggling man who discovers the titular alien in a garbage dump one night and presents it to his son as a toy. In the mobile game, users must care for and look after the daily needs of CJ7.

The "E.T".-inspired CJ7 is the first CGI character in a Chinese-language film. It was created by Hong Kong's Menfond Electronic Art, whose portfolio includes "Initial D", "A Chinese Tall Story" and "Fearless".

Rather than use the keypad to control the action of the game, the user need only shake their mobile telephone.

'D' top score in Hong Kong

'D' top score in Hong Kong
HONG KONG -- A Christmas push from a boy wizard and a giant ape failed to push Media Asia's Initial D off the top rung of Hong Kong's 2005 boxoffice chart, according to figures released by the Hong Kong, Kowloon and New Territories Motion Picture Industry Assn. Harry Potter knocked Pixar's The Incredibles off its second spot with $4.48 million after 10 days of release, while King Kong lumbered into fourth place with $3.92 million. Both Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and King Kong are still in release. Tom Cruise's War of the Worlds managed fifth place with $3.02 million, just slightly ahead of Mr & Mrs Smith which took $2.98 million. These were followed by Howl's Moving Castle, Madagascar and Constantine.

'Initial' estimates: No. 1 in HK

'Initial' estimates: No. 1 in HK
HONG KONG -- Media Asia's Initial D topped the Hong Kong boxoffice for the year through Dec. 16 with a gross of $4.85 million, according to figures released by the Hong Kong, Kowloon and New Territories Motion Picture Industry Assn. The adaptation of a popular Japanese manga of the same name was released during the summer and featured the film debut of Taiwanese singing heartthrob Jay Chou. Chou played a tofu delivery boy with an inherent talent for car racing. Hong Kong's top grosser for 2005 was a steep drop from last year's boxoffice champion Kung Fu Hustle, which became the highest-grossing Hong Kong production of all time with a take of $7.69 million.

'Election' leads Golden Horse noms

'Election' leads Golden Horse noms
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Hong Kong director Jonnie To's Cannes entry Election is the nomination leader going into the 42nd Golden Horse Awards, Taiwan's top honor for Chinese-language films. The nominations were announced Tuesday with the gangland drama receiving nods in 11 categories including best picture, best director and best actor. Stephen Chow's boxoffice hit Kung Fu Hustle stands in second place with 10 nominations with Chow nominated in the best director category and his actors Yuan Wah and Yuan Qiu nominated for best supporting actor and actress, respectively. While other Hong Kong boxoffice hits such as Initial D and Seven Swords received nominations in seven categories, Jackie Chan and Stanley Tong's recent release The Myth failed to be on the shortlist for any category.

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