By Steve McClarenA film about an unlikely romance has become a blockbuster hit in Japan, earning millions of dollars in ticket sales.
The film, Love and Other Songs, premiered on Saturday, and its estimated box office haul of $11.3 million is the second-highest grossing film of the year in the country, behind only the hit film Love and You.
The film was released in October by the Osaka-based production company Finca Pictures, a company that specialises in romantic comedy and family films.
Finca CEO and president Toshio Shimizu said the film’s success is not surprising, given the popular nature of the romantic comedy genre in Japan.
“We’ve been seeing the popularity of this genre in the past year, and I’m really excited to see how this will develop in the future,” Shimizu told AFP news agency on Friday.
“I can’t help but think that it could be a game changer in terms of the Japanese movie industry.”
Fincaproduced by Fincam Films, Love has grossed more than $1.2 billion in Japan so far.
It is the first Japanese romantic comedy to win an Oscar nomination.
In Japan, Love, which stars Ryunosuke Higashikata as a young man who meets a girl named Shiori, is a romantic comedy.
It is set in Osaka in 2017, and features the voices of the likes of Uma Thurman, Chiaki Takeda and Yuki Kajiura.
The romance was created by Finsom Films, which is owned by the same group as the company behind Love and Another Song.
“The love story is an amazing story, and we’ve worked very hard to bring it to the Japanese audience,” Fincaprotectors director Kazuki Nishizawa told AFP.
“It was the most popular romantic comedy in Japan last year, so I think we were able to bring the love story to the whole country with a great success.”
The movie also features music by Shunji Kamiya, a musician who has released a number of pop songs for the likes for which he won a Golden Globe award.
Nishizawa said that the film was the first time that a Japanese romantic drama had won an Oscar for best romantic comedy, and it was a very special experience.
“There was no one in Japan who had heard of the song before.
It was so well received, and then people started talking about it.
It’s a wonderful thing,” he said.
In its first year, Love also sold nearly 2 million tickets.
The number of tickets sold is a measure of how many people actually attend the film screenings, and the number of people who go to see it are not included.
“When I heard about the success of Love and another Song, I thought it was just an anomaly, and that it might only be possible for a few people to go to a movie in Japan,” said Yoshiki Kawamura, an entertainment researcher at University of Tokyo.
But, she added, the success was a sign that the Japanese market was becoming more sophisticated.
“As a society we tend to be more sensitive to what our parents are spending their money on, and to what is popular and how we see ourselves,” Kawamura said.
“Love and Other Song” is the latest in a long line of romantic comedy films that have won an Academy Award.
The best-selling film in the US in 2016 was The Wedding Singer, and last year was the Oscar-winning film The Imitation Game.
Love is also the latest hit film from the Japanese studio Fincas, which was founded in 2009 and is owned and operated by Finopin Pictures.
Finsom and Fincopin, which were formed in 1999, have produced more than 200 romantic comedies and more than 50 dramas for television, according to their website.
In the past two years, they have released films like Love and Finsome, a love story about two high school girls who fall in love with each other, and Love and the Three Bears, a comedy that takes place in the same Tokyo apartment block.