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‘Drive My Car’ Makes History as the First Ever Japanese Film to Be Nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars

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Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s ‘Drive My Car’ made history yesterday, becoming the first ever Japanese film to score a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars.

To date, South Korea’s ‘Parasite’ is the only non-English language film that has won Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

‘Drive My Car’ is described as the following: “An aging, widowed actor seeks a chauffeur. The actor turns to his go-to mechanic, who ends up recommending a 20-year-old girl. Despite their initial misgivings, a very special relationship develops between the two.”

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Netflix and Eiichiro Oda Confirm That the Live-Action ‘One Piece’ Series Will Return for a Second Season

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Netflix and Eiichiro Oda confirmed that the live-action ‘One Piece’ series will return for a second season.

In a video message, Oda said, “To the Straw Hat Grand Fleet: What did you think of Season 1 of the live-action ONE PIECE? I spent a long time working on it with Netflix and Tomorrow Studios. It seems people around the world have been enjoying the show, which makes the hard work from the production team truly worth it.

To everyone who’s been a fan of ONE PIECE for years, and to those who experienced ONE PIECE for the first time, thank you so much.

Two weeks after the launch, I just received some great news. Netflix has decided to renew the show! The adventures of Iñaki and the live-action Straw Hats will continue onward!

It’ll still take a while to get the scripts ready, so please be patient.

From here on, it seems to me the Straw Hats will need a great doctor… We will see!”

‘One Piece’ is the #1 title globally on Netflix with 37.8 Million views amassed in less than two weeks since its release. The series reached the Top 10 in 93 countries, and debuted at #1 in 46.

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Hayao Miyazaki to Continue Making Films as ‘The Boy and the Heron’ is No Longer His Last

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Hayao Miyazaki may no longer be retiring from filmmaking as previously thought.

According to Studio Ghibli VP Junichi Nishioka, Miyazaki is already coming into the office with new ideas, suggesting that ‘The Boy and the Heron’ may no longer be the famed filmmaker’s final film as it had been previously.

‘The Boy and the Heron’ is set to make its US premiere at this year’s New York Film Festival, taking place from October 6th to 8th. It’s set to make its debut in theaters nationwide and IMAX on December 8th.

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Prime Video Released a First Look at Lulu Wang’s Series Expats Starring Nicole Kidman

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Prime Video released a first look at the upcoming series ‘Expats’ directed by Lulu Wang and starring Nicole Kidman, Sarayu Blue, Ji-young Yoo, Brian Tee, Amelyn Pardenilla, and others.

It’s described as the following: “Set against the vibrant and tumultuous tapestry of 2014 Hong Kong, Expats centers on three American women—Margaret (Nicole Kidman), Hilary (Sarayu Blue), and Mercy (Ji-young Yoo)—whose lives intersect after a sudden family tragedy. The series interrogates privilege and explores what happens when the line between victimhood and culpability becomes blurred.”

The first look images can be seen below.

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