Year Asmik, INC. Ace Pictures, Inc. Works Information
1981 Herald Ace, Inc. was established
1983 Ace Pictures: Participated in production of “Antarctica “, which recorded the largest box office in Japan at that time.
1984 Ace Pictures:Produced “MacArthur’s Children” starring Masako Natsume, which won the Best Film Award at the 27th Blue Ribbon Award.
1985 Asmik, Corp. was jointly established by a group of companies including Sumitomo Corporation. Ace Pictures:Produced “Ran” directed by Akira Kurosawa, which won the 58th Academy Award for Best Costume Design.
1989 Ace Pictures:Distributed Italian film “Cinema Paradiso,” which stayed in the theaters for 40 weeks, made one of the longest run in Japanese film industry history.
1995 Joined KADOKAWA SHOTEN as a subsidiary, and the company name was changed to Ace Pictures, Inc.
1996 Asmik:Distributed foreign films “The Usual Suspects” and “Dead Man Walking,” which won two awards and one award respectively at the 68th Academy Awards. Ace Pictures:participated in production of “Swallowtail”, which was a big hit and a long run in the theaters.
1997 Asmik:Distributed foreign film “Fargo” which won 2 categories at the 69th Academy Awards. Asmik:Distributed foreign film “Trainspotting” made a long 33-week run in the theaters.
1998 Asmik, INC. and Ace Pictures, Inc. merged. Asmik Ace Entertainment, Inc. was established.
1999 Distributed foreign film “Life Is Beautiful” which won 3 categories at 71th Academy Awards.
2000 Produced “After the Rain” which won 8 categories including the Best Film Award at the 24th Japan Academy Film Prize. Distributed foreign film “Dancer in the Dark” which won Palme d’Or and the Best Actress award at the 53th Cannes International Film Festival.
2004 Distributed foreign film “The Return” which won the Golden Lion and The Luigi De Laurentiis Awards at the 60th Venice International Film Festival.
2009 Distrubuting foreign film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” which won the 81th Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the 66th Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
2012 Aqcuired by Jupiter Telecommunications Co., Ltd. and the company name was changed to Asmik Ace, Inc. Integrated the video ondemand business division (including acquisition and programming of content for VOD platforms “J:COM ondemand” and “KDDI videopass”) as well as content acquisition function for our pay TV channels from Jupiter Entertainment, Co., Ltd.
2013 Launched IP-based VOD service called “milplus.”
2014 Produced film “The Great Passage” which won the Best Film Award, the Best Directing Award, the Best Screenplay Award, the Best Actor Award, the Best Sound Mixing Award, the Best Film Editing Award and won six Excellence Awards at the 37th Japan Academy Film Prize. Produced and invested film “Still the Water” which was officially selected for competition at the 67th Cannes Film Festival.
2015 Produced and invested film “Pale Moon” which won the Best Actress Award and eleven Excellent Awards at the 38th Japan Academy Film Prize.
2016 Produced and invested film “Japan’s Longest Day” which won the Best Actress Award and nine Excellent Awards at the 39th Japan Academy Film Prize.
2017 Produced film “The 100th Love with You,” which was released in Mainland China, and became the first Japanese live action film in 2017 with a Chinese theatrical release. Also the remake rights were licensed for the China.