| Jun 9, 2014
| 8:30 PM
A Nipponese time-travel fantasy in which sumo wrestling, electronic toilets and other cool Japanese inventions find their way into ancient Roman spas, "Thermae Romae II" nonetheless proves a less wacky follow-up to its similar-themed predecessor. Hideki Takeuchi, who helmed the 2012 screen adaption of Mari Yamazaki's bestselling six-volume manga of the same title, has ditched his source material for a brand-new storyline. Yet, it's as if he's thrown out the baby and kept the bathwater, as everything from the jokes to the gaudy visuals feels secondhand. Locally, the pic scooped up $37.3 million in five weeks, but beyond Taiwan and Italy, overseas biz might amount to a mere trickle.
| May 12, 2014
| 4:30 AM
UDINE, Italy -- "Thermae Romae II," the follow-up to the smash 2012 time-traveling comedy "Thermae Romae," has become the fastest Japanese pic to pass the two million admissions mark this year. By its 15th day on release "TRII" had sold 2.23 million...