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Live-Action G Men Film Opens at #2, 3rd Live-Action Kingdom Film Drops to #3


The live-action film adaptation of Toshio Ozawa’s G Men manga ranked at #2 in its opening weekend. The film sold 149,900 tickets to earn 210 million yen (about US$1.43 million).

The film opened last Friday.

The manga’s story centers on Shōta Kadomatsu, a student who dreams of getting a girlfriend, and a new transferee to Takehana High School, an all-boys high school that is adjacent to four all-girls high schools. Because of this, Takehana students are rumored to be all but guaranteed to get a girlfriend. But when Shōta transfers into the school, he is put in Class G, the hopeless class filled with all the losers trouble students of the school, from delinquents to nerds, whose members are ignored by all girls.

Tōichirō Rutō directed the film, with a script by Masato Katō and Maruo Maruichirō.

Ozawa launched the manga in Akita Shoten‘s magazine in November 2014, and ended it in March 2018. Akita Shoten published 18 compiled book volumes for the manga.


Kingdom: Unmei no Honō (Flames of Destiny), the third live-action film based on Yasuhisa Hara‘s Kingdom manga, dropped from #1 to #3 at the Japanese box office in its fifth weekend. The film sold 148,000 tickets to earn 216,226,180 yen (about US$1.47 million) from Friday to Sunday. The film has sold a total of 3.20 million tickets to earn a cumulative total of 4,595,356,160 yen (about US$31.40 million).

The film opened in Japan on July 28 and sold 703,530 tickets to earn 1,050,708,610 yen (about US$7.39 million) in its first three days. The film now has the best opening weekend among all three Kingdom films, and now also has the best opening (in terms of ticket sales) among live-action films in Japan in 2023.

The film covers the manga’s Shi Ka (Zi Xia) arc and the Battle of Bayou — the first time Shin (Xin) and Ō Ki (Wang Qi) stood on the battlefield together, to fend off the invasion by the mighty Chō (Zhao) from the north. Anne (Anne Watanabe) joined the cast as the pivotal character Shi Ka (Zi Xia). Other new cast members include Kataoka Ainosuke VI as Fuu Ki (Feng Ji), Kōji Yamamoto as Chō Sō (Zhao Zhuang), Yuki Yamada as Man Goku (Wan Ji), Eri Murakawa as You Li (Yū Ri), and Hinako Sakurai as Dong Mei (Tō Bi).

Kento Yamazaki, Ryō Yoshizawa, Takao Osawa, and Kanna Hashimoto all reprised their respective characters Shin (Xin), Ei Sei (Yin Zheng), Ō Ki (Wang Qi), and Ka Ryō Ten (He Liao Diao), respectively, from the two previous films. Nana Seino, Hiroshi Tamaki, and Kōichi Satō from the second film also reprised their respective characters Kyо̄ Kai, Sho Hei Kun (Lord Changping), and Ryo Fui (Lu Buwei).

Shinsuke Satō (live-action , , Bleach) returned as director. Hara and Tsutomu Kuroiwa (, live-action , ) returned to write the script.


Hayao Miyazaki‘s latest feature film (, or literally ) dropped from #2 to #4 at the Japanese box office in its seventh weekend. The film sold 143,800 tickets and earned 216,512,800 yen (about US$1.47 million) from Friday to Sunday. The film has sold a total of 4.95 million tickets for a cumulative total of 7,414,196,300 yen (about US$50.65 million).

The film sold 1.003 million tickets and earned about US$13.2 million in its first three days in Japan. The film sold 1.353 million tickets and earned 2.149 billion yen (about US$15.53 million) in its Friday-Monday long weekend (July 17 was the Marine Day holiday in Japan).

The film opened simultaneously on IMAX with its general release in Japan on July 14. The film earned more than Miyazaki’s celebrated Academy Award-winning 2001 film in its first four days, and earned 50% more than his 2013 film . The film exceeded US$1.7 million from 44 IMAX screens, which is a new three-day opening record, according to entertainment news website Deadline.

The film is the first Studio Ghibli film to get a simultaneous IMAX release. The film is also screening in Dolby Atmos, Dolby Cinema, and DTS:X.

GKIDS licensed the film, and it will release it in North American theaters later this year.

Miyazaki is credited with the original work, in addition to directing the film and writing the script. Takeshi Honda (, films) is the animation director. Joe Hisaishi (, , ) composed the music. Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki is the producer. Kenshi Yonezu (, , ) performs the theme song “Chikyūgi” (Globe).


(New Dimension! Crayon Shin-chan the Movie Super-Powered Climactic Battle: Soaring Hand-Rolled Sushi), the franchise‘s first 3DCG anime film, dropped from #5 to #6 in its fourth weekend. The film earned 147,853,250 yen (about US$1.01 million) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 1,999,370,090 yen (about US$13.66 million).

The film opened on August 4, and ranked at #2 in its opening weekend. The film sold 322,000 tickets in its first three days, and earned 401 million yen (about US$2.8 million).

The film’s story shows kindergartener Shinnosuke gaining telekinetic superpowers after a white light from space passes through Earth. A counterpart black light gives a man named Mitsuru Hiriya psychic powers of his own, which he uses to try and destroy the Earth. While Japan is gripped by fear, Shinnosuke stands up as its new hero.

The film is the 31st in the franchise, and it took seven years to make from the planning stages. Hitoshi Ōne ( screenplay; director for live-action , adaptations) both directed the film and wrote the screenplay. Shirogumi Inc. animated the film.


, the new anime film of Takehiko Inoue‘s basketball manga, jumped back on to the top 10 ranking at #8. The film earned 122,824,840 yen (about US$839,200) from Friday to Sunday, and has sold a total of 10.74 million tickets and earned a cumulative total of 15,525,667,150 yen (about US$106 million).

It is now the 13th highest-earning film of all-time in Japan after surpassing Hayao Miyazaki‘s 2008 anime film , which has 15.5 billion yen (around US$105.8 million) in domestic earnings. is also now the seventh highest-earning anime film in Japan.

The film is holding the “Last Game” special screenings in its last official seven days in cinemas in Japan, which started last Friday, and will end on Thursday.

By June, the film had sold over 10 million tickets to earn 14.43 billion yen (about US$103.5 million that time) in Japan, after about a half a year in theaters.

The film opened in Japan on December 3, and ranked at #1 in its opening weekend. The film sold 847,000 tickets and earned 1,295,808,780 yen (about US$9.50 million) over its opening weekend.

The film won Animation of the Year at the 46th annual Japan Academy Film Prizes. Toshiyuki Matsui, the film’s producer, received this year’s general award for Eiga Engeki Bunka Kyōkai’s (Film Theater Culture Association) 42nd annual Fujimoto Awards.

The film won the Axis: Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation for best animated feature film, and it won third place for Best Animated Feature in the Audience Awards category of the 27th annual Fantasia International Film Festival, which was held from July 20 to August 9 in Montreal, Canada.

Inoue personally directed the film at Toei Animation and wrote the script. Among the listed staff members are character designer/animation director Yasuyuki Ebara () and technical directors Katsuhiko Kitada ( episodes, ), Naoki Miyahara (, ), Toshio Ōhashi (), and Yū Kamatani (, ). Daiki Nakazawa directed the CG, and Yūta Ogura produced the CG. Kazuo Ogura directed the art. Yota Tsuruoka directed the sound with Koji Kasamatsu.

The anime film of Akira Toriyama‘s manga dropped off the top 10 in its second weekend. The film still earned 75,734,930 yen (about US$517,500) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 341,619,220 yen (about US$2.33 million).

(), the first film in a planned trilogy for Paramount Pictures‘ live-action franchise, dropped off the list in its fourth weekend. The film still earned 45,888,110 yen (about US$313,500) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 1,189,033,130 yen (about US$8.12 million).

Studio Trigger‘s re-screening of , the first of two compilation films of Gainax‘s anime, ranked at #1 in the mini-theater ranking in its opening weekend.

Sources: Kōgyō Tsūshin (link 2, link 3), comScore via KOFIC



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