‘Detective Conan’, ‘The Lord of the Rings’ back to China’s big screens

Detective Conan, one of Japan’s most beloved fictional characters, makes a stunning return to China’s silver screen as the animated film “Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet” topped out at the Chinese box office, with over 58.4 million yuan ($9). million) in the past week (April 19-25), according to online movie ticket platform Maoyan.

The 24th installment in the beloved crime-solving Japanese anime series “Detective Conan” continues the mysterious story surrounding a series of kidnapping incidents ahead of the World Sports Games opening ceremony in Tokyo and the launch of a state-of-the-art bullet train, and as of Tuesday had a cumulative total of Raised $26.5 million in revenue.

The animation, based on the hit manga series of the same name by famed Japanese animator Gosho Aoyama, was delayed from its original release in April 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A still from the animated film ‘Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet’. /Mtime.com

A still from the animated film ‘Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet’. /Mtime.com

Taking second place at the box office with approximately 55.5 million yuan ($8.6 million) in ticket sales was the domestic feature film “Sister,” a heartbreaking story about a girl faced with the dilemma of choosing between pursuing her own. dream and raise her younger brother after they lost their parents.

The film, which has sparked heated debate online, has dominated the domestic box office for two weeks since its debut on April 2, being surpassed last week by the new release of the popular “Detective Conan” series.

Hollywood blockbuster “Godzilla vs. Kong”, the monster epic from Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment released on March 26, took third place grossing 34.4 million yuan ($5.3 million).

A still from “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001) / CFP

A still from “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001) / CFP

It was followed by the re-released epic fantasy films “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001) and “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” (2002), fourth and fifth respectively.

The second installment of the classic franchise, “The Two Towers,” opened on April 23, grossing nearly 26 million yuan ($4 million) on its debut weekend, while the first episode, “The Fellowship of the Ring,” which featured a was released a week earlier on April 16, earning 26.7 million yuan ($4.2 million) for a $17 million cume.

Peter Jackson’s beloved “Lord of the Rings” trilogy made its first return in IMAX versions, drawing many of his loyal fans and moviegoers back to the cinema to explore the Middle Earth saga played in remastered 4K ultra high definition on the big screen .

A still from “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001) / CFP

A still from “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001) / CFP

However, the reruns failed to make a big splash at the box office, repeating the big phenomenon two decades ago, sparking some debate about its duration and the change in viewers’ habit and taste.

Some critics noted that the three-hour adventure films, based on JRR Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, are too long for the young generation growing up in an era of overflowing short videos.

Upcoming big checkout period

Next week is expected to see a booming box office period as the five-day May holiday (1-5 May), considered one of China’s four film peaks over a year, approaches and a record crop of new titles across genres are set to release. be released.

On the slate is award-winning cinematographer Zhang Yimou’s spy thriller ‘Impasse’, otherwise known as ‘Cliff Walkers’, which is slated to release on April 30.

Award-winning director Zhang Yimou and the cast attend the world premiere of the movie “Impasse” in Beijing, China, April 24, 2021. /CFP

Award-winning director Zhang Yimou and the cast attend the world premiere of the movie “Impasse” in Beijing, China, April 24, 2021. /CFP

The highly anticipated film follows four Communist Party special agents who returned to China after special training in the Soviet Union to conduct a covert operation in the northeastern city of Harbin, with a strong cast including veteran actors Zhang Yi, Yu Hewei, Qin Hailu and Zhu Yawen.

Also coming this Friday is “Her Story”, consisting of three short films about Chinese women during the pandemic, directed by Joan Chen, Li Shaohong and Sylvia Chang, respectively, starring celebrated actors Zhou Xun and Sammi Cheng, as well as rising star Jackson. Jeez.

Hong Kong director Leste Chen’s thrilling thriller ‘Home Sweet Home’ starring Aaron Kwok and Zhang Zifeng, Li Yu’s comedy drama ‘Tiger Robbers’ starring Ma Li and Song Jia and six other titles will hit theaters on May 1. premiere.

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