The live action movie Gintama, based on the manga by Sorachi Hideaki, will be showing all over China starting 1 September 2017. Sorachi drew an illustration to thank the Chinese fans.
The movie is scheduled to show in 8,000 cinemas for over 12,000 screening, which makes it one of the must successful Japanese live action movies to be shown in China. Sorachi’s illustration shows a smiling Gintoki and written next to him is the Chinese phrase for ‘yoroshiku onegaishimasu’ which could be translated as ‘Please take care of me’.
The movie Gintama is currently airing in Japan. It is also scheduled to be screening in Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand and other Asian countries as well as the USA, Canada, Germany, Spain, Australia and more.
Comment from director Yuichi Fukuda
‘When I heard the number of times the movie would be shown in China, I couldn’t even start to understand how many times it is. The numbers are so different compared to the Japanese numbers. I heard that Gintama is very popular in China. I can only pray that the live action movie will somehow be able to meet everybody’s expectations.’
Comment from executive producer Hiroyoshi Koiwai
‘Even if you compare it to other hit-series that were turned into movies by Warner Brothers like Rurouni Kenshin or Death Note, this is an incomparably large difference (two digits!). I am excited to see that Gintama will be shown four times more often in China than in Japan, where it is shown at around 3,400 screens. Gintama is the movie that proves that comedy movies can be spread globally, even though movie makers say the opposite!’