23rd Detective Conan Film Gets Philippine Fan Screening on June 15
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Odex revealed on Monday that its screening of Detective Conan: Fist of Blue Sapphire (Meitantei Conan: Konjō no Fist), the 23rd Detective Conan anime film, in the Philippines will begin with a fan screening on June 15. Philippine cinema chain SM Cinema is also listing the film with a general opening date of June 26.
The film opened in Japan on April 12. The film sold 1,458,263 tickets to earn 1,886,292,700 yen (about US$16.85 million) in its first three days. The film also debuted at #1 at the Japanese box office for the weekend of April 13-14. The film has earned 8,785,031,300 yen (about US$81.42 million) as of June 2.
Tomoka Nagaoka (assistant director on Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter) directed the film. Takahiro Okura (Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter) penned the script. Katsuo Ono returned to compose the music. Hiroomi Tosaka, the vocalist for Sandaime J Soul Brothers from Exile Tribe, performed the film's theme song "Blue Sapphire."
The film is set in Singapore, and is the first Detective Conan film set outside of Japan. Singapore's famous Marina Bay Sands is the site of a murder case in the film. The plot involves a large gem known as the "Blue Sapphire," which sank to the bottom of the ocean at the end of the 19th century.
The film centers on Kaitō Kid, Makoto Kyōgoku, and Conan Edogawa. The movie marks a return of the Kaitō Kid character to the Detective Conan films since his last appearance in Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno, the franchise's 19th film, in 2015. The film also features the first appearance of the character Makoto Kyōgoku in the franchise films. In the film, Makoto, an undefeated karate master with 400 wins, confronts Kid as Kid tries to steal the Blue Sapphire. Meanwhile, Kaitō Kid brings Conan to Singapore against his will.