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Stand By Me Doraemon 3D CG Film to Open in 57 Countries

posted on by Egan Loo

Stand By Me Doraemon, the first 3D CG film starring the anime robot cat Doraemon, will play in 36 more countries and territories after opening in Japan last month. The staff already announced 21 countries and territories last month, so the new total will be 57 in all.

The 36 new countries are:

India and nearby countries:
India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan

Middle East:
Algeria, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Western Sahara, Yemen, Iran, Ethiopia

The previously announced countries and territories in Asia include South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei*, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos*, Cambodia*, Myanmar*, the Philippines*, and Indonesia. The previously announced countries and territories in Europe includes Italy*, San Marino*, Vatican City*, Malta*, Monaco*, Switzerland*, and Spain. It will be the first Doraemon movie in the asterisked countries and territories.

The film opened on August 8, and as of its 40th day (September 8), the film has sold 5,293,090 tickets for 7,024,158,300 yen (about US$65.5 million).

The manga creator duo Fujiko Fujio (Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko) created Doraemon in 1969. In the story, the robotic cat was sent by a boy in the future to the present day to help the boy's hapless grandfather, Nobita. Doraemon, Nobita, and other children deal with everyday childhood issues, solve (and cause) problems with the gadgets in Doraemon's fourth-dimensional pocket, and embark on escapades through time and space.

49-year-old Takashi Yamazaki (Returner, Always: Sunset on Third Street, Ballad, Space Battleship Yamato) and 48-year-old Ryûichi Yagi (Pénélope tête en l'air line director, Moyashimon 3D CG director) are helming this 36th Doraemon film after collaborating on Japan's first feature-length 3D CG anime film, Friends: Mononoke Shima no Naki. Yamazaki also wrote the screenplay.

Source: Oricon

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