Detective Conan Joins 'No More Movie Theft' Anti-Piracy Campaign

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Special version of anti-piracy video runs before April 18 Detective Conan movie

The anti-piracy campaign "NO MORE Eiga Dorobō" (NO MORE Movie Theft) will premiere a new video featuring a collaboration with the Detective Conan (Case Closed) franchise on April 18. The new video will be the campaign's first animated video since it began in 2007, and will run before theatrical screenings of the upcoming movie Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno.

In the video, Conan spots someone illegally recording a movie. He reveals the culprit as the infamous "Camera Man," but when the culprit unmasks himself, he reveals himself as Kaito Kid. Kaito Kid promises a rematch with Conan as he disappears.

The "NO MORE Eiga Dorobō" anti-piracy campaign first launched in 2007, coinciding with the Japan's establishment of the "Law on the Prevention of Unauthorized Recording of Movies in Theaters" in the same year. The videos feature a "Camera Man" illegally recording the movie, and a "Patrol Lamp Man" apprehending him. The campaign updated in 2012 to include information about the then-new law penalizing illegal downloads. The campaign produced a special version of the video last August in collaboration with the premiere of the live-action Lupin III movie.

The 19th Detective Conan movie, Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno, will premiere on April 18. The films story centers on Conan as he tries to track down Kaito Kid, who supposedly steals a replica of one of Van Gogh's Sunflowers paintings during an auction. (A real version of the painting depicted was owned by a Japanese collector, until it was destroyed during World War II. A version of the painting depicted in the movie was recently recreated.)


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