One Piece Film Gold to Screen in 33 Countries Including U.S., Canada

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Countries also include Singapore, China, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia

Anime Consortium Japan's (ACJ) ANIME NOW! news website reported on Saturday that the One Piece Film Gold anime movie will screen in 33 countries, including the United States, Canada, Singapore, China, and South Korea. The announcement was made at the film's Japanese premiere event on Saturday. The film previously held its world premiere in Abu Dhabi on July 15 before opening in Japan on Saturday.

Toei Animation has already scheduled the film's release in several countries, including in Malaysia on August 18 and in Indonesia in September.

One Piece Film Gold opened in Japan on 743 screens, which is the largest for any Japanese film. The film is also screening with English and Chinese subtitles in five cities in Japan from July 23 to August 5, and also has screenings in 3D, 4DX, and MX4D.

The film's guest cast includes:

The "YOKOSO! EIGAKAN!" program's website describes the film's story:

Set in Grantesoro, an independent country chartered by the World Government, home of the world's greatest entertainment city where well-known pirates, [Marines], and millionaires throughout the world gather in an "absolute sanctuary" that even the World Government can't touch.

There, Luffy and the others meet the ruler of the country, the golden emperor Guild Tesoro who easily wins pirates, the [Marines], and even the World Government over to his side with money. He is about to take action to satisfy his bottomless ambition which may result in major changes in power relationships in the New World…

Original manga creator Eiichiro Oda served as the film's executive producer as well as being credited with the original work. Hiroaki Miyamoto (One Piece episodes 352-679, assistant director for One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island) directed the film, and Tsutomu Kuroiwa (live-action Black Butler film, live-action Liar Game: The Final Stage film, live-action The Perfect Insider TV series) wrote the script. Masayuki Sato designed the characters for animation, and also served as chief animation director. Kazuo Ogura served as the art director, while Nobuhito Sue is credited for art setting.

Update: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web reported on Saturday that the film will open on July 28 in Hong Kong and Macau, and will then open in August in Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, and other countries.

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