Odex to Screen Gintama 2 Live-Action Film in Southeast Asia
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Southeast Asian film distributor Odex announced on Tuesday that it will open Gintama 2: Rules are Meant to be Broken (Gintama 2: Okite wa Yaburu Tame ni Koso Aru), the second live-action film based on Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga, in Southeast Asia, ncluding in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Brunei.
The film opened in Japan on August 17 in 345 theaters. The film earned over 800 million yen (about US$7.27 million) from Friday to Sunday to rank #1 in its opening weekend. The movie sold 215,903 tickets for 279,910,100 yen (about US$2.54 million) on that Friday, 190,682 tickets for 260,606,100 yen (about US$2.37 million) on Saturday, and 194,210 tickets for 267,002,200 yen (about US$2.43 million) on Sunday. As of September 4, the film has earned more than 2.5 billion yen (about US$22.6 million) after 19 days. The film reached the 2.5 billion yen mark two days faster than the first film, which reached the amount after 21 days.
The film's story covers both the "Shinsengumi Crisis" and the "Shogun Reception" arcs, the latter of which features the introduction of the Shogun. The film stars Shun Oguri as Gintoki Sakata, Masaki Suda as Shinpachi Shimura, Kanna Hashimoto as Kagura, Masami Nagasawa as Tae Shimura, and Masaki Okada as Kotarō Katsura.
The first film opened in Japan in July 2017, and it earned 980 million yen (US$8.9 million) in its first four days. Various local distributors opened the film in the Philippines, Singapore, and Indonesia last year.