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'Demon Slayer' nears Japan movie history; boosts economy with resilience message

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Oh, yes! It boosts the economy by packing hundreds of people into cinemas during a viral pandemic. Perfect!

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Oh, yes! It boosts the economy by packing hundreds of people into cinemas during a viral pandemic. Perfect!

ok...

https://tenor.com/view/berrinche-tantrum-kid-when-you-didnt-get-what-you-want-gif-5017964

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Demon Slayer actually has been crowding out many other films now in the box office. I saw most theatre spaces occupied by DS, alongside only a few alternatives. Its sales don't necessarily contribute to the movie industry or the country's whole economy. To analyse the phenomenon, we need a cool head and holistic view.

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Kinda grudgingly admire the dedication of teen/young adult fans. Remember when repeat viewing of Your Name took that film to number one a few years back? Music biz needs them too, from Beatles to BTS.

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I saw it after watching the TV series, was really god actually!

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Anime being considered top movies in Japan says it all. Fantasy world as for social status for most.

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It's amazing how something can be this popular when all they do is plug it on every channel, every day, every five flipping minutes. Of course it's popularity is primarily due to the message of 'resilience', which isn't present in every single manga/anime ever made.

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Packed cinemas , book and toy stores are very likely not contributing to the resilience that story wanted to tell, instead the whole country is even deeper driven into the pandemic and death tolls. Unbelievable!

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What can anyone say? Right place, right time. Little competition and as a result it's a gold mine.

I've never seen it, and never will. But it will be interesting to see how it plays overseas.

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Anime being considered top movies in Japan says it all. Fantasy world as for social status for most.

I totally agree. Movies about Norse gods, a billionaire in a metal suit, and a drug induced super-soldier fighting supernatural aliens are much more sophisticated.

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My 7yr old son really wants to go see it but I won't take that risk yet of 2 hours in an enclosed room with a bunch of other people. Hopefully comes out on Amazon Prime or Netflix before the Spring.

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One would have thought that movies like 'Rashomon', 'Seven Samurai', 'Kagemusha' or even the underrated 'Eternal Zero' would be the top grossing Japanese movies (at current prices), but that honor goes to 'Demon Slayer'. Sigh.

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One would have thought that movies like 'Rashomon', 'Seven Samurai', 'Kagemusha' or even the underrated 'Eternal Zero' would be the top grossing Japanese movies (at current prices), but that honor goes to 'Demon Slayer'. Sigh.

Are The Godfather, Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction, Schindler's List, The Shining or One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest the top grossing films of all time where you come from? Thought so. When did movie quality equal box office success?

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One would have thought that movies like 'Rashomon', 'Seven Samurai', 'Kagemusha' or even the underrated 'Eternal Zero' would be the top grossing Japanese movies (at current prices), but that honor goes to 'Demon Slayer'. Sigh.

Agreed, although only a tiny fraction of the Japanese "classics" are actually watchable, today it doesn't matter as Japan only likes anime lol. Smh

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What else is there to watch

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