After breaking Japan box office records, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train gets an R-rating for “violence and bloody images” for its U.S. release next month.
The anime sensation Demon Slayer: Mugen Train will be rated R when it releases in theaters across the United States next month on April 23rd. The animated feature film smashed box office records in Japan after its release last October, making $100 million in its first ten days amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which did not seem to prevent audiences in Japan from seeing the movie in droves. The film quickly overtook Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away as the highest-grossing movie ever in Japanese history with a total gross of $350 million domestically.
The anime goes by the full title Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train, referring to the popular manga series, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, on which the movie is based. The series follows Tanjiro Kamado, a young boy who wants to become a demon slayer after his family is massacred. He also must find a cure for his younger sister Nezuko who is slowly becoming a demon. The Demon Slayer movie finds Tanjiro and Nezuko teaming up with legendary swordsmen Flame Hashira Kyōjurō Rengoku aboard the Mugen Train to hunt down a demon that has caused the demise of many demon slayers.
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After breaking box office records in Japan, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train will receive an R-rating for “violence and bloody images” when it premieres in theaters across the United States next month. According to Kotaku, the movie is unmistakably violent, but for comparison, it only received a PG-12 rating in Japan, which is their equivalent of PG-13 in the U.S.
Demon Slayer and all its R-rated glory can be seen in IMAX and 4DX theaters when the movie premieres on April 23, with advanced tickets on sale on April 9th. But perhaps the movie’s MPAA rating is not of much consequence to American audiences since movie theaters are not yet fully reopened. Instead, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train will likely reach American audiences through its streaming and digital release on June 22nd. The film will be available in both an English dub and a subtitled version.
Directed by Haruo Sotozaki, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train broke box office records that stood in Japan for 20 years and even climbed to 15th on the all-time list of highest-grossing non-English films. The movie truly captured Japanese audiences’ attention and imagination, but it remains to be seen how it will fare as a U.S. import.
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- Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train (2020)Release date: Oct 16, 2020
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