Gundam: Cucuruz Doan’s Island Film Earns 1.08 Billion Yen

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda

Film sold 550,000 tickets since June 3 opening

Bandai Namco Filmworks revealed on Tuesday that the Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan’s Island (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Cucuruz Doan no Shima) anime film has sold 550,000 tickets for 1.08 billion yen (about US$7.79 million).

The film will ship on DVD and Blu-ray Disc to regular retail outlets in Japan on November 25. (Participating theaters have already been selling a special limited-edition Blu-ray Disc of the film since June.)

The film opened in Japan on June 3, and sold about 200,000 tickets for 400 million yen (about US$3.02 million) in its first three days.

The film’s original announcement described the film as a retelling of the 15th episode of the original Mobile Suit Gundam television anime. The episode itself has been omitted from English releases of the series.

The story is set after the Federation defense of Jaburo, with the Federation planning to renew offensives on Zeon’s invasion headquarters in Odessa. Amuro and the White Base head to Belfast to resupply, but the White Base receives new orders: to head to the “Island of No Return” to search and destroy any Zeon stragglers. Amuro sets out on the island in search of Zeon spies, but finds a group of children and a Zaku mobile suit on the supposedly uninhabited island. With the Gundam left behind, Amuro encounters a man who calls himself Cucuruz Doan. After uncovering the secret of the island, Amuro attempts to make his way back to the Gundam to escape.

Manga creator and animator Yoshikazu Yasuhiko directed the film, and was also credited with the character designs alongside Atsushi Tamura (Weathering With You) and Tsukasa Kotobuki (Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Saber Marionette J).

Source: Mainichi Shimbun’s Mantan Web

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