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THE FIRST SLAM DUNK is South Korea’s Top Japanese Movie of All Time

The First Slam Dunk

THE FIRST SLAM DUNK anime film has been a huge success in Japan, and now that success has translated to a major milestone elsewhere. In addition to becoming the 12th highest-grossing anime film of all time in Japan, THE FIRST SLAM DUNK can now boast a record-breaking run in South Korea, where it has zoomed past previous title holder Your Name. to become the country’s highest-grossing Japanese film of all time.

According to Korean box office tracker KOBIS, THE FIRST SLAM DUNK has netted 3,818,000 tickets sold since it opened on January 4, dribbling right through the legs of Your Name.‘s 3,802,000 tickets. KOBIS adds that viewers in their 30s made up 34 percent of attendees, followed by those in their 40s at 27 percent and audience members in their 20s at 26 percent. 55.2 percent of all tickets were sold to males, making for a fairly even split. 

In Japan, THE FIRST SLAM DUNK was the second Toei film ever to pass 10 billion yen at the box office.

THE FIRST SLAM DUNK is written and directed by Slam Dunk creator Takehiko Inoue. It also features Yasuyuki Ebara of Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress as the character designer/animation director.

Katsuhiko Kitada, who worked on episodes of Attack on Titan; Naoki Miyahara, who worked on Digimon Adventure; Toshio Ōhashi, who worked on LayereD Stories 0; and Yū Kamatani, who worked on Precure Super Stars!, are all technical directors.

VIZ Media, which publishes the original manga in English, describes Slam Dunk like this:

Winning isn’t everything in the game of basketball, but who wants to come in second? It takes dedication and discipline to be the best, and the Shohoku High hoops team wants to be just that. They have one last year to make their captain’s dream of reaching the finals come true—will they do it?

Via Crunchyroll News