More video game movies that arrive in Western countries are usually English-language productions based on extremely prestigious franchises, such as Pokemon Where resident Evil. In recent years, these types of films have managed to rack up large sums of money, seeing not only a return to their budgets but also big profits.
However, many films have managed to achieve wide success without penetrating the Western scene. Here are some movie adaptations of games that are huge hits.
The article focuses on Japanese films because this market is particularly lucrative for this type of project.
ten King Of Prism by Pretty Rhythm (2016) – 500,000,000 yen ($3.7 million)
The first of nice rhythm the film adaptations took the massive success of its animated series and translated it into a box office comeback that was definitely nothing to sniff at. An interesting note on prism king is that he is often considered one of the pioneers of the “Cheer Screening” movement in Japan. A Cheer Screening is essentially the same as a normal cinematic experience, but with very different societal expectations.
Instead of sitting in a movie theater and politely watching the movie, audiences are encouraged to sing along to musical numbers, shout out responses to the characters’ witty statements, and generally have a loud, fun good time. Similar in nature to cult film screenings, such as screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show Where Bedroomexpect big multiplexes showing big national releases.
9 Aikatsu! The Movie (2014) – 560,000,000 yen ($4,279,000)
The Aikatsu franchise is one that can confuse people outside of Japanese arcade culture. Originally a mix between an arcade game and a collectible card game, the main focus of the series is to help various teenage girls achieve their dreams of becoming “idols”.
The franchise spawned a line of 3DS games, a hugely popular anime, and ultimately a Japanese-only movie that was pretty decently successful.
8 King Of Prism: Pride The Hero (2017) – 600,000,000 yen ($4.6 million)
King of Prism: Pride the Hero is an animated film based on the hugely popular dance-themed rhythm game, nice rhythm. It’s actually the second in a three-movie series focusing on a bizarre overarching plot that concerns intellectual property theft.
Aside from its oddly down-to-earth plot, what makes this movie interesting is that it’s technically a spin-off of a spin-off, technically based not on the games, but on the animated adaptation of the games. This adaptation was originally commissioned as an anime series focusing on the main characters from the games. The following films focus on male characters, with the aim of making this theatrical release more appealing to a wider audience.
seven Monster Strike: The Movie (2016) – 740,000,000 yen ($5.6 million)
monster strike is a mobile-exclusive Japanese RPG that incorporates elements of puzzle games. It is an all-time lucrative mobile game that had accumulated $7.2 billion in revenue by 2018.
When it came time to adapt the game into a film, Taku Kishimoto was cast to turn the game’s story into something that would work on screen. Kishimoto is known for bringing several popular anime series to life, such asHaikyu!!,Deletedand Fruit basketand its level of finish is felt in its wonderfully creative storyline for Monster Strike: The Movie.
6 The Idol Master Movie: Beyond the Bright Future! (2014) – 772,973,700 yen ($5.9 million)
A common theme with many Japanese video game movies that never reached the English-speaking world is that they are based on very popular rhythm games. Although this genre has been successful in other parts of the world, they are among the highest-grossing video games ever made in Japan.
What defines the IdolMaster The set apart from other rhythm games is that they are also “Life Sims”, allowing the player to fully immerse themselves in the lives of the potential “idols” they play, thus creating a high level of connection with the game’s characters. This level of connection served to create many beloved and well-realized characters that helped attract a large domestic audience to the release of the film adaptation, which saw a return to the box- important office.
5 Forbidden Mermaid (2006) – 790,000,000 yen ($6 million)
If the Forbidden Mermaid The franchise only existed a few years earlier, so it could have been riding the J-Horror craze of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Unfortunately, the film came out at a time when interest in the market for the genre outside of Japan had been marred by the release of several lackluster remakes of popular properties.
At the national level, however, this adaptation of the fantastic Mermaid The franchise managed to have quite an impressive box office, and today it’s a B-movie fondly remembered by fans and horror aficionados.
4 Yo-Kai Watch: Forever Friends (2018) – 1,250,000,000 yen ($9.6 million)
This movie is just one of many adaptations in a series that has seen over 17 million games shipped since the first was released. Yo-kai Watch game in 2013. Despite the popularity of the video game portion of the franchise, the various film adaptations have never seen wider international release.
It’s a shame, because most of the films were very well received in their native Japan. Acting as a prequel to Yo-kai Watch animated series, this movie is an absolute must for any fan of the Yo-kai Watch franchise in general. Its 1960s-inspired decor lends itself oddly well to this tale of Yo-Kai hunting and the wonders of friendship.
3 Animal Crossing (2006) – 1,700,000,000 yen ($12.9 million)
Considering how much the animal crossing series has become in recent years, it might seem odd that the eponymous film wasn’t widely released outside of Japan until much later, and even then only with foreign-language subtitles. However, once you consider the context of the film’s original release, in 2006, things start to make more sense.
In the mid-2000s, animal crossing was seen as an interesting but distinctive video game franchise, not one that fit neatly into the wider English-language game market of the time, meaning there wasn’t really room for this extremely relaxing at the time. But in Japan, the series was already becoming a real phenomenon, as important as it is today, hence the warm reception reserved for this film.
2 Yo-Kai Watch Shadowside: Oni-O no Fukkatsu (2017) – 2,040,000,000 yen ($15.6 million)
Maybe if more film adaptations of video games were made in the same way as the Yo-kai Watch movies, then those types of releases would have a generally higher level of quality. The film is a masterclass in balancing the vision of the developers (with Level 5 President Akihiro Hino overseeing the project) while making the film appealing. as a movie.
Interestingly, while shadow side works well as part of the film series, it actually has a big impact on the lore of the franchise. The film introduces one of the main “time” parameters of the fourth Yo-kai Watch game – which makes it a bit frustrating that this project never got widespread release in the English-speaking world.
1 Yo-Kai Watch: Soratobu Kujira will voice No Sekai no Daiboken da Nyan! (2016) – 3,260,000,000 yen ($25 million)
The third Yo-kai Watch movie, sometimes called Yo-Kai Watch The Movie: A Set of Two Worlds, managed to raise $25 million, making it the highest-grossing video game film to ever receive a large-scale international release. This amount of money also makes it one of the highest-grossing Japanese films of 2016, with Soratobu Kujira to Double No Sekai no Daiboken da Nyan! being the most watched film in the country during the first week of its release.
The great success of Yo-kai Watch The video game franchise, along with the resounding success of its film adaptations in Japan (albeit with diminishing returns after this entry), makes it truly odd that none of these features have seen wider international releases. .
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