Kingdom (film)

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Kingdom film (poster).jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byShinsuke Sato
Screenplay by
  • Tsutomu Kuroiwa
  • Shinsuke Sato
  • Yasuhisa Hara
Based onKingdom
by Yasuhisa Hara
Music byYutaka Yamada
Distributed by
Release date
  • April 19, 2019 (2019-04-19)
Running time
134 minutes
Box office
  • ¥5.69 billion (Japan)[1]
  • $53.3 million (worldwide)[1][2]

Kingdom (Japanese: キングダム, Hepburn: Kingudamu) is a 2019 Japanese action adventure film directed by Shinsuke Sato and produced by Sony Pictures Japan. It is an adaptation of the manga series of the same name, created by Yasuhisa Hara and published by Shueisha. The screenplay was written by Tsutomu Kuroiwa, Shinsuke Sato and Yasuhisa Hara. Kento Yamazaki, who starred in a 3-minute short of the same name released in 2016, reprises his role as the film's protagonist with a supporting cast that includes Ryo Yoshizawa, Kanna Hashimoto, Masami Nagasawa, Kanata Hongō and Takao Osawa.[3] The film portrays the life of Li Xin, a former general of Qin, from his childhood as an orphan through his military career during the Warring States period of ancient China.

The film was released nationwide on April 19, 2019.[4] It is slated for a summer 2020 screening in North America by Funimation.[5]


Orphaned by war, Li Xin (Yamazaki) dreams of rising from his low status in life as a servant boy by becoming a general. Xin has a fateful encounter with the boy destined to become the Qin emperor, Ying Zheng (Yoshizawa), and Zheng proves to be a critical ally on Xin's journey to greatness.[6] Working together, the young men seek to reclaim Zheng's throne and unite the Warring States under a single banner.



Production took place in Japan, and the filming occurred in China and Japan during April 2018.[7][4]

On April 18, 2018, Hara tweeted a movie-ized cover illustration promoting the manga's move to the big screen.[8] A trailer was released by Sony Pictures on January 16, 2019.[4] The film was released nationwide on April 19, 2019.[4]

An English-subtitled trailer was screened at SXSW 2019 in March, where lead actor Kento Yamazaki had paid a courtesy call to the vice president of Sony Pictures International.[9] Funimation later announced that they were holding screenings of the film during the second quarter of 2019.[5]


Box office[edit]

The film earned 729 million Yen (6.17 million USD) in its opening three day weekend, selling over 500,000 tickets.[10] As of May 31, 2019, the film has garnered over ¥5 billion (45 million USD) at the box office, with over 3.7 million tickets sold.[11] As of June 16, 2019, the film earned ¥5.47 billion ($50.4 million)[12]

Home media[edit]

An English-language subtitled trailer was released by Toho in March to promote a North American release. Funimation Films announced that it acquired the license for an American and Canadian release in the summer.[13] The film is expected to be released in North America on August 16.[14]

Critical reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 93% based on reviews from 14 critics.[15]


  1. ^ a b "映画『キングダム』評価は?感想ネタバレあらすじ/続編は?夢に集う強者の秘策とは?長澤まさみの美技". ピクシーン Pick Scene 映画の評価ランキングやネタバレ (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-09-07.
  2. ^ "王者天下-票房收入-日本偶像劇場". Retrieved 2019-09-07.
  3. ^ "Live-Action Kingdom Film Unveils Cast, Director, April 19 Opening". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2019-03-15.
  4. ^ a b c d Sony Pictures Japan (January 16, 2019). "KINGDOM‐International Trailer‐Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan)". YouTube. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Sherman, Jennifer (2019-05-07). "Funimation Screens Live-Action Kingdom Film in N. America in Summer". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  6. ^ Schilling, Mark (2018-10-09). "Sony Japan Unveils China-Set Manga Adaptation 'Kingdom!'". Variety. Retrieved 2019-03-15.
  7. ^ Schilling, Mark (2018-10-09). "Sony Japan Unveils China-Set Manga Adaptation 'Kingdom!'". Variety. Retrieved 2019-03-15.
  8. ^ "Hara Yasuhisa Official Twitter".
  9. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (2019-03-13). "Live-Action Kingdom Film's Subtitled Promo Teases N. American Release". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  10. ^ Antonio Pineda, Rafael (April 24, 2019). "Kingdom, Shin-chan, Sound! Euphonium Debut in Top 5 at Japanese Box Office". AnimeNewsNetwork. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  11. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (May 31, 2019). "Live-Action Kingdom Film Earns 5 Billion Yen Gross". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  12. ^ "Kingdom (2019)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  13. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (May 7, 2019). "Funimation Screens Live-Action Kingdom Film in N. America in Summer". AnimeNewsNetwork. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  14. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (July 8, 2019). "Live-Action Kingdom Film's English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed". AnimeNewsNetwork. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
  15. ^ "Kingdom (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 8, 2019.

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