Third Kingdom Live-action Film Gets Its Official Title & Release Date
A 50-second teaser video announcing the title and Japanese release date of the next third live-action film version of Yasuhisa Hara’s historical adventure manga Kingdom has been uploaded on the film’s official website.
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The third movie, now formally known as Kingdom: Unmei no Honoo (The Flame of Fate), is scheduled for July 28 release in Japan. The “Battle of Bayou” arc, in which Li Xin and Wang Qi first meet on the same battlefield to repel an attack by Zhao, and the “Escape from Zhao” arc, which reveals Ying Zheng’s untold background, are at the core of the plot. All seven members of the core cast—Kento Yamazaki as Li Xin, Ryo Yoshizawa as Ying Zheng, Kanna Hashimoto as He Liao Diao, Nana Seino as Qiang Lei, Hiroshi Tamaki as Changwen Jun, Koichi Sato as Lü Buwei, and Takao Osawa as Wang Qi—will make a comeback.
Hara, the creator of the manga, published the following statement alongside a fresh drawing:
This summer, “Kingdom: Unmei no Honno,” the third live-action “Kingdom” movie, will be released in cinemas. This movie will cover the “Escape from Zhao” and “Battle of Bayou” arcs, as some fans may have deduced from the last trailer at the conclusion of the previous movie. The tale will be much more epic and dramatic than the previous two movies, and each of these arcs have had a tremendous influence on Xin and Ying Zheng and their later careers. We really hope you’ll anticipate the day when the “Kingdom” universe returns to the screen!
On April 19, 2019, Kingdom, the first movie directed by Shinsuke Sato (GANTZ, Bleach live-action flicks), opened in Japan. During its whole domestic run, Kingdom made 5.73 billion yen (42.26 million USD). Then, on July 15, 2022, came Kingdom 2 Harukanaru Daichi e (To the Land of Faraway), the sequel, which brought in 5.12 billion yen (37.76 million USD). Both movies became the highest-grossing Japanese movies of the year, with a total box office take of more than 10 billion yen (73.75 million USD).
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