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23rd Detective Conan film to release across GCC cinemas

The Japanese animated film, Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire will be releasing in cinemas across UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and KSA on 13th June 2019.

Directed by Tomoka Nagaoka (Assistant Director on Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter) and written by Takahiro Ōkura (Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter) with Katsuo Ono as a music composer, the film is based outside of Japan and set in Singapore.

The story follows a local billionaire who plans to receive the world’s largest sapphire that sunk to the bottom of the ocean in the 19th Century. With a bloodied note from the Kaito Kid, Conan must go to the famous Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore to solve the case and bring the culprit to justice.

The film follows the 2018 film Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer. It is the twenty-third instalment of the Case Closed film series based on the manga series of the same name by Gosho Aoyama.

Detective Conan franchise regulars Minami Takayama, Wakana Yamazaki, and Rikiya Koyama return as Conan Edogawa, Ran Mouri, and Kogoro Mouri. Kappei Yamaguchi reprises his role as Kaitō Kid.

The popularity of Detective Conan in the Arab world dates to 2000 and is still dominant today as Arab fans eagerly welcome the new Detective Conan movies. In 2018, Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer released across the Arab world and was well received by audiences in the region.

In Japan, the film sold over 300,000 tickets, delivering $3.8m in box office sales on its opening day. Topping the Japanese box office, the film grossed $17m in its opening weekend, setting a new franchise record. The movie competed against Avengers: End Game and gained the top spot in the Japanese box office, unseating the latest instalment in the Avengers’ series, after only one month of the official release.

The Fist of Blue Sapphire has grossed over $68m in Japan only, becoming the second highest-grossing Detective Conan film, after Zero the Enforcer.