Marginalized voices in film spoke louder in 2022

Although the pandemic is not over in Japan, the local film market has returned to some semblance of pre-pandemic normality this year. Hollywood films that had mostly disappeared from the top 10 box office in 2020 and 2021 made a comeback in 2022, led by Tom Cruise’s hit Top Gun: Maverick.

The film, which opened on May 27, grossed 13.5 billion yen, the second-highest total of the year, according to figures compiled by film site Pick Scene. Four other Hollywood films made the site’s top 10 for 2022; last year there was only one: Fast & Furious 9.

The box office hit of the year was once again an anime film: “One Piece Film Red”. It made 18.7 billion yen after its 8th 6 release, the highest-ever gross profit in the venerable One Piece franchise and the sixth-highest-ever in Japan for an anime feature. (The all-time box office hit in each category is 2020’s “Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train” at 40.4 billion yen.)

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