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    DETECTIVE CONAN: THE FIST OF BLUE SAPPHIRE Press Notes and High-Res Images From Toho

    Conan Edogawa and his friends are back on the big screen in the 23rd Detective Conan movie, DETECTIVE CONAN: THE FIST OF BLUE SAPPHIRE. Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2019 GOSHO AOYAMA/DETECTIVE CONAN COMMITTEE All Rights Reserved..

    The Massive Hit Series Returns to Cinemas! Source: Toho Co., Ltd., TMS Entertainment Co., Ltd. Official Site: conan-movie.jp (Japan)

    A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE

    Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2019 GOSHO AOYAMA /DETECTIVE CONAN COMMITTEE All Rights Reserved.

    Toho and TMS Entertainment have provided information and high-res images from their new anime film, DETECTIVE CONAN: THE FIST OF BLUE SAPPHIRE (?????? ????????????????, Meitantei Konan Konj? no Ken (Konji ~Youno Fisuto). The the 23rd installment in the blockbuster series based on the Detective Conan manga by Gosho Aoyama will be released nationwide in Japan on April 12th. The previous movie in the series, DETECTIVE CONAN: ZERO THE ENFORCER (?????? ??????????????, Meitantei Konan Zero no Shikk? Hito (Shikkk? Nin) 2018), recorded the highest box office revenue of the franchise so far, earning 9.18 billion yen in Japan. It was also the top earning Japanese animated movie of 2018. Directing DETECTIVE CONAN: THE FIST OF BLUE SAPPHIRE is Tomoka Nagaoka, the first female director for the Detective Conan movie series. She previously worked as the assistant director on the 21st feature length film, DETECTIVE CONAN: THE CRIMSON LOVE LETTER (?????? ???????????????????, Meitantei Konan Kara Kurenai no Renka (Kara Kurenai nora Bureta), 2017?. Screenwriter Takahiro Okura (DETECTIVE CONAN: THE CRIMSON LOVE LETTER) returns to the franchise. Long-time members involved in the Detective Conan staff and cast include Katsuo Ohno writing the music, Minami Takayama starring as the main character Conan Edogawa, along with Wakana Yamazaki as Ran Mori, Rikiya Koyama as Kogoro Mori, and Kappei Yamaguchi in the featured role of Kid the Phantom Thief. They are joined by actor Ikusaburo Yamazaki and actress Mayuko Kawakita, who come to the series for the first time as special guests. The theme song, “BLUE SAPPHIRE” is performed by Hiroomi Tosaka, a member of J SOUL BROTHERS III from EXILE TRIBE. It captures the worldview and hidden feelings of each characters in the film. As a member of the “Detective Conan Committee”, TMS is actively working on overseas licensing and plan to release the movie in various countries after its domestic release.

    Conan Edogawa. Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2019 GOSHO AOYAMA/DETECTIVE CONAN COMMITTEE All Rights Reserved.

    ABOUT DETECTIVE CONAN (aka CASE CLOSED) The Detective Conan manga was first serialized in Weekly Shonen Sunday, published by Shogakukan Inc., in 1994. The total sales of the 94 published volumes has exceeded 230 million copies. The series is one of the bestselling detective mystery comics and is very popular internationally as well. Shinichi Kudo is a high school detective. One day, members of the criminal Black Organization give Shinichi a strange poison and his body reverted back to when he was in the first grade! Hiding his identity, he made a new name for himself: Conan Edogawa. Conan now lives with his childhood friend Ran Mouri and her detective father in hopes of hunting down the Black Organization while still working as a detective. He faces numerous difficult cases and goes against notorious thieves but keeps on solving mysteries to find the one and only truth!

    Kid the Phantom Thief. Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2019 GOSHO AOYAMA/DETECTIVE CONAN COMMITTEE All Rights Reserved.

    STORY When Kid the Phantom Thief learns that the world’s biggest sapphire, the “Fist of Blue Sapphire”, is kept in an underground safe of a mansion in Singapore, he takes Detective Conan against his wishes overseas in search of the treasure that was once thought to be long lost. As Kid closes in on the coveted jewel, the fountain of Merlion begins to spout out blood red water, as if to foreshadow the unfolding of something ominous. CREDITS Japanese Theatrical Release: Friday, April 12, 2019 (Nationwide Roadshow) Run Time: 109 Minutes Cast Conan Edogawa: Minami Takayama Ran Mori: Wakana Yamazaki Kogoro Mori: Rikiya Koyama Kid the Phantom Thief: Kappei Yamaguchi Professor Agasa: Kenichi Ogata Ai Haibara: Megumi Hayashibara Ayumi Yoshida: Yukiko Iwai Mitsuhiko Tsuburaya: Ikue Otani Genta Kojima: Wataru Takagi Sonoko Suzuki: Naoko Matsui Makoto Kyogoku: Nobuyuki Hiyama Leon Lowe: Ikusaburo Yamazaki Rachel Cheong: Mayuko Kawakita Staff Director: Tomoka Nagaoka Original Story: Gosho Aoyama (serialized in Shogakukan`s Weekly Shonen Sunday) Screenplay: Takahiro Okura Music: Katsuo Ohno Theme Song: “BLUE SAPPHIRE” by Hiroomi Tosaka Production: Detective Conan Committee (TMS Entertainment Co., Ltd., Shogakukan Inc., Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, Nippon Television Network Corporation, Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions Co., Ltd., Toho Co., Ltd.) Animation Production: TMS Entertainment, V1 Studio Distributor: Toho © 2019 GOSHO AOYAMA/DETECTIVE CONAN COMMITTEE All Rights Reserved.

    Makoto Kyogoku. Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2019 GOSHO AOYAMA/DETECTIVE CONAN COMMITTEE All Rights Reserved.
    Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2019 GOSHO AOYAMA/DETECTIVE CONAN COMMITTEE All Rights Reserved.
    Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2019 GOSHO AOYAMA/DETECTIVE CONAN COMMITTEE All Rights Reserved.
    Ran Mori. Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2019 GOSHO AOYAMA/DETECTIVE CONAN COMMITTEE All Rights Reserved.
    Shinichi Kudo. Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2019 GOSHO AOYAMA/DETECTIVE CONAN COMMITTEE All Rights Reserved.
    Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2019 GOSHO AOYAMA/DETECTIVE CONAN COMMITTEE All Rights Reserved.
    Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2019 GOSHO AOYAMA/DETECTIVE CONAN COMMITTEE All Rights Reserved.
    Sonoko Suzuki. Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2019 GOSHO AOYAMA/DETECTIVE CONAN COMMITTEE All Rights Reserved.
    Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2019 GOSHO AOYAMA/DETECTIVE CONAN COMMITTEE All Rights Reserved.
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    About Toho Company. Ltd.

    Founded in 1932 and headquartered in Tokyo, Toho Company, Ltd. is one of the leading entertainment conglomerates in Japan. Toho is best known worldwide as the producer of twenty-eight Godzilla motion pictures, based upon a character the company unleashed on the world back in 1954, and masterpiece films directed by Akira Kurosawa. Toho has been the number one distributor of motion pictures in Japan (both domestic and foreign) for over ten consecutive years since 2003.

    About TMS Entertainment Co., Ltd.

    TMS Entertainment Co., Ltd. (better known as TMS) is one of the world`s largest and most distinguished animation studios. TMS has won recognition from the international filmmaking industry for its highly-acclaimed animation, pioneering techniques and proud commitment to quality. With a dedicated team of development, production and design executives, TMS`s growing reputation is reflected by the versatility, artistry and originality of the programs the company has produced for international markets worldwide. Established in 1964, TMS has produced more than 200 features, and over 100 TV program series, with a total of 12,000 half hours for global distribution. TMS programs have attained worldwide recognition and TMS will continue to strive for excellence.

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