After a successful showing after its debut in theatres last year, it has been announced that the live-action film adaptation of Yasuhisa Hara’s historical adventure manga Kingdom (not to be confused with the Netflix zombie drama Kingdom) has been greenlit.
Directed by Shinsuke Sato (Bleach, Gantz), Kingdom premiered in over 300 theatres in Japan and came in second in its opening weekend box office with a gross earning of 526 million yen. By the end of its run, it earned a total of 5.73 billion yen, making it the highest-grossing live-action Japanese film of the year.
To celebrate the sequel announcement, Yasushisa posted a sketch of the manga along with a message that reads,
A sequel to the live-action film Kingdom is in the works! Thanks to the fact that more people than we could had imagined watched the first film, it has led to the sequel. Thank you so much!
The film starred Yamazaki Kento as plucky slave boy Shin who dreams of one day becoming a great general for the state of Qin. He ends up teaming with Ei Sei (Yoshizawa Ryo), the young king of Qin who wishes to rise to power within the state and one day unify China.
Sato will be returning to direct the film, as is all the main cast members including Yamazaki, Yoshizawa, and Hashimoto Kanna (Ka Ryo Ten). A release date has not been announced.