Following the stage greeting of the third film Kingdom: Unmei no Hono (Flames of Destiny), held at Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills in Tokyo on Sep 12 to commemorate the film’s successful run, the official Twitter account has confirmed that a fourth live-action film is in production.
No addition details regarding the film, such as title or release date, has been revealed.
However, it was confirmed that the filming is already completed and that it is currently in the post-production stage. It was also revealed that Shinsuke Sato will once again serve as the director of the film.
A teaser trailer for the 4th Kingdom Live-Action film will be shown during Kingdom: Unmei no Honoo screening in theatres from Sep 15, 2023.
The 3rd live-action film of the franchise, titled Kingdom: Unmei no Hono, released in the Japanese theatres on July 28, 2023.
The second live-action adaptation of Kingdom movie released in Japan on July 15, 2022, and earned over 5 billion yen during its run at Japanese theatres. It was the highest earning Japanese live-action film of 2022.
The first film, Kingdom was released in Japan in April 2019 and grossed 690,219,500 yen (about US$6.17 million) in its first three days, selling 506,861 tickets. The picture later sold a total of 4.11 million tickets for 5,471,938,400 yen (about US$50.42 million), earning a total of 5.73 billion yen (approximately US$53.2 million).
Kingdom is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yasuhisa Hara. It has been serialized in Shueisha’s seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Jump since January 2006, with its chapters collected in sixty-four tankōbon volumes as of February 2022.
The series was adapted into a three-season anime television series by Studio Pierrot. A fourth season premiered in April 2022.
Kingdom provides a fictionalized account of the Warring States period primarily through the experiences of the war orphan Xin and his comrades as he fights to become the greatest general under the heavens, and in doing so, unifying China for the first time in 500 years.
MAL describes the plot of Kingdom anime as follows:
China’s Warring States period, a raging dragon that would raze the land for 500 years, saw many kingdoms rise and fall, making way for the next generation of kings and generals to fight for supremacy. Eventually, seven powerful states emerged from the endless cycle of warfare.
In the kingdom of Qin, Xin, a war-orphaned slave, trains vigorously with fellow slave and best friend, Piao, who shares his proud dream of one day becoming a Great General of the Heavens. However, the two are suddenly forced to part ways when Piao is recruited to work in the royal palace by a retainer of the King.
After a fierce coup d’état unfolds, Piao returns to Xin, half dead, with a mission that will lead him to a meeting with China’s young King, Ying Zheng, who bears a striking resemblance to Piao. Kingdom follows Xin as he takes his first steps into the great blood-soaked pages of China’s history. He must carve his own path to glory on his long quest to become a Great General of the historic Seven Warring States.