The fact that Conan’s 23rd odd movie surpassed Endgame in the domestic market was not surprising. This was anticipated because Conan also caused the Infinity War to lose the match last year.
While the whole world is crazy about the Avengers: Endgame, the 10-year-old box-office storm was forced to stop and give in to Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire in Japan.
Based on regional revenue reports by the end of the first week of May 2019, Endgame can still lead in virtually every country with significant revenue.
However, in Japan, Endgame’s total revenue is only half (35 million USD) compared to The Fist of Blue Sapphire (68 million USD). We know Japanese people are proud of domestic products, Conan is also a big franchise, but there are still many other interesting reasons.
Perhaps this important case was set by Gosho Aoyama in Singapore, but the location was later transferred to Kyoto. Therefore, the original script was reused to make The Fist of Blue Sapphire. This decision of the filmmaker made The Fist of Blue Sapphire the first Conan film to be set in another Asian country, which has never happened in the manga and anime series. Ran and Shinichi were in a strange country, which attracted the audience.
In a society that is heavily biased against men and women like Japan, it is rare for a woman to be given the top position to direct a film crew, especially for franchising. International stature like Detective Conan.
The fact that the female director Tomoka Nagaoka (36 years old) has a strong alliance of big producers such as TOHO, Nippon Television Network, Shogakukan, TMS Entertainment and Yomiuri Telecasting to turn on the green light for her to direct Conan’s latest title. is a big step in my career. Surprisingly, The Fist of Blue Sapphire was the second film that Tomoka took the role of director but became the highest-grossing film of all time in Japan by a female director.