Canadian Theatrical News: Gintama

Azoland Pictures, Well Go USA and Cineplex are bringing Yūichi Fukuda’s live-action adaptation of Hideaki Sorachi’s Gintama manga to theatres in Canada this month. The film stars Shun Oguri as Gintoki Sakata, Masaki Suda as Shinpachi Shimura, and Kanna Hashimoto as Kagura. Fukuda both directed and wrote the film. Distributed in Japan by Warner Brothers, the film opened on July 14, 2017, and became the highest grossing local live-action release of the year.

Azoland will begin releasing Gintama in the United States alongside its Canadian run. Well Go USA’s home video release is scheduled for March 6th.

Based on the best-selling action comedy manga by Hideaki Sorachi, GINTAMA takes place in an alternate Edo-period Japan, where an Alien race has taken control, forcing Samurai to lay down their swords. Once feared as the “White Demon,” former samurai Gintoki Sakata now works as an everyday handyman – until a master swordsman tasks Gintoki and his friends with finding the cursed sword Benizakura to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. Packed with the sword-swinging sci-fi action and offbeat humor that have made the manga a classic, GINTAMA is bound to delight both fans and anyone looking for a journey to a visually-stunning universe where fantastical action lurks just around every corner.

Alberta

Calgary Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market Cinemas 1/19 @ 7:05PM
1/20 @ 9:10PM
1/21 @ 9:10PM
1/22 @ 9:10PM
Edmonton Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton 1/24 @ 7PM

British Columbia

Richmond SilverCity Riverport Cinemas 1/24 @ 7PM
Vancouver The Park Theatre 1/19 @ 7PM
1/21 @ 9:30PM
1/24 @ 9:30PM
Victoria Cineplex Odeon Victoria Cinemas 1/24 @ 7PM

Manitoba

Winnipeg Cineplex Odeon McGillivray Cinemas and VIP 1/19 @ 7PM
1/20 @ 10PM
1/21 @ 7:30PM
1/22 @ 9:30PM
1/23 @ 4PM
1/25 @ 9:20PM

Nova Scotia

Halifax Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane 1/19 @ 7PM
1/21 @ 7:45PM
1/22 @ 9:50PM
1/23 @ 10:20PM

Ontario

London SilverCity London Cinemas 1/24 @ 7PM
Mississauga Cineplex Cinemas Courtney Park 1/24 @ 7PM
Oakville Cineplex Cinemas Winston Churchill 1/19 @ 2:05/7PM
1/20 @ 9:35PM
1/21 @ 6:45PM
1/22 @ 4:20/10:10PM
1/23 @ 2:05PM
1/25 @ 4:20PM
Ottawa Cineplex Odeon South Keys Cinemas 1/19 @ 1:35/6:55PM
1/20 @ 10PM
1/21 @ 9:30PM
1/22 @ 1:20PM
1/23 @ 1/9:50PM
1/24 @ 1:20PM
1/25 @ 1:20PM
Peterborough Galaxy Cinemas Peterborough 1/19 @ 7PM
1/20 @ 10:25PM
1/21 @ 7PM
1/22 @ 10:05PM
1/23 @ 3:30PM
Scarborough Cineplex Cinemas Scarborough 1/19 @ 7PM
Sudbury SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas 1/19 @ 7PM
1/20 @ 9:50PM
1/21 @ 7:00PM
1/22 @ 4/9:35PM
1/25 @ 4PM
Toronto Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas and VIP 1/19 @ 1:15/7PM
1/20 @ 9:45PM
1/21 @ 7/10PM
1/22 @ 1:50/10:10PM
1/24 @ 11PM
1/25 @ 9:30PM
Vaughan Cineplex Cinemas Vaughan 1/24 @ 7PM
Waterloo Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo 1/24 @ 7PM
Windsor SilverCity Windsor Cinemas 1/19 @ 7PM
1/20 @ 9:35PM
1/21 @ 7:30PM
1/22 @ 10:10PM

Quebec

Cote Saint-Luc Cinéma Cineplex Odeon Cavendish Mall 1/19 @ 7PM
1/20 @ 9:45PM
1/21 @ 7PM
1/22 @ 9:15PM
1/25 @ 9:05PM
Montreal Cinéma Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin 1/19 @ 1/7PM
1/20 @ 9:35PM
1/21 @ 7PM
1/22 @ 3:55/9:15PM
1/23 @ 1:15PM
1/24 @ 4PM
1/25 @ 1PM

All screenings will be presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

For any last minute changes, be sure to keep an eye out on Azoland’s page and Cineplex’s site.


The fact that the live-action film is getting a theatrical run shows just how much the Gintama fanbase has grown in North America. This is a property that at one point was too niche to support an official English manga release. Too obscure to support Sentai’s sub-only DVD releases. Crunchyroll just kept plugging away with the anime simulcast and eventually created a base large enough for them to launch an English dub produced by Vancouver’s Ocean Media (which Funimation is finally getting around to releasing on physical formats). Apparently, the fanbase still isn’t large enough for Bandai Namco to want to toss this on PSN in the west, but hey, the disc’s region-free.

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  1. Still hoping that Eureka Seven High Evolution film series comes to Canadian theaters.

    • I can’t get Funimation to comment either way on that one. No listings so far.

      Q1 is really busy this year. Right now I’ve got 5 theatrical screenings posts drafted up (Cardcaptors, Digimon, Eureka Seven, Mary and the Witch’s Flower, Mazinger Z) but none are confirmed. I suspect this is where Cineplex being a borderline monopoly hurts us. In the US, the distributors have multiple chains to partner with. Up here, it’s really only Cineplex that hits every major city. That’s a problem when you’ve got foreign films (anime or otherwise), sports, operas, etc. all competing for the same screens.

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