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'Slam Dunk' anime movie makes waves across South Korea, Taiwan

Blockbuster based on 1990s manga lures tourists to Japan and 'sacred' places

The Hyundai Seoul department store in the central part of South Korea's capital has opened a special section for Slam Dunk-related goods such as T-shirts with illustrations printed on them. (Photo by Kotaro Hosokawa)

TOKYO/SEOUL -- "The First Slam Dunk," a 2022 Japanese animated film based on the popular "Slam Dunk" basketball manga series, is proving to be a blockbuster hit across Asia.

By Feb. 7, it had made 10 billion yen ($74.25 million) in box office revenue in Japan since its release there on Dec. 3, while the number of viewers topped 2.85 million in South Korea just over a month after its release. In Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and other Asian markets, the movie has also become extremely popular. A large number of people are visiting Japan from abroad to buy related goods and make a pilgrimage to "sacred" places related to the film.

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