Just last month, the film HK: Hentai Kamen began screening in theaters throughout Japan. While only being screened at 12 cinemas including the Shinjuku Wald 9, the film got off to a good start with 13,629 attendees, and a box office earning of 22,122,900 yen. There has also been an above average amount of viewers per screen.
Although it was a small-scale opening, it got off to a good start and far exceeded the initial expectations of the weekend. During the first week, Shinjuku Wald 9, the main theater in which the movie is being screened, continually had a full house. During the weekend, the film's director and cast as well as the work’s original author made appearances at sold out stage greetings in Yokohama, Hakata, and Nagoya.
The first week’s numbers were ten times the box office earnings that were previously projected. The movie has entered the field of reaching 100 million yen in box office revenue by having a successful start.
At first, HK: Hentai Kamen was planned to be a direct to DVD release. However as a result of the fighting spirit of the leading star Ryohei Suzuki’s deep respect for the original work and director Yuichi Fukuda’s persistence up until the last moment before it was released, the theatrical release became a reality.
Director Fukuda was exceptionally surprised by the female attendance which stood out for this type of work. According to distribution companies, it seemed fathers who read the work took their families along to see the film. This surprisingly extensive mobilization is supporting the entertainment industry.
The original work Kyūkyoku!! Hentai Kamen was a manga serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump from 1992-1993. The unique story is about a man who transforms into a hero of justice who fights evil by concealing himself with a pair of panties on his head. Making full use of the original work’s taste, the unexpected live-action film adaptation became quite a hot topic. Due to the edgy subject matter and setting, they were successful in making the movie stand out, which has contributed to its high attendance rates.
HK: Hentai Kamen