The Asian Film Awards Academy (AFA Academy) announced that Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train will receive the AFA Academy’s 2020 Highest-Grossing Asian Film Award.
Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train is a cinematically praised, emotionally charged, and action-packed Japanese animated film which is based on the manga “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” by GOTOGE Koyoharu (JUMP COMICS/SHUEISHA). Director SOTOZAKI Haruo, Character designer/chief animation director MATSUSHIMA Akira and the studio ufotable filled the same roles for the production of the feature film as they had on the television series.
Premiering in Japan on October 16, 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic, the film opened at theaters in over 70 countries and regions including Asia, Europe, Latin and North America. It earned over US$479 million worldwide at the box office as of May 24 2021, making it the highest-grossing film from 2020, the first time a non-Hollywood production has topped the annual box office. It also set a number of box office records, including the highest-grossing anime and Japanese film of all time, surpassing the previous record held by Spirited Away. In recognition of these achievements, AFAA decided to award the 2020 Highest-Grossing Asian Film Award to Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train.
Inaugurated in 2007, the Asian Film Awards celebrates excellence in Asian cinema through the annual presentation of awards to talents and films that make up the dynamic film industries of Asia. It originated in Hong Kong, but is held in different Asian locations such as Busan and Macao, to reflect its reach across the region.