In case Hayao Miyazaki needed another spur to work hard, he now has one in the form of Demon Slayer — Kimetsu no Yaiba — The Movie: Mugen Train.
Miyazaki, 80, sees the hugely successful anime feature as a rival, according to Toshio Suzuki, his longtime producer at Studio Ghibli. Appearing on the Fuji TV show Bokura no Jidai, Suzuki said that he hasn’t seen Mugen Train — but when he described the gist of it to Miyazaki, the director replied, “That kind of film would be a hit. Well, to me it’s a rival.”
Released in Japanese theaters in October, Mugen Train has since become the highest-grossing film of all time in the country, knocking Miyazaki’s Spirited Away into second place. It was also the highest-earning film worldwide in 2020. Its global gross stands at more than $475 million.