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Doraemon The Movie: Nobita and the Birth of Japan Remake Revealed for March 2016

New film will remake 1989 film that boasts largest theatergoing audience of all Doraemon movies

Fujiko Pro revealed details on Friday about the 36th Doraemon film that will open in March 2016. The 36th Doraemon the Movie: Nobita and the Birth of Japan 2016 (Eiga Doraemon Shin Nobita no Nihon Tanjō) film will be a remake film. The announcement did not confirm whether the film will feature traditional 2D animation or 3DCG animation.

The Doraemon: Nobita no Nihon Tanjō (Doraemon: Nobita at the Birth of Japan) film originally opened in Japan in March 1989. Tsutomu Shibayama (chief director of the 1979 Doraemontelevision anime series and many of the films) directed the film. In the film’s story, Nobita comes up with the idea of running away from home because he is always being scolded at home and at school. Additionally, Gian, Shizuka, and Suneo all have their own reasons for running away from home. Together with Doraemon, they all travel through time to the Japan of 70,000 years ago.

The original film boasts the largest theatergoing audience in the Doraemon film franchise, with 4.2 million tickets sold.

Shinnosuke Yakuwa (Doraemon Shin Nobita no Daimakyo ~Peko to 5-nin no Tankentai~ director, assistant director for 2005 Doraemon television anime series) will direct and write the script for the remake film.

The previous film in the franchise, Doraemon: Nobita no Space Heroes, opened on March 7. The first 3DCG film in the franchise, Stand By Me Doraemon, opened in Japan in August 2014 beforeopening in 21 other countries and territories.