The British rock band Queen has maintained a large network of fans throughout Japan for decades now, and the new film “Bohemian Rhapsody” is helping to make the band more popular than ever before there.
According to a current article on the Washington Post website, the movie that is all about Queen and its charismatic lead singer Freddie Mercury has brought in receipts of more than $50 million in Japan since early November 2018.
Although the population of South Korea is much smaller than that of Japan, more than nine million tickets to “Bohemian Rhapsody” have been sold there since November. The film has brought in box office totals of more than $70 million in South Korea so far, and people of all ages have become interested in Queen’s music.
Various Queen songs are now being used regularly in South Korean television programs and commercials, and young musicians there are forming Queen tribute bands.
Throughout Japan, people are talking about the “Bohemian Rhapsody” movie, and fans of the movie share opinions and information regarding the film. On some social media web sites, fans of the film have said they’ve become addicted to Queen’s music, and lots of people are going to see the film at least twice.
The multi-generational appeal of the “Bohemian Rhapsody” film is evidenced by the multitude of people saying that their parents urged them to see the film. It is normally unusual for different age groups in Japan to be interested in the same types of music.
The impact that the band Queen has had in Japan since 1975, when the band was first on tour there, has been enormous. The reach of the “Bohemian Rhapsody” movie has even extended to Shinzo Abe, the prime minister of Japan. On New Year’s Day, the politician attended a screening of the movie.