The Reading / Listening - Demon Slayer - Level 4

Cinemas worldwide are struggling to survive, but those in Japan have smashed box office records. Despite social distancing, the animated film 'Demon Slayer' has just seen the biggest box office weekend in Japan's history. It more than doubled the previous record. It also had the biggest opening weekend anywhere in the world. Ticket sales last weekend were more than all other countries combined. Japanese cinemas made $44 million on ticket sales.



The movie is based on a smash-hit manga - a Japanese-style comic book. The story takes place in early 20th-century Japan. A young man joins a group of warriors to get revenge on demons that killed his family and cursed his sister. It is the latest series to become a phenomenon in Japan. The 22-volume manga sold over 100 million copies. It is one of the most successful manga ever. A Japan expert said: "Even people over 50...really like it."

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    Demon Slayer - Level 5 or  Demon Slayer - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/20/business/demon-slayer-japan-movie.html
  • https://comicbook.com/anime/news/my-hero-academia-characters-anime-bakugo-katsuki-rich/
  • https://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2020/10/19/box-office-china-top-north-america-for-2020-as-demon-slayer-nabs-record-44m-debut-in-japan/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Cinemas worldwide are
  2. smashed
  3. social
  4. the animated
  5. It more than doubled the
  6. the biggest opening weekend
  7. more than all other countries
  8. cinemas made $44 million
  1. distancing
  2. anywhere
  3. struggling to survive
  4. combined
  5. box office records
  6. film
  7. previous record

Paragraph 2

  1. The movie is based on a
  2. The story takes place in early
  3. A young man joins a
  4. cursed
  5. the latest series to become
  6. The 22-
  7. one of the most successful
  8. Even people over 50 really
  1. manga ever
  2. group of warriors
  3. a phenomenon
  4. like it
  5. smash-hit manga
  6. 20th-century Japan
  7. volume manga
  8. his sister

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Cinemas worldwide are (1) ___________________, but those in Japan have smashed box office records. (2) ___________________, the animated film 'Demon Slayer' (3) ___________________ the biggest box office weekend in Japan's history. It (4) ___________________ the previous record. It also had the biggest (5) ___________________ in the world. Ticket sales last weekend were more than all other countries combined. Japanese cinemas made $44 million (6) ___________________.

The movie (7) ___________________ a smash-hit manga - a Japanese-style comic book. The story (8) ___________________ early 20th-century Japan. A young man joins a (9) ___________________ to get revenge on demons that killed his family and (10) ___________________. It is the latest series to become (11) ___________________ Japan. The 22-volume manga sold over 100 million copies. It is one of the most successful manga ever. A (12) ___________________: "Even people over 50...really like it."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Cinemasworldwidearestrugglingtosurvive,butthoseinJapanhavesm
ashedboxofficerecords.Despitesocialdistancing,theanimatedfilm'Dr
agonSlayer'hasjustseenthebiggestboxofficeweekendinJapan'shisto
ry.Itmorethandoubledthepreviousrecord.Italsohadthebiggestopeni
ngweekendanywhereintheworld.Ticketsaleslastweekendweremoret
hanallothercountriescombined.Japanesecinemasmade$44milliono
nticketsales.Themovieisbasedonasmash-hitmanga-aJapanese-sty
lecomicbook.Thestorytakesplaceinearly20th-centuryJapan.Ayoun
gmanjoinsagroupofwarriorstogetrevengeondemonsthatkilledhisfa
milyandcursedhissister.Itisthelatestseriestobecomeaphenomenoni
nJapan.The22-volumemangasoldover100millioncopies.Itisoneofth
emostsuccessfulmangaever.AJapanexpertsaid:"Evenpeopleover50
...reallylikeit."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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