This movie was a moderate commercial success, but not a headliner.
1997 was the year when "Evangelion" and "Ghost in the Shell" were released. The biggest hit this year was "Shitsurakuen" (Paradise Lost) in which Koji Yakusho has an affair with Hitomi Kuroki. (Who wouldn't?)
But "Fudoh" was actually released in 1996. The year of "Shall We Dance?".