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Makoto Shinkai's Suzume UK and Ireland Cinema Release Details

Date: 2022 December 06 20:25

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The good folks from anime streaming giant Crunchyroll have revealed that they have the UK and Ireland Streaming rights for Makoto Shinkai's latest film Suzume. The director is best known for anime box office smash hits Your Name and Weathering With You. Suzume is his latest offering in with the titular character must travel around various ruins across Japan closing doors that are the cause of devastation.

So far Suzume has earned 7.5 billion yen (approx. 55M USD) staying #1 at the box office in Japan for three consecutive weeks.

The movie is due to hit cinemas in the UK and Ireland from 14th April 2023.

Looking at the official trailer it's clear it has all the elements you'd expect in a Makoto Shinkai block. Detailed sets, bright blues, lush greens and golden sunshine. It's a look, an atheistic that has become the directors signature.

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Press release as follows:


Toho announces UK and Ireland cinema dates for Makoto Shinkai's new masterpiece Suzume


Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International, and Eurozoom to distribute Makoto Shinkai's Suzume internationally (excluding Asia). In UK (and Ireland) cinemas from April 14, 2023


Crunchyroll, in partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International, and Eurozoom, announced today that it will be bringing the highly anticipated new film from Makoto Shinkai, Suzume to cinemas globally with UK (and Ireland) screenings from April 14th 2023.

Last May during Cannes, Crunchyroll acquired the global distribution and marketing rights (excluding Asia) from TOHO for Shinkai's Suzume, produced by CoMix Wave Films and STORY inc.

Suzume debuted in Japan on November 11 and has now surpassed 5.6M admissions. Suzume has also earned 7.5 billion yen (approx. 55M USD) staying #1 at the box office in Japan for three consecutive weeks.

Award-winning creator, writer, and director Makoto Shinkai has been a visionary in the animation space for decades, with the most recent films being Your Name. (2016) and Weathering With You (2019). Weathering With You was selected as Japan's entry for the best international feature film category of the 2020 Academy Awards and nominated in four categories in the 47th annual Annie Awards including best animated independent feature.

Suzume is the story of a young girl travelling through various ruins across Japan while closing doors that cause disaster.

Film synopsis

On the other side of the door, was time in its entirety-

Suzume is a coming-of-age story for the 17-year-old protagonist, Suzume, set in various disaster-stricken locations across Japan, where she must close doors causing devastation.

Suzume's journey begins in a quiet town in Kyushu (located in southwestern Japan) when she encounters a young man who tells her, "I'm looking for a door." What Suzume finds is a single weathered door standing upright in the midst of ruins as though it was shielded from whatever catastrophe struck. Seemingly drawn by its power, Suzume reaches for the knob... Doors begin to open one after another all across Japan, unleashing destruction upon any who are near. Suzume must close these portals to prevent further disaster.

-The stars, then sunset, and the morning sky.

Within that realm, it was as though all time had melted together in the sky...

Never-before-seen scenery, encounters, and farewell. A myriad of challenges await her on her journey. Despite the obstacles in her way, Suzume's adventure shines a ray of hope upon our own struggles against the toughest roads of anxiety and constraints that make up everyday life. This story of closing doors that connect our past to the present and future will leave a lasting impression upon.

Drawn in by these mysterious doors, Suzume's journey is about to begin.

Makoto Shinkai profile

Born in Nagano Prefecture, Japan in 1973, Makoto Shinkai made his commercial debut with the short film he produced on his own, "Voices of a Distant Star".

Since then, every project he directed has been well received, including the 2004 The Place Promised in Our Early Days which won the Animated Feature awards at the 59th Mainichi Film Concours; the 2007 5 Centimeters Per Second which won the Best Animated Feature Film awards at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards; the 2011 Children Who Chase Lost Voices, which won the 8th Annual CICAF Golden Monkey King award; and the 2013 The Garden of Words, which won the Best Feature Animation award at the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film.

More recently, his 2016 film Your Name. became an international sensation and social phenomenon, smashing Japanese box office records, winning several awards at the 40th Japan Academy Film Prize, including Excellent Prize for Animation Film (Your Name.), Excellent Prize for Director (Makoto Shinkai), Excellent Prize for Screenplay (Makoto Shinkai) and Excellent Prize for Music(RADWIMPS), as well as the 42nd Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Animated Feature.

Makoto was quick to follow up that success with his 2019 picture, Weathering With You, which represented Japan for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards. In India, it garnered more than 50,000 signatures petitioning its cinematic release, which made it the first Japanese original animation to achieve a commercial cinematic release in India.

Suzume: at-a-glance
Theatrical release (Japan) 11/11/2022
UK release 14/04/2023
English title Suzume

Director / screenplay / original story Makoto Shinkai
Character design Masayoshi Tanaka
Animation director Kenichi Tsuchiya
Art director Takumi Tanji
Production studio CoMix Wave Films Inc.
Production company CoMix Wave Films. and STORY inc.
Copyright © 2022 "Suzume" Film Partners

The film will be distributed in all major territories:

  • In North America, Crunchyroll is the sole distributor.
  • In Latin America, Australia/New Zealand, the Middle East, and portions of Europe including the UK and Ireland, the film will be distributed by Crunchyroll and Sony Pictures Entertainment.
  • In French and German-speaking Europe, the film will be co-distributed by Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International, and Eurozoom.

About Crunchyroll
Crunchyroll, LLC is an independently operated joint venture between US-based Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Japan's Aniplex, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., both subsidiaries of Tokyo-based Sony Group.

Films distributed and marketed by Crunchyroll - domestically and internationally - have a proven track record of both box office and critical success. Crunchyroll's theatrical team has been behind 10 of the Top 20 best-performing anime films in U.S. box office history, including JUJUTSU KAISEN 0. Not only have Crunchyroll films seen box office success, but have also been recognised with numerous awards accolades and been accepted and screened at international film festivals around the globe.

About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Group Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition, and distribution; television production, acquisition, and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services, and technologies. Sony Pictures Television operates dozens of wholly-owned or joint-venture production companies around the world. SPE's Motion Picture Group production organisations include Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, TriStar Pictures, 3000 Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Stage 6 Films, AFFIRM Films, Sony Pictures International Productions, and Sony Pictures Classics. For additional information, visit

About Wild Bunch International
Based in Paris, Wild Bunch International ("WBI"), is a world-renowned independent film sales company that secures distribution for over 30 films per year. Led by veteran film executive Vincent Maraval, WBI pioneered the independent foreign sales model as it exists today, cultivating relationships with the highest calibre of filmmakers and a brand that is recognised for critical and commercial success alike. Characterized by its diverse and innovative slate of films from all over the world, WBI's strength for the past decade has been investing not only in European local language box office hits such as The Artist, but also in English and foreign language films which have won countless awards -Spirited Away, Blue is the Warmest Color, The Wrestler, Shoplifters, Titane and Happening to name a few. In 2021, WBI partnered with Gebeka, a French distribution company, to create a specialty division dedicated to animation, Gebeka International.

Based in Paris, Eurozoom is the company responsible for the theatrical rise of Japanese animation in France. Praised for its critical and commercial success by French press and professionals, Eurozoom has developed a very strong fan base among the French anime audience thanks to an extensive collaboration with major Japanese companies and studios.

About CoMix Wave Films
CoMix Wave Films (CWF) is a Japanese animation studio and production company for all of the Makoto Shinkai films. CWF began in creative contracting and currently engages in animated movie production, distribution, and package sales as well as overseas sales. The company staffs each position with a small number of highly skilled people, hoping to create works that both fully display its creators' abilities and stand the test of time - its mission: to work with imaginative artists and deliver heartfelt works to the world.

About STORY inc.
STORY inc. is a film production company founded by Yoshihiro Furusawa and Genki Kawamura, the producers of the animated feature "Your Name."

STORY inc. develops and produces films with a compelling story in association with Makoto Shinkai and CoMix Wave Films Inc., respectively the director and the production company of Your Name, and other talented creators/productions. In addition to Suzume STORY inc. is currently producing the Netflix series drama called Maiko-sanchi no Makanai-san (The MAKANAI) with director Hirokazu Kore-eda.

About TOHO Co., Ltd.
TOHO Company, Limited, is a Japanese entertainment studio focused on the development, production, exhibition, and distribution of powerful content for motion pictures, television, and theater. Founded in 1932, it remains a prominent force in bringing brands and original storytelling with versatile talents to audiences worldwide. Its subsidiaries include TOHO Cinemas, the highest-grossing exhibition company in Japan.

Source: Crunchyroll
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