Date: 2022 December 06 20:25
Posted by Joe
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.
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.
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.
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: