Date: 2023 November 13 20:45
Posted by Joe
The good folks from streaming giant Crunchyroll have sent us news that Makoto Shinkai's latest movie Suzume will be available on the streaming platform from Thursday 16th November 2023.
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. The film went on to gross over $300 million worldwide during its initial theatrical run, making it the fourth highest-grossing anime film of all time.
If you want to know more about the movie you can read our spoiler free Suzume movie review or our interview with Makoto Shinkai about the film.
Press release as follows:
Critically-Acclaimed "SUZUME" Available Exclusively On SVOD From November 16
Makoto Shinkai's celebrated animated masterpiece will stream on Crunchyroll this November.
Crunchyroll announced today, ahead of awards season, that celebrated auteur filmmaker Makoto Shinkai's animated masterpiece "Suzume" will come to its streaming service exclusively on 16th November for UK audiences.
"Suzume" had its international premiere in February 2023 at the Berlin International Film Festival ("Berlinale"), marking the first time that an anime feature film screened in the coveted competition section in over two decades. The film was met with critical acclaim and went on to gross over $300 million worldwide during its initial theatrical run, making it the fourth highest-grossing anime film of all time. The film also earned a 96% critics score and 98% audience score on RottenTomatoes.com making it "Certified Fresh."
"Suzume" has recently been nominated for the World Soundtrack Awards "Discovery of the Year" and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards "Best Animated Feature Film." The film was also awarded Outstanding Achievement in Music at the 46th Japan Academy Awards.
"Suzume" is the latest film from auteur Makoto Shinkai. 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), both of which have catapulted him as a leading animation filmmaker with international viewers. "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.
The critically acclaimed film hit cinemas globally in April of this year, and was distributed by Crunchyroll, in partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International, Wild Bunch Germany, and Eurozoom (excluding Asia).
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 the 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 farewells... A myriad of challenges await her on her journey. Despite all 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 all of our hearts.
Drawn in by these mysterious doors, Suzume's journey is about to begin.
SUZUME: AT A GLANCE
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.
Producing Company CoMix Wave Films Inc. and STORY inc.
Copyright © 2022 "Suzume" Film Partners
About CoMix Wave Films Inc.
CoMix Wave Films Inc. (CWF), a Japanese animation studio and the 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 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. has recently produced the Netflix series drama called "Maiko-sanchi no Makanai-san (The MAKANAI)" with director Hirokazu Kore-eda.
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