Makoto Shinkai, director of the acclaimed Your Name, returns with a new film that is already all the rage in Japan. What is it about and when is it released?
The first months of 2023 are being very successful for anime fanswith the rerun in the classic cinema of Studio Ghibli (Ponyo, My Neighbor Totoro and The Incredible Vagabond Castle) drawing tens of thousands of viewers and the arrival of Demon Slayer: to the Swordsmith Villagethe movie of one of the most popular anime of the world. This trend does not seem to be ending with the premiere of Suzume, the director’s new film who gave us modern classic of Japan: Your Name.
After gaining worldwide recognition with Your Name and Weathering With You, Makoto Shinkai returns with a new movie mixes modern life in Japan with fantasy and love of youth. Suzume hits theaters on April 13. and promises to be a new success, having already raised more than US$55 million only in their country of origin.
Expectations in Argentina are greatafter Your Name will raise more than $43,000 in 2017 and the Shinkai fans grow exponentially since the arrival of his films at streaming platforms. E’s rerun cyclestudio Ghibli decided to move forward and delay some of their films to leave the space to the premiere of Suzume and not compete for the same audience.
Suzume is a coming-of-age story of its 17-year-old protagonistset in various disaster-affected locations throughout Japanwhere it must close doors causing devastation. Suzume’s journey begins in a quiet village in Kyushu (located in southwestern Japan) when he meets a young man who tells him: “I’m looking for a door”. What Suzume finds is a single weathered door in the ruins as if it were protected from whatever catastrophe might strike. Seemingly drawn to her power, Suzume reaches for the goatee. Gates begin to open one after another throughout Japan, unleashing destruction on anyone nearby. Suzume must close these portals to prevent further disasters.
“Landscapes never seen before, meetings and farewells… Endless challenges await her along the way. Despite all the obstacles, Suzume’s adventure sheds a ray of hope on our own struggles against the more difficult paths of anxiety and limitations that make up everyday life”recounts the official synopsis which adds: “This story of closing doors connecting our past to the present and the future will leave a lasting impression on our hearts. Drawn by these mysterious gates, Suzume’s adventure is about to begin.”
Makoto Shinkai is the acclaimed creative director of Your Name, the third highest-grossing anime film of all time globally. His works, which happen always in the same world and they focus on coming-of-age stories where modernity, love and fantasy are mixedThey have become part of the popular culture from Japan in less than a decade.
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