Makoto Shinkai’s film Suzume no Tojimari (working title) is scheduled to be released theatrically in Japan on November 11, 2022. Check out a teaser trailer and key art below.
The upcoming Suzume no Tojimari movie follows Shinkai’s previous two films, “Your Name.” (2016) and “Weathering with You” (2019). Suzume no Tojimari is a collaboration between animation studio CoMix Wave Films, STORY Inc and Toho Co., Ltd.
Director Makoto Shinkai talks Suzume no Tojimari:
“We must think about how to close the many doors we left open.
I’ve bestowed that responsibility upon Suzume as she travels across Japan closing various doors.”
It is my sincere hope that this film leaves its audiences with big smiles and excitement as they walk out of the theater.”
Suzume no Tojimari Key Art & Descriptions
“Accompanied only by a simple “I’ll see you later,” the newly revealed key visual features Suzume with her hair up in a ponytail, standing in front of a door holding a small wooden chair with both hands, about to depart on her journey.
The water ripples ever so slightly at her feet as the door is cracked open.”
“A small and forgotten destination hot springs town can be seen.
A ryokan-style inn lies derelict and abandoned, the rooms overrun with curling ivy, signs pitted and rusted…
Suzume walks through this desolate scene in what Makoto Shinkai describes as “A story about closure.”
Suzume no Tojimari Story
“On the other side of the door, was time in its entirety—
17-year-old Suzume’s journey begins in a quiet town in Kyushu 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 mesmerized 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 morning sky
Within that realm, it was as though all time had melted together in the sky— Drawn in by this mysterious door, Suzume’s journey is about to begin. “
Suzume no Tojimari Film Info:
Theatrical Release (Japan):11/11/2022 (Fri)
Title: Suzume no Tojimari (English title TBD)
Director / Original Story / Screenplay: Makoto Shinkai
Character Design: Masayoshi Tanaka
Animation Director: Kenichi Tsuchiya
Art Director: Takumi Tanji
Production Company: CoMix Wave Films Inc.
Producing Company: STORY inc.
DIstribution Company: Toho Co., Ltd.
Movie Copyright: ©2022 “Suzume no Tojimari” Production Committee
About Makoto Shinkai:
“Born in 1973 in Nagano Prefecture. Makoto Shinkai made his commercial debut in 2002 with his self-produced short film “The Voices of a Distant Star”.
Subsequent highly acclaimed works include his first full-length feature film, “The Place Promised in Our Early Days” (2004) which won Best Animated Film at the 59th Mainichi Film Concours.
“5 Centimeters per Second” (2007) which won Best Animated Feature Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, “Children Who Chase Lost Voices” (2011) which won the Golden Monkey King Award at the 8th China International Cartoon and Animation Festival and “The Garden of Words” (2013) which won the Best Anime Feature Film at the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film in Germany.
His 2016 blockbuster hit “your name.” (2016) made history as the first animated work to be nominated for Director of the Year and won Screenplay of the Year at the 40th Japan Academy Film Prize.
It has also won numerous film awards both at home and abroad, including Best Animated Film at the 42nd Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.
“Weathering With You” (2019) represented Japan in the International Feature Film category at the 92nd Academy Awards in the U.S. In India, over 50,000 signatures collected from fans prompted “Weathering With You” to be the first original Japanese animated feature to show in theaters in India.”
About CoMix Wave Films:
“CoMix Wave Films, a Japanese animation studio, 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.”
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