On Tuesday, New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) announced that Makoto Shinkai’s film Suzume No Tojimari will be screened for the festival.
In-person screening for the festival will run from March 3 to 5 and then follow up on March 12 and 13. The festival will take place from March 17 to March 19.
The film opened at #1 on November 11, 2022, and earned 13.49 million USD in its first three days. It eventually sold more than 10 Million tickets in Japan.
The film earned 47.4% more than Shinkai’s acclaimed Your Name and 14.4% from Shinkai’s previous film Weathering With You making it the strongest opening in three days of Shinkai films.
Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International, and Eurozoom will screen the film worldwide except in Asia starting on April 12.
Crunchyroll will handle North American distribution.
Sony Pictures Entertainment and Crunchyroll will handle distribution in the following,
- Latin America
- South America
- New Zealand
- The Middle East
- Africa and portions of Europe.
Wild Bunch International, Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Eurozoom will release the film in the French and German-speaking regions of Europe.
Actress Nanoka Hara voices the heroine Suzume Iwato in the film. SixTONES idol group member Hokuto Matsumura (live-action Liar × Liar film’s Tōru, live-action xxxHOLiC film’s Shizuka Doumeki) voices Sōta Munakata, a young man who embarks on a journey with Suzume as the “Door-Closing Master.”
Shinkai (Your Name., Weathering With You) directed the film and wrote the screenplay. He is also credited with the original story.
The Cast for the film is:
- Masayoshi Tanaka (Your Name., Weathering With You) designed the characters
- Kenichi Tsuchiya (Your Name., Garden of Words) was the animation director
- Takumi Tanji (Children Who Chase Lost Voices) was the art director
- CoMix Wave Films and Story Inc. produced the movie. TOHO is distributing the film
- RADWIMPS scored the film
- Seattle-based Hollywood film composer Kazuma Jinnouchi (Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045, RWBY: Ice Queendom) scored the film alongside RADWIMPS
- TikTok performer Toaka performed one of the film’s theme songs “Suzume”
Suzume is a normal high school girl living with her aunt in southern Japan. One day, she meets Souta, a young man looking for ruins in the area.
Intrigued, she follows after him and finds a freestanding door in the ruins of a hot springs resort. But when she opens the door, she sees another world—one which eldritch, disaster-causing forces are all too eager to escape from.
Yet, no sooner is the door closed than things get worse. Souta finds himself turned into a chair by a talking cat named Daijin—meaning it’s now up to Suzume to travel across Japan, closing doors and preventing disasters as they chase Daijin to get Souta his body back