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Makoto Shinkai’s Suzume Anime Film Earns $5M at US Box Office



The numbers recently rolled in for the U.S. box office debut of Makoto Shinkai’s Suzume anime film, which pulled in $5 million and landed at #7 for its opening weekend. Critics have been voicing their opinions, as well, and Shinkai’s 13th feature is currently Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a 95% Tomatometer rating and a 98% Audience Score.


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Suzume is Shinkai’s 13th directorial work, following Weathering with You’s release in 2019. Shinkai’s earlier works also include Your Name.The Garden of WordsChildren Who Chase Lost Voices and 5 Centimeters per Second. The film also marks the director’s third collaboration with the popular Japanese rock band RADWIMPS.


Crunchyroll describes the Suzume movie:


On the other side of the door, was time in its entirety—

“Suzume no Tojimari” 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.


Source: Press release




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