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Suzume Anime Film Ends Japanese Box Office Run Becoming 8th Highest-Grossing Anime Film in Japan



After a historic run at the Japanese box office, Makoto Shinkai’s Suzume finally ended its theatrical journey on Sunday in Japan, solidifying its place on the all-time charts and in Japanese film history. 


As of the film’s final day in Japanese theaters, May 28, Suzume made 14.79 billion yen on the back of over 11.15 million tickets sold, according to Kogyo Tsushin. This makes Suzume the 14th highest-grossing film of all time in Japan, the 8th highest-grossing anime film of all time in Japan and the 17th most-watched in Japanese theaters based on ticket sales.




Suzume is directed by Makoto Shinkai, who also penned the screenplay for the film alongside Masayoshi Tanaka as the character designer, Kenichi Tsuchiya as the animation director and Takumi Tanji as the art director with animation production at CoMix Wave Films.


Suzume was released in Japan on November 11. Crunchyroll teamed up with Sony Pictures, Wild Bunch International and Eurozoom to bring the feature to global audiences outside of Asia starting April 12, 2023.


Crunchyroll describes the 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. 


SourceKogyo Tsushin


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Daryl Harding is a Senior Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.