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Suzume Anime Film Marks Third Makoto Shinkai Movie in a Row to Pass 10 Million Tickets Sold


Image via Suzume on Twitter


Suzume continues to break milestones for director Makoto Shinkai with the official Twitter account for the anime film announcing that it is the third film in a row for the director to pass 10 million tickets sold in Japan, a massive milestone for any director on its own, let alone three times in a row! 


This makes Shinkai only the second director to reach this momentous milestone after Hayao Miyazaki, who has passed the milestone four times with Ponyo, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle and Spirited Away.





In terms of box office updates, as of February 5, Suzume’s 87th day in theaters, the anime film has grossed 13.41 billion yen (US) on the back of 10.09 million tickets sold. It overtook Frozen 2 to become the 22nd highest-grossing film of all time in Japan. It now sits behind the three-way tie of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Armageddon and E.T. at 19th place all with 13.5 billion yen in box office gross. 


Special poster to commemorate 10 million tickets sold:



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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 with Crunchyroll teaming up with Sony Pictures and Wild Bunch International to bring the feature to global audiences outside of Asia starting April 12, 2023.



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. 


Sources: Suzume on Twitter, Oricon


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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.