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Makoto’s Suzume Anime Film to Premiere in the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival



OtakuFeed found out that Crunchyroll has revealed that the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival, or Berlinale, will be airing the international premiere of Makoto Shinkai’s Suzume (Suzume no Tojimari) anime film throughout February 16 and February 26. The film will air in the festival’s Competition selection and will be the foremost anime feature film in the competition since Spirited Away in 2002.

Shinkai, actor Nanoka Hara, and producer Genki Kawamura will be at the festival.
The film has turned into the #25 highest-grossing film of all time in Japan and the #10 highest-grossing anime film of all time in Japan. It made 12,488,430,190 yen (about US$96.95 million) last week.

Suzume launched at #1 on November 11, marketed 1.33 million tickets, and earned 1.88 billion yen (about US$13.49 million) in its first three days. The film sold 38.7% more tickets and made 47.4% more in the same timeframe than Shinkai’s acclaimed reputation. As a result, the film made 1,277,960,000 yen (about US$12.51 million at the time) in its first three days. It also sold 14.8% more tickets and made 14.4% more than Shinkai’s prior film, Weathering With You, honoring the most substantial opening three days of Shinkai’s films.

Actress Nanoka Hara voices the heroine Suzume Iwato in the film. In addition, SixTONES idol group member Hokuto Matsumura (live-action Liar × Liar film’s Tōru, live-action xxxHOLiC film’s Shizuka Doumeki) made his voice acting start in the film as Sōta Munakata, a young man who ventures on a pilgrimage with Suzume as the “Door-Closing Master.”

Shinkai (your name., Weathering With You) orchestrated the film and composed the screenplay. He is also credited with the original story. Masayoshi Tanaka (your name., Weathering With You) created the characters. The animation manager was Kenichi Tsuchiya (your name., Garden of Words). Takumi Tanji (Children Who Chase Lost Voices) was the art supervisor.

CoMix Wave Films and Story Inc. made the movie. TOHO is allocating 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 with RADWIMPS. TikTok performer Toaka did one of the film’s theme songs, “Suzume.”

RADWIMPS and Kazuma Jinnouchi’s score for the film is selected for Best Music in the 46th Japan Academy Film Prize Association awards.


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