“Suzume,” an animated fantasy adventure film, is coming to the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival. It’s the first Anime to screen in the competition since Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away in 2001. This Japanese filmmaker has become known for his photorealistic visuals and magical plots.
The story revolves around a 17-year-old girl living in rural Kyushu, Japan, named Suzume. She becomes friends with Chika, a local who offers a ride on her scooter. When she’s not out exploring the town, she helps Rumi take care of her twins.
Suzume is a new animated fantasy adventure film directed by Makoto Shinkai, best known for Your Name (2016). It will debut in North America on April 14, 2023. Crunchyroll has picked up global marketing and distribution rights for the movie.
Makoto Shinkai is known for his big colors and photorealistic visuals. His previous film, Your Name, was a box office success. He’s also credited with expanding the international lens of Japanese animation. Known as the ‘poet of youth,’ Shinkai has gained international notoriety for his films.
uzume no Tojimari Anime Film Release Date
- April 12 in France and Malta
- April 13 in Australia, Brazil, Germany, Mexico and New Zealand
- April 14 in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Gibraltar, Ireland, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom and the United States
- Additional 2023 dates to be announced for additional Latin America and EMEA territories (Source: Crunchyroll)
Suzume will premiere at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival. After its release in Japan, the film will arrive in theaters in 2023. Its title, Suzume no Tojimari, refers to the main character.
The film was commissioned by Makoto Shinkai in 2020. The script was written by Hong Sangsoo, who won back-to-back Silver Bears for his work on the movie The Novelist’s Film 2022. Other members of the cast include Kenichi Tsuchiya, Hokuto Matsumura, Masayoshi Tanaka, and Nanoka Hara.