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New global distribution deal agreed for Makoto Shinkai's Suzume no Tojimare

New global distribution deal agreed for Makoto Shinkai's Suzume no Tojimare

Written by Ross Locksley on 19 May 2022

Announced today, Makoto Shinkai's latest feature film, working title Suzume no Tojimare, will have the global release handled by Crunhcyroll, Sony and Wild Bunch International. The film is marked down for an early 2023 global release following the film's Japanese debut on November 11th

From the Press Release:
“It’s with humility and honour that TOHO and Makoto Shinkai have decided to partner with Crunchyroll on the next masterpiece,” said Rahul Purini, President of Crunchyroll, LLC.  “It’s also an incredible opportunity to work with our partners at Sony Pictures Entertainment and Wild Bunch to co-distribute this film across a wide swatch of territories. We know both anime and animation fans – and general audiences – will fall in love with this prestigious film, and we can’t wait to see the world’s reaction and reception to it in cinemas, festivals, and for awards consideration.”

 “We are excited to work with Makoto Shinkai, TOHO, and Crunchyroll,” said Vincent Maraval, President of Wild Bunch International.  “We consider Makoto Shinkia as a major artist with whom we wanted to work for a long time. He is a talented director that we welcome in our family of cinema masters and we feel proud to be able to bring his vision to the cinema world all around the globe.”

Official Trailer:

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 this mysterious door, Suzume’s journey is about to begin.


Ross Locksley
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Ross founded the UK Anime Network waaay back in 1995 and works in and around the anime world in his spare time.

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