Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures and Wild Bunch Int’l To Team Up on Global Distribution for Award-Winning Japanese Director Makoto Shinkai’s New Film “Suzume No Tojimari”

Crunchyroll right now announced it has acquired the international distribution and advertising and marketing rights (excluding Asia) from TOHO, for Makoto Shinkai’s upcoming film, “Suzume no Tojimari” (operating title). The deal was finalized at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and was negotiated by Crunchyroll’s Chief Content material Officer Asa Suehira, Wild Bunch International’s CEO Vincent Maraval and TOHO’s Akihiro Takeda.  Rights are handled worldwide by TOHO (excluding South Korea and India).

“Suzume no Tojimari” will debut in Japan on November 11 this year, and will be distributed in all significant territories starting in early 2023. In North America, Crunchyroll is the sole distributor.  In Latin America, Australia/New Zealand, the Middle East and portions of Europe, the film will be distributed by Crunchyroll and Sony Photos Entertainment. In French- and German-speaking Europe, the film will be co-distributed by Crunchyroll, Sony Photos and Wild Bunch International.  

“It’s with humility and honor that CoMix Wave Films, Makoto Shinkai, and TOHO have decided to companion with Crunchyroll on the subsequent masterpiece,” stated Rahul Purini, President of Crunchyroll, LLC.  “It’s also an extraordinary chance to perform with our partners at Sony Photos Entertainment and Wild Bunch International to co-distribute this film across a wide swatch of territories. We know each animation fans and basic audiences will fall in really like with this prestigious film, and we cannot wait to see the world’s reaction and reception to it in cinemas, festivals and for awards consideration.”

“We are excited to perform with Makoto Shinkai, CoMix Wave Films, TOHO and Crunchyroll,” stated Vincent Maraval, President of Wild Bunch International.  “We take into account Makoto Shinkai as a significant artist with whom we wanted to perform for a lengthy time. He is a talented director that we welcome in our loved ones of cinema masters and we really feel proud to be in a position to bring his vision to the cinema globe all about the globe.”

Award-winning creator, writer and director Makoto Shinkai has been a visionary in the animation space for decades, with the most current films “Your Name.” (2016) and “Weathering With You” (2019), each of which have catapulted him a top animation auteur with international viewers.  “Weathering With You” was chosen as Japan’s entry for the finest international function film category of the 2020 Academy Awards and nominated in 4 categories in the 47th annual Annie Awards like finest animated independent function.

Film Synopsis

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 many disaster-stricken areas across Japan, exactly where she ought to close the doors causing devastation. 

Suzume’s journey starts in a quiet town in Kyushu (positioned in southwestern Japan) when she encounters a young man who tells her, “I’m searching for a door.” What Suzume finds is a single weathered door standing upright in the midst of ruins as although it was shielded from what ever catastrophe struck. Seemingly drawn by its energy, Suzume reaches for the knob… Doors start to open 1 just after yet another all across Japan, unleashing destruction upon any who are close to. Suzume ought to close these portals to avert additional disaster.

—The stars, then sunset, and the morning sky.

Inside that realm, it was as although all time had melted collectively in the sky…

In no way-just before-noticed scenery, encounters and farewells… A myriad of challenges await her on her journey. Regardless of all the obstacles in her way, Suzume’s adventure shines a ray of hope upon our personal struggles against the toughest roads of anxiousness and constraints that make up every day life. This story of closing doors that connect our previous 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 start.



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