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Suzume Anime Film Ends Phenomenal Japanese Run on May 27

Suzume Surpasses Weathering, Sets Canadian Premiere, Wows China

Makoto Shinkai’s Suzume anime film has made a major splash around the world, and now its time on the big screen in its home country is getting ready to wind to a close. The film opened in Japan back in November 2022, and it will officially end its lengthy theatrical run there on May 27.

The latest update on domestic box office numbers has it at 14.52 billion yen (US$107.95 million) with 10.95 million tickets sold. That puts it in 8th place in the list of all-time highest-grossing anime films in Japan, sandwiched between Ponyo in 7th place and Shinkai’s own Weathering With You in 9th place. 

As for the all-time films list in Japan, Suzume is looking to stay in 14th place overall. Suzume‘s worldwide box office gross is sitting just below 300 million bucks at US$299.38 million.

Starting May 12, Japanese theaters will get a “The Final Screening” version of Suzume that includes all 273 cuts retaken for the Blu-ray and DVD release. There will also be a special message from director Makoto Shinkai, giving theatergoers a good excuse to pick up one more ticket and say farewell to the film. 


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. 

Via Crunchyroll News