Makoto Shinkaithe new film by, currently titled Suzume no Tojimari (Suzume’s Door-Locking in English), just got new key art, a new trailer, and a Japanese premiere date.
It will be the director’s first film in three years, after that of 2019 grow old with youwhich the director considered an extension of his most popular and critically acclaimed film your name. Like her 2016 fantasy romance, Suzume no Tojimari centers on a teenage girl who comes face to face with fantastical supernatural elements. Suzume is a 17-year-old girl who, while in a quiet little town in Kyushu, learns from a young man about the existence of a magic door. Suzume finds this one time-worn door in the middle of abandoned dilapidated buildings. Around this time, mysterious gates begin to appear around Japan, unleashing chaos on anyone and anything in the surrounding area. Suzume is drawn to this curious door, and once she opens it, her journey begins.
The key art that was unveiled depicts the heroine standing in front of the door holding a small wooden chair. On the right side, a slogan reads “Ittekimasu”, which is a common Japanese expression for when one leaves the house and can roughly be translated as “See you later”. It’s often followed by an “Itterasshai” from the person who stays home, but in this case, Suzume is alone on her journey with seemingly no one to see her off.
“We need to think about how to close the many doors we left open,” Shinkai said in a statement. “I entrusted this responsibility to Suzume as she travels through Japan closing various doors. I sincerely hope that this film will leave its audience with big smiles and excitement as they leave the theater.
Shinkai is credited with directing the film as well as writing the original story. Masayoshi Tanaka is in charge of character design, Kenichi Tsychiya is the animation director, and Takumi Tanji is the artistic director. The film is produced by CoMix Wave Films and Story Inc., with Toho handling distribution.
In Japan, the theatrical release of the film is scheduled for November 11, 2022. In the meantime, check out the brand new poster and trailer below:
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