Today, Crunchyroll debuted a new trailer for acclaimed auteur filmmaker Makoto Shinkai’s new highly anticipated film “Suzume” which features the recently announced English voice cast led by Nichole Sakura (CBS’s “Ghosts,” NBC’s “Superstore,” Disney+’s “Star Wars: Visions”) starring as titular character Suzume Iwato. Coming to theaters beginning on April 14 in North America, “Suzume” will be available in English dub and Japanese with English subtitles. Tickets are now on sale at: www.suzume-movie.com.
Additional casting for the film includes Josh Keaton as Souta; Jennifer Sun Bell as Tamaki; Joe Zieja as Serizawa; Rosalie Chang as Chika; Amanda C. Miller as Rumi; Mela Lee as Miki; and Cam Clarke as Munakata.
“Suzume” is the highly-anticipated new film from Auteur Makoto Shinkai. Shinkai has been a visionary in the animation space for decades, with the most recent films being “Your Name.” (2016) and “Weathering With You” (2019), both of which have catapulted him as a leading animation auteur with international viewers. “Weathering With You” was selected as Japan’s entry for the best international feature film category of the 2020 Academy Awards and nominated in four categories in the 47th annual Annie Awards, including best animated independent feature.
“Suzume” hits theaters this April on big screens globally and will be distributed by Crunchyroll in partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International, Wild Bunch Germany, and Eurozoom (excluding Asia). Last May, during the Cannes Film Festival, Crunchyroll acquired the international distribution and marketing rights (excluding Asia) from TOHO for the film produced by CoMix Wave Films and STORY Inc.
“Suzume” debuted in Japan on November 11 and has now surpassed 9.63 million admissions. “Suzume” also earned 12.8 billion yen (approximately 99 million USD) in 10 weeks.
On the other side of the door was a time in its entirety— “Suzume” 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 (in southwestern Japan) when she encounters a young man who tells her, “I’m looking for a door.” Suzume finds a single weathered door standing upright in ruins as though 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 like 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, Suzume’s adventure shines a ray of hope upon our 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 on our hearts. Drawn in by these mysterious doors, Suzume’s journey is about to begin.