One of Japan’s highest-grossing animated feature film will finally be seen by eager Filipino anime fans in cinemas very soon!
Independent movie distributor Pioneer Films has announced on Saturday they have acquired the rights for the hugely-popular anime film your name. (Kimi no Na wa.)
The distributor also announced the anime film is set to hit Philippine cinemas in December, which will be screened in Japanese audio with English subtitles, but did not indicate when will the movie premiere.
The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other. Yet, somehow, it works. They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages, and more importantly, an imprint.
When a dazzling comet lights up the night’s sky, it dawns on them. They want something more from this connection—a chance to meet, an opportunity to truly know each other. Tugging at the string of fate, they try to find a way to each other. But distance isn’t the only thing keeping them apart. Is their bond strong enough to face the cruel irony of time? Or is their meeting nothing more than a wish upon the stars? (Synopsis from Funimation Entertainment)
your name., also known by its Japanese title Kimi no Na wa. (君の名は。), is a Japanese animated film written and directed by Makoto Shinkai, who is known for anime films like Voices from a Distant Star, 5 Centimeters Per Second and The Garden of Words.
The anime movie is based on the novel with the same name, also written by Shinkai, which was published in Japan by Kadokawa last June of this year. The film was produced by CoMix Wave Films and distributed by TOHO, which premiered in Japanese theaters last August 26 and currently running for 11 straight weekends.
As of Monday, November 7, your name. has earned JP¥17.97 billion (PHP8.2 billion), which makes it the seventh highest-grossing film of all time in Japan.
Studio Ghibli films are still the highest-grossing Japanese anime films of all time in Japan with Spirited Away at Number 1 with JP¥30.8 billion (PHP14.1 billion), Howl’s Moving Castle at Number 5 with JP¥19.6 billion (PHP8.9 billion) and Princess Mononoke at Number 6 with JP¥19.3 billion (PHP8.8 billion).
North American licensor Funimation Entertainment has told Anime News Network they have submitted the anime film for consideration to the nomination of Best Animated Feature Film category for the 89th Academy Awards.
The movie is set for a theatrical run on December 2-8 at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles, California, which is one of the requirements for the movie to advance in the voting process. A maximum of five (5) animated films will be qualified to be nominated in the category.