Philippine movie distributor Pioneer Films has announced on Saturday that the December 14 premiere date of Makoto Shinkai’s highly-popular anime movie ‘your name.’ (Kimi no Na wa.) will push through.
The distributor has stated in another post on their Facebook page that the list of theaters that will screen the movie will be released on Tuesday, December 13, which is the day before the premiere.
SM Cinema, which is the largest theater chain in the country, has officially listed the movie on their website, but the list of branches carrying the movie is not yet available.
The anime film may only be screened for at least a week due to MMFF, which will run from December 25 until January 8, 2017, unless cinemas opt to continue the screening after the MMFF.
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 14 straight weekends.
The Japanese voice cast are lead by Ryunosuke Kamiki (“Sojiro Seta”, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno live-action movie) as “Taki Tachibana” and Mone Kamishiraishi (“Kanade Oe”, Chihayafuru live-action movie) as “Mitsuha Miyamizu”.
As of Monday, December 5, your name. has earned JP¥20.01 billion (PHP8.7 billion), which makes it the fifth highest-grossing film in Japan of all time.
The anime movie has surpassed Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli hits Princess Mononoke at Number 7 with JP¥19.3 billion (PHP8.3 billion) and Howl’s Moving Castle at Number 5 with JP¥19.6 billion (PHP8.5 billion)
Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away is still the highest-grossing film in Japan of all time with JP¥30.8 billion (PHP13.3 billion).
The anime movie has earned recognition from award-giving bodies, including the Best Animated Film by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and nomination to the 44th Annie Award’s Best Animated Feature – Independent category.
The movie also being considered as one of the five nominees to the Best Animation Feature category in the 89th annual Academy Awards.
The film also opened last weekend at Number 1 in the Chinese box office, earning 30 million yuan (PHP217 million).
JPY 1 = PHP 0.43
CNY 1 = PHP 7.22