Few anime filmmakers are as anticipated as Makoto Shinkai. After a string of romantic movies renowned for photorealistic visuals, big colours and magical plots, there’s a lot of hype for his latest release! Here are Suzume's international release dates, trailer, plot, characters and everything else you should know.
Rest assured that we won't be spoiling anything in this article – I'm looking forward to watching this for the first time as much as you!
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What is Suzume About? Plot Explained
The official plot for Suzume no Tojimari was slightly cryptic in its wording, as you can understand for such an anticipated film. However, now the film has been released in Japan, we have a clearer idea.
The story follows Suzume, a 17-year-old girl living in rural Japan who is asked by a mysterious young man, Sōta Munakata, to help him find a door. When they find the door, Suzume is drawn towards it and discovers a strange dimension beyond.
Suzume’s actions trigger more doors to appear across Japan, causing a whole raft of strange events and disasters to occur around them. It’s up to Suzume and Sōta to find and close all the doors.
Makoto Shinkai has mentioned in interviews that a large part of Suzume no Tojimari is about our inability to control things that happen around us. The film has a strong post-apocalyptic aspect, with Suzume and others coming to terms with events and finding ways to survive.
Will Suzume Be Connected to Your Name or Other Makoto Shinkai Films?
People always wonder when a new Makoto Shinkai film is released whether it will be attached to previous films. Nothing has been widely reported in this respect since its premiere, so we assume there is no notable connection.
Shinkai has teased connections between his movies previously. Weathering with You and Your Name shared connections with characters appearing in both movies.
While Suzume is likely to exist in a different universe, it wouldn’t be surprising to see references towards Weathering With You – which is similarly apocalyptic – appear in the movie.
While not an in-universe connection, it has been confirmed that one of Your Name's main voice actors is voicing a new character in Suzume – more on that below.
What is Suzume no Tojimari’s Name in English?
It has been confirmed that Makoto Shinkai's latest film will have the English title Suzume.
Previously, Makoto Shinkai’s films have had a fairly literal translation. Weathering With You was a slight exception (a literal translation would have called it something like The Weather’s Child), but generally, the Japanese title has been kept regardless of obscurity.
Suzume no Tojimari, when translated literally, means something along the lines of ‘Suzume’s Locking Doors’. However, distributors have chosen the simpler title of Suzume, referring to the main character.
When Will Suzume's Release Date Be in the US, UK, and Internationally?
It has been confirmed that Suzume will be arriving in theatres internationally outside of Asia from April 12, 2023.
In Japan, the film premiered on November 7th, 2022, before opening across the country on November 11th.
Crunchyroll is working to distribute the film alongside Sony Pictures Entertainment (both enterprises are owned by Sony) outside of Asia.
Suzume's US/UK Release Date
Makoto Shinkai's Suzume will be released in cinemas in the United States and the United Kingdom on Friday, April 14, 2023.
Suzume premiered in both the US and the UK in early March at various events. However, most of the general public needs to wait until mid-April to see Shinkai's newest work.
Suzume will also be released on April 14 in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Gibraltar, Ireland, and Luxembourg. Other confirmed international release dates include:
- April 12 (Wednesday): France and Malta
- April 13 (Thursday): Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Mexico, Germany
Crunchyroll is yet to confirm when the movie will be distributed in other regions, although it has said that release dates for more Latin America and EMEA territories are to be announced.
Who Are the Main Characters in Suzume?
Suzume no Tojimari's protagonist will be the titular Suzume Iwato, a 17-year-old high-school girl living in Kyushu, Japan’s southernmost island.
Suzume lives with her aunt, Tamaki Iwato. Suzume's mother, Tsubame, has only appeared so far in flashbacks, and the first trailer suggests their history could be a significant part of the story.
Another key driver will be Sōta Munakata, the mysterious young man in a white lab coat. He is the one that knows how to handle the doors, having learned about them from his grandfather.
There is also a magical cat and a chair that will play parts in the story! More details on those can be seen in the trailer shared in the video below.
Note: Beware spoilers for the movie in the video below!
In other character news, Sōta Munakata's friend Tomoya Serizawa will be voiced by Ryunosuke Kamiki, who previously played Taki, the lead role in Shinkai's Your Name.
Who is Producing the Soundtrack for Suzume?
It has been confirmed that the soundtrack for Suzume no Tojimari was produced by RADWIMPS.
Fans of Makoto Shinkai will recognise RADWIMPS from their work on the soundtracks for his two recent movies, Your Name and Weathering With You.
Alongside the Japanese four-piece band is composer Kazuma Jinnouchi, who shot to recognition for creating the original score composition for Metal Gear Solid. Since then, he has worked on Hollywood movies including Jumanji and Detective Pikachu.
The trailer below includes the movie's theme song, Suzume. The theme song is sung by Toaka, an amateur singer who made waves on TikTok in Japan with her acoustic guitar and original songs.
In a press release promoting the film, Toaka said that Suzume is the first song she has ever recorded.
Suzume no Tojimari Trailer
Makoto Shinkai’s latest film looks as beautiful as ever, and it’s already full of sci-fi mystery and intrigue! We can’t wait to see what happens!
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