Suzume Movie Earns 11.35 Billion Yen in Japan

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Suzume Movie; Credits: YouTube
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Suzume, the most recent anime film by Makoto Shinkai, has some reason to celebrate as the happy mood of New Year dies down, and people are returning to their hectic schedules because it has climbed to number 30 on the Japanese box office all-time list. The movie remained in second position to The First Slam Dunk on the weekend charts despite continuing to rise in the charts over the New Year.

Suzume no Tojimari has made 11.35 billion yen which is about 87 million US dollars and sold more than 8.51 million tickets as of January 3. The movie debuted on November 11 and has since climbed the box office charts to become the 30th-highest-grossing movie of all time in Japan.

At the box office, Suzume has already outperformed both the final Evangelion picture and the Detective Conan movie. Only Demon Slayer, five Ghibli movies, Shinkai’s last two movies, One Piece Film Red, and Jujutsu Kaisen 0 have made more money in Japan.

With 10 billion yen which is about 75.4 million US dollars in domestic box office receipts as of December 25, the movie is currently rated third among the top 10 highest-grossing domestic films in Japan for 2022. On November 11, 2022, Suzume had a #1 debut and sold 1.33 million tickets in its first three days. In the same period, the movie made 47.4% more money and sold 38.7% more tickets than Shinkai’s critically praised Your Name.

Shinkai, who also wrote the screenplay and is acknowledged as having written the original story for the Suzume movie, directed it. The animation was directed by Kenichi Tsuchiya, with Masayoshi Tanaka serving as the character designer. The animation production was overseen by CoMix Wave Films, with Takumi Tanji in charge of handling the art direction.

 

Suzume no Tojimari Plot

Suzume is a typical high school student who resides in southern Japan with her aunt. She encounters Souta, a young man exploring the area in search of ruins, one day. She decides to pursue him out of curiosity and comes across a freestanding door in the remains of a hot springs resort.

When she opens the door, however, she discovers a different world, one from which eldritch, catastrophe-causing forces are only too happy to flee. Although, as soon as the door is shut, things only grow worse. A talking cat named Daijin turns Souta into a chair, so Suzume must now travel across Japan, locking doors and averting tragedies as they pursue Daijin to get Souta his body back.

Suzume no Tojimari Review

Ultimately, Suzume no Tojimari is the tale of a young woman who embarks on a literal quest to overcome a deeply ingrained trauma that affects a substantial percentage of Japan. Suzume is a Tohoku earthquake survivor since 2011. She did live, but her mother did not. This is her mask, her defense against the outside world, even if she looks to be an ordinary, contented teenager. Not even her aunt, who she has lived with for ten years, is allowed inside Suzume’s home. She won’t experience the same level of pain as she had when her mother passed away because of the distance she has constructed, but at the same time, she is unable to fully recover.

Even though this film’s central theme is severe emotional agony, the narrative is surprisingly upbeat. Suzume must often rely on the goodwill of strangers during her journey. Even though they have never met, they always welcome her into their homes and hearts.

Suzume Movie; Credits: YouTube
Suzume Movie; Credits: YouTube

As Souta becomes dependent on her to go where they need to go, their relationship deepens at the same time. A powerful bond is created between the two as they battle unknown supernatural forces—one unlike any she has experienced since her mother’s passing. She becomes more averse to losing him as they travel together.

But anyone can see that being cut off from his body isn’t good for him; it doesn’t take a genius. And all too soon, she is forced to face loss once more—possibly that of Souta as well as that of her mother.

Overall, Suzume no Tojimari adheres to the same three-act format as your name, another film by writer-director Makoto Shinkai. Weathering With You, too. The supernatural is introduced in the first act, which is also heavily loaded with humorous lightheartedness. As a huge threat is revealed in the second act and then seemingly defeated, things become more and more serious. The second act’s unintended effects and discoveries are then dealt with in the third and final act, during which our hero battles to reclaim what has been lost.

This plot is predictable even though it makes for a good movie with lots of twists and turns. You always know where this movie is heading if you’ve seen your name. and Weathering With You, even though the specifics of the plot are different. As a result, the movie’s emotional impact is slightly diminished, which is unfortunate because the movie depends heavily on manipulating your emotions.

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