The mega hit anime movie Kimi no Na wa., directed by Makoto Shinkai, has so far generated a box-office revenue of 10 billion yen. This extraordinary feat has been achieved in just 28 days since the first day of its release (August 26). We haven’t seen such numbers in the Japanese animation category since The Wind Rises by Hayao Miyazaki.
Makoto Shinkai is an animation director whose debut was the self-produced animated short film, Voices of a Distant Star. The movie has won a lot of awards including the New Century Tokyo International Anime Fair 21 ‘Public Outstanding Performance Award’.
Shinkai has also won numerous prizes including the ‘Animation Film Award’ with The Place Promised in Our Early Days at 59th Mainichi Film Competition, Best Anime Award with 5 Centimeters Per Second at Asia Pacific Film Festival and Lancia Platinum Grand Prize at Future Film Festival in Italy.
His greatest achievements so far were the grand prize and best animated feature film award with Children Who Chase Lost Voices at the 8th China International Cartoon & Animation Festival and Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film in Germany respectively.
He is a next-generation creator highly acclaimed both domestically and internationally.
Kimi no Na wa is Makoto Shinkai’s latest work about a couple’s bitter-sweet story full of beautiful color tones and sensitive words. The anime main theme is the distance which is born from the connections and the barriers between two people living in different worlds. The story features a boy and a girl who switch between each other’s bodies in their dreams.
The movie has been simultaneously released in a total of 301 movie theaters throughout Japan and instantly caught visitors attention with its heart-moving story. The tickets had been sold out across Japan and it attracted a total of 950,000 visitors, generating a box-office revenue of 1.2 billion yen in just three days!
The momentum is still going strong and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. It has been in the first place of the recent film rankings for four weeks.
The movie’s catch line is: ‘This summer, the whole country will fall in love.’