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Makoto Shinkai's Suzume Special UK Film Screening and Director Q and A

Date: 2023 February 15 17:36

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The good folks from anime giants Crunchyroll have sent us details of a special UK anime screening of Makato Shinkai's latest movie Suzume.

The screening will take place on Wednesday 1st March 2023 at 18:00 the BFI Southbank in London. Not only will this be a chance to catch the movie more than a month ahead of it's national release, but the director himself will be there for a special Questions and Answers session. This is a rare opportunity to be able to get a chance to pitch questions at the director! Makoto Shinkai is best know for his two major films Your Name and Weathering With You. Tickets are on sale now and we expect them to sell out quickly. So book early to avoid disappointment.

The movie will be released across the UK and Ireland from 14th April 2023.

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Press release as follows:




London, 14 February 2023 - Crunchyroll, in collaboration with Sony Pictures Releasing UK is excited to announce that a special UK screening of "Suzume" will take place on Wednesday 1 March at the BFI Southbank with the director, Makato Shinkai, in attendance. Tickets for the special screening go on sale tomorrow and can be bought HERE. "Suzume" will be released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on 14 April.

On the other side of the door, was time in its entirety-

As the skies turn red and the earth trembles, Japan stands on the brink of disaster. But one determined teenager, Suzume, sets out on a mission to save her country. Able to see the supernatural forces that others can't, it's up to her to close the mysterious doors spreading chaos across the land. A perilous journey awaits as the fate of the country rests on her shoulders.

Award-winning creator, writer and director Makoto Shinkai has been a visionary in the animation space for decades, with his most recent films being "Your Name." (2016) and "Weathering With You" (2019), both of which have catapulted him as a leading animation auteur with international viewers. "Weathering With You" was selected as Japan's entry for the best international feature film category of the 2020 Academy Awards and nominated in four categories in the 47th annual Annie Awards including Best Animated Independent Feature. "Suzume" will screen in Competition in the 2023 Berlinale.

"At its core, 'Suzume' is based on the massive disaster that occurred in Japan twelve years ago," said Shinkai. "I'm eager to see how this film translates to international audiences: what makes sense, what doesn't, and what common ground we have across cultures. The film's imminent international release will hopefully give me the answer to those questions. And, I cannot thank our team members enough for their unprecedented talent and perseverance throughout the film's production. On behalf of the entire team, I would also like to give thanks to all the fans who have cheered us on, making 'Suzume' possible."

Tickets for the special screening go on general sale at 16:00 tomorrow at the link HERE with BFI Champions & Patrons, and Members getting early access from 11:30am and 12:30pm respectively. Tickets cost £18 for adults and £14 for concessions with BFI Membership gaining an exclusive discount on those prices.

About CoMix Wave Films

CoMix Wave Films (CWF), a Japanese animation studio and the production company for all of the Makoto Shinkai films. CWF began in creative contracting and currently engages in animated movie production, distribution and package sales as well as overseas sales. The company staffs each position with a small number of highly skilled people, hoping to create works that both fully display its creators' abilities and stand the test of time - its mission: to work with imaginative artists and deliver heartfelt works to the world.

About STORY inc.

STORY inc. is a film production company founded by Yoshihiro Furusawa and Genki Kawamura, the producers of the animated feature "Your Name.".

STORY inc. develops and produces films with compelling story in association with Makoto Shinkai and CoMix Wave Films Inc., respectively the director and the production company of "Your Name.", and other talented creators/productions. In addition to "Suzume", STORY inc. is currently producing the Netflix series drama called "Maiko-sanchi no Makanai-san (The MAKANAI)" with director Hirokazu Kore-eda.

About TOHO Co., Ltd.

TOHO Company, Limited, is a Japanese entertainment studio focused on the development, production, exhibition, and distribution of powerful content for motion pictures, television, and theater. Founded in 1932, it remains a prominent force in bringing brands and original storytelling with versatile talents to audiences worldwide. Its subsidiaries include TOHO Cinemas, the highest grossing exhibition company in Japan.

About Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll, LLC is an independently operated joint venture between US-based Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Japan's Aniplex, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., both subsidiaries of Tokyo-based Sony Group.

Films distributed and marketed by Crunchyroll - domestically and internationally - have a proven track record of both box office and critical success. Crunchyroll's theatrical team has been behind 10 of the Top 20 best-performing anime films in U.S. box office history, including JUJUTSU KAISEN 0. Not only have Crunchyroll films seen box office success, but have also been recognized with numerous awards accolades and been accepted and screened at international film festivals around the globe.

About Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Group Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition, and distribution; television production, acquisition, and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. Sony Pictures Television operates dozens of wholly-owned or joint-venture production companies around the world. SPE's Motion Picture Group production organisations include Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, TriStar Pictures, 3000 Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Stage 6 Films, AFFIRM Films, Sony Pictures International Productions, and Sony Pictures Classics. For additional information, visit

Source: BFI
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