Suzume Will Hold A Special Screening in the UK with Makoto Shinkai in Attendance


Crunchyroll has announced a special UK screening for Suzume, with the director attending the event. This is the latest movie from celebrated filmmaker Makoto Shinkai, which fans have eagerly awaited. The tickets for the special screening are currently live, which will take place at the start of next month. This event will be held in the UK before the official release of the movie, which will be released in April for the US, UK, and Ireland. 

Suzume is the latest Makoto Shinkai movie and was originally released in Japan in November 2022. The movie is inspired by the existence of deserted locations that are mourned after a natural disaster, which includes the aftermath of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The movie will have its international premiere at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival, Berlinale, which will also participate in the competition for the event. 

Special UK Event for Suzume 

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, Makoto 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. 

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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 the Competition at the 2023 Berlinale. 

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“At its core, ‘Suzume’ is based on the massive disaster that occurred in Japan twelve years ago. 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.”

– Makoto Shinkai 

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This is a fantastic chance to enjoy the latest anime movie from this fantastic creator, with Shinkai also blessing UK fans with his presence. The theatrical release will provide viewers with visual wonders while telling a heart-gripping story. This unique tale of Suzume will deliver an unforgettable experience that the special screening will enhance. It’s fantastic that Shinkai will be present as UK fans enjoy his visionary take on the mythology created for mourned locations relating to dramatic events. 

Tickets for the special screening of Suzume are now live but are currently sold out, with BFI Champions & Patrons, and Members getting early access. Tickets cost £18 for adults and £14 for concessions with BFI Membership gaining an exclusive discount on those prices. 

About Suzume


Theatrical Release: 11/11/2022 (Japan), 4/14/2023 (USA/UK/Canada)
Director / Screenplay / Original Story: Makoto Shinkai
Character Design: Masayoshi Tanaka
Animation Director: Kenichi Tsuchiya
Art Director: Takumi Tanji
Production Studio: CoMix Wave Films Inc.
Producing Company: CoMix Wave Films. and STORY Inc.
Rating: TBA
Cast: Hara Nanoka, Matsumura Hokuto, Fukatsu Eri, Sometani Shota, Ito Sairi, Hanase Kotone, Hanazawa Kana, Kamiki Ryunosuke, Matsumoto Hakuoh

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Suzume (Hara Nanoka) discovers a mysterious door in the mountains, and soon other doors begin appearing across Japan. As the doors open, they release disasters and destruction, and it’s up to Suzume to close them again.
Copyright © 2022 “Suzume” Film Partners 

What do you think of Suzume? Are you excited about its global theatrical release? Are you attending any events relating to Makoto Shinaki’s latest movie? Let us know on social media and keep following The Illuminerdi for more anime news. 

Source: Crunchyroll

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Long time fan of Tokusatsu fan since Power Rangers was first released in the 90s. Whereas most Superhero fans grew up with DC Comics and Marvel, my childhood was surrounded by releases from Saban Entertainment such as Beetleborgs, along with anime, and other various fads of the generation. Anime is also a great passion with Digimon, That Time I Was Reincarnated As A Slime, and Demon Slayer being significant favorites. It was the love of both Power Rangers and Digimon that led to the path of becoming a Senior Writer for The Illuminerdi.