Japanese filmmaker Makoto Shinkai, whose work on the 2016 smash-hit animation “Kimi no Na wa” (“Your Name”) has got fans calling him the “New Miyazaki,” has just announced a new film.
Shinkai revealed at a news conference on Thursday that his next film, “Tenki no Ko” (“Weathering With You”) is set to hit theaters in Japan on July 19, 2019.
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According to Japan Times, the upcoming movie is about a girl who has the supernatural ability to stop the rain and clear the sky.
Artist Masayoshi Tanaka, who served as the character designer for “Your Name,” also did the designs for the new film.
“I’ve been working on creating a very real entertainment piece that will make you laugh, cry and say, ‘It’s so thrilling,’ as well as arouse your intellectual curiosity,” the 45-year-old creator was quoted as saying.
“I have used the weather as it is a familiar topic for everybody.”
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Voices for the main characters in the movie are from new actors Kotaro Daigo and Nana Mori.
Released in August 2016, “Your Name” was a blockbuster hit, becoming the highest grossing anime film ever after dethroning Studio Ghibli’s “Spirited Away”, which held the record for 15 years.
The film had a record-breaking run not only in Japan but also around the world, grossing over ¥33.93 billion ($290 million) at the international box office, surpassing Hayao Miyazaki’s classic which raked in ¥32.96 billion ($289 million).
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