Makoto Shinkai’s Suzume no Tojimari USA release date confirmed for early 2023 by Crunchyroll movies

Suzume main character of Suzume no Tojimari movie
Suzume the main character of Suzume no Tojimari movie. Pic credit: IMDB

In the USA, the Suzume no Tojimari release date is confirmed for early 2023. Crunchyroll will be the sole distributor of the Suzume no Tojimari movie in North American movie theaters.

Suzume no Tojimari is the latest film directed by Makoto Shinkai, who is best known for creating Your Name and Weathering With You. Suzume no Tojimari is the working title of the famous Japanese director. In English, it can be translated as Suzume’s Locking Up or Suzume’s Locking Up Doors.

Crunchyroll is also teaming up with Sony Pictures and Wild Bunch International to bring it to as many fans as possible!

In Latin America, Australia/New Zealand, the Middle East, and portions of Europe, the film will be distributed by Crunchyroll and Sony Pictures Entertainment. In French- and German-speaking Europe, the film will be co-distributed by Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures, and Wild Bunch International.  

“It’s with humility and honor that CoMix Wave Films, Makoto Shinkai, and TOHO have decided to partner with Crunchyroll on the next masterpiece,” said Rahul Purini, President of Crunchyroll, LLC.  “It’s also an incredible opportunity to work with our partners at Sony Pictures Entertainment and Wild Bunch International to co-distribute this film across a wide swatch of territories. We know both animation fans and general audiences will fall in love with this prestigious film, and we can’t wait to see the world’s reaction and reception to it in cinemas, festivals, and for awards consideration.”

“We are excited to work with Makoto Shinkai, CoMix Wave Films, TOHO, and Crunchyroll,” said Vincent Maraval, President of Wild Bunch International.  “We consider Makoto Shinkai as a major artist with whom we wanted to work for a long time. He is a talented director that we welcome in our family of cinema masters and we feel proud to be able to bring his vision to the cinema world all around the globe.”

Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures, and Wild Bunch International all plan to release the film in Early 2023. There is no word yet about a Suzume no Tojimari English dub, but given the success of Weathering with You, it’s a safe bet that dubs will be possible in 2023 at the earliest.

Suzume no Tojimari
Suzume’s first meeting with a mysterious young man. Pic credit: CoMix Wave Films

What is the Suzume no Tojimari movie about?

Suzume is a 17-year-old girl living in the Kyushu region in southwestern Japan. One day, Suzume meets a mysterious man saying he’s looking for a door.

They travel together and find an old door in an abandoned house in the mountains. Suzume is drawn to the door and is pulled inside it, which causes Doors of Disaster to appear all over Japan.

Suzume decides to close the Doors before Japan is destroyed. Coming of age fans will love Suzume’s adventure as she matures and learns more about the Doors and herself.

When is the Suzume no Tojimari release date in Japanese theaters?

The Suzume no Tojimari release date for Japanese movie theaters is on November 11, 2022. In addition, a Suzum no Tojimari novel book adaptation written by Shinkai is coming out on August 24, 2022.

Makoto Shinkai is often referred to as The New Miyazaki, and it shows in his latest films. He’s married to retired actress and producer Chieko Misaka and their daughter, a child actress named Chise Niitsu.

Asteroid 55222 Makotoshinkai is named after him.

Other works by director Makoto Shinkai

Makoto Shinkai is a man with many talents and has often worked in different roles in his films. He directs, writes, produces, animates, voice acts, and much more!

Makoto Shinkai’s style is unmistakable. His short films are: The World be Enclosed in 1998, Other Worlds in 1998, She and her Cat in 1999, Voices of a Distant Star in 2002, Minna no Uta in 2003, and Someone’s Gaze in 2013.

His full-length films are The Place Promised in Our Early Days in 2004, 5 Centimeters per Second in 2007, Children Who Chase Lost Voices in 2011, The Garden of Words in 2013, Your Name in 2016, and Weathering with You in 2019.

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