Suzume’s Door-Locking movie trailer celebrates premiere by teasing hero gets turned into chair: Will true love’s kiss break the curse?

Suzume's Door-Locking trailer screenshot.
Suzume’s Door-Locking trailer screenshot. Pic credit: CoMix Wave Films

On November 10, 2022, the official website for Makoto Shinkai’s upcoming paranormal romance anime film Suzume’s Door-Locking (Suzume no Tojimari) released a new trailer following its premiere in Japan.

Suzume’s Door-Locking’s new trailer features the film’s theme song “Suzume” by RADWIMPS and Toaka.

You can watch the trailer here:

Suzume’s Door-Locking trailer.

This latest trailer revealed a surprising twist! Apparently, the handsome man who was looking for a “door” ends up getting turned into a small, yellow, wooden chair by a talking cat!

After that “doors” end up opening up all around Japan and Suzume will have to travel around with the chair in order to close these doors. But what will become of the man? Will Suzume’s kiss break his curse and return him to being human? If you’re lucky enough to live in Japan you can head on over to a theater near you and find out!

What is the plot of Suzume’s Door-Locking?

The story centers on a young 17-year-old girl named Suzume, who lives in a quiet town in the Kyushu region of southwestern Japan. Her boring, everyday life gets turned upside down when she encounters a mysterious, handsome man looking for a “door”.

The two set out on an adventure together and find an old door at an abandoned house in the mountains – the house is in ruins and only the door is remaining standing upright. A supernatural force causes Suzume to reach her hand out towards the door in a daze, and open it – that’s when she’s pulled in.

“Doors of Disaster” begin to appear across Japan and instigate a series of unfortunate calamities. It’s up to Suzume to close these doors and tie up loose ends in order to prevent future disasters.

What do the doors within the movie symbolize?

Shinkai explained that there are three main points in the film. The first is that at heart the film is a story about a journey – it’s about getting out into the world and meeting new people.

The second point is that the story is about closing doors in order to protect people rather than opening them. This point may symbolize how when you try new things (open doors) the people around you tend to get hurt.

The third point is that the film itself is a reason to go out into the world (when you go to the theater to see it). Closing doors symbolize tying loose ends or the end of something.

Even though Suzume wants to close all the doors in order not to hurt anyone, life has a way of forcing itself to progress forward because as she does so she’s forced to go out into the world all around Japan and meet new people.

Suzume no Tojimari new poster
Suzume no Tojimari new poster. Pic credit: Suzume no Tojimari / Twitter

Who are the cast members?

Suzume’s Door-Locking cast members include:

  • Hokuto Matsumura – Souta Munakata
  • Nanoka Hara – Suzume Iwato
  • Ann Yamane – Daijin (AristoCat)
  • Eri Fukatsu – Tamaki Iwato
  • Kana Hanazawa – Tsubame Iwato
  • Kotone Hanase – Chika Amabe
  • Matsumoto Hakuou II – Hitsujirou Munakata
  • Sairi Itou – Rumi Ninomiya
  • Shouta Sometani – Minoru Okabe
  • Aimi – Miki
  • Akari Miura – Suzume Iwato (child)
  • Ryunosuke Kamiki – Tomoya Serizawa

Who are the members of the production team?

Suzume’s Door-Locking production team members include:

  • Original creator and Director – Makoto Shinkai
  • Animation – CoMix Wave Films
  • Distribution – Toho
  • Character Desinger – Masayoshi Tanaka (Your Name, Weathering With You)
  • Animation Director – Kenichi Tsuchiya (Your Name, Garden of Words)
  • Art Director – Takumi Tanji (Children Who Chase Lost Voices)
  • Music – Radwimps and Kazuma Jinnouchi
  • Producer – Genki Kawamura, Kouichirou Itou

Where can I read the novel and manga?

On August 24, 2022, a novel adaptation by Makoto Shinkai was released under the Kadokawa Bunko imprint. On June 10, 2022, during the Kadobun Summer Fair, which was held in bookstores throughout Japan, a portion of the novel was included in a booklet that was distributed to the fair’s patrons.

On October 25, 2022, a manga adaptation with illustrations by Denki Amashima launched in Monthly Afternoon’s December issue.

Have you already seen the film Suzume’s Door-Locking? Did you enjoy it? Are you enjoying the manga adaptation? Let us know in the comment section below!

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