Toho announces UK and Ireland cinema dates for Makoto Shinkai’s new masterpiece Suzume

Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International, and Eurozoom to distribute Makoto Shinkai’s Suzume internationally (excluding Asia). In UK (and Ireland) cinemas from April 14, 2023

Crunchyroll, in partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International, and Eurozoom, announced today that it will be bringing the highly anticipated new film from Makoto Shinkai, Suzume, to cinemas globally with UK (and Ireland) screenings from April 14th 2023.

 Last May during Cannes, Crunchyroll acquired the global distribution and marketing rights (excluding Asia) from TOHO for Shinkai’s Suzume, produced by CoMix Wave Films and STORY inc.

Suzume debuted in Japan on November 11 and has now surpassed 5.6M admissions. Suzume has also earned 7.5 billion yen (approx. 55M USD) staying #1 at the box office in Japan for three consecutive weeks.

Award-winning creator, writer, and director Makoto Shinkai has been a visionary in the animation space for decades, with the most recent films being Your Name (2016) and Weathering With You (2019).  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 is the story of a young girl travelling through various ruins across Japan while closing doors that cause disaster.


Film synopsis

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

Suzume is a coming-of-age story for the 17-year-old protagonist, Suzume, set in various disaster-stricken locations across Japan, where she must close doors causing devastation.

Suzume’s journey begins in a quiet town in Kyushu (located in southwestern Japan) when she encounters a young man who tells her, “I’m looking for a door.” What Suzume finds is a single weathered door standing upright in the midst of ruins as though it was shielded from whatever catastrophe struck. Seemingly drawn by its power, Suzume reaches for the handle… Doors begin to open one after another all across Japan, unleashing destruction upon any who are near. Suzume must close these portals to prevent further disaster.

—The stars, then sunset, and the morning sky.

Within that realm, it was as though all time had melted together in the sky…

Never-before-seen scenery, encounters, and farewell. A myriad of challenges await her on her journey. Despite the obstacles in her way, Suzume’s adventure shines a ray of hope upon our own struggles against the toughest roads of anxiety and constraints that make up everyday life. This story of closing doors that connect our past to the present and future will leave a lasting impression upon.

Drawn in by these mysterious doors, Suzume’s journey is about to begin.


Sarah's been writing about her love of manga and anime since Whenever - and first started watching via Le Club Dorothée in France...

More posts from Sarah...