your name. — New Anime Film Info and High-Res Images from Toho
Source: Toho Co., Ltd.
Official Site: kiminona.com (Japan)
Special Thanks to Kazuki Sunami
A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
Anime director Makoto Shinkai (THE PLACE PROMISED IN OUR EARLY DAYS, THE GARDEN OF WORDS) returns with his latest film, your name. (君の名は。, Kimi no Na wa.). Toho will release the movie in Japan August 26th, while Funimation Entertainment will distribute it in North America (dates tba).
The best and brightest of the animation world assemble!
Moving to the next level of feature film animation in quality and scale!
Up-and-coming animation director Makoto Shinkai — hailed as the next Mamoru Hosoda (award-winning director of THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME, SUMMER WARS, WOLF CHILDREN) — teams up with Masayoshi Tanaka, character designer for ANOHANA -THE FLOWER WE SAW THAT DAY- (box office gross over $10 million US) and THE ANTHEM OF THE HEART –BEAUTIFUL WORD BEAUTIFUL WORLD-, and Masashi Ando, animation director for SPIRITED AWAY and WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE.
your name. — a wholly original and moving sci-fi romance unlike anything seen before! By a director, Makoto Shinkai, whose hour has come! The time is ripe for a new challenger to the animation crown!
A piece of a comet breaks away and falls to earth as it passes over Japan for the first time in a thousand years…
Mitsuha, a teen girl, is tired of living in a small mountain village. Sick of her father’s mayoral campaign, her family, the local shrine and its old customs, she longs for the freedom to chose a new life in the big city. She pleads to God, “Please, let me be a handsome Tokyo boy in my next life!” The next morning, Mitsuha awakens as a high school male in an unfamiliar room with the Tokyo skyline spread before her eyes.
On the other hand, Tokyo high school student Taki wakes from what seemed like a very important dream. Only not in his own room or body… but that of a girl!
Based on the information around her, Mitsuha learns Taka is the boy whose body she inhabits. The two have switched places!
When they wake up again, they’ve returned to their former selves. But sleep brings the body swap again and again. Mysteriously, the pattern continues daily. “We/us, are interconnected!?”
The two fumble about, unaccustomed to each other’s bodies, but start communicating by memo. As they awkwardly overcome one challenge after another, a bond develops between Mitsuha and Taki — one that evolves into something more romantic. However, there’s something they still don’t know…
The gears of fate are in motion, and the unexpected is about to be revealed.
Makoto Shinkai’s theatrical release debut as a director came with VOICES OF A DISTANT STAR (ほしのこえ, Hoshi no Koe) in 2002, on which he did nearly everything himself. The film sent shock waves through the anime world for its expression of an impressive world view.
He then increased his staff to put out the masterpieces THE PLACE PROMISED IN OUR EARLY DAYS (Kumo no Muko, Yakusoku no Basho, 2004), 5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND (秒速5センチメートル, Byoosoku Go Senchimeetoru, 2007) and CHILDREN WHO CHASE LOST VOICES (星を追う子ども, Hoshi o Ou Kodomo, 2011) before finally scoring a smash hit with THE GARDEN OF WORDS (言の葉の庭, Kotonoha no Niwa, 2013) which grossed over a million dollars on a limited release.
In this work, Shinkai handles the directing, writing in addition to cinematography, color design and editing to produce a work that gives full play to the unique artistic vision for which he is known, and is inlaid throughout with the essence of his past work. Like Mamoru Hosoda’s SUMMER WARS, this film is sure to form a cornerstone of Shinkai’s collected works.
Topping the list of post-Ghibli, post-Hosoda animation directors as the next standard bearer for the genre, Shinkai should see his stock jump with this movie.
The make lead character, Taki Tachibana, is voiced by Ryunosuke Kamiki, a popular young actor who has starred in THE GREAT YOKAI WAR (妖怪大戦争, Yokai Daisenso, 2005), THE KIRISHIMA THING (桐島、部活やめるってよ, Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo, 2012) and the second and third chapters of the RUROUNI KENSHIN (るろうに剣心) trilogy. His previous anime credits include Studio Ghibli’s SPIRITED AWAY (千と千尋の神隠し, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, 2001), HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE (ハウルの動く城, Hauru no Ugoku Shiro, 2004) and ARRIETTY (借りぐらしのアリエッティ, Karigurashi no Arrietty, 2010), plus Hosoda’s SUMMER WARS.
Mone Kamishiraishi performs the female lead, Mitsuha Miyamizu. While relatively new to film acting, Kamishiraishi has already has an impressive resume that includes WOLF CHILDREN (おおかみこどもの雨と雪, Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki, 2012), LADY MAIKO (舞妓はレディ, Maiko wa Redi, 2014) and Toho’s two-part film CHIHAYAFURU (ちはやふる, 2016).
World Premiere: July 3, 2016 (Anime Expo)
Japanese Theatrical Release: Friday, August 26, 2016 (Nationwide Roadshow)
Running Time: 107 Minutes
Taki Tachibana: Ryunosuke Kamiki
Mitsuha Miyamizu: Mone Kamishiraishi
Miki Okudera: Masami Nagasawa
Hitoha Miyamizu: Etsuko Ichihara
Katsuhiko Teshigahara: Ryo Narita
Sayaka Natori: Aoi Yuki
Tsukasa Fujii: Nobunaga Shimazaki
Shinta Takagi: Kaito Ishikawa
Yotsuba Miyamizu: Kanon Tani
Director, Screenplay: Makoto Shinkai
Producers: Genki Kawamura, Katsuhiro Takei
Production: Minami Ichikawa, Noritaka Kawaguchi, Keiji Ota
Co-production: Shinichiro Inoue, Masanori Yumiya, Tatsuo Hatanaka, Junji Zzenki, Ken Sakamoto
Executive Producer: Yoshihiro Furusawa
Animation Director: Masashi Ando
Character Designer: Masayoshi Tanaka
Production: “your name.” Film Partners (Toho, CoMix Wave Films, KADOKAWA, East Japan Marketing & Communications, Amuse, voque ting, LAWSON HMV Entertainment)
Animation Production: CoMix Wave Films Inc.
World Sales (Excluding Korea): Toho
© 2016 “your name.” Film Partners
About Toho Company. Ltd.
Founded in 1932 and headquartered in Tokyo, Toho Company, Ltd. is one of the leading entertainment conglomerates in Japan. Toho is best known worldwide as the producer of twenty-nine Godzilla motion pictures, based upon a character the company unleashed on the world back in 1954, and masterpiece films directed by Akira Kurosawa. Toho has been the number one distributor of motion pictures in Japan for twelve consecutive years since 2003. The company is also, throughout Japan, the leading producer of theatrical works and one of the largest owners of office buildings and theaters.