Makoto Shinkai to Attend Special UK Screening of Suzume on March 1 [UPDATED]

Suzume will also premiere at the Berlinale Festival



UPDATE 2/15/23: Tickets for the March 1 event are now sold out. The original article follows.


Crunchyroll and Sony Pictures Releasing UK are announcing today that Makoto Shinkai himself will attend a special UK screening of Suzume on March 1 at the BFI Southbank! Tickets for the special screening will open on February 15 and can be purchased right here


Suzume is directed by Makoto Shinkai, who also penned the screenplay for the film alongside Masayoshi Tanaka as the character designer, Kenichi Tsuchiya as the animation director and Takumi Tanji as the art director with animation production at CoMix Wave Films. 


Crunchyroll is teaming up with Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International and Eurozoom to release the film, which just opened in Japan on November 11. Suzume will also have its international premiere at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival, also known as Berlinale, in the Competition section when the festival runs from February 16-26, 2023. The global release dates for Suzume include: 


  • April 12 in France and Malta
  • April 13 in Australia, Brazil, Germany, Mexico and New Zealand
  • April 14 in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Gibraltar, Ireland, Luxembourg, United Kingdom and United States
  • Additional 2023 dates to be announced for additional Latin America and EMEA territories


Crunchyroll describes the film:


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


“Suzume no Tojimari” 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 the 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 knob… 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 farewells… A myriad of challenges await her on her journey. Despite all 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 all of our hearts. 


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




Kyle Cardine is a Managing Editor for Crunchyroll. You can find his Twitter here.

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