Three years after Your Name, Makoto Shinkai returns with his latest film, Weathering With You, which is Japan’s entry for the best international feature film category at the 2020 Oscars – the second animated feature put forward by Japan since Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke in 1998.
Known for his gorgeously animated visuals, Shinkai’s Weathering With You has passed the USD100 million mark at the domestic box office, making it the biggest Japanese film domestically since Your Name in 2016.
If you’re anticipating this, you can get the chance to watch the movie before it opens on 12 Sept – there will be a Weathering With You Singapore Premiere (Fri 6 Sept, 7.30pm at Capitol Theatre), where you can redeem exclusive movie premiums, including a transparent umbrella and notebook as seen in movie, as well as an A2 movie poster and invite card.
The movie follows the tale of a small town high schooler, Hodaka Morishima, who moves to Tokyo to make a living on his own for the first time. He finds steady work writing for a local magazine focused on all things strange and supernatural – but the most interesting thing happening in his life is the unusual weather. At first, no one makes much of the never-ending torrential showers, because no one knows about Hina Amano, a young girl who has the ability to control the weather.
Actor Kotaro Daigo is the voice of Hodaka Morishima, and Nana Mori takes the role of Hina Amano. Both actors were chosen from a pool of over 2,000 applicants, and will join veteran actors like Shun Oguri. JRock band Radwimps – the folks behind the hit soundtrack of Your Name – returns for the soundtrack.
Watch the trailer here: