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Funimation Sets Oscar-Qualifying Run for ‘Your Name’

Japan’s highest-grossing film of 2016 will screen December 2-8 at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles, to be followed by an official North American wide theatrical release planned for early 2017.

LOS ANGELES -- Funimation Films will host an Oscar qualifying theatrical run of Makoto Shinkai’s animated masterpiece Your Name. at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles from December 2-8, 2016. Advanced tickets are now on sale to the general public at or at the Laemmle box office. The official North American theatrical release is being planned for wide release in early 2017.

Your Name, currently on the Oscar consideration list in the Best Animated Feature category that will be voted on for the 89th annual Academy Awards, is Japan’s highest-grossing film of 2016 totaling more than $173M at the box office -- surpassing the last two films from legendary director and animator Hayao Miyazaki, Disney and Studio Ghibli’s Ponyo (2008) and The Wind Rises (2013).

Your Name is the first anime feature outside of Studio Ghibli to gross more than $96 million at the Japanese box office and is the seventh highest-grossing movie of all time in Japan, surpassing film titans such as James Cameron’s Avatar and J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Here’s the official synopsis:

The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other. Yet, somehow, it works. They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages, and more importantly, an imprint.

When a dazzling comet lights up the night’s sky, it dawns on them. They want something more from this connection -- a chance to meet, an opportunity to truly know each other. Tugging at the string of fate, they try to find a way to each other. But distance isn’t the only thing keeping them apart. Is their bond strong enough to face the cruel irony of time? Or is their meeting nothing more than a wish upon the stars?

In case you missed it, check out the Japanese trailer in the player below:

Source: Funimation Films