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Global Theatrical Release Dates for Makoto Shinkai’s ‘Suzume’ Announced

Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International, and Eurozoom will distribute the anime film in theaters internationally beginning April 12, 2023.

Crunchyroll, along with Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International, and Eurozoom, will bring the highly anticipated new film from auteur Makoto Shinkai, Suzume, to theaters internationally (excluding Asia) beginning April 12, 2023.

Global theatrical release dates for the film include:

  • April 12th in France and Malta
  • April 13th in Australia, Brazil, Germany, Mexico and New Zealand
  • April 14th 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

In this coming-of-age story, 17-year-old Suzume encounters a young man named Souta who says he’s looking for a door. When she finds a single weathered door standing upright amid ruins, seemingly drawn by its power, Suzume reaches for the knob to open it.  Doors begin to open all across Japan, unleashing destruction upon anyone nearby. As this door opens, however, a mysterious white cat nicknamed “AristoCat” appears before them. He tells Suzume that he loves her, but tells Souta he’s in the way, and with those words, transforms Souta into a chair.  AristoCat, Souta, and Suzume journey together throughout Japan to close doors and unearth a long-forgotten truth.

Check out the trailer:

Shinkai is an award-winning creator, writer, and director most recognized for his films Your Name (2016) and Weathering With You (2019).  Weathering With You was Japan’s entry for the best international feature film category at the 2020 Academy Awards, and received nominations in four categories at the 47th annual Annie Awards, including best animated independent feature.

Suzume debuted in Japan on November 11th, surpassing 5.6M admissions while earning 7.5 billion yen (approx. 55M USD), remaining first place at the box office in Japan for 3 consecutive weeks.

In North America, Crunchyroll is the sole distributor. Crunchyroll and Sony Pictures Entertainment will distribute in Latin America, Australia/New Zealand, the Middle East and portions of Europe.  In French- and German-speaking Europe, Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International, and Eurozoom will co-distributed the film.

Suzume was produced by CoMix Wave Films. and STORY inc.  Masayoshi Tanaka served as character designer; Kenichi Tsuchiya as animation director; and Takumi Tanji as art director.

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Whitney is a freelance writer focusing on VFX-driven fantasy film & TV as well as preschool animation.