The film is premiering in Japan this Fall.
Suzume no Tojimari (Suzume’s Door-Locking in English), Makoto Shinkai’s next film, has received new key art, a new teaser, and a Japanese premiere date. Suzume no Tojimari (Suzume’s Door-Locking in English) is Makoto Shinkai’s 13th directorial work, after the 2019 release of Weathering with You, which was named “Animation of the Year” at the 43rd Japan Academy Film Awards. Shinkai was named “Director of the Year” at the 40th Japan Academy Picture Awards for his 2016 film, Your Name, which also happened to be the third highest-grossing Japanese film in the world.
Suzume no Tojimari, like his 2016 fantasy romance, revolves around a teen who finds herself coping with fanciful supernatural elements. Suzume is a 17-year-old girl who is told by a young guy about the existence of a magical door while visiting a peaceful rural hamlet in Kyushu.
Suzume discovers this lone faded door amid abandoned, decaying buildings. During this time, mysterious doors begin to appear all over Japan, wreaking havoc on anyone and everything in their path. Suzume is drawn to this strange door, and when she opens it, her journey begins.
In a statement, Shinkai stated, “We must consider how to close the numerous doors we left open.” I’ve given Suzume that responsibility as she travels around Japan, closing various doors. My earnest wish is that after watching this movie, viewers will be filled with joy as they leave the theater.
The voice of the movie’s lead character, Suzume Iwato, is revealed to be performed by actress Nanoka Hara. This is Hara’s first voice-acting job in an anime, and she competed for the part in auditions against more than 1,700 other candidates.