The latest anime film from visionary director Makoto Shinkai, Tenki no Ko (Weathering With You) has grossed over ¥132,000,000 (~ US$1.23 Million) during the weekend, bringing the film’s total domestic run to ¥13,291,927,400 (~ US$123.4 Million). The movie is now the highest grossing film of 2019 in Japan and the 6th highest grossing anime film in Japan of all time.
Tenki no Ko is also now the 6th highest grossing anime film of all time in Japan, surpassing Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro) and Studio Ghibli’s (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro) 2013 anime title The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu), which ended its run at ¥12.02 Billion (~ US$117.4 Million).
The current top anime grossing list is:
- Kimi no Na wa
- Spirited Away
- Howl’s Moving Castle
- Princess Mononoke
- Tenki no Ko
The film had an explosive opening weekend on its July 19th release, earning over ¥1.64 Billion (~ US$15.2 Million) at the Japanese box office. It earned 28% more than the opening weekend of Shinkai’s prior film, Kimi no Na wa. (your name.), at ¥1.28 Billion (~ US$12.5 Million). By comparison, Kimi no Na wa. reached the ¥13 Billion milestone in its first 6 weeks, and ended its domestic run at ¥25.5 Billion (~ US$228.2 Million), as the highest grossing anime film of all time.
The leading cast members of the film include:
- Kotarou Daigo debuting as Hodaka Morishima
- Nana Mori (Runa Horibe in Mr. Hiiragi’s Homeroom) in her first anime role voicing Hina Amano
- Shun Oguri (Gintoki Sakata in Gintama live action film) voicing Keisuke Suga
- Tsubasa Honda (Futaba Yoshioka in Ao Haru Ride live action film) as Natsumi
- Chieko Baisho (Sophie from Howl’s Moving Castle) voicing Tomi
- Sakura Kiryu (Tokine Shinomiya in Love Stoppage Time) as Nagisa Amano
- Sei Hiraizumi (Koichi Matsudo in L: Change the World) who voices Yasui
- Yuuki Kaji (Eren Jaeger in Attack on Titan) voicing the role of Takai
Tenki no Ko‘s key production staff consists of:
- Director, Screenplay writer, Editor: Makoto Shinkai (Kimi no Na wa.. )
- Character Designer: Masayoshi Tanaka (AnoHana, Toradora!)
- Art Director: Hiroshi Takiguchi (Ajin, The Garden of Words)
- Music Composer: RADWIMPS (Kimi no Na wa)
- Animation Studio: CoMix Wave Inc. (Children Who Chase Lost Voices, Kimi no Na wa.)
Tenki no Ko launched in Japanese theatres on July 19th, 2019 with over 445 screens across the country. The film debuted #1 at the Japanese box office and sold over 1,150,000 tickets in its first two days.
Here is the film’s first trailer:
And the most recent official trailer:
Makoto Shinkai is a well known anime director who got his start in the industry in 1997 directing the short film Other Worlds. His first major breakthrough in the industry was 2002’s Voices of a Distant Star, which won various awards including the Animation Kobe award and the Seiun Award. Since his debut 20 years ago, his films have received acclaim and recognition for the films’ plot, use of mature themes and breathtaking visuals. One of his more recent hits is 2007’s 5 Centimeters Per Second, which won the award for Best Animated Feature Film at the 2007 Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Shinkai’s most recent feature film is 2016’s Kimi no Na Wa. (your name.), which received critical reception and became the highest grossing anime film in Japan of all time. The movie grossed over ¥25.5 Billion (~ US$228.2 Million) domestically, and ¥39.6 Billion (~ US$354 Million) internationally.
Here is the synopsis of Tenki no Ko:
The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day, as if to suggest his future. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds work as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. Then one day, Hodaka meets Hina on a busy street corner. This bright and strong-willed girl possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky…
Makoto Shinkai’s latest anime film Tenki no Ko is still currently in cinemas across Japan, dominating the Japanese box office.
Source Article - Eiga
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