Release date, trailer and everything we know


  • Makoto Shinkai’s Next Movie Has Been Announced Along With Its Japan Release Date
  • The trailer highlights what we can expect from the plot
  • Suzume no Tojimari (working title) seeks to add to Shinkai’s hit film history

Suzume no Tojimari | Toho Co., Ltd.

Japanese animation filmmaker Makoto Shinkai is world renowned for his incredible work in the medium. Animation studio CoMix Wave Films, STORY Inc and Toho Co., Ltd. finally announced the director’s next work after the romantic fantasy film grow old with you hit Japanese theaters in 2019, and it has a working title of Suzume no Tojimari. This film will be released in Japanese theaters in the fourth quarter of 2022. Here’s everything we know so far.

“Suzume no Tojimari” is set to be released in 2022

The key visual for Makoto Shinkai's upcoming film tentatively titled
“Suzume no Tojimari” key visual | Toho Co., Ltd.

Makoto Shinkai’s next movie, Suzume no Tojimari, currently has a theatrical release date of November 11, 2022 in Japan. A worldwide release is not yet known, but we can probably make educated guesses based on past blockbuster films such as grow old with you and your name. Suzume no Tojimari is just the working title, according to the press release, but maybe it could fit given that the main character’s name is – you guessed it – Suzume.

When will audiences outside of Japan be able to see the film? For grow old with you, it was released in July 2019 in Japan. GKIDS acquired the rights to the film and distributed it in North America in January 2020. your name premiered at Anime Expo in July 2016 before a theatrical release in Japan in August of the same year. North American audiences weren’t able to see the film until it hit theaters in April 2017. Luckily, animated films are making their way overseas much faster these days.

Fans of Makoto Shinkai’s films are probably hoping that will be the case with Suzume no Tojimari.

What we know about Makoto Shinkai’s latest film

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Beyond the trailer, not much is known about this movie. According to Press releaseMakoto Shinkai said a few words to set the tone for the film.

Director Makoto Shinkai said, “We have to think about how to close the many doors we left open. I entrusted this responsibility to Suzume as she travels through Japan closing various doors. I sincerely hope this film leaves its audience with big smiles and excitement as it leaves the theater.

Shinkai added that it was “a closure story.”

As for the plot, the press release offers more details. In Kyushu City, 17-year-old Suzume meets a young man who is looking for a door (which goes back to the themes mentioned by Shinkai). The titular character runs into a weathered door that opens portals all over Japan. These portals apparently cause destruction wherever they open, and it’s Suzume’s job to save the day and find a way to close these portals.

The key visual offers a glimpse of that first gate that “hypnotizes” Suzume in the middle of a dilapidated, flooded area. This may offer a clue to the world in which the plot exists. Could this film be set in the same universe as Shinkai’s last two films? We will have to wait and see.

Makoto Shinkai already has several hits to his name

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While we wait Suzume no Tojimari to be released, it’s the perfect time to catch up on Makoto Shinkai’s previous hit titles. Depending on how certain plot details work, your name and grow old with you could be essential viewing. Even if they aren’t, you’ll still want to watch them because they really are great movies.

Beyond the two movies mentioned earlier, you’ll also want to check out his older projects. Voices from a distant star is Shinkai’s first self-produced film. It is available to stream on Crunchyroll. 5 centimeters per second is a wonderfully touching romantic story that won Best Animated Feature at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. The garden of words is one of the most visually appealing animated films out there. Yes

While we mention the accolades, it’s impossible not to go back to Shinkai’s last two films. your name made history as the first animated work to be nominated for Director of the Year and won Screenplay of the Year at the 40th Japan Academy Film Prize. It also won Best Animated Feature at the 42nd Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards. grow old with you received a nomination in the International Feature Film category at the 92nd Academy Awards in the United States

It’s clear that Makoto Shinkai knows how to make an international hit, and if all goes well, Suzume no Tojimari will be next on the popular director’s list.

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