Makoto Shinkai’s animated film “Suzume no Tojimemari” is gaining popularity in China and South Korea. Of these, the box office revenue in China surpassed Japan’s, making it the highest-grossing Japanese animated film of all time.
“Suzume no Tojimemari” is an animated film directed by Makoto Shinkai. Suzume, a high school girl who experienced an earthquake when she was young, goes on an adventure while traveling around Japan to close the “door” that caused the disaster.
It was released in China and South Korea last month. According to distributors, the box office revenue in China was 752 million yuan, or 14.6 billion yen in Japanese yen, as of the afternoon of the 17th.
The box office revenue in Japan was 14,479 million yen as of the 16th, which means that the box office revenue in China exceeded it.
In addition, the cumulative number of viewers exceeded 22.6 million, making it the highest-grossing Japanese animation film in China.
A woman in her 20s who watched the film said, “The movie depicts rebirth from a disaster, and I think many people who have experienced the corona disaster sympathize.”
The work has also gained popularity in South Korea, and since its release on the 8th of last month, the total number of viewers has reached 4.69 million, making it the number-one Japanese movie ever.