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Shinkai's your name. Wins Festival Awards in Korea, Tops Box Office in Taiwan

posted on by Karen Ressler
Film wins Special Distinction, Audience Awards at Bucheon Festival

Makoto Shinkai's your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) anime film screened at the 18th Bucheon International Animation Film Festival in South Korea and won both the Special Distinction Prize and the Audience Prize for the feature film category on Monday. It is the first film of its category to win both awards.

The film competed against 25 April (New Zealand), The Girl Without Hands (France), My Dogs, JinJin & Akida (Korea), My Life as a Courgette (Switzerland/France), Psiconautas, the Forgotten Children (Spain), and Window Horses (Canada).

your name. also opened in Taiwan on October 21 and earned NT$64 million (about US$2 million) to top the Taiwanese box office. In addition, the film held a pre-screening from October 14-16; it filled 99% of the theater seats and earned NT$1.35 million (about US$42,800).

The film has earned earned 16.41 billion yen (about US$158 million) in Japan as of Monday, after 60 days in the Japanese box office. The film is now the fourth highest-grossing anime film in Japan, the fifth highest-grossing Japanese film in the country, and the ninth highest-grossing film of all time in Japan.

The film has surpassed the box office total of Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo anime film (which earned 15.5 billion yen) and James Cameron's Avatar film (which earned 15.6 billion yen). The only anime films to earn more than your name. are Ghibli and Miyazaki's Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle and Princess Mononoke. The film is now projected to possibly approach 20 billion yen (US$200 million).

Sources: Narinari via Hachima Kikō, Sankei News via Otakomu, Oricon Style

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