Purple Plan to Open Shinkai's 'your name.' Film in Malaysia on December 8
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Southeast Asian distributor Purple Plan announced on Tuesday that it will open Makoto Shinkai's your name. (Kimi no na wa.) anime film in Malaysia on November 8.
Purple Plan is also opening the film in Singapore on November 3.
The film is slated to open in 85 countries and regions. The film held its world premiere on July 3 in Los Angeles during Anime Expo. The Busan International Film Festival in South Korea screened the film on October 9.
The film has earned 15,414,488,300 yen (about US$148 million) as of October 16, after 52 days at the Japanese box office, and has sold 11,842,864 tickets.
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 ranked #1 in the Japanese box office for nine consecutive weeks. The film has surpassed the 2008 Japanese box office total of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Ponyo anime film (which earned 15.5 billion yen), as well as The Wind Rises (12.02 billion yen or US$118.6 million) 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, Princess Mononoke. The film is now projected to possibly approach 20 billion yen (US$200 million).
The film 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's "story of miracles and love" revolves around Mitsuha and Taki. Mitsuha is a female high school student who lives in a rural town nestled deep in the mountains. Her father is the mayor and isn't at home much, and she lives with her elementary school-aged little sister and her grandmother. Mitsuha has an honest personality, but she doesn't like the customs of her family's Shinto shrine, nor does she like her father participating in an election campaign. She laments that she lives in a confined rural town, and yearns for the wonderful lifestyle of living in Tokyo. Taki is a male high school student who lives in central Tokyo. He spends time with his friends, works part-time at an Italian restaurant, and is interested in architecture and fine arts. One day, Mitsuha has a dream where she is a young man. Taki also has a dream where he is a female high school student in a town in the mountains that he has never been to. What is the secret to their dreams of personal experience?
Shinkai also wrote the script for the film. Masashi Ando (Spirited Away, When Marnie Was There, Paprika) served as the animation director and Masayoshi Tanaka (anohana, The Anthem of the Heart, Toradora) designed the characters. CoMix Wave Inc. animated the film.