Pioneer Films to Open Shinkai's 'your name. Film in Philippines in December

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Film debuted in Japan in August, has earned 17 billion yen, now 7th highest-grossing film in Japan

Philippine film distributor Pioneer Films announced last Saturday that it will open Makoto Shinkai's your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) anime film in December.

As of November 7, 77 days after the film opened in Japan, your name. has earned 17.97 billion yen (about US$172 million). The film has been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 89th Academy Awards.

The film has now surpassed the eighth highest-grossing film (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets at 17.3 billion yen) and the seventh highest-grossing film (Bayside Shakedown 2 at 17.35 billion yen) to become the seventh highest-grossing film of all time in Japan. The film is also the fourth highest-grossing Japanese film in Japan, and the fourth highest-grossing anime film in Japan.

The three highest-grossing Japanese films in Japan include Spirited Away (30.8 billion yen), Howl's Moving Castle (19.6 billion yen) and Princess Mononoke (19.3 billion yen). your name. is projected to possibly approach 20 billion yen (US$200 million).

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?

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