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Shinkai's 'your name.' Film to Play on 200 N. American Screens & in Japan in English

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"Zenzenzense (English ver.)" song previewed in video, with song's digital release slated for January 27

The Eiga Natalie news website reported on Wednesday that Funimation Films' release of Makoto Shinkai's your name. anime film will screen on more than 200 screens with English subtitles or dub in North America.

The group RADWIMPS is creating all-new English-language versions of the songs it created for the original film, and the new versions will be featured in the English-dubbed version of the film. The film's official website also revealed on Wednesday that beginning on January 28, 17 Japanese theaters will begin screening an English-subtitled version of the movie with the new English versions of the film's four theme songs.

RADWIMPS' official YouTube channel is streaming a video featuring the English version of the "Zen Zen Zense" song, titled "Zenzenzense (English ver.)."

The songs will also go on sale digitally on January 27, with a CD release on February 22. The CD of RADWIMPS' soundtrack will also be offered in the United States beginning on March 10.

RADWIMPS composed over 22 tracks for your name.'s soundtrack, as well as the film's theme songs "Zen Zen Zense (movie ver.)," "Sparkle," "Yume Tōrō (movie ver.)," and "Nandemo Ii ya (movie edit/movie ver.)."

Funimation will open the film in the United States and Canada on April 7. The company will host film screenings in both the original Japanese with English subtitles and an English dub.

Funimation describes the film:

The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki's body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other. Yet, somehow, it works. They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages, and more importantly, an imprint.

When a dazzling comet lights up the night's sky, it dawns on them. They want something more from this connection—a chance to meet, an opportunity to truly know each other. Tugging at the string of fate, they try to find a way to each other. But distance isn't the only thing keeping them apart. Is their bond strong enough to face the cruel irony of time? Or is their meeting nothing more than a wish upon the stars?

The film opened in Japan last August, and has become the fourth highest-grossing film of all time in Japan, the second highest-grossing Japanese film, and the second highest-grossing anime film. As of Sunday, the film has earned 23.23 billion yen (about US$204 million) in Japan. The only Japanese film to gross higher is Spirited Away (30.8 billion yen).

As of last week, the film has earned US$281 million worldwide and topped Spirited Away in its worldwide box office total. While Spirited Away is still the highest grossing anime film domestically, your name. is the highest-grossing anime film worldwide.

The film is slated to open in 92 countries and territories. The anime has already earned box-office achievements in South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Taiwan, in addition to Japan. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association awarded the film with its Best Animated Film award in December.

Thanks to crosswithyou for the news tip for the embedded video.

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