Makoto Shinkai’s (The Garden Of Words) anime masterpiece Your Name (Kimi no Na wa) is being released in cinemas for a limited run this December.

The film revolves around Mitsuha – a female high school student living in a rural town in the mountains, yearning for a life in cosmopolitan Tokyo – and Taki, a male high school student living in central Tokyo. One night the two, hundreds of miles apart, share a vision of each other and their lifestyle. The film explores the mystery behind their unique personal phenomenon.

Check out the beautiful mood-evoking trailer below:

Your Name has captivated audiences in Japan, and currently holds the #1 spot in the Japanese box office where it has remained for nine weeks straight! If you needed more convincing, the film now resides at #9 on Japan’s highest grossing films of all time – even ahead of Studio Ghibli classics Ponyo and The Wind Rises.

Shinkai aside, the film also boasts the talents of Masashi Ando (Spirited Away, When Marnie Was There) as animation director, and Masayoshi Tanaka (The Anthem Of The Heart) as the character designer.

Your Name is in New Zealand cinemas from December 1st.

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  1. In Review: The Best Films Of 2016 – The Speakeasy

    […] Makoto Shinkai’s Japanese smash hit is dazzling in more ways than one. This is a film that is so beautiful it’s almost laughable, the range of lighting effects and painterly panoramas makes it the most spectacular cartoon of the year. As the film progresses the plotting gets weirder and more apocalyptic: Your Name starts as a high-school comedy about a country girl and a city boy who switch identities every few days, and then it grows into a mystical, time-travelling disaster movie. The only way to truly understand it is to swim in it for yourself, feel your own heart braid around these two interwoven lives, and gaze up in awe at the silvery arc those falling stars trace across the sky. Read more about the film here. […]

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