Director Makoto Shinkai and producer Genki Kawamura produced the anime hit of the decade with Your Name, a film that set box office records in Japan and won fans around the world. Now their follow-up film, Weathering With You, will open tonight in limited preview screenings, followed by a wide release across the US this Friday. Is it just as good? The 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes speaks for itself.
The movie had its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and its US premiere at the Animation is Film Festival in Los Angeles. The latter screening completely sold out. Both sub and dub versions of Weathering With You will be screened; don’t sell the dub short — it has the vocal talents of Lee Pace as Suga, Alison Brie as Natsumi, Riz Ahmed as Takai and many others.
The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day, as if to suggest his future. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds work as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. Then one day, Hodaka meets Hina on a busy street corner. This bright and strong-willed girl possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky…
“Fathom is thrilled to continue our strong standing partnership with GKIDS to bring another premiere title to cinemas across the U.S. from Japan,” says Daren Miller, Fathom Events VP of Programming, Business Affairs & Strategy. “What makes our events unique and special is the ability to provide audiences with an exclusive first look at these highly-anticipated films, behind-the-scenes content, animated shorts and more.”
In its native country, Weathering With You has grossed $125 million, and it’s poised to earn even more when it crosses over here. Fan Preview Screenings of the film will be held over two nights courtesy of Fathom — January 15 and 16. This will be followed by the official theatrical release by GKIDS starting January 17.