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Suzume no Tojimari
Suzume no Tojimari

Suzume no Tojimari

Fantasy epic blending natural disasters and teenage resilience.

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Suzume no Tojimari
Original Titleすずめの戸締まり
Formats Streaming
Opening themeSuzume (すずめ) by RADWIMPS feat. Toaka
Ending theme"Kanata Haluka (カナタハルカ)" by RADWIMPS
Duration121 mins
Release DateNovember 11, 2022
End DateNovember 11, 2022

The story follows Suzume, a 17-year-old girl from a quiet Kyushu town who meets a young man looking for a door. They find a door within ruins in the mountain, and Suzume opens it. Soon, more doors begin to open around Japan, bringing disasters from the other side. The film depicts Suzume's liberation and growth, as she closes the doors that are causing disaster.

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Suzume no Tojimari

“Suzume” Review: Makoto Shinkai’s Feel-Good Disaster Movie

“Suzume no Tojimari,” directed by the renowned anime visionary Makoto Shinkai, takes us on a captivating journey through a world where natural disasters collide with teenage resilience. Set against the backdrop of Japan’s real-world earthquakes, this fantasy epic strikes a balance between humor, vulnerability, and stunning visuals.

Plot Summary: The film follows Suzume Iwato, a 17-year-old orphan living on the southwestern island of Kyushu. When a cross-country trip becomes her responsibility, Suzume embarks on a mission to prevent a series of natural calamities. Shinkai masterfully portrays the lingering trauma and vulnerability that adolescents experience in various parts of Japan.

Visual Spectacle: Shinkai’s signature attention to detail shines through in every frame. The landscapes are breathtaking, with golden-hued clouds and Turner-worthy horizons. Even the meticulously animated backdrops, from distant waves to flapping birds, contribute to the film’s visual splendor.

Emotional Depth: “Suzume” delves into grief and healing. Suzume’s encounter with a mysterious woman in a parallel dimension sets the stage for her decade-long journey. The film explores themes of loss, independence, and the resilience of youth.

Formulaic Elements and CGI: While the film occasionally adheres to formulaic structures, it compensates with its strong cast, moving score, and remarkable animation. The blend of 2D animation and CGI isn’t always seamless, but it doesn’t detract from the overall experience.

Box Office Success: In its home country, “Suzume” has become a massive hit, grossing over $100 million since its release in November. Its international premiere at the Berlinale further solidified Shinkai’s reputation as a master storyteller.

“Suzume no Tojimari” is a testament to Shinkai’s ability to create emotionally resonant narratives. As Suzume grapples with her past and confronts the aftermath of real-world disasters, audiences are treated to a feel-good disaster movie that leaves a lasting impression.