Release date and key visual of Suzume no Tojimari, new film by Makoto Shinkai

Release date and key visual of Suzume no Tojimari, new film by Makoto Shinkai

Release date and key visual of Suzume no Tojimari

Suzume no Tojimari (The closing of the doors of Suzume), the new animated film by Makoto Shinkai (your name., Weathering With You) will be released in Japanese cinemas on November 11, 2022 and is shown in two new key visuals with the protagonist.

Here are the promotional key visuals:

And here is Suzume from behind as she walks through what appears to be an old spa town. There is a ryokan-style inn lying abandoned with rooms overrun with curled ivy and pitted, rusted signs.

Suzume no Tojimari: Shinkai's words and a synopsis

We have to think about how to close the doors we leave open. I imbued this responsibility with Suzume as she travels around Japan closing various doors. I really hope this film will give the viewers big smiles and joy when they come out of theaters. This film is based on three important points, namely, the trip to Japan, the story about closing doors rather than opening them and a reason to visit the cinema. In my view, closing doors can refer to closing pending issues or getting something done.

Consequently, here is a synopsis of the film:

Suzume is a 17 year old who lives in a quiet Kyushu town. One day, she meets a young traveler who is looking for a "door". Suzume decides to follow him and she discovers an old door in the ruins in the mountains. As if attracted to something, she Suzume reaches the door… What follows is Suzume's liberation and growth as she closes the "doors" that cause misfortune in abandoned places all over Japan.

Suzume no Tojimari's staff includes, in addition to Makoto Shinkai who will take care of the original story, script and direction, Masayoshi Tanaka as Character Designs, Kenichi Tsuchiya as Animation Director and Takumi Tanji as Art Director. Shinkai's Comics Wave Film is taking care of the animations while Toho is handling the distribution.

We remind you that all the previous Makoto Shinkai animated films are published in Italy by Dynit in home video and that recently the house Star Comics publisher has released the Makoto Shinkai Collection box set which includes manga versions of The Voice of the Stars, 5 cm per second, The Garden of Words and Weathering With You, which you can find on Amazon.

Makoto Shinkai’s ‘Suzume no Tojimari’: Release Date, Trailer, and Everything We Know


  • Makoto Shinkai’s next film has been announced as well as its Japanese release date
  • The teaser trailer highlights what we can expect from the plot
  • Suzume no Tojimari (working title) looks to add to Shinkai’s history of hit films
  • A still of Makoto Shinkai

    Suzume no Tojimari | Toho Co., Ltd.

    Japanese anime film director, Makoto Shinkai, has worldwide fame for his incredible work in the medium. Animation studio CoMix Wave Films, STORY Inc and Toho Co., Ltd. have finally announced the director’s next work after the romantic fantasy film Weathering With You hit Japanese theaters in 2019, and it has a working title of Suzume no Tojimari. This film will release in Japanese theaters in Q4 of 2022. Here’s everything we know so far.

    ‘Suzume no Tojimari’ is set to be released in 2022The key visual for Makoto Shinkai‘Suzume no Tojimari’ key visual | Toho Co., Ltd.

    Makoto Shinkai’s next film, Suzume no Tojimari, currently has a theatrical release date of November 11, 2022 in Japan. A worldwide release isn’t yet known, but we can probably make some educated guesses based on past hit films such as Weathering With You and Your Name. Suzume no Tojimari is just the working title, according to the press release, but perhaps it might stick considering the main character’s name is – you guessed it – Suzume.

    When might audiences outside of Japan be able to see the film? For Weathering With You, it was released in July 2019 in Japan. GKIDS acquired the rights to the film and distributed it in North America in January 2020. Your Name premiered at Anime Expo in July 2016 before a Japanese theatrical release in August of that year. North American audiences didn’t get to see the film until it was released theatrically in April 2017. Thankfully, anime films make their way overseas much quicker these days.

    Fans of Makoto Shinkai’s films likely are hoping that’s the case with Suzume no Tojimari.

    What we know about Makoto Shinkai’s latest film

    Beyond the teaser trailer, we don’t know much about this film. According to the press release, Makoto Shinkai said a few words to set the tone of the film.

    Director Makoto Shinkai stated, “We must think about how to close the many doors we left open. I’ve bestowed that responsibility upon Suzume as she travels across Japan closing various doors. It is my sincere hope that this film leaves its audiences with big smiles and excitement as they walk out of the theater.”

    Shinkai added that this is “a story about closure.”

    As far as the plot goes, the press release offers more details. In the town of Kyushu, 17-year-old Suzume runs into a young man who’s seeking a door (which ties back to the themes Shinkai mentioned). The titular character runs into a weathered door that opens up portals all throughout Japan. These portals seemingly cause destruction wherever they open, and it’s Suzume’s job to save the day and find a way to close these portals.

    The key visual offers a look at that first door that “mesmerizes” Suzume in the middle of a run-down and flooded area. That may offer a hint to the world in which the plot exists. Could this film be set in the same universe as Shinkai’s last two films? We’ll have to wait and see.

    Makoto Shinkai has several hits to his name already

    While we’re waiting for Suzume no Tojimari to release, now’s the perfect time to catch up on previous hit titles from Makoto Shinkai. Depending on how some plot details work out, Your Name and Weathering With You could be essential viewing. Even if they’re not, however, you’ll still want to check them out because they’re truly excellent films.

    Beyond the two films previously mentioned, you’ll also want to check out his older projects. The Voices of a Distant Star is Shinkai’s debut film that he self-produced. It’s available for streaming on Crunchyroll. 5 Centimeters Per Second is a wonderfully touching romantic story that won Best Animated Feature Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. The Garden of Words is one of the most visually appealing anime films in existence. Y

    While we’re mentioning accolades, it’s impossible not to circle back to Shinkai’s last two films. Your Name made history as the first animated work to be nominated for Director of the Year, and it won Screenplay of the Year at the 40th Japan Academy Film Prize. It also won Best Animated Film at the 42nd Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards. Weathering With You received a nomination in the International Feature Film category at the 92nd Academy Awards in the U.S.

    It’s clear that Makoto Shinkai knows how to make an international hit, and if all goes well, Suzume no Tojimari will be the next one on the list for the popular director.

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