Breaking Records: Makoto Shinkai’s ‘Suzume’ Takes South Korea by Storm, Grossing $4 Million on Opening Day

Breaking Records: Makoto Shinkai's 'Suzume' Takes South Korea by Storm, Grossing $4 Million on Opening Day

Makoto Shinkai’s latest anime film, “Suzume,” has opened at number one in South Korea’s box office rankings. The film was released in South Korea on March 9, 2023, and grossed approximately $4.17 million USD on its opening day.

“Suzume” is Shinkai’s first original film since his critically acclaimed and commercially successful 2016 film, “Your Name.” The film follows the story of a young girl named Suzume, who has the ability to communicate with animals. Suzume embarks on a journey to save the animals of her world from a mysterious illness that is threatening their existence.

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The film’s success in South Korea is significant as it is the first country outside of Japan to release the film. The movie has already generated buzz and anticipation amongst anime fans worldwide, with many eagerly awaiting its release in their respective countries. The film is set to be released in other countries, including the United States, later this year.

Shinkai is known for his visually stunning and emotionally resonant films, and “Suzume” is no exception. The film’s animation and artwork are beautifully crafted, with vibrant colors and detailed backgrounds that bring Suzume’s world to life. The film’s emotional depth and themes of connection and empathy also resonate strongly with viewers.

The success of “Suzume” in South Korea is not surprising, as Shinkai has a large and dedicated fan base in the country. “Your Name” was also a huge success in South Korea, grossing over $82 million USD in the country and becoming the highest-grossing non-Hollywood foreign film in South Korea’s history.

Overall, the success of “Suzume” in South Korea is a testament to Shinkai’s talents as a filmmaker and the enduring popularity of his works. The film’s release in other countries is highly anticipated, and fans around the world are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to see Shinkai’s latest masterpiece.