Makoto Shinkai’s Weathering With You has been a smashing success. Since its premiere in Japan, the film has earned 10,073, 344, 500 yen (approximately $94.59 million US). It sold a staggering 7,519, 350 tickets in 34 days. Not only has the film became one of Japan’s top ten highest-earning Japanese films of all time, but now it is also up for an Academy Award.
Recently, Japan submitted Weathering With You for consideration in the Best International Feature Film category for the 92nd Academy Awards. This marks the first time Japan has submitted an animated film for the category since 1988. Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke was submitted that year, but did not successfully claim the nomination. Weathering With You has seen wild success since premiering in Japan though, so perhaps the tides are changing.
The North American premiere of the film will be happening at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). TIFF will be held in movie theaters in Toronto, Ontario from September 5th to 15th. The film will be part of the festival’s Special Presentations category and will be eligible to win the Audience Award. It’s North American release will be a great opportunity for American audiences to see the film for themselves before the Academy Awards. GKIDS has already licensed the film for North America and will be giving the film an “awards qualifying” theatrical run later this year.
GKIDS describes the film:
“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 unusally 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.”
The 92nd Academy Awards will be held on February 9, 2020. Until then, we can only hope for Japan’s animated title to win a long-awaited nomination.