Makoto Shinkai’s newest anime, Weathering With You, previously opened in Japan cinemas on July 19 from Toho. The film scored well over $125 million dollars upon its local release and now stands as Japan’s official submission for the Academy Award for Best International Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.
The film is currently making the rounds at festivals as did in Toronto and in Los Angeles, and will also screen for audiences at this year’s 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival on October 31. In the meantime, the film’s North American run is now slated for two-day special fan preview on January 15 and 16, followed by a select theatrical release on January 17 from GKids in association with Fathom Events.
Directed by Shinkai and produced by Genki Kawamura who previously paired up for their 2016 hit success, Your Name, Weathering With You centers on high school freshman Hodaka who runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo. Pressed to make a living amidst the capital’s gloomy and foreboding weather, he finds a job as a writer for an occult magazine and soon meets a bright and strong-willed girl named Hina who 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,” Fathom Events VP of Programming, Business Affairs & Strategy Daren Miller said. “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.”
“With breathtaking visuals and emotionally resonant story, Weathering With You has quickly become one of the most anticipated films of the year,” said David Jesteadt, GKIDS’ President. “We are pleased to partner with our friends at Fathom Events on two days of fan preview screenings, giving Makoto Shinkai’s fans the very first opportunity to see the film in theaters nationwide before its release.”