Japanese filmmaker Makoto Shinkai, known for his visually stunning and emotional films Your Name and Weathering With You, has a new magical poster for his upcoming film Suzume no Tojimari.
The latest visual shows Suzume Iwato, the heroine of the film, opening a door with a long-haired man in a white coat right beside her. Showcasing the film's fantasy element, the two of them appear to be traversing from a different dimension through the door.
Shinkai first announced that he was working on a new film back in December last year, two years after his most recent work Weathering With You was released. The offficial trailer for Suzume no Tojimari was dropped in July and it featured the film’s theme song "Suzume", which was sung by actress Nanoka Hara who also plays the protagonist Suzume.
According to the film's website, Suzume no Tojimari, or Suzume's Door-Locking in English, follows the 17-year-old heroine as she lives a quiet life in a town in Kyushu. However, this soon changes when she meets a traveling young man who says that he is looking for a door.
Suzume then finds a single weathered door standing upright in the midst of ruins and, seemingly drawn by its power, reaches for the knob. Before long, doors began to open one after another in various parts of Japan, and Suzume must now close them as it is said that disasters will come from the other side.
Japanese rock band RADWIMPS will once again team up with the director for the third time in a row to compose the songs. They will be collaborating with Kazuma Jinnouchi, a Seattle-based Hollywood film composer.
Suzume no Tojimari is set to premiere in Japan on Nov. 11. It will receive a global release through Crunchyroll and Sony Pictures Entertainment in early 2023.
Shinkai launched himself into international fame through his widely successful Your Name, which has earned him Director of the Year in the 2016 Japan Academy Film Awards. His other works include 5 Centimeters per Second and The Garden of Words.