Crunchyroll announced a special one-day-only private pop-up installation exploring the complete works of celebrated Japanese animation filmmaker Makoto Shinkai.
Makoto Shinkai: A Journey from Voices of a Distant Star through Suzume, presented by Crunchyroll in cooperation with CoMix Wave Film, STORY, Inc., and TOHO Co., Ltd., will be held at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on Sunday, November 19, and will feature a special appearance by the award-winning auteur director.
Makoto Shinkai is one of Japan’s leading animators and has been writing, animating, and directing films for over 20 years: his recent full-length animated film, Your Name (2016), Weathering with You (2019), and this year’s Suzume (2023) have been attracting huge audiences and gaining critical acclaim around the world. Combining imaginative storytelling with exquisitely textured animation, Shinkai explores themes like loneliness, distance, loss and longing, and our complex relationship with the natural world. His masterfully conceived real and science fiction worlds are filled with characters whose journeys and emotions resonate within us all.
Makoto Shinkai: A Journey from Voices of a Distant Star through Suzume will present artwork and materials from eight of Makoto Shinkai’s cinematic masterpieces, starting with Voices of a Distant Star (2002) through his latest critically acclaimed film Suzume (2023). Guests of the event will be treated to not only his creative process – from initial proposals and early sketches to design, including storyboard, animation renderings, and final film materials – but also will traverse his growth as an animation artist and storyteller, particularly following the aftermath of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, which profoundly affected his approach to his work. An accompanying film retrospective in the Academy Museum’s Ted Mann Theater will allow Crunchyroll’s guests to delve deeper into the world he creates.
Makoto Shinkai: A Journey from A Voices of a Distant Star through Suzume
Presented by Crunchyroll
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
Private Pop-up Gallery Installation & Accompanying Film Retrospective
Sunday, November 19, 2023
11:30 am – 3:00 pm
Film Retrospective Screening Schedule:
- 10:30 am Public Screening of Weathering with You (2019)
- 1:30 pm Private Screening of Suzume (2023)
- 5:15 pm Public Screening of Your Name. (2016)