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From director Makoto Shinkai, the innovative mind behind Voices of a Distant Star and 5 Centimeters Per Second, comes a beautiful masterpiece about time, the thread of fate, and the hearts of two young souls.

The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other. Yet, somehow, it works. They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages, and more importantly, an imprint.

When a dazzling comet lights up the night’s sky, it dawns on them. They want something more from this connection—a chance to meet, an opportunity to truly know each other. Tugging at the string of fate, they try to find a way to each other. But distance isn’t the only thing keeping them apart. Is their bond strong enough to face the cruel irony of time? Or is their meeting nothing more than a wish upon the stars?

About the Director, Makoto Shinkai

Shinkai

In 2002, Makoto Shinkai debuted his first film, Voices of a Distant Star, which was a true labor of love. Having created nearly every aspect of the movie himself, Shinkai’s first film sent shockwaves through the anime world for its expression and impressive world view. For the next eleven years he continued to produce masterpieces and in 2013 scored a hit with The Garden of Words which grossed over a million dollars on a limited release. From directing, to writing, and all the way to color design, Shinkai puts his all in every piece of his films. The moment you see his work, you know it is exclusively Shinkai.

Languages

Presented with English audio or English subtitles.

Runtime

106 minutes

Cast & Staff

Taki Tachibana

Japanese: Ryunosuke Kamiki

English: Michael Sinterniklaas

Mitsuha Miyamizu

Japanese: Mone Kamishiraishi

English: Stephanie Sheh

Miki Okudera

Japanese: Masami Nagasawa

English: Laura Post

Yotsuha Miyamizu

Japanese: Kanon Tani

English: Catie Harvey

Hitoha Miyamizu

Japanese: Etsuko Ichihara

English: Glyins Ellis

Sayaka Natori

Japanese: Aoi Yuki

English: Cassandra Morris

Katsuhiko Teshigawara

Japanese: Ryo Narita

English: Kyle Hebert

Tsukasa Fuji

Japanese: Nobunaga Shimazaki

English: Ben Pronsky

Shinta Takagi

Japanese: Kaito Ishikawa

English: Ray Chase

Toshiki Miyamizu

Japanese: Masaki Terasoma

English: Scott Williams

Futaha Miyamizu

Japanese: Sayaka Ohara

English: Michelle Ruff

Yukari Yukino

Japanese: Kana Hanazawa

English: Katy Vaughn

Reviews

“this vividly realized and emotionally satisfying feature ought to make Shinkai a household name”

Variety

“Makoto Shinkai could be the next big name in anime… a blend of gorgeous, realistic detail and emotionally grounded fantasy”

Japan Times

“The story soars majestically across the screen via breathtaking animation and is even more epic and grandiose than some of Ghibli genius Hayao Miyazaki’s features.”

HeyUGuys

“Hailing Makoto Shinkai as the new Hayao Miyazaki has been en vogue for a while. It’s easy to see why… Only Makoto Shinkai could have made this movie, and his voice is in no need of any comparative labels.”

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