Arts • 22 Dec, 2016
JAPANESE ANIME HIT ‘YOUR NAME’ TO HIT SCREENS IN VIETNAM
Body-Swapping Teen Drama Is Japan’s Second Highest Grossing Film Ever
Two complete strangers living separate lives suddenly switch places. One is a high school city boy who waits tables in the evening and dreams of being an artist or an architect. The other a want-away country girl, longing for the city-life of Tokyo. When their lives are intertwined by a stroke of magic, they eventually set out to find each other, inspired by a comet that lights up the sky. Try as they might however, something keeps them apart, and they are forced to overcome obstacles bigger than themselves if they ever want to meet.
Released in Japan in August, Makoto Shinkai's anime smash Your Name (Kimi no Na wa) has become the second-biggest-grossing Japanese film of all time, overtaking Hayao Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle with a ￥19.95 billion ($197.5 million) 15-week run. Once international box office’s are included, it is expected go number one, and from January 13 you’ll be able to make that happen by watching it on screens in Vietnam.
Words by JA