TOM's Film Club: Weathering With You (12A)
The highest-grossing Japanese film of 2019 and the much-anticipated follow-up to the highest-grossing anime of all time, Your Name, Makoto Shinkai’s Weathering With You is a magical modern-day fantasy and a perfect antidote to a rainy day.
Hodaka has run away from home and is eking out a meagre living in Tokyo. He's immediately broke from the move and lives his life in isolation, made especially more draining as it is the wettest rainy season on record in Tokyo. However, he soon meets a young woman named Hina, who has the power to control and manipulate the weather. Both low on money, they see a way to profit from her ability as a “sun girl,” charging people money for her to pray the rain away, initially unaware of the consequences of Hina’s gift.
Beautifully and breathtakingly animated using traditional hand-drawing (a style of animation sadly absent in the West with the rise of computer animation), with a fittingly upbeat soundtrack, Shinkai continues his impressive reputation as a master director, writer and animator, and it’s little wonder that he’s being hailed in some circles as the heir-apparent to Hayao Miyazaki.
“Japanese, apparently, has at least 50 words for rain. The film gives us the cinematic equivalent. It’s everywhere: raindrops bouncing off umbrellas, ploshing into puddles on grey streets or shining like diamonds on electricity cables. Each instance is a miracle of loveliness” - Cath Clarke, Guardian
In Japanese with English subtitles
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Rated: 12A, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
Duration: 112 mins
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