Tenki no ko (original title) / 2019 / animation, drama, fantasy / 2hr 1min / directed by Makoto Shinkai / country: Japan / language: Japanese / subtitles: English

The highly-anticipated new film from director Makoto Shinkai and producer Genki Kawamura, the creative team behind the critically-acclaimed, global smash hit Your Name. The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day, as if to suggest his future. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds work as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. Then one day, Hodaka meets Hina on a busy street corner. This bright and strong-willed girl possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky… (source)

“The Japanese writer-director Makoto Shinkai has a thing for dualities and a penchant for imaginatively blurring the divide between them . . . Shinkai fills “Weathering” with bold leaps, narrative complications (the story jumps around in time, not always productively) and softly hued, filigreed backdrops that approach the photorealistic.” –Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

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