With Shinkai’s latest film, Suzume No Tojimari, doing good at the Japanese box office, not everyone is pleased with the movie. Amusement park operators of Brazilian Park Washuzan Highland are saddened by the ‘wrongful’ depiction of their park in the film.
- Makoto Shinkai is on his way to toppling the Japanese box office yet again with his latest film – Suzume No Tojimari.
- Suzume No Tojimari beats Black Panther: Wakanda Forever box office numbers.
- Amusement officials of the Brazilian Park Washuzan Highland are not happy with the filmmaker’s portrayal of their park in the film.
Another Home Run By Makoto Shinkai?
Makoto Shinkai is a man who has risen to become a household name in Japan and in the hearts of every otaku. Makoto Shinkai has given us movies like Weathering with You, Your Name, 5 Centimeters per Second, and many more hits; he is now making news with his latest film, Suzume No Tojimari.
The movie follows the story of a 17-year-old girl, Suzume, and how she encounters a mysterious man looking for a door. And after discovering the door and opening it, only to realize that she has opened several other doors spread across Japan, which is now wreaking havoc all over the country.
Within the first initial three days of its release, the movie created history by surpassing by beating the box-office numbers of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Your Name in Japan. And for fans outside Japan, the film will hit screens in 2023, according to Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures, and Wild Bunch International. However, the dates and regions of the release are not yet confirmed.
Amusement Operators Upset Over Suzume No Tojimari
If you have watched most of Makoto Shinkai’s films, then you know that every aspect of the animation is visually pleasing and ambient; the jaw-dropping visuals to minute attention to detail of Shinkai are enough to pull the attention of a moviegoer.
The locations in the movie may be fictional, but some draw inspiration from reality. One good example is the Suga Shrine staircase from the movie “Kimi No Wa.” The location became a massive hit among the viewers; many flocked to the staircase posting stories about it all over social media, further advertising the movie, which built up hype for others to watch. Though the hype was justified, a mere staircase building creating a frenzy for a film is simply enigmatic.
If a movie like Kimi No Wa can attract such an extent of the public to a real-life location – we can only imagine how fragile it is to connect reality with a fictional backdrop. And a depiction of an amusement park from the Shinkai’s latest film, Suzume No Tojimari, did not sit well with the owners/operators of the amusement park.
The owners of Brazilian Park Washuzan Highland, located in Okayama, were left livid, as the movie depicted the park in a state of ruins and deserted. The amusement park said – “Our park is bright & fun & a place of joy….No one who’s seen the movie has visited.” As opposed to what was shown in the movie, the amusement park is fully functional and operating.
What do you think about the statement released by the amusement park? Who do you think is at fault here, the movie makers or the park operators, for failing to see the connection between reality and fiction? Let us know in the comments.