• Kyodo


The film “Your Name.” by Japanese director Makoto Shinkai has won the special distinction and audiences prizes in the feature category at the Bucheon International Animation Festival, its distributor said Tuesday.

“I appreciate that I have been awarded two prizes. The festival provided an opportunity for me to feel anew South Korean people’s passion,” Shinkai said in a statement.

Since its release on Aug. 26, the film has been a box-office hit. It is now the fifth-highest grossing Japanese film ever, and the only Japanese animation to pull in more than ¥10 billion ($96 million) in revenues apart from renowned director Hayao Miyazaki’s works.

Earlier this month, the film also won an award for best feature-length film in the animation category at the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia.

In its first release outside Japan, “Your Name.” debuted in Taiwan last Friday. According to the distributor, Toho Co., it is also scheduled to be distributed to more than 85 countries, including Singapore, Britain and South Korea.

The story depicts the strange gender-swapping between a high school girl who lives in the countryside and a high school boy in Tokyo in their dreams, as their fates become intertwined by the once-in-a-thousand-year fall of a comet.

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