In a fantastic display of cultural convergence and success, Makoto Shinkai’s latest anime film, “Suzume,” has shattered records, raking in over INR 10 Crore at the Indian Box Office. Released by PVRINOX Pictures on April 21, 2023, this sensational achievement marks “Suzume” as the top-grossing Japanese film ever released in India.
“Suzume” tells the captivating story of a 17-year-old girl, set in various disaster-stricken locations across Japan, where she is tasked with closing the doors causing devastation. Combining Shinkai’s unique storytelling and breathtaking visuals, “Suzume” has enchanted audiences of all ages and left a lasting impression on Indian film enthusiasts.
This achievement comes at a time when the influence of anime has begun to permeate aspects of Japanese culture beyond entertainment, resonating with a global audience. Particularly in India, anime’s rise has been greatly influenced by the cross-cultural interactions between the country and Japan. The Indian audience is finding deep connections and similarities with their own culture within these animated stories.
Director General of Japan Foundation New Delhi, Mr. Koji Sato, expressed his delight at the positive reception. “We are very happy to hear that many Indian people enjoyed the beautiful masterpiece ‘Suzume’.”
Kamal Gianchandani, CEO – PVRINOX Pictures, also chimed in on the film’s significant accomplishment. “We at PVRINOX Pictures are excited to bring this fascinating world of Anime to our enthusiastic movie buffs. The Indian Otakus have welcomed this distinctive storytelling method, colorful graphics, and cultural intricacies portrayed in anime, fostering a greater appreciation and understanding of the Japanese culture. We look forward to showcasing more of such exemplary work in the upcoming times.”
Indeed, the world of anime, with its distinct storytelling techniques, vibrant animation, and compelling characters, has opened up a new realm for Indian moviegoers. The record-breaking success of “Suzume” reflects an expanding appetite for diverse cinematic genres and a readiness to explore the richness of new-age cinema. The future of anime in India looks promising, as films like ‘Suzume’ continue to captivate and inspire audiences.
Source – Press Release