Your Name

Your Name

Your Name

Two teenagers who've never met switch bodies every second day in this Japanese animated romance from writer-director Makoto Shinkai (5 Centimeters Per Second).

"Two teenagers' lives are changed forever when the first visible comet for a thousand years approaches Japan. Mitsuha lives in a rural area and longs to leave, whilst Taki waits tables in Tokyo when he’s not studying. Despite never having met, they both begin to dream about each other, imagining that somehow they have exchanged bodies and are existing in parallel lives. As this phenomenon continues, they start communicating with each other via messages left on smartphones and resolve to meet to make sense of what is happening to them. Despite the fun body-swap vibe that our heroes initially experience, a dark journey lies ahead." (London Film Festival)

2016Rating: PG, Coarse language and sexual references106 minsJapanJapanese with English subtitles
AnimatedDramaRomanceWorld Cinema

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Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

How high can a high-concept film go? For Makoto Shinkai’s body-swap, time-travelling, coming-of-age, animated romance, the sky’s the limit – and this film loves the sky. A young man and a young woman switch places every other day, saving notes on each other’s phones as a way to communicate before the night wipes their memory. It sounds dangerously convoluted on paper, but Shinkai unfolds this carefully-plotted origami of a story in a way that’s mightily impressive and immensely satisfying to watch. It’s enough to recommend Your Name on that merit alone; it just also happens to be very sweet and look superb.

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Variety

Variety

This vividly realized and emotionally satisfying feature ought to make Shinkai a household name - certainly in Japan, and with any luck, in other countries as well.

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Total Film

Total Film

For animation fanciers new to Shinkai, it could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

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Time Out

Time Out

What a thing of beauty this film is.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Nice enough - just not quite the knockout advance word promised.

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Stuff

Stuff

This sci-fi infused anime is a powerful and poignant tale that deserves to be seen on the big screen.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

First-rate Japanese anime is a taste that anyone can acquire in the time it takes to watch a film like this, and it should confirm Shinkai's reputation to genre-lovers around the world, who know his poetry-inspired The Garden of Words.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Part body-swap comedy, part long-distance romance, part... something else. If you only see one Japanese animated feature this year, see this one, and see it more than once.

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