Dir: Makoto Shinkai, Japan, 2019, 112 min. English version with Lee Pace, Alison Brie, and Riz Ahmed plays Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Japanese version with English subtitles with Kotaro Daigo, Nana Mori and Tsubasa Honda plays Thursday & Saturday.
“Makoto Shinkai, dubbed ‘the new Miyazaki’ after the huge success of his last film Your Name, returns with Weathering With You, Japan’s highest-grossing film of 2019. Like Your Name, it’s thrillingly beautiful.”—Cath Clarke, The Guardian UK. “This soaring animated adventure is a wondrous coming-of-age fable which drowns in a flood of gorgeous illustration and threatens to wash you away with its tender humour and emotional currents. When 16 year old Hodaka runs away to Tokyo he falls for the beautiful Hina, a teenager possessed of the magical ability to make the rain stop. As Japan suffers a deluge of biblical proportions, it’s a timely gift which they put to practical use, but it comes with a terrible price which threatens the happiness of these star-crossed lovers. Drawing on mythic tales of weather maidens and Sky dragons, and featuring a cast of colourful characters, it’s a whirlpool of eco-fantasy, and poignant love story of teenagers struggling to adapt to life in the big bad city… This is a joyous affair… a guaranteed ray of sun in the cold dark days of winter.”—Chris Hunneysett, The Daily Mirror