May. 22nd, 2017

Your Name

May. 22nd, 2017 09:35 pm
jamesq: (Sushi)
I saw Your Name, the top grossing Japanese film of all time (currently), today.  It is sweet and beautiful in that way we expect Miyazaki films to be, though it is not from Studio Ghibli.


Mitsuha is a school girl living in the small town of Itomori, and Taki is a school boy living in Tokyo. Several times a week, they switch minds, living out the day in each other's bodies.  Like a dream, they have trouble remembering the circumstance when they're themselves, but are aware of what's going on when in the other person's life - at least, once they figure out what's going on.  While this could be played out in a lot of trope-like ways, for the most part the characters do try to "play nice" with each other, and take efforts to bring their strengths towards improving each other's lives.

But one day, Taki finds he can't switch into Mitsuha anymore, and in trying to find her, discovers that reconnecting isn't just important to them, but that hundreds of lives are also at stake.  To say more is to provide major spoilers - if you really want to know, the full plot is on the film's wikipedia page.  Be aware that reading it doesn't give anything like the effect of watching it.

This film is gorgeous in that way that the best hand-animated Japanese films aspire to be. It is sweet, and thoughtful, and a little bit romantic.  I highly recommend it.

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