Thirteenth Asia Pacific Screen Awards (ASPA) declared designations for its Best Animated Feature Film class on Thursday. Makoto Shinkai’s Weathering With You film and Hiroyasu Ishida’s Penguin Highway film are both designated for the honor. The two movies will go up against Kirby Atkins’ Mosley, Oh Sung-Yoon’s Underdog, and Behzad Nalbandi’s The Unseen movies.
The honors will be declared in Brisbane, Australia on November 21. Weathering With You and Penguin Highway will screen for nothing in the city on November 16 and 17.
The Weathering With You film opened in 359 theaters and 448 screens in Japan on July 19. The last Japanese film to acquire more than 10 billion yen was Shinkai’s past film Your Name. three years back.
Weathering With You film is as yet solid in the Japanese film industry. The film has so far earned 13.51 billion yen (about US$126 million) from its 12-week run, which has outperformed the complete film industry gross of E.T. (1982) and Armageddon (1989), both made 13.5 billion yen in Japan.
“The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day, as if to suggest his future. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds work as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. Then one day, Hodaka meets Hina on a busy street corner. This bright and strong-willed girl possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky…”
“(c) Makoto Shinkai, / “Weathering With You” Production Committee“