Tokyo Intl. Film Festival

The hand-drawn Your Name starts with an unusual boy-meets-girl narrative. It follows two teenagers, Mitsuha and Taki, who mysteriously and randomly swap bodies. They are strangers, but they build a strong connection as their lives become intertwined. As they try to meet, they also aim to use their power to prevent a disaster. Director Makoto Shinkai says the story, which he wrote in 2014, was inspired by an Ono no Komachi’s poem that he quoted: “Before I slept I thought of him, and into dream he strayed. Had I known it was a dream, in dream I would have stayed.” He also found inspiration from the changeling, or swapped child, in folklore. The 2011 earthquake in Japan made him think about natural disasters and ask the question: “What if?” Read more.

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