Warner Bros. Philippines has just released the official trailer of the eagerly anticipated film “Suzume” opening in cinemas nationwide starting March 8, 2023—and we honestly don’t know what to feel about it.
At first, the trailer ropes you in with its gorgeous animation, beautiful yet somber music, and the breathtaking setting of a quiet town in Kyushu as it introduces you to 17-year-old protagonist Suzume, whose world turns completely upside down as she encounters a young man who tells her, “I’m looking for a door.”
What follows is an action sequence where Suzume discovers a lone door standing upright in the midst of ruins which she later helps the young man close when destruction seemingly attempts to burst through. Doors begin to open one after another all across Japan, unleashing despair upon any who are near, and Suzume must close these portals to prevent further disaster.
The premise is fantastic and so different from Makoto Shinkai’s other famous works including “Weathering With You” and “your name” which fills us with so much excitement! However, things start getting a bit weird… particularly when Souta, the young man that Suzume fatefully meets, turns into a chair because of an evil cat.
Yup, let that sentence sink in.
It thus seems like Suzume not only has an obligation to close these “disaster doors” around Japan, which is the main plot of the film, but she also tries to find a way to help chair-Souta from what looks to be self-sacrifice for the greater good? Oh, and we do get a split-second moment of Suzume moving in to place a kiss on chair-Souta.
The excitement, then, quickly becomes confusion, and we’re left with even more questions as the trailer ends.
That doesn’t mean we’re discouraged from watching it though. In fact, we want to see the movie all the more because of it.
“Suzume” truly seems like a film that will transport us to a new, fantastical world and will play with our emotions in signature Shinkai fashion. We absolutely can’t wait to watch it this week and finally get the answers we seek.
“Suzume” will premiere in Philippine cinemas this March 8.
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