Toho has announced that production for the movie Suzume is complete, less than a month before the film’s opening day. Furthermore, Toho warned fans that there will be depictions of earthquakes and earthquake warning alarms within the movie. Suzume will begin showing in Japan on November 11, 2022. [Thanks, Dengeki!]
In a recent tweet, director Makoto Shinkai updated fans on the status of the movie. With a photo showing the movie displayed in the background, Shinkai announced that the team had wrapped up the production of the movie. Shinkai then when on to thank fans for supporting the movie, as well as those who worked hard on the movie directly. The image shows
『すずめの戸締まり』、完成いたしました！ 力を尽くしてくださった皆さま、応援してくれていた方々、本当にありがとうございました。きっと楽しんでいただける映画になっているはずです。たくさん観ていただけますように！ pic.twitter.com/2XE0SLkrMq
— 新海誠 (@shinkaimakoto) October 21, 2022
Later, the official Suzume Twitter account also issued a message to fans. The account noted once again that production had finished, and revealed that some scenes would contain depictions of earthquakes and earthquake warning alarms. While the earthquake alarms would differ from those used in real life, Toho warned fans of the potentially sensitive content when viewing the film.
While depictions of earthquakes aren’t entirely rare within Japanese media, earthquakes have become sensitive subjects after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, as well as the subsequent 2016 Kumamoto and 2018 Hokkaido earthquakes. As such, it’s common for movies and anime to warn moviegoers and viewers about any earthquake or tsunami-related content beforehand.
— 映画『すずめの戸締まり』公式 (@suzume_tojimari) October 22, 2022
The latest trailer for Suzume appeared earlier this month, though it did not show any depictions of earthquakes. Instead, it focuses on the main character Suzume and Souta, who become close after discovering a mysterious door.
Production for the Suzume movie is complete, and the film will debut in Japan on November 11, 2022. The film’s international release is expected sometime in 2023, with Crunchyroll and Wild Bunch handling distribution outside of Asia.