Your Name

Film, Animation
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Your Name

A boy and girl switch bodies in this visually stunning slice of Japanese animation

If you’re a fan of Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli, don’t miss this staggeringly beautiful film by rising-star director Makoto Shinkai (who’s already being called ‘the new Miyazaki’). ‘Your Name’ – Japan’s highest grossing film of 2016 – is a sci-fi fantasy with an apocalyptic sting in its tail.

It follows two teenagers who have never met. Mitsuha lives with her family in a sleepy village. Taki is a schoolboy in Tokyo. Both start having strange dreams in which they live for a day in each other’s bodies. Slowly it dawns on them, this is for real: they are actually swapping bodies, which throws up all sorts of sitcom-ish situations (when Taki wakes up as a girl he can’t stop touching his boobs). The two leave notes on their smartphones, but when they wake up the next morning, they can’t remember the other’s name.

There have been a gazillion body-switch movies – ‘Freaky Friday’ and ‘Big’ for starters – but director Shinkai says his main inspiration was a twelfth-century Japanese story about a brother and sister. Some of the comedy drags a bit, but I had a lump in my throat watching the exquisite animation, which turns nature into a string of miracles – water on a lake dazzling like liquid diamonds. The hyper-real cityscapes in the Tokyo bits are so convincing that the real-life settings have become tourist attractions.

There is a streak of dystopian danger in the second half, as a natural disaster threatens Mitsuha’s town. By this time, Taki and Mitsuha know each other inside-out – but they still they haven’t met. This relationship is perhaps a metaphor for first love, the experience of melting into another person, losing your identity. The aching loveliness of it reminded me of poet John Keats’s love letters to Fanny Brawne: ‘Love is my religion. I could die for that. I could die for you.’ What a thing of beauty this film is.

By: Cath Clarke


Release details

Release date:
Friday November 18 2016
106 mins

Cast and crew

Makoto Shinkai
Makoto Shinkai

Average User Rating

4.6 / 5

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Aw man. I had the absolute pleasure of watching this movie the other day and I still can't shake it! You wouldn't know it at first but this anime is a love story... A deep,well written and projected love story.

It all begins when Two people have outter body experiences and swap lives sporadically..... The rest well you have to watch it to experience it. I experineced So many emotions while watching this... Fear,compassion,surprise and just plain awe. Its a masterpiece you won't see coming! Wow!!!!

Absolutely heart warming story with great art and soundtrack to add icing on a already wonderful cake. Love the occasional laugh out loud humour, love the characters and the plot really is wonderful. It'll have you rooting for them right to the end! Another beautiful beautiful masterpiece

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Part Freaky Friday, part Lake House, part Voices of a Distant Star, it's an absolutely beautiful film that'll have you leaving with goosebumps on your arms and tears in your eyes. I would say that the English subtitles should be redone for the blu-ray/downloadable version as some of the white on white subs are really hard to read.


Prepare to cry. A lot.

Think "Freaky Friday" but a beautiful, funny and heart-warming love story. Your name is a Japanese animation that made you fell in love with all the characters. A film that I laugh with the characters, and I could also connect to the characters and feel their struggling when things aren't going to plan. The time-jumping storyline is well arranged, too.

Besides the story, you get to see the landmarks of the capital city of Japan in animation form, as well as the pretty scenery and  traditional Japanese building in the countryside. 

Definitely worth to watch. (Get the tissue ready.)