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14:45 - 6th September 2016, by NEO Staff

Your Name to screen at 60th BFI London Film Festival

The 60th BFI London Film Festival announced that for the first time in its history, it will host a Japanese animated film in competition.

Blending comedy, drama, heartbreak and wonder, Your Name is directed by Makota Shinkai, who is often hailed as a Japan's successor to Hayao Miyazaki. In In Your Name, Shinkai creates a film which leaps between the urban bustle of central Tokyo and the rural beauty of a country backwater, presented in the radiant details that has made Shinkai's films beloved by animations fans.

Your Name is the story of a teenage boy and girl who have never met, but who start to magically swap minds and live each other's lives. Mitsuha, a teenage girl student, lives in a small mountain town, but longs for the bright lights of Tokyo far away. Then she is astonished to wake one morning in the body of Taki, a teenage Tokyo schoolboy - who in turn wakes up in Mitsuha's body!

Switching back and forth between two lives, locations and genders, Mitsuha and Taki must cope with their fantastic shared situation. At first they are outraged and mortified by what's happening, but soon they start enjoying their double lives, though they never meet directly. Eventually, though, one of the youngsters will learn the devastating truth behind what's happening...

Following its UK premiere at the London Film Festival, Your Name will open nationwide at 78 UK cinemas on November 24th. The UK is one of the first countries outside Japan where the release plans for the film have been announced!

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