boy looking up and smiling in a rainstorm

Weathering With You
(Tenki no ko)

Teens
$5 Weekend Matinee Admission or Free with Cambridge Public Library Card
Directed by Makoto Shinkai.
With Daigo Kotaro, Mori Nana, Oguri Shun.
Japan, 2019, DCP, color, 112 min.
Japanese with English subtitles.

Shinkai's highly anticipated follow-up to his 2016 hit Your Name charms with an adolescent story of two teens, Hodaka and Hina. He, an island runaway looking to survive in Tokyo, and she a "Weather Child"—the title’s literal translation—who can stop the rain and clear the sky. More than a coming of age story, Weathering With You is Shinkai's updated version of the ancient “sunshine girl” myth. Projected onto a Tokyo in the age of climate change, the future looks rather bleak—even if the never-ending rain only adds another shimmering layer to Shinkai’s exquisitely drawn, intricate backgrounds. His intense realism mixed with sobering moments—such as a summer cicada in the middle of a sudden snowstorm—call attention to preservation of the world beyond Shinkai’s magic screen. Will Hina be able to restore harmony to the Earth? At what price? With a brilliant soundtrack by Radwimps, Weathering With You is Shinkai's second box-office typhoon and Japan's official nomination for the 2020 Academy Awards for Best International Film.

Age recommendation: 12+

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