a split-screen image of a boy screaming as he looks in the mirror and a girl doing the same

Your Name
(Kimi no na wa)

$5 Weekend Matinee Admission or Free with Cambridge Public Library Card
Directed by Makoto Shinkai.
With Kamiki Ryunosuke, Kamishiraishi Mone, Narita Ryo.
Japan, 2016, DCP, color, 106 min.
Japanese with English subtitles.

“Make me a handsome Tokyo boy in my next life!” In this metaphysical love story with a time-traveling twist, Mitsuha’s wish to escape her traditional village existence is granted, but in her current life. Not only does she wake up one morning as Taki—a handsome city-dwelling Tokyo teenager—they continue to switch bodies back and forth through time and space, growing closer and affecting one another’s destinies through this unusual arrangement. Surpassing even the success of Miyazaki’s Academy Award-winning Spirited Away (2001) at the box office, this cinematic sensation generated inevitable comparisons to that director’s work. While they may be similar in their beautiful, hand-drawn technique, Shinkai’s recent stories take place primarily in the real world—not a fantastical one. As critic David Sims notes, “even cellphone conversations look great” in Shinkai’s miraculous, cosmic depiction of the minutiae of teenage reality, or in this case, realities.

Age recommendation: 12+

Part of program

Read more

Weekend Matinee

Current and upcoming programs

Read more

Carpe Noctum. The Satiric Gaze of Paolo Sorrentino

Read more
gymnast in the middle of a flip on the parallel bars

Japan’s Olympic Cinema

Read more

An Evening with Sylvia Schedelbauer

Read more

Cinema of Resistance

Read more

Those That, At a Distance, Resemble Another

Read more

Abbas Kiarostami, A Cinema of Participation

Read more
Heather Graham half-lying on Mark Wahlburg on a couch in the 70s

Treasures From the Maria Bell Collection