Shinkai’s “Your Name.” Becomes The Most Successful Japanese Anime Film in Korea

By 15:00 of January 22, Makoto Shinkai’s Kimi no Na wa./Your Name. had attracted 3,021,651 audience in Korea, surpassing the previous box office record by a Japanese anime film, 3.01 million marked by Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl no Ugoku Shiro/Howl’s Moving Castle in 2004, the film’s distributor in Korea, Media Castle confirmed today. The film now also becomes the 8th top-grossing animation film in the country. The most successful animation film in Korea was Frozen with 10,29 million ticket sales.


As reported, the film was released on 555 screens (the widest release for a Japanese film) in Korea on January 4, and earned 1,032,712,400 won (100 million yen) on 138,028 admissions in its first weekend, becoming the most successful film of the week. It had stayed on the top of the box office ranking for (at least) 14 consecutive days, selling 2.78 million tickets by January 19. 


Shinkai himself reported the news on his official Twitter today. When he visited the country for the promotion

of the film early this month, he promised that he would come back if the film could attract over 3 million

audience, so he says he will visit Korea again to thank the people next month.






Korean poster



Source: Korea JoongAng Daily, Asahi