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Makoto Shinkai's animated film Your Name has become Japan's third-highest-grossing movie

For Shinkai, Your Name has exceeded all expectations. Having grossed 19.4 billion yen so far, the film has made more than 10 times as much at the box office as his last movie, Garden of Words.


WHEREVER the Japanese animated filmmaker Makoto Shinkai goes these days, he gets some variation on the question of what it's like to be the Next Big Thing.

Specifically, Shinkai - whose Your Name is the top-grossing movie of the year in Japan - is frequently asked how he

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