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  • Come to think of it, I feel like I've been having some weird dream.

  • It's a story of teenage love that has taken Japan by storm.

  • The movie "Your Name" tells the story of Mitsuha and Taki,

  • a teenage girl and boy that switch bodies and lives.

  • Since it's August debut, director Makoto Shinkai's film has already comes Japan's 11 highest-grossing film of all time.

  • Fans make pilgrimages to real places in Japan, on which some scenes in the movie are based.

  • One stairway next to a shrine in downtown Tokyo is particularly popular.

  • Enthusiasts come here to compare scenes to the movie, and take photos like their favorite characters.

  • I wanted to come here, because this place was used

  • in the very memorable last scene and the trailer.

  • "Your Name" has made more than $100 million at the box office.

  • That's a record for any animated film not made by power house studio Zibri and director Hayao Miyazaki.

  • Some critics are hailing 43-year-old Shinkai, the "Your Name" director, as the next Miyazaki.

  • One of Japan's most-loved directors.

  • Miyazaki is famous for films such as the academy award winning "Spirited Away".

  • Shinkai's fame may soon spread beyond Japan.

  • Film distributor Toho says it has plans to distribute "Your Name" in 89 markets.

Come to think of it, I feel like I've been having some weird dream.

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Animated Film 'Your Name' Takes Japan by Storm

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    Angel Cheng posted on 2016/12/08
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