Today, you should… get caught in ‘Weathering With You’


A two-day premiere of “Weathering With You” begins today with a special, Fathom Events, um, event at numerous theaters, including a couple local screens—Cinemark at The Pike and the Regal Long Beach Stadium 26.

If you’re not familiar with “Weathering With You,” already a huge hit in Japan, it may help to tell you it is the latest offering by director Makoto Shinkai.

If you’re not familiar with Makoto Shinkai, it may help to tell you his previous film was “Your Name,” the gorgeous, mystical, romantic animated feature that was the biggest movie in Japan in 2016.

“Weathering” has found a similarly enthusiastic audience, being similar in scope in that it deals with frustrated young people feeling alone, then finding love, amidst lush, striking animation. The film adds to that with what the Japanese deal with more and better in their films than anybody else: our responsibility to honor and live within the forces of nature.

Another great thing: The film will show twice, tonight. A 7 p.m. version dubbed into English and a subtitled version showing at 8 p.m.

Giving us a moment’s pause: When do we get to find love amidst lush, striking animation? What, never? OK, cool.

Cinemark at The Pike is located at 99 South Pine Ave; Regal Long Beach Stadium 26 is located at 7501 Carson Blvd. For tickets, click here.

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Steve Lowery began his journalism career at the Los Angeles Times, where he planned to spend his entire career. God, as usual, laughed at his plans and he has since written for the short-lived sports publication The National, the L.A. Daily News, the Press-Telegram, New Times LA, the District and the OC Weekly. He is the Arts & Culture Editor for the Post, overseeing the Hi-lo.