Opinion Piece – Please Don’t Remake Your Name

Your Name film 2016

Taki and Misuha in Your Name

Please don’t remake Your Name

An opinion piece by Jordan

The beauty of animations, particularly those stemming from the vista of boundless imagination that is Japan, is that the finest defy impossibilities and marry heart with scenes and images not otherwise able to be translated.

Expressionistic and naturalistic flourishes can coexist, partnered with music that supports not only a story but visual splendour. From a blank palette, magic is born and weaved through a period of time given over to the creative whims of artists, attuned to innate feelings of discovery,  hope and longing.

Few films represent this notion better than Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name (Kimi no na wa).

Released last year to almost universal adoration, Japan’s 4th highest grossing film of all time is representative of a visionary filmmaker realising the full extent of their talents. Shinkai had previously demonstrated his wonderful ability in films such as Garden of Words and 5 Centimetres Per Second, and with Your Name collated all of his thematic and storytelling traits to form a cultural event of immense importance.

Long has Ghibli been the benchmark for critically acclaimed anime, with Spirited Away the first to win an Academy Award and others since nominated. This has meant directors working outside of the Studio and deserving of wider recognition have gone largely unnoticed outside of their native country. Your Name has bridged that gap. The tears that well up in my eyes upon experiencing it aren’t due to sadness, but an appreciation that what has been achieved couldn’t be formed in any other way.

The sequence of a falling comet traveling through a recollection of the earlier life of Mitsuha leaves me captivated in pure wonderment. Seeing this redone in or by another culture would be devastating.

J J Abrams has before harnessed nostalgia to great success, but in remaking a work as cherished as this he is not repeating the same intent, but rather portraying the far uglier motivation of achievement through the endeavour of others. It takes no skill or bravery to rewrite an immaculately told story, but rather a brave person to acknowledge that it is more than they themselves are capable of.

Zootopia won the Academy Award for the year’s best Animated Feature Film in the same year of Your Name’s release, but you won’t hear of Makoto Shinkai, Mamoru Hosoda or Hiromasa Yonebayashi planning a reworking. Their films indicate minds too full of creativity to replicate the thoughts of others.

Last year I wrote an article pleading for Dario Argento’s masterpiece Suspiria to be respected and conserved in its decade’s old glory, highlighting the needlessness of a remake when its legacy is its timeless design. Now, I ask the same for Your Name. Its themes of Musubi and lives intertwining on the threads of time are supported emotionally by a pair of characters drawn perfectly; they are bound by fate in a heart wrenching manner and no live-action adaptation could ever truly convey the mesmerising journey they take.

So please, please… don’t remake Your Name.

What are your thoughts on the proposed remake of Your Name? Are you as angry as us? Let us know in the comments below!

8 responses to “Opinion Piece – Please Don’t Remake Your Name

  1. Your Name was one of my favourite films last year! Virtually everything about it was pure perfection and although I’m only one of like 7 people on Earth who believes that anything can be remade, it’s going to be quite difficult to wrap my mind around this one.

    • It’s just so disappointing to me.. why can’t we all just cherish it for the unique experience it is without viewing it with dollar signs in our eyes. Abrams has dropped a lot on my respect meter.

  2. I was not even aware of this movie until today, but it is already on my (ever expanding) list.
    As for your wish, I doubt it is going to be fulfilled. The route to a quick buck means taking the easy way, and remaking an ip that is already recognized is much easier, and less risky, than some originality. So is the Hollywood of today.
    We really have nobody to blame but ourselves (or at the least the vast majority of moviegoers, which give millions of dollars to the endless parade of sequels and remakes).

  3. I have yet to see this film (it finally gets a release here in november), but I a,ready agree with you. I have heard greatbthungs about this one, and know that it is a classic in the anime genre. Classics simply should not be remade no matter which movie it is, period 😊

  4. Nothing wrong with bringing a good story to the masses.

    Anime is a niche market.

    If you are unhappy with a remake – you don’t have to watch it.

    And i think its brave of abrams to take an endeavor like this and i am expecting he will respect the source and add his own flavor to it.

    This is one I’ll watch in cinemas

  5. Goodness! I am angry, livid, in fact. A masterpiece of the film got be remade into a live action. Disaster awaits. I agree that no live action will convey that beauty of imagery or feeling it induces which is in the animation. I support you in your cause of “say “no” to a remake!”

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