One of Japan's highest grossing films of all time is setting records in neighboring Korea as well, with over 1.18 million moviegoers attending screenings of the anime mega-hit Your Name within the first five days of its release, making it the most successful Japanese film in Korean history.

In 2004, Hayao Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle made headlines in Korea by attracting over a million people within the first week of its release. When all was said and done, over three million Koreans watched the Studio Ghibli anime in movie theaters all around the country, making it the highest-grossing Japanese movie of all time. And now, almost 13 full years later, a new Japanese movie, which already broke records in its native Japan, has now broken Miyazaki's record, with almost 1.2 million Koreans flocking to watch it in only five days. 

Directed by Makoto Shinkai, Your Name is currently Japan's fourth highest grossing movie of all time, behind Spirited Away, Titanic and Frozen. In terms of domestic films, it trails only Spirited Away as Japan's second biggest film of all time, and the first anime not directed by the iconic Hayao Miyazaki to gross over 10 billion yen, which is roughly 86 million US dollars. The critically acclaimed movie is finding success not only in neighboring Korea, as it's been topping box offices in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Thailand as well. In China and Thailand, the film has already become the most successful Japanese movie of all time. 

With its overwhelming success in Japan, Korea, and pretty much everywhere else its been released, Your Name has already established itself as one of Japan's greatest movies of all time. Already contending for an Oscar, even more success seems to be on the way for this dreamy animated feature. I don't know about you, but as soon as it comes out in North America, I'm going to be checking it out!

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