Prospect of Star Wars director remaking universally acclaimed Japanese animation prompts backlash among film fans

The recent announcement that Star Wars director JJ Abrams is to make a live-action version of the record-breaking animated film Your Name has prompted a backlash among fans of the original who fear another Hollywood “whitewash” of a Japanese masterpiece.

Makoto Shinkai’s fantasy about a teenage girl living in a picturesque but unexciting village and a Tokyo schoolboy who are drawn together by gender-swapping dreams has proved a global hit since its release in Japan last year and made more at the box office than any other animated film in history.

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