In This Corner of the World is a Japanese animated historical drama film produced by MAPPA, co written and directed by Sunao Katabuchi, featuring character designs by Hidenori Matsubara and music by Kotringo. The film is based on the manga of the same name written and illustrated by Fumiyo Kōno. It premiered in Japan on November 12, 2016. Animatsu Entertainment has licensed the film for global distribution, while Shout! Factory has acquired the distribution rights for North America, with a theatrical release to take place in Q3 2017.
The film is set in the 1930s-1940s in Hiroshima and Kure in Japan, roughly 10 years before and after the atomic bomb, but mainly in 1944-45. In the film, nature and traditional culture in Japan are clearly described and contrasted with the cruel and irredeemable scenes brought by the war. Though it is a fictional account, the episodes and background of the story are based on facts and real incidents researched by the production staff. In the film, the lost townscape of pre-war Hiroshima, damaged by the atomic bombing in Hiroshima, is accurately revived in the scenes, following old photos, documents, and the memories of living people.A young woman named Suzu lives in a seaside town called Eba[a] in Hiroshima. In 1944, 18-year-old Suzu, working for her family’s small business of Nori cultivation, is told by her parents that an unknown young man proposed marriage to her.
The man named Shūsaku lives in Kure as a navy civilian. Suzu decides to marry him and moves to join Shūsaku’s family in Kure. As Suzu adjusts to her new life in Kure, the Pacific War approaches.Because of food shortages during the war, official food rationing started. Warning and evacuation preparations against U.S. air raids also begin. Suzu, as a young housewife in a Tonarigumi, takes turns in charge of food distribution and attending training against air raids.
|Directed by||Sunao Katabuchi|
|Running time||128 minutes|
|Release date by||November 12, 2016|