Japan’s recent sleeper hit and highly-acclaimed movie “In this Corner of the World” is scheduled to open in Philippine cinemas today.
In producing the film, director Sunao Katabuchi with the rest of the team turned to crowdfunding and in no time was able to start production on the film from the help of fans and the public. From the initial 63 theaters in Japan, In this Corner of the World eventually played in 195 screens and has so far reached more than $ 19 million in box-office receipts in Japan alone.
A coming-of-age story, In this Corner of the World is based on the original Manga by Fumiyo Kōno set during World War 2 where a young bride named Suzu Urano moves to a new town to live with her new family in Kure. All starts well after her marriage but the war against the US brings dark clouds that would soon cover Suzu’s corner of the world.
The movie has also amassed a slate of high-profile local awards including the 40th Japan Academy Award for Best Animation Award, the 90th Kinema Junpo Best Ten Japan Film Best 1 and Director Award, 71st Mainichi Film Concurs Japanese Movie Excellence Award and Ofuji Nobushiro Prize, 59th Blue Ribbon Award Director Award, Hiroshima Peace Film Award during the 3rd Hiroshima International Film Festival, and the Best Film during the 38th Yokohama Film Festival. It has also been selected to premiere at the LA Film Festival.
Variety‘s Maggie Lee said in her review, “Dwelling more on culinary feats with food rations than on the unutterable horror of the atomic bomb, Japanese period anime ‘In This Corner of the World‘ is a wistfully nostalgic time capsule of civilian life under the catastrophic tide of war.”
A deeply moving story, “In this Corner of the World” is presented by Rafaella Films and distributed by Axinite Digicinema.