Whether you're into anime or not, this movie is worthy of your attention.
Based on the award-winning manga of the same name by Fumiyo Kouno, In This Corner Of The World takes place in 1944 in the small town of Kure, Hiroshima, and centers around Suzu Urano, a young woman who moved to the town to be with her husband and his family. After her new home is bombed as a result of World War II, Suzu struggles to endure the challenges posed by the horrors of nuclear catastrophe.
The film's director, Sunao Katabuchi, worked closely with Hayao Miyazaki as a scriptwriter for some of the iconic filmmaker's best pieces while still a student. Having also co-directed Kiki's Delivery Service, Katabuchi went on to direct and write the script for Black Lagoon, then later served as director for animated movie Mai Mai Miracle.
Aside from critical acclaim garnered from the Animation of the Year award at this year’s 40th Japan Academy Prize and top prizes at at the Yokohama Film Festival, Kinema Junpo, and Tokyo Sports Film Award, In This Corner Of The World is one of the greatest crowdfunded success stories for anime, having first entered development in 2012, then going on to launch a crowdfunding campaign in 2015 to secure funds. A record 39 million yen, or $349,575, was raised for In This Corner of the World, and the movie’s final budget sat at 250 million yen, or $2.2 million. Best of all, it grossed 2.5 billion yen, $22.5 million, at the box office, significantly earning back all of its investment, and then some.
If you're like me and can't wait much longer to finally see this movie for yourself, rest easy. In This Corner of the World is set to open across U.S. cinemas on August 11, 2017, but a special screening with director Sunao Katabuchi has been announced for this year's Anime Expo in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, July 2 at 5 PM.
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