8.1/10
1,183
12 user 43 critic

In This Corner of the World (2016)

Kono sekai no katasumi ni (original title)
Set in Hiroshima during World War II, an eighteen-year-old girl gets married and now has to prepare food for her family despite the rationing and lack of supplies. As she struggles with the... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

, (manga) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Popularity
2,021 ( 971)

Get Showtimes & Tickets

In 3 theaters near Ashburn VA US [change]

7 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A strict, but caring mother has an awakening when she is told she has cancer and it is terminal. She has a few months. She needs to complete her tasks in that short time frame. She needs to... See full summary »

Director: Ryôta Nakano
Stars: Rie Miyazawa, Hana Sugisaki, Tarô Suruga
Animation | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A young man is ostracized by his classmates after he bullies a deaf girl to the point where she moves away. Years later, he sets off on a path for redemption.

Director: Naoko Yamada
Stars: Miyu Irino, Saori Hayami, Aoi Yûki
Animation | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Inspired by her grandfather's stories, young Shinko embarks on wild flights of fancy about the history of the little town she lives in. But dreams can't fend off the realities of growing up.

Director: Sunao Katabuchi
Stars: Masao Agawa, Chisa Bandai, Romy Beckman
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The grand story of Japan's post-war reconstruction is based on the actual story of an oil company's president, namely Tetsuzo Kunioka, who believed in the power of oil, as opposed to coal, ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Yamazaki
Stars: Jun'ichi Okada, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Shôta Sometani
Ikari (2016)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A grisly unsolved murder links three seemingly unrelated stories in three different Japanese cities.

Director: Sang-il Lee
Stars: Ken Watanabe, Mirai Moriyama, Aoi Miyazaki
Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Satoshi Murayama was so much more than a Shogi master. Ever since the age of five, he had a serious kidney ailment. Growing up in hospitals and spending so much time sick, he learned how to... See full summary »

Director: Yoshitaka Mori
Stars: Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Shôta Sometani, Lily Franky
Nagai iiwake (2016)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Based on a book by writer - director Miwa Nishikawa, a recently widowed writer ( Masahiro Motoki,Departures)whose wife died in a bus crash comes to terms with his grief,or lack of it, in ... See full summary »

Director: Miwa Nishikawa
Stars: Masahiro Motoki, Pistol Takehara, Eri Fukatsu
Animation | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Kokone has university exams to prepare for, but instead she dozes off. Even when her father is unceremoniously arrested prior to the Tokyo Olympics and the family is hiding away a mystery ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Kamiyama
Stars: Mitsuki Takahata, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Yôsuke Eguchi
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Non ...
Suzu (voice) (as Rena Nounen)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Megumi Han ...
Sumi (voice)
...
Shusaku (voice)
Natsuki Inaba ...
Harumi (voice)
Nanase Iwai ...
Rin (voice)
Minori Omi ...
Michiko (voice)
...
Akira (voice)
Tengai Shibuya ...
(voice)
Mayumi Shintani ...
San (voice)
Shigeru Ushiyama ...
Entaro (voice)
Edit

Storyline

Set in Hiroshima during World War II, an eighteen-year-old girl gets married and now has to prepare food for her family despite the rationing and lack of supplies. As she struggles with the daily loss of life's amenities she still has to maintain the will to live. Written by aghaemi

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including war-related images | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 November 2016 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

In This Corner of the World  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in Breakfast: Episode dated 25 June 2017 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

kanashikite yarikirena
by Kotringo
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A touching and visually beautiful depiction of the true cost of war
11 April 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

For a film that takes on a big and heavy-going part of history, I have to say I was very impressed with how sweet and touching In This Corner Of The World is. Although it's never an emotionally exhilarating experience, it brings a very nostalgic and intimate story to light with some beautiful animation and a unique look at the years before the bombing of Hiroshima, all making for a thoroughly engrossing and affecting film.

But first, let's just get across what doesn't quite work about this film. It's definitely important to know that this isn't an account of the Hiroshima bombing itself, nor is it a heavy-going war drama on par with something like Grave Of The Fireflies. That said, the first half of this movie doesn't quite deliver a strong enough story to make its more personal focus so enthralling.

As sweet and nostalgic as the film is, and as clever as using the historical hindsight to watch people live out their daily lives innocently in the old Hiroshima is, the plot for the first half just doesn't really take you anywhere. It's a pleasant and pretty account coming of age story, but it's a little too much like a slice-of-life drama to really give you that strong emotional connection to the characters right from the beginning, meaning that the film does take quite a while to really get going.

That said, once it shifts up into a more dramatic gear, things become very impressive. Now contrasting the hardships of a war context with the life that this young girl was building for herself, the film taps into an emotion that's rarely focused on, bringing a sombre atmosphere to what was such a sweet and pleasant story of nostalgia, by showing you what the true loss of war can be: an entire community filled with lives flourishing all over taken away.

And yet, the film remains surprisingly heartwarming even when it gets into some of the heavier-going parts of the history. Whilst there are many really sad moments that tug at your heartstrings, the determination of our main character as she negotiates an unimaginably harrowing situation is so uplifting, and brings out a brilliant beauty amidst all of the horror of war.

Which brings me to the animation. Styled in a similar fashion to many of Studio Ghibli's best works, this film not only looks beautiful, but its animation style plays a big part in its story. Throughout the film, we learn how the young girl loves to draw, which is even more apparent against the beautiful hand-painted landscapes.

But from her love of drawing come a series of stunning sequences in which we see the Japanese navy ships, as well as aerial battles and air-raids in the skies above Hiroshima turned into delightful and colourful paintings seen from the eyes of this young girl, heightening the sense of sadness when you think about such a happy and kind- natured character having her life turned completely upside down by the war.

Finally, when it comes to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, I think that this film handled itself very well. In keeping with the notion that it's not a direct story about the event on the August 6th, 1945, the very moment itself isn't shown explicitly, and we continue to focus on the confused and gradually beleaguered people living in the city on the outskirts of Hiroshima.

Yes, the story does still bring to light the horrors of the aftermath of the bombing, but in that it continues to show some beautifully heartwarming and uplifting moments that emerge from the terror, and in the film's finale, it really shines with a bold and brave but utterly stunning demonstration of the strength of decent human beings in the face of the worst possible adversity.

Overall, I was very impressed by this film. Although it gets off to a very slow start, it compensates with a beautifully-executed second half, using the sweet and nostalgic nature of the first act to tug at your heartstrings when everything turns dark, and with the gorgeous animation style from start to finish, this film is a truly touching watch.


15 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?