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In This Corner of the World (2016)

Kono sekai no katasumi ni (original title)
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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:

Sunao Katabuchi

Writers:

Sunao Katabuchi, Fumiyo Kono (manga) | 1 more credit »
10 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Non Non ... Suzu (voice) (as Rena Nounen)
Ava Pickard Ava Pickard ... Suzu (Young) (voice)
Kenna Pickard Kenna Pickard ... Harumi (voice)
Karen Strassman ... Rin (voice)
Melodee Spevack ... Kiseno (voice)
Michael Sorich ... Juro (voice)
Tony Azzolino ... Yoichi (voice)
Anne Yatco ... Additional Voices (voice)
Bailey Bucher Bailey Bucher ... Additional Voices (voice)
Bryce Papenbrook ... Additional Voices (voice)
Cherami Leigh ... Additional Voices (voice)
Christopher Corey Smith Christopher Corey Smith ... Additional Voices (voice) (as Christopher Smith)
Cindy Robinson ... Additional Voices (voice)
Cristina Valenzuela ... Additional Voices (voice)
Dane Price Dane Price ... Additional Voices (voice)
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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

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

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Trivia

More than 100,000 people were killed instantly by two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima (6.8.1945) and Nagasaki (9.8.1945) by US Air Force B29s. See more »

Alternate Versions

A rumoured extended version, supposedly titled "Kono Sekai no (Sara ni Ikutsumono) Katsumi ni" ("In This Corner (and Other Corners) of the World"), has supposedly ~30 minutes of additional footage, that is reported to emphasize the relationship between Rin, Shusaku and Suzu. Slated to premiere in mid-December 2019. See more »

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Referenced in In This Corner: Producer Masao Maruyama (2017) See more »

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kanashikite yarikirena
by Kotringo
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Powerful Japanese animated war-drama
24 June 2017 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

I have previously seen the harrowing Japanese anime Grave of the Fireflies (1988) which depicted the horrors of World War II on Japanese civilians. This brilliant film remains the only Studio Ghibli film to not be distributed by Disney – it was too disturbing for them. With In This Corner Of The World we have a new take on the subject of life in wartime Japan. While this one did not have the impact of the earlier movie for me, it was still a very impressive bit of work. It specifically follows a family in the year leading up to the 6th of August 1945 when the Enola Gay dropped the atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima. The action, however, takes place in Kure, a city nearby.

The war is very much in the periphery of the story. Ominously hovering in the background with battleships silently moving into the harbour, military police active on the ground and air raids occurring regularly by the American military. While the horrors of war do escalate, much of the run-time is devoted to the family drama and this is perhaps the one weakness of the film, as the domestic drama isn't entirely compelling and a bit meandering. It means that we don't get as involved with the characters as much as we should and it could perhaps have been trimmed down a little at the very least. However, this negative has to be offset by the positive in the way that the story does examine the lives of ordinary people during this time. We also have the constant advance of time towards what we know to be that fateful August day and knowing what is to come actually generates even more tension than not knowing. When the moment finally arrives, it is understated in a way that is incredibly sinister. A silent white flash, a tremor and then a huge odd-looking cloud in the distance. It is a far cry from the usual way in which nuclear strikes are depicted in films but its very distance and unspectacular presentation creates a curious melancholic and depressing feeling which was quite powerful I thought. The artwork throughout is beautiful – this is a film which could easily pass itself off as a Ghibli product – and it doesn't pull its punches when it depicts some of the horrors of the aftermath of the 'new bomb'. Overall, this is another powerful and artistically strong bit of animation from Japan.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

12 November 2016 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,205, 13 August 2017

Gross USA:

$172,147

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,496,308
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Production Co:

Mappa, Genco See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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