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In This Corner of the World offers a unique ground-level perspective on an oft-dramatized period in history, further distinguished by beautiful hand-drawn animation.
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It has jaw-droppingly gorgeous settings, in which all the buildings are depicted with full accuracy, as are the homes of the peasant families who live on a mountain slope, overlooking the (largely wooden) city.
An elegant reminder that we can never forget what life during wartime does to the human soul.
From the casualties-of-war file comes a gorgeous-looking animated feature from the writer-director Sunao Katabuchi.
"Corner" is a deeply sympathetic tale, using the possibilities of animation not just to pique curiosity, but to devastate.
[Suzu's] life is treated as thoroughly unexceptional ... except of course it isn't. Besides a heart full of (hesitant) love and a soul full of (bashful) virtue, she has the artist's drive to capture the passing world
The painterly beauty of anime detaches the viewer from the terrible events depicted, but it also makes these cataclysms more accessible to the imagination.
The brilliance of this film is that it depicts a world where its people were far removed from the war that this country was actively a part of until they themselves are attacked.
Though the film as a whole is confused and convoluted, Katabuchi leaves us with a hopeful conclusion and worthy salute to the power and sanctuary of the imagination.
Based on a manga of the same name director Sunao Katabuchi has created a moving slice of life film that will dive you right into what it was like to live in World War II Japan.
In This Corner of the World works best when its focuses on the smaller moments rooted in its characters and brought to life by the team of dedicated artists. Unfortunately, that's not always the case in this lengthy tale of life during wartime.
[Suzu] becomes a metaphor for Japan itself, stopped in its tracks before finding the strength to rebuild.
I found the plot slow and while sometimes I can get through that, the character arcs weren't there either to really draw me back in.
Every now and then, I keep wondering when a Japanese Anime film will not only be worthy of an Oscar nomination, but also a definite 'win'. 'This Corner of the World' just happens to be another one of those films which despite the character designs and animation looking and feeling a lot like a studio Ghibli film, it actually isn't and has the immense opportunity to give both Disney and Pixar a run for their money when comes the awards season for animated films. Firstly, it's a fast paced biographic film centered on the life of a young woman enduring the customs of pre-war and post-war Japan, looking back at some settings within Hiroshima and Kure where it's all but completely changed since these lifestyles and events occurred, once being thriving and bustling eventually turns to desperation within a short time during the war before earning a long term recovery when it's all past. This film boasts a truly vibrant and fluid animation to go with it's authentic setting and beautifully drawn characters, places and abstract compositions, mostly involving the main character's creative side central to her development. I couldn't help but be fully invested in this masterfully crafted and composed animated feature, as every single detail about it's frames, plotting, animation and overall story were overall top of the class. A 'Masterpiece' even from the initial get go and general information.
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