In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni)

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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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"In This Corner of the World is an incredibly exquisite, artful and socially relevant film that will impact everyone who sees it. We're really proud in presenting this remarkable, hand-drawn animated film to North American movie audience," said Melissa Boag, Shout's Senior Vice President of Kids & Family Entertainment. "Funimation Films has a great track record in launching prominent international animated movies across cinemas in North America. We couldn't find a more committed and perfect company to join us on the theatrical launch of In This Corner of the World."

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Critic Reviews for In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni)

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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.

    Dec 7, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • An elegant reminder that we can never forget what life during wartime does to the human soul.

    Aug 18, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • From the casualties-of-war file comes a gorgeous-looking animated feature from the writer-director Sunao Katabuchi.

    Aug 18, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "Corner" is a deeply sympathetic tale, using the possibilities of animation not just to pique curiosity, but to devastate.

    Aug 17, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [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

    Aug 17, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The painterly beauty of anime detaches the viewer from the terrible events depicted, but it also makes these cataclysms more accessible to the imagination.

    Aug 17, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni)

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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