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In This Corner of the World

  • Drama
  • 2016
  • Sunao Katabuchi
  • 123 mins
  • 12A

Summary

An 18-year-old gets married and has to prepare food for her family despite the rationing and lack of supplies. Animated drama set in Hiroshima during the Second World War, featuring the voices of Non, Kira Buckland and Christine Marie Cabanos.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This anime feature offers an initially gentle take on the lot of a young housewife living in a Japanese naval town in the 1930s, but does so with the hindsight that future events in nearby Hiroshima will greatly impact her life. When we first meet Suzu, she's a dreamy schoolgirl with a distinctive talent for sketching, and although an arranged marriage derails her creative ambitions, she retains an artistic perspective on her surroundings. Director Sunao Katabuchi thus brings an eye-catching visual quality to the storytelling, which at times magically shifts from realist animation into the idealised vistas of his own drawings. As Suzu knuckles down to her domestic duties under the gaze of a stern sister-in-law, we're also privy to a touching portrait of everyday resilience - about to be tested to the limit by wartime privations. The film stands at a slight remove from the atomic horrors, so as not to be overwhelmed by the carnage, yet more of a concern is the abiding sense of the Japanese as victims of the US war machine. Downplaying the national culpability may play within modern-day Japan, but could well rankle with those on the other side of that wartime divide.

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Credits

Cast

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SuzuRena Nounen
SumiMegumi Han
ShusakuYoshimasa Hosoya
HarumiNatsuki Inaba
Michiko, "Keiko"Minori Omi
TetsuDaisuke Ono
SuzuLaura Post
ShusakuTodd Haberkorn
Michiko, "Keiko"Kira Buckland
HarumiAva Pickard
TetsuJason Palmer
SumiChristine Cabanos

Crew

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DirectorSunao Katabuchi

Details

Theatrical distributor
National Amusements
Released on
2017-06-28
Language
Japanese
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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