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In This Corner of the World(この世界の片隅に)

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Japan · 2016
Rated PG-13 · 2h 9m
Director Sunao Katabuchi
Starring Non, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Daisuke Ono, Mayumi Shintani
Genre Animation, Drama

Japan, 1943. Suzu Urano, a cheerful young newlywed, moves to her new life in Kure City on the coast of Hiroshima Prefecture to join her husband’s family. As she adjusts to her new life, however, the threat of World War II begins to menace the family, and Suzu must persevere with pluck and determination.

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Time Out London by

This captivating drama exists on another level: the devastating ending left me sobbing.


TheWrap by Dan Callahan

It succumbs to evasiveness and sentimentality at the end, but this does not extinguish the memory of the many funny, touching, and captivatingly odd scenes that have come before.


Empire by Dan Jolin

A gorgeously rendered and deeply personal portrayal of a young woman’s life in the part of the world where history’s greatest conflict reached a devastating conclusion.


ReelViews by James Berardinelli

For an American/international audience, perhaps the most important contribution provided by In This Corner of the World is one of perspective.


The Hollywood Reporter by Jordan Mintzer

This impressionistic chronicle of the war is, at first, more concerned with household chores and family matters than it is with soldiers on the battlefield, but its harrowing third act reveals what can happen when civilians become targets as well.


Variety by Maggie Lee

Adapting Fumiyo Kono’s 2007 manga of the same title, director Sunao Katabuchi captures the manifold experiences of a housewife during WWII with beguiling intimacy and appealing hand-drawn illustration.


The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

Confronting the horrors of history head-on can make for cinema that’s impossible to shake, but Katabuchi’s painterly, introspective film proves a sideways approach can be just as indelible.


Movie Nation by Roger Moore

It’s a reminder that making pretty pictures out of painful history is just a tentative step toward actually grappling with that history, no matter how hard politicians and revisionists fight to keep that from happening.


Screen International by Sarah Ward

This is a beautiful, heart-swelling animated movie, to be certain, but it’s also one that knows that such picturesque sights and pleasant sensations are only part of the equation.

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