TMS Exclusive: In This Corner of the World Cooking Clip Shows How People Dealt With Sparse Rations

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In This Corner of the World is coming to theaters in the United States soon, giving audiences a chance to see this in-depth and moving portrayal of average Japanese people during World War II.

In this particular clip we’re sharing from Shout! Factory, we get a look at the ways that the decreasing rations resulted in people like our protagonist Suzu making do with very little and having to get creative with their cooking. She picks herbs and plants from nearby and finds ways to make meals feel more substantial. With the huge amount of effort director Sunao Katabuchi put into historical accuracy (in our interview, he talks about tracking down the weather for every day of the year), you can assume these were all ingredients that were available to the citizens of Kure in that time and dishes they would’ve actually made.

The theme of making do with what was available is present throughout In This Corner of the World, in everything from the ways that characters recycle and trade in their clothing to moments like this.

The full synopsis for the film reads:

“The award-winning story of IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD follows a young lady named Suzu Urano, who in 1944 moves to the small town of Kure in Hiroshima to live with her husband’s family. Suzu’s life is thrown into chaos when her town is bombed during World War II.

Her perseverance and courage underpin this heart-warming and inspirational tale of the everyday challenges faced by the Japanese in the midst of a violent, war-torn country. This beautiful yet poignant tale shows that even in the face of adversity and loss, people can come together and rebuild their lives.”

The film opens in LA, NY, San Francisco and over 40 additional cities nationwide starting August 11th, 2017.

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