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A Young Girl Grapples With a War-Torn Japan in New In This Corner of the World Trailer

Sunao Katabuchi’s In This Corner of the World just got a new trailer, giving us a closer look at the beautiful hand-drawn animation and it’s portrayal of small Japanese towns during World War II.

Based off real accounts, Katabuchi’s film follow a young girl named Suzu as she goes from marriage to air raids and food rationing. The story, based on Fumiyo Kouno’s manga, centers around Suzu who moves from Hiroshima to Kure with her husband’s family. Her home is then bombed and her family disrupted, a narrative Shout! Factory calls “beautiful and deeply moving” as well as a “socially relevant film that will impact everyone who sees it.” From the trailer, we can see the film doesn’t shy away from putting characters right at the center of the violence and will definitely be an emotional experience.

Katabuchi’s directorial work on Mai Mai Miracle feels very apparent in In This Corner of the World with it’s captivating tenderness towards country life and young protagonists. However, it’s also a more heavier step into the serious, which departs from the director’s previous work on more fantastical themes in Black Lagoon and Kiki’s Delivery Service. I’m very excited to see how he approaches this historical drama and the responsibilities that accompany representing war.

The film has already won a number of awards, including the Animation of the Year award from the Japan Film Academy and the Peace Film Award from the Hiroshima International Film Festival. It was announced earlier this year that In This Corner of the World would be making its way to North America with Shout! Factory and Funimation Films. The film comes to the U.S. August 11, 2017 with both English subtitles and a dubbed version with Animatsu Entertainment. Are you going to check it out?

(via Independent, Image: screencap)

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