Previously in Ennichisai 2017, a flyer was distributed hinting that the animated film In This Corner of The World (Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni) will be screened in Indonesian cinemas. On 1 June 2017, Encore Films confirmed the plan through their Facebook page. Detailed information about the premiere date and the list of cinemas that will screen the film has not been announced yet.

Adapted from a manga by Fumiyo Kouno, In This Corner of the World tells the story of a young bride named Suzu who lived in the port city of Kure in the days of the Second World War. The manga was serialized in Futabasha’s Weekly Manga Action and selected as Jury Recommended Work in the 2008 Japan Media Arts Festival. The film is directed by Sunao Katabuchi at the studio MAPPA and starring Non as Suzu, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Daisuke Ono, and Megumi Han.

© Fumiyo Kouno/Futabasha/Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni Project

Because initially there aren’t any companies interested to fund this film’s production, this project had taken a crowdfunding campaign from March until May 2015. After it had succesfully gathered 40 million yen from 3374 supporters, the project was able to convince some companies to fund the film production on the budget of 250 million yen. As quoted by Asahi Shimbun, the film producer Taro Maki said that with the limited budget, the film cannot afford to advertise in television. But the film was able to attract viewers by word of mouth through Twitter and other social media services.

Since its premiere in Japan on 12 November 2016, In This Corner of the World had earned 1 billion yen on 4 Januari 2017. This film also received the Peace Film Award at the 3rd Hiroshima Film Festival and some other awards. The film is also one of the three films from Japan competing at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2017 along with Naoko Yamada’s adaptation of A Silent Voice and Masaaki Yuasa’s Lu Over the Wall.

The Indonesian Anime Times

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