Previously, a flyer distributed by Encore Films/MoxieNotion at Ennichisai 2017, which was held on 13-14 May 2017, hinted that the animated, film In This Corner of the World (Kono Sekai ni Katasumi ni), will be released in Indonesia in June 2017. Encore Films then confirmed the planned release of the film through their Facebook page on Thursday (1/6), and the cinema chain CGV Cinemas Indonesia also confirmed on their website, that the film will be shown at their cinemas, listing it under the “Coming Soon” section.

On Tuesday (6/6), Moxienotion announced through their Twitter account that the film will be screened starting on 14 June 2017.

Encore Films also announced the release date via their Twitter account on Wednesday (7/6).

In This Corner of the World is adapted from a manga under the same title from Hiroshima comic artist Fumiyo Kouno. The manga tells the story of a young bride name Suzu who lived in the port city of Kure during World War II era.  It 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 as Shuusaku, Daisuke Ono as Tetsu, and Megumi Han as Sumi.

Due to lack of interest from companies to fund the film production, the project had taken crowdfunding campaign from March to May 2015. After successfully 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. Quoted from a Japan newspaper, Asahi Shimbun, the film producer Taro Maki said that with the limited budget, the film could not 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 until 4 January 2017, In This Corner of the World had earned 1 billion yen (roughly US$ 9,125,714). The 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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