Local movie distributor Rafella Films International has announced on Thursday that the award-winning anime movie In This Corner of the World will premiere in cinemas on Wednesday, June 28.
The distributor has yet to indicate the theater houses that will screen the movie.
In addition to the news, The Japan Foundation Manila also announced that there will be a special free screening of the movie on Friday, July 1, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City.
The screening will be in conjunction to the annual Eiga Sai: Japanese Film Festival event, in conjunction to the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month.
It depicts a young girl who married into a family in Hiroshima during the war resolutely living amid the escalating intensity of wartime destruction. In 1944, 18-year-old Suzu goes to Kure City in Hiroshima Prefecture, a major naval base for the Imperial Navy, to become the wife of naval officer, Hojo Shusaku. As the intensity of the war heightens day after day and food supplies dwindle, Suzu manages to somehow carry on with daily life through her ingenuity, that is, until the summer of 1945. (Synopsis from EIGASAI Facebook Page)
In This Corner of the World is a Japanese wartime drama film based on the manga by by Fumiyo Kono, which released three (3) volumes from 2007-2009 in Futabasha’s Weekly Manga Action magazine.
The anime film adaptation was written and directed by Sunao Katabuchi, who worked on the Black Lagoon anime series, while Ah! My Goddess animation director Hidenori Mutsubara handled character designs, which as produced by MAPPA.
Rena Nounen, also known by the name “Non”, portrayed the lead character “Suzu”.
In This Corner of the World won various awards including the Hiroshima Peace Film Award at the Hiroshima International Film Festival, Best Japanese Movie of 2016 named by Kinema Jump, and the Noburou Oofuji Award and Japanese Movie Award of Excellence at the 71st Mainichi Film Awards.