In This Corner of the World Film Licensed in UK, France, Germany, Mexico, 10 Other Countries

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Bids also considered from N. America, S. America, Asia

The staff and cast of In This Corner of the World anime film confirmed at the Tokyo International Film Festival on Friday that the film has been licensed in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Mexico, and 10 other countries and territories. They also added that the movie received offers from more countries and territories in North America, South America, and Asia.

The film will open in Japan on November 12. The film screened at Annecy in a Work in Progress session in June. Animatsu Entertainment acquired the global rights to the film.

The film is based on Fumiyo Kono's To All The Corners Of The World (Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni) manga. The award-winning manga follows a bride named Suzu Urano as she moves to her new life in Kure City on the coast of Hiroshima Prefecture. Suzu perseveres through World War II with pluck and determination.

The cast includes:

  • Rena Nounen as Suzu, the heroine
  • Yoshimasa Hosoya as Shūsaku, her husband
  • Natsuki Inaba as Harumi, a niece
  • Minori Omi as Michiko, a sister-in-law
  • Daisuke Ono as Akira, an elementary school classmate
  • Megumi Han as Sumi, Suzu's little sister
  • Shigeru Ushiyama as Entarō, Shūsaku's father
  • Mayumi Shintani as San, Shūsaku's mother
  • Nanase Iwai as Rin, a woman who works in the red light district

Director and writer Sunao Katabuchi (Mai Mai Miracle, Black Lagoon) had announced the feature film in 2012. The studio MAPPA (Kids on the Slope, Terror in Resonance) is animating the film, and Genco is producing. The film raised 36,224,000 yen (about US$292,000) from 3,374 people via a crowdfunding campaign last year.

JManga had released Kono's manga in English online. The manga series won an Excellence Prize in the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival, and it already inspired a live-action television special starring Keiko Kitagawa (live-action Sailor Moon's Sailor Mars, Paradise Kiss) as Suzu Urano in 2011. Last Gasp Publishing and jaPress released Kono's manga Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms in North America.

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