'In This Corner of the World' Earns 47 Million Yen in Opening Weekend, Wins Peace Film Award

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Sunao Katabuchi's film debuted in 63 theaters on Saturday

Sunao Katabuchi's In This Corner of the World anime film debuted in 63 Japanese theaters on Saturday and sold 32,032 tickets to earn 47,042,090 yen (US$434,288). The film ranked #10 in the Japanese box office for the weekend.

In addition, the film won the Hiroshima Peace Film Award at the Hiroshima International Film Festival this past weekend.

All screenings at Theatre Shinjuku, Theatre Umeda, and Cine Libre Umeda were sold out on the first day, and more locations held sold-out screenings on the second day. More than 50 additional theaters are scheduled to begin screening the film. The film is also slated to open in 14 foreign countries, beginning in England, France, and South America.

The film is based on Fumiyo Kōno'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.

Director and writer Sunao Katabuchi (Mai Mai Miracle, Black Lagoon) had announced the feature film in 2012. Additional staff for the film includes Chie Uratani (Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail, Mai Mai Miracle, Tekkonkinkreet animation director) as assistant director and screen composition, Hidenori Matsubara (Oh! My Goddess, Sakura Wars, King of Thorn) as character designer and animation director, kotringo (The Bears' School, Gourmet Girl Graffiti) on the music, and Taro Maki as producer at GENCO. MAPPA studio founder and producer Masao Maruyama is credited for planning. Tokyo Theatres Company is distributing the film.

The film raised 36,224,000 yen (about US$292,000) from 3,374 people via a crowdfunding campaign last year.

The film screened at Annecy in a Work in Progress session in June. Animatsu Entertainment acquired the global rights to the film.

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.

Source: Animate Times

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