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Shout! Factory, Funimation to Screen In This Corner Of The World in U.S. Theaters (Updated)

posted on by Anita Tai
Film screens on August 11 after LA Film Festival premiere in June

Shout! Factory and Funimation Films announced on Wednesday that they are partnering to release Sunao Katabuchi's In This Corner of the World film in United States theaters. The movie is set to screen in the U.S. on August 11.

The companies describe the film:

The award-winning story of IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD follows a young lady named Suzu Urano, who in 1944 moves to the small town of Kure in Hiroshima to live with her husband's family. Suzu's life is thrown into chaos when her town is bombed during World War II. Her perseverance and courage underpin this heart-warming and inspirational tale of the everyday challenges faced by the Japanese in the midst of a violent, war-torn country. This beautiful yet poignant tale shows that even in the face of adversity and loss, people can come together and rebuild their lives.

Shout! Factory and London-based distributor Animatsu Entertainment previously announced plans to distribute the film in the United States and Canada. Shout! Factory has licensed the theatrical, video on demand, digital, broadcast, and home video rights from Animatsu Entertainment, which holds the global rights for the film. The film will open in the United Kingdom on June 28.

The film is based on Fumiyo Kōno's To All The Corners Of The World (Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni) manga. The manga series won an Excellence Prize in the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival. Seven Seas will release the manga in North America in the fall.

Katabuchi (Black Lagoon, Mai Mai Miracle) wrote and directed the film, which is produced by GENCO and animation studio MAPPA. The film released in Japan in November and earned over 2 billion yen (about US$17.58 million) at the theaters. It went on to win the Fujimoto Award, the Daijin (Minister) Prize from the Agency for Cultural Affairs, the Hiroshima Peace Film Award at the Hiroshima International Film Festival, Kinema Jumpo magazine's best Japanese movie of the year, and the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year. The film is also set to screen at The Annecy International Animation Film Festival and the LA Film Festival in June.

Update: Shout! Factory confirmed with ANN that the film will screen Japanese with English subtitles, but the English dub will be available for cinemas interested in having some English-dubbed screenings. In addition, Shout! Factory confirmed that the release will be a standard theatrical release, as opposed to an event screening, and the film will open in major U.S. markets (including Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, and other cites) on August 11.

Update 2: Funimation confirmed with ANN that Animatsu Entertainment is producing the English dub.

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