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Director Sunao Katabuchi to Attend Anime Expo for In This Corner of the World Screening

posted on by Karen Ressler
Q&A session to be held with screening on July 2

Shout! Factory and Anime Expo announced on Wednesday that the In This Corner of the World anime film will screen at Anime Expo and director Sunao Katabuchi will attend for a Q&A session after the screening. The event will take place on Sunday, July 2 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. PDT. The film will be presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

Shout! Factory and Funimation Films are partnering to screen the film in United States theaters beginning on August 11. Screenings will be available in both Japanese with English subtitles and with Animatsu Entertainment's English dub. Shout! Factory has licensed the U.S. and Canadian 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.

Shout! Factory describes 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.

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.

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