Print review of In This Corner of the World (Animatsu Entertainment) for the 29th June edition of The Oxford Paper and Oxfordshire Guardian from Taylor Newspapers.
“Reportedly, much effort was taken to faithfully represent Japanese society and the atmosphere of these two towns during the period, and discovering new, small corners of life through Suzu’s eyes is fascinating – and gently funny in places.
Katabuchi also has an eye for symbolism in apparently ordinary moments, and characters often make incidental comments that offer greater depths out of context. At one point, Suzu’s childhood friend Tetsu, whom she secretly admires, mentions that “the past and paths we did not choose are like dreams”. For their characters, it is a throw-away thought about an old friendship, but for the audience, a subtle lament over the terrible tragedy of war.
As to be expected, the art direction is sublime. Pastel shades, watercolour painting and traditional Japanese animation combine to create expressive, beautiful scenery, even recalling famed artist Katsushika Hokusai in moments.
In This Corner of the World is a compassionate, thoughtful portrait of wartime devastation in all its forms. It is rare for such a delicate window to be opened onto a lost place and time, and rarer still for one to receive cinematic distribution – crowdfunding played a crucial role in securing the film’s development – so don’t miss your chance!”
Cast & Crew
Director(s): Sunao Katabuchi
Writer(s): Sunao Katabuchi, Chie Uratani
Starring: Non, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Natsuki Inaba, Minori Omi, Daisuke Ono, Megumi Han