Manga Entertainment proudly present
IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD
In cinemas across the UK & Ireland 28 June 2017
From acclaimed director Sunao Katabuchi comes In This Corner of the World, a heart-warming and inspirational tale of the everyday challenges faced by Japanese people in spite of a violent, war-torn climate.
~ “a wistfully nostalgic time capsule” ~ Variety
Following the outstanding success in Japan (winner of 22 awards, including: Best Animation, Best Japanese Film, Best Director and the Hiroshima Peace Film Award), Manga Entertainment are delighted to bring In This Corner of the World to the UK & Ireland this summer.
~ “a beautiful animated movie” ~ Screen International
This truly is a unique and exquisite film, and we are incredibly proud to be involved with it” said Andrew Hewson, Marketing Manager at Manga Entertainment. “In This Corner of the World has been doing phenomenally well in Japan since opening last year and we have high hopes that UK audiences will connect with this captivating masterpiece as much as they did!”
~ “moving and beautifully told” ~ Total Film
The charming and cheerful character of Suzu highlights the noble spirit of the Japanese which truly makes this film an uplifting coming-of-age story and a timeless classic with universal appeal for a modern audience.
Exclusive preview screenings on 28 June with further select cinemas from 30 June
Torn apart by war. Brought together by love.
From the director of Mai Mai Miracle and the producers of Millennium Actress & Tokyo Godfathers. 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.
Written and directed by Sunao Katabuchi, based on the original work by Fumiyo Kouno. Produced by Masao Maruyama (MAPPA Co., Ltd), Taro Maki (GENCO, Inc.). With original music by Kotringo.
Director Katabuchi began his career working closely with Hayao Miyazaki before directing his own animated films, including the acclaimed animated features Mai Mai Miracle and Princess Arete. Produced by GENCO and Japanese animation studio MAPPA, In This Corner of the World, bolstered by emotionally resonant storytelling and exquisite hand-drawn animation, is an empowering coming-of-age tale that captures the resilience and triumph of the human spirit.
Winner of 22 awards including Best Animation of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in Music at the 40th Japan Academy Prize, Best Japanese Film and Best Director at the 90th Kinema Junpo Best 10 Awards and the Hiroshima Peace Film Award at the 3rd Hiroshima International Film Festival. In This Corner of the World became the sleeper hit of 2016 in Japan. Independently produced and only opening on 80 screens with very little P&A, the film went on to gross more than $20 Million and remained in the top 10 for over 4 months, and is still currently playing on 300+ cinemas.
Shout! Factory and Animatsu Entertainment Enter Film Distribution Deal
SHOUT! FACTORY SECURES U.S. AND CANADIAN RIGHTS TO
HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED ANIMATED FEATURE DIRECTED BY Sunao Katabuchi
“IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD”
Los Angeles and London – January 31, 2017 – Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company, and Animatsu Entertainment, a London-based producer, licensor and distributor of anime in the UK and Ireland, have entered into an exclusive film deal to distribute the new animated feature In This Corner of the World in North America. Based on the award-winning manga by Fumiyo Kouno, the film is written and directed by Sunao Katabuchi. Director Katabuchi began his career working closely with Hayao Miyazaki before directing his own animated films, including the acclaimed animated features Mai Mai Miracle and Princess Arete. Produced by GENCO and Japanese animation studio MAPPA, IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD, bolstered by emotionally resonant storytelling and exquisite hand-drawn animation, is an empowering coming-of-age tale that captures the resilience and triumph of the human spirit. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos; and Animatsu Entertainment’s Chief Operating Officer, Jerome Mazandarani.
Shout! Factory has secured all distribution rights to In This Corner of the World, including theatrical, video on-demand, digital, broadcast and home entertainment for cross-platform releases in U.S. and Canada. Shout! Factory plans a strategic rollout of this movie across multiple entertainment platforms, beginning with a North American theatrical launch this summer.
“Shout! Factory is a fantastic partner for this film. We were incredibly impressed by their work on Long Way North, and have been fans of their commitment to content curation and serious film and television fans in North America for a long time,” said Jerome Mazandarani, COO of Animatsu Entertainment. “It’s been clear throughout our discussions with the team that we couldn’t find a more committed and passionate company to handle this beautifully delicate film.”
“This truly is a unique and exquisite film, one which only comes around once every few decades, and we are incredibly proud to be involved with it. Unique films deserve unique partners and Shout! Factory are an absolute perfect match given their passion, expertise and back catalogue of releases.” said Andrew Hewson, Head of Acquisitions & Marketing at Animatsu Entertainment. “It will be a genuine pleasure to work closely with them to bring this masterpiece to North American audiences!"
“We couldn’t be more excited and honored about this new opportunity with Animatsu, Sunao, Genco and Mappa animation studio. Beautiful and deeply moving, In This Corner of the World is a captivating, socially relevant film that will impact everyone who sees it,” said Melissa Boag, Senior Vice President of Kids & Family Entertainment at Shout! Factory. “We look forward to presenting this remarkable hand-drawn animated film to animation enthusiasts and North American movie audiences this year.”
“Here is a film to celebrate. At once heartbreaking and inspiring, light and melancholy, it’s a profoundly intimate work with dimensional characters persevering and finding their humanity in the most challenging of circumstances. Sunao Katabuchi has created an instant classic,” said Jordan Fields, Vice President of Acquisitions at Shout! Factory.
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.
Written and directed by Sunao Katabuchi, based on the original work by Fumiyo Kouno. Produced by Masao Maruyama (MAPPA Co., Ltd), Taro Maki (GENCO, Inc.). Original music by Kotringo.
About Animatsu Entertainment, Ltd.
Founded in 2014, Animatsu Entertainment is a specialist UK-based distribution, production and international rights management company primarily focusing on Japanese content. Along with the award-winning film In This Corner of the World, the company also has several projects in development including an original animated series. Headquartered in London and an affiliate company of Manga Entertainment, Animatsu Entertainment released the hugely successful game-to-live-action adaptations Halo: Nightfall and Dead Rising: Watchtower, as well as Rooster Teeth series RWBY. Spearheaded by Jerome Mazandarani and Andrew Hewson, who have been key to Manga Entertainment's decade of success. Find out more at www.animatsu.com
About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast entertainment distribution network which delivers culturally relevant programming, movie and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America and across multiple platforms. Shout! Factory owns and operates Shout! Factory Productions, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory Kids, Shout! Factory Films, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Timeless Media Group and Shout! Factory TV. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.
In This Corner Of The World Named Best Film Of 2016!
In This Corner of the World continues its remarkable commercial and critical run after winning the Hiroshima Film Festival "Peace Award", “Best Movie” and “Jury Special Award” at the Yokohama Film Festival and the Takahashi Film Festival “Horizon Award".
Now Kinema Junpo, one of Japan's most popular and oldest film magazines has named In This Corner of the World their best film of 2016. Making it the first animated film to claim the top spot in nearly 30 years! - The last animation to reach that spot was My Neighbour Totoro back in 1988.
The good news doesn't end there, In This Corner of the World's director, Sunao Katabuchi, also received the "Best Director Award".
Being included in the Kinema Junpo awards, (which began in 1926) and their yearly best list is a much deserved and remarkable achievement for this touching and emotional film.
This achievement is even more amazing considering the stiff competition from two other massive commercial and critical successes of the past 12 months, TOHO Studio’s Shin Godzilla and the anime powerhouse, Your Name!
Written by the award-winning manga artist Fumiyo Kouno and directed by Sunao Katabuchi (Mai Mai Miracle), In This Corner of the World follows the story of Suzu, 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.
European film fans can catch the movie at a number of European Film festivals starting in February.
In This Corner Of The World touched and wowed audiences at the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival.
The Telegraph's Robbie Collin had this to say about the heart-warming feature:
"Confronting the horrors of history head-on can make for cinema that's impossible to shake, but Katabuchi's painterly, introspective film proves a sideways approach can be just as indelible"
Written by the award-winning manga artist Fumiyo Kouno and directed by Sunao Katabuchi (Mai Mai Miracle), ITCOW follows the story of Suzu, 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.
This inspirational tale also won over Screendaily who said the following in their glowing review:
"This is a beautiful, heart-swelling animated movie, to be certain, but it’s also one that knows that such picturesque sights and pleasant sensations are only part of the equation."
There will be more information about ITCOW's UK theatrical release soon, so make sure you stay up to date with all the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter.
Animatsu Entertainment would like to invite you to see In This Corner of the World at screenings taking place at the Tokyo International Film Festival, Japan Content Showcase and the American Film Market.
Tokyo International Film Festival:
28th October, 3pm at TOHO Theater Roppongi Hills SC2
(Only available to guests with a Special Invitation not included within this document)
Japan Content Showcase:
25th October, 7:45pm at Cinema Mediage
27th October, 10am at the Screening Room (Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba B1F)
Sales Booth #13
American Film Market:
3rd November, 3pm at ArcLight 7
7th November, 3pm at Monica Film Center 1 Sales Booth located in the Japan Area in the Arcadia Ballroom B, 5th floor of the Loews Hotel
Film run time: 2 hours 8 minutes
If you are interested in arranging any meetings, please email Darcy Giles at firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred date & time.
Screenings operate on a first come, first seated basis with the exception of the TOHO Theater.