Shout! Factory partnered up with London-based distributor Animatsu Entertainment to secure the North American rights for Sunao Katabuchi‘s acclaimed In This Corner of the World anime film. Shout!’s license includes theatrical, video on-demand, digital, broadcast, and home video rights for U.S. and Canada, and they’ll be kicking things off with a North American theatrical launch this summer.
Katabuchi (Mai Mai Miracle, Princess Arete) wrote and directed In This Corner of the World—based on the award-winning manga by Fumiyo Kouno—with production from GENCO and anime studio MAPPA. We reviewed the film when it debuted in Japan, so check out Matt’s thoughts on the feature.
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.