The shadow of the Hiroshima bombing hangs over In This Corner of the World, a quietly moving Japanese animated movie in which a dreamy and artistic teenager from the city comes of age during World War Two.
As the story’s unassuming heroine gets on with life on the home front, coping with an arranged marriage to a stranger in a nearby town as well as rationing and air raid drills, we can’t help but feel a mix of poignancy and dread.
Director Sunao Katabuchi’s beautiful hand-drawn film deservedly won critical acclaim and box-office success in Japan on its release in 2016.
Certificate 12. Runtime 130 mins. Director Sunao Katabuchi
Available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital from Manga Entertainment.