Ever since last summer, when Animatsu Entertainment announced that they'd acquired global distribution rights to the film, we've been waiting impatiently to learn more of their UK theatrical plans for the latest film from Mai Mai Miracle director Sunao Katabuchi, In This Corner of the World.
As of this morning (or last night, via a trailer at select screenings of A Silent Voice), we now know that the film will enjoy a nationwide theatrical release across the UK and Ireland courtesy of Manga Entertainment on Wednesday, 28th June, with further selected screenings taking place from Friday, 30th June.
Here's the full press release from Manga Entertainment themselves:
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.
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.
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!"
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.
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.
About Manga Entertainment, Ltd.
Founded in 1987, Manga Entertainment began as a producer, licensor and distributor of Japanese animation in the United Kingdom, quickly earning its reputation as the UK’s largest and best anime distributor with revered anime brands including GHOST IN THE SHELL, DRAGON BALL Z, NARUTO, ONE PIECE and DEATH NOTE. Headquartered in London, Manga Entertainment continues to specialize in the licensing, marketing and distribution of Japanese animation and other beloved new/classic pop culture franchises like HALO, TRANSFORMERS, POKEMON and YU-GI-OH! Affiliate company, Animatsu Entertainment which began in 2014 is the production and international rights management side of the business that currently has several projects in development, including an original series. Find out more at www.mangauk.com and www.animatsu.com