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Grand Prize

In This Corner of the World

KATABUCHI Sunao

Animated feature film [Japan]

In This Corner of the World is an ani- mated lm for the theater directed by KATABUCHI Sunao, who spent six years directing. He was writing the script for the animated movie Mai Mai Miracle (2009). It is an adaptation of KOUNO Fumiyo’s manga of the same title (2008-09). It was completed in part with production funds collected by more than 3,000 supporters with a crowd funding campaign that be- gan in 2015. Since its release in No- vember 2016, acclaim for the movie spread through word-of-mouth and social media, ensuring a long run that lasted into 2018. The main character, Suzu, marries into a family in Kure City, Hiroshima, at age 18 in 1944, and uses her creativity to maintain her household despite the wartime short- ages. However, as the war intensi es, Kure, a naval port city, suffers repeat- ed air attacks. This lm depicts Suzu, who strives to continue her daily tasks with a positive attitude even as the familiar things she thought were important are stolen from her one by one, as well as the people around her. Exhaustive research based on documents, maps, eld studies and interviews with those who lived there at the time have resulted in the rec- reation of a Hiroshima which can no longer be seen. The lm is so faithful to historical fact that even the weath- er on the actual day is re ected accu- rately. This helps to bring the world of Suzu and her friends and family alive.

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Profile

KATABUCHI Sunao

Japan

Born in Osaka, 1960. He graduated from the Department of Cinema, College of Art of Nihon University. He served as the scriptwriter and assistant director for the TV animation series Meitantei Holmes (Sherlock Hound), which MIYAZAKI Hayao took part in. In 1989, he was the assistant director for Majo no Takkyubin (Kiki's Delivery Service) directed by MIYAZAKI Hayao. He made his debut as a feature animation film director in 2001 with Arete Hime (Princess Arete). In 2006, he served as the director, series composition and scriptwriter of the TV animation series, BLACK LAGOON.

( 2010 )

Award Reason

In This Corner of the World is a re- markable work for the way in which it draws out the beauty of everyday actions, unlike the stimulating, fast- moving animation that is the trend these days. Actions that would nor- mally be ignored as everyday com- monplaces, such as the weight of baggage carried on the shoulder and the movements when lifting it up, are used in this lm to express the char- acter of the individual making these movements. Many individuals with such unique personalities are depict- ed here, and the details of daily life are one of the small pleasures of this lm. It made me realize the importance of passing one’s day in mundane ways, such as preparing meals and talking with neighbors. This becomes even more poignant because war lies be- hind their daily lives. However, looking back, major disasters do suddenly descend on us. The reality described in In This Corner of the World does not lie in the distant past, and in fact still exists in Japan, making it all the more compelling. (YOKOTA Masao)

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