Thursday, August 31, 2017

REVIEW: In This Corner of the World

In the world of animation, it’s always quite striking to be reminded of the still untapped potential of Hollywood films. Save for a few ambitious efforts, the medium has been mostly synonymous with fantasy-related children’s fare. Internationally, however, animated films have been more willing to approach difficult subjects through a realist lens. One such example is “In This Corner of the World,” the new anime feature from director Sunao Katabuchi. Recalling the 1988 Studio Ghibli classic “Grave of the Fireflies,” this impressive period drama takes place in Japan during the tumultuous events of World War II and the bombing of Hiroshima. Told through the eyes of a young civilian, it never shies away from the harsh realities of life during wartime. As such, this modest animation stands out at this summer’s box office alongside like-minded fare such as “Dunkirk.”

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