The premiere for the movie Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni was held in the packed Theater Shinjuku in Tokyo on November 12.
The story of the movie is set during World War II, and it follows the life of Suzu Urano, a young bride with her new family living on the outskirts of the port town of Kure.
The movie. which started out with just four team members. found the necessary funds through crowd-sourcing. 3374 supporters through the crowd-funding site Makuake helped the team raise ¥36,224,000.
The event was held early in the morning, but the theater was full of fans who wanted to see the special guests: the movie’s music producer Kotoringo, Suzu’s voice actress, Non, and the director Sunao Katabuchi.
As soon they finished with the necessary greetings, they started talking about their work. The first question was about the scenes that impressed them the most. Non said that ‘the way Suzu enjoys her life is very impressive and I really like how she tries everything as hard as she can; including doing research on how to save money and recycling kimono.’ She admitted that she has no talent in these kind of things but through Suzu she started to notice the fun in cooking and washing clothes.
Kotoringo loved the scenes ‘in which Suzu makes something such as food and work pants.’ He was impressed to see how a rabbit drawn by Suzu started to fly. ‘It’s not a happy scene,’ he commented, ‘but I like the scene in which a spark appears after Suzu loses conscousness. In the original work, there are drawings in various ways using pencil, lipstick and her left hand so I decided to pay homage to Norman MacLaren, the Canadian animator.’
The guests revealed to the audience that the animation director praise the work of the voice cast. He said that ‘their voiced were perfect. It’s rare to find a cast that can match the image of the movie this much.’
The event was enveloped in laughter and a warm feeling that was kept until the end. The guests’ final comment was that ‘this movie is a wonderful work, so please go and see it.’ The director added that ‘it took six years, but we are finally able to share this work with you. However, this is just the beginning. Suzu is now yours. Please come and see her!’
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