In This Corner of the World Director Confirms New Anime Film Set in Kyoto 1,000 Years Ago

Director Sunao Katabuchi wants to look further than tales set in those times


The official Twitter account for anime studio CONTRAIL, set up by In This Corner of the World anime film director Sunao Katabuchi for his next film, confirmed that the next film is now in production and that it'll be set in Kyoto during the Heian period around 1,000 years ago. 


In a series of Tweets (in English) from the studio, they explain that Katabuchi wants to portray the era in a realistic way and look beyond the stories set in that era from famous books such as The Pillow Book and The Tale of Genji, and show modern audiences what Japan was like 1,000 years ago, including depictions of the plague ravishing Japan. The title of the film is yet to be revealed.














Katabuchi and his team have launched a series of videos on NicoNico to discuss how modern people see the Heian period. The videos are currently behind a pay-wall and without subtitles at the time of writing.


Sunao Katabuchi is best known as the award-winning anime director behind In This Corner of the World (and its extended edition In This Corner (and Other Corners) of the World), which told the heartbreaking and thoroughly-researched story of a young woman during World War II and the bombing of Hiroshima. 


Source: CONTRAIL on Twitter


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Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram

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