"In This Corner of the World" Ends Its 441-Day Run in Two Hiroshima Theaters

90 theaters across Japan will start screening the award-winning film this Saturday

Hiroshima-based company Johakyu had been screening the anime film Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni/In This Corner of the World in its two theaters in Naku-ku, Hiroshima-city, Salon Cinema and Hacchoza, since its premiere on November 12, 2016. The two theaters finally ended the film's screening on its 441st day on Friday. Their total ticket sales was 42,195, which was the highest record for the company. 125 people gathered for the final screening on the Friday night.

 

The main story of the film is set in Hiroshima before and during World War II. The Hacchoza theater is located in the Fukuya Hacchobori department store, and the old department store and its around before it was destroyed by the atomic bomb dropped by the U.S. appears in the film. So many fans from all over Japan, even from Europe, have visited theater as part of the "Seichi-junrei (holy place pilgrimage) tour. Director Katabuchi did greeting from the stage seven times so far.

 

Katabuchi posted his message on Twitter:

"I visited the Hacchouza theater in 2011 soon after it opened and said like, 'I'll do my best to screen my

film here.' What a surprise that the film has been screened for 441 days, along with on Salon Cinema

across the street. I also appreciate for the people who have filled the seats through the period."

 

  

 

Production company Genco and fans sent the flowers to the Hacchoza theater on the final day.

 


 

This is not the end of the film's long theatrical run in Japan yet. As reported, Aeon Entertainment will start

showing the film in its Aeon cinema complex's 90 theaters across Japan, including one in Hiroshima, from

February 3. The newly-produced 2018 calender ( starting from April) will be sold at the Aeon theaters.

 

   

via: Mainichi Shimbun

 

© Fumiyo Kouno, Futabasha/"Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni" Production Committee

 

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