Director: Sunao Katabuchi. 130 min. Rated PG-13. Japan. Animation.
The story is set in Hiroshima ... before the war. So for a film showing the very mundane daily lives of common villagers, the mere initial mention of that location in itself works to create a ticking clock towards the fateful day of August 6th, 1945: a tense juxtaposition against the characters' countryside innocence. And what better way to picture innocence, than animation? This will remind you of the far more devastating Grave of the Fireflies, and while it digs into these themes a tad too long, it's still worth the trip - considering the saber-rattling shenanigans of two current world leaders.