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Makoto Shinkai (written by)
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Release Date:
2 February 2003 (Japan) See more »
Tagline:
A love story that transcends time and space
Plot:
The love of Japanese high school students Mikako Nagamine and Noboru Tera is tested when Mikako is sent to fight aliens in a distant universe and voice mails to and from Earth become months to years in transmission. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Beauty in simplicity See more (36 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Mika Shinohara ... Mikako Nagamine (voice)
Makoto Shinkai ... Noboru Terao (original version) (voice)
Sumi Mutoh ... Mikako Nagamine ('seiyuu' version) (voice)
Chihiro Suzuki ... Noboru Terao ('seiyuu' version) (voice)

Donna Burke ... Operator ('seiyuu' version) (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adam Conlon ... Noboru Terao (voice: English version)
Cynthia Martinez ... Mikako Nagamine (voice: English version)

Directed by
Makoto Shinkai 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Makoto Shinkai  written by

Produced by
Yoshihiro Hagiwara .... producer
John Ledford .... executive producer (english version)
Makoto Shinkai .... producer
Mark Williams .... executive producer (english version)
 
Original Music by
Tenmon 
 
Cinematography by
Makoto Shinkai 
 
Film Editing by
Makoto Shinkai 
 
Casting by
Toshiki Kameyama 
 
Art Direction by
Makoto Shinkai 
 
Art Department
Makoto Shinkai .... character designer
Makoto Shinkai .... storyboard artist
 
Sound Department
Steven Foster .... adr director
Youji Nishimura .... sound recordist
Kiyoshi Okabe .... sound designer
 
Animation Department
Makoto Shinkai .... animation director
Makoto Shinkai .... animator
 
Music Department
K. Juno .... lyrics: original song
Ai Miyoko .... performer: original song
Tenmon .... composer: original song
 
Other crew
Steven Foster .... adaptation: English dialogue
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hoshi no koe" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
25 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »

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Trivia:
This film was written, directed and produced entirely by Makoto Shinkai on his Power Mac G4. Makoto and his wife, Miko provided the voice acting for the working dub (A second Japanese dub was later created for the DVD release with professional voice actors).See more »
Quotes:
Mikako Nagamine:You know, Noboru, I have a lot of things I reminisce about, After all, I have nothing here. For example, you know: For example, things like summer, clouds and like cold rain... Things like the smell of a fall breeze. Like the sound of rain drops hitting an umbrella...
[...]
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Soundtrack:
Through the Years and Far Away (Hello Little Star)See more »

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28 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Beauty in simplicity, 15 November 2004
Author: baseballfanjm from Massachusetts

What a simple concept for a film, executed so wonderfully. A teenage girl travels in space, and the only way for her to contact the boy she loves back on earth in through her cell-phone's text messaging. But as she drifts further from earth, the messages begin to take a much longer to reach him. He begins to give up on hearing from her again, and she grieves over what she is unable to tell him from this distance. However, the ending is extremely moving and uplifting, more so than I thought this 25-minute film would be.

I need not mention how this film was made, by one man on his computer. While the visuals are surprisingly good for a film made with such sparse resources, Makoto Shinkai clearly understands that storytelling is the most important part of animation, and he made a film that is more beautiful and touching than almost anything you'd see in Hollywood, and he did it on his computer, and with a run time of under a half hour. This guy is talented, and I hope to see him directing more animes in the future.

Voices of a Distant Star is a superb film by any standards, certainly a must see for anime fans.

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about the part where she sees herself (possible spoilers) Zaphod88
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