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The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004)
"Kumo no mukô, yakusoku no basho" (original title)

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In an alternate postwar timeline, Japan is divided into the Union-controlled North and the US-controlled South.

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Hidetaka Yoshioka ...
Hiroki Fujisawa (voice)
Masato Hagiwara ...
Takuya Shirakawa (voice)
Yuka Nanri ...
Sayuri Sawatari (voice) (as Yuuka Nanri)
Unshô Ishizuka ...
Okabe (voice)
Kazuhiko Inoue ...
Tomizawa (voice)
Risa Mizuno ...
Maki Kasahara (voice)
Hidenobu Kiuchi ...
Arisaka (voice)
Masami Iwasaki ...
Emishi Seisakujo Koin / Eki Shanai Announce / Byoin Incho (voice)
Eiji Takemoto ...
Emishi Seisakujo Koin / TV News (voice)
Takahiro Hirano ...
Emishi Seisakujo Koin / Daigakuinsei (voice)
Takeshi Maeda ...
Daigakuinsei / Radio Hoso (voice)
Rie Nakagawa ...
Joshi Seito / Josei Kangoshi (voice)
Yûki Nakao ...
Joshi Seito (voice)
Maki Saitou ...
Joshi Seito / Josei Kangoshi (voice)
Kousuke Kujirai ...
Danshi Seito (voice)
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The story takes place in a alternate postwar period, in 1996, where Japan is divided. Hokkaido is ruled by the "Union" while Honshu and other southern islands are under US authority. A tall tower was built on Hokkaido, which could even be seen from Tokyo. In the summer of 1996, three middle-school students make a promise that they'll cross the border with a self-constructed plane and unravel the tower's secret, but their project was abandoned after the girl, Sayuri Sawatari, became mysteriously ill and transferred to Tokyo. Years later on the brink of another war Hiroki Fujisawa finds out that Sayuri had been in coma since then, and he asks Takuya Shirakawa to help him finding a way to wake her up. Written by Anonymous

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Against all odds, a promise will be kept.


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Tomizawa: For the past twenty-five years... that tower has been a part of the scenery, and has been symbolic of many things. Symbolic of the state, war, people, or even despair and admiration. How someone interprets the tower depends on which generation they're from. But we all see it as something we can't reach or change... and as long as we see it that way, this world will not change.
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Kimi no Koe
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Lyrics by Makoto Shinkai
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a beautiful, engrossing movie
15 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

i happened to see this movie when i was browsing the library for a movie to watch, and decided to check it out on a whim. and boy, am i glad i did. the director of this movie has been called "the next miyazaki", and let me just say that that's no exaggeration. from the animation to the characters to the story, everything is crafted beautifully together. even the music, simple as it is, fits perfectly with the story.

let me just say something about the animation: it is drop dead gorgeous. advent children was beautiful, but this movie one-ups it. from the picturesque scenes to the clearly drawn and interesting characters, i cannot find a single fault with the picture itself.

and the story, like the animation, is a beautiful narrative. i have never been more engrossed by the story or its characters, and it was enough to both pain me and move me at each twist of the story.

all in all, this is a terrific gem of a movie. after i watched it, i immediately went out and bought it online. and i know that if anybody else watch it, they'll do the same.


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