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Makoto Shinkai (story)
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Release Date:
20 November 2004 (Japan) See more »
Tagline:
Against all odds, a promise will be kept.
Plot:
In an alternate postwar timeline, Japan is divided into the Union-controlled North and the US-controlled South. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
A Truly Great Movie See more (28 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
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)
Bretto Coleman ... Beigunjin (voice)
Ian O'Neal ... NSA (voice)
Hirochika Kamize ... Jushisen Keikoku (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jessica Boone ... Sayuri Sawatari (voice: English version)
Matthew Crawford ... Male Student (voice: English version)
James Z. Erivayer ... Graduate Student (voice: English version)
Jacob A. Gragard ... Emishi Plant Worker (voice: English version)

John Gremillion ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Illich Guardiola ... Arisaka (voice: English version)
Hilary Haag ... Female Student (voice: English version)
Jay Hickman ... Graduate Student (voice: English version)
Adam Jones ... Emishi Plant Worker (voice: English version)
Jacob Jones ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Andrew Love ... Emishi Plant Worker (voice: English version)
Kalob Martinez ... Takuya Sawatari (voice: English version)

Andy McAvin ... Tomizawa (voice: English version)
Rob Mungle ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Chris Nelson ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Mariela Ortiz ... Female Student (voice: English version)
Chris Patton ... Hiroki Fujisawa (voice: English version)

Lesley Pedersen ... Female Student (voice: English version) (as Lesley Tesh)
Carl Ruthers ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
John Swasey ... Okabe (voice: English version)
Kira Vincent-Davis ... Maki Kasahara (voice: English version)

Directed by
Makoto Shinkai 
 
Writing credits
Makoto Shinkai (story)

Makoto Shinkai (screenplay)

Steven Foster (adaptation)

Produced by
John Ledford .... executive producer
Makoto Shinkai .... producer
Naomi Toda .... promotional producer
Mark Williams .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Tenmon 
 
Cinematography by
Makoto Shinkai (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Makoto Shinkai 
 
Casting by
Makoto Matsuda 
 
Art Department
Yasushi Ebihara .... background art
Keiko Gouda .... painter: Studio M
Akira Hirosawa .... background art
Akiko Majima .... background art
Ayumi Maruyama .... painter: Studio M
Kiyoshi Ochiai .... background art
Madoka Ohki .... painter: Studio M
Makoto Shinkai .... art
Makoto Shinkai .... background art
Makoto Shinkai .... color designer
Makoto Shinkai .... storyboard artist
Yuko Tanaka .... art cooperation
Arata Toma .... background art
 
Sound Department
Bungo Fujiwara .... recording director
Jacob A. Gragard .... adr recordist
Shôji Kato .... sound effects (as Shôji Katô)
Shinji Kazama .... sound effects assistant
Rie Komiya .... sound effects assistant
Kazuhiko Miyamoto .... mixing engineer
Kazuhiko Miyamoto .... sound recording engineer
Keiichirô Morimoto .... mixing assistant
Makoto Shinkai .... sound director
Makoto Sumiya .... mixing engineer
Hitoshi Yamada .... sound recording engineer
 
Special Effects by
Makoto Shinkai .... model designer: Bela Cielo
Makoto Shinkai .... modeler
 
Animation Department
Akinori Anzai .... in-between animator: XEBEC
Yuji Emoto .... in-between animator: TANTO
Tetsuo Hirakawa .... animation cooperation
Daisuke Hiramaki .... in-between animator: XEBEC
Akira Hirosawa .... cel brushing
Akira Hosogaya .... animation cooperation
Daisuke Ito .... in-between animator: TANTO
Satomi Kashihara .... in-between animator: XEBEC
Katsuhiko Kitada .... in-between animator: XEBEC
Mayumi Kitamura .... animation cooperation
Chizuru Kobayashi .... in-between animator: XEBEC
Chika Kojima .... animation cooperation
Tetsuya Koshizaki .... animation cooperation
Kiyotaka Oshiyama .... in-between animator: XEBEC
Tomoyo Sawada .... in-between animator: XEBEC
Ryôsuke Sekiguchi .... animation cooperation (as Ryousuke Sekiguchi)
Hiromi Suzuki .... assistant animation director
Aya Takano .... in-between animator: asread
Takumi Tanji .... background artist
Takumi Tanji .... cel brushing
Ushio Tazawa .... character designer
Ushio Tazawa .... chief animation director
Mihoko Tomita .... in-between animator: Kagura
Rie Usui .... animation cooperation
 
Editorial Department
Daisuke Atsumi .... HD film converter
Yuuko Hasegawa .... assistant IQ editor
Yuko Shimura .... film lab coordinator
Yoshinari Yamzaki .... IQ editor (as Yoshinari Yamazaki)
 
Music Department
Bungo Fujiwara .... music producer
Hiroyuki Koike .... musician: first violin
Rei Koike .... musician: second violin
Noriko Mihara .... music engineer
Toshio Okazawa .... musician: guitar
Kazuhisa Saito .... musician: viola
Nobukazu Sakai .... music production coordinator
Youji Sugiyama .... contractor: strings
Seiichi Takahashi .... musician: piano
 
Other crew
Hiroaki Hirabayashi .... subtitle timing
Yukihiro Ishikawa .... DVD extras editor
Yumiko Kikuchi .... production accountant
Mikio Mori .... cooperation: dolby film
Chiharu Ochiai .... DVD booklet designer
Chiharu Ochiai .... DVD extras producer
Chiharu Ochiai .... promotional design
Shinichiro Yoshida .... researcher
 
Thanks
Yasuki Hamano .... thanks
Norio Ikawa .... thanks
Yutaka Kamata .... thanks
Hikaru Kondo .... special thanks
Kenichiro Kuroiwa .... thanks
Yoshikazu Miyagawa .... thanks
Takahiro Otsuki .... thanks
Masaya Sakamoto .... thanks
Haruhisa Shinkai .... thanks
Masayasu Takigawa .... thanks
Daisuke Umezu .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Kumo no mukô, yakusoku no basho" - Japan (original title)
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Japan:91 min
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Hiroki Fujisawa:[Narrating] Back then, I felt that this place, this time would last forever. The tower I admired that lay beyond the clouds... became the place of a precious promise. At that moment we weren't afraid of anything. But in reality, the world and the flow of time kept on going all around me.See more »
Soundtrack:
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A Truly Great Movie, 11 January 2011
Author: Valentin Frank from Boston, USA

The director and writer of The Place Promised in Our Early Days is a certain Makoto Shinkai who is otherwise famous for movies like 5 cm Per Second and Voices of a Distant Star. He has been hailed as one of the greatest anime directors or even the greatest, up there with legends like Hayao Myazaki. Since I saw his other two movies first and absolutely adore them, it is needless to say that my expectations for this movie were sky high. Simply put, I was not let down. Unlike the other two movies under the same direction, The Place Promised in Our Early Days has a very definite plot with clear dips, rises and climaxes. All in all, it is an exciting story that puts you in the center of a divided Japan with different powers controlling both sides. The plot might seem dry and overused on paper, but it is quite intriguing once you actually see it in action. Also driving the storytelling forward is this movie's sci-fi twist on parallel universes and how certain people react with them. Again, this movie certainly brings around one of the uniquer feeling tales around, even if it doesn't sound it. Anyone who has seen another Makoto Shinkai movie however will be able to tell you though, that it is not the story that makes his movies special, but the characters and the emotion that few movies come close to matching. Although it is still a huge distant beyond any other movie in this respect, the power behind to emotions is probably the weakest of all three movies. Don't get me wrong; you will still find the characters and their relations hauntingly and irresistibly real, but you aren't AS horrified when a character's life suddenly changes for the worse. Still, the feelings of loneliness, desperation, or exuberance, all of which Shinkai is famous for, are still found in their distinct, amazing way. Since this was the second of the three movies, it also seems as though it is a technical middle-step between the OK animation of Voices of a Distant Star, and the truly breath-taking visual found in 5 cm Per Second. The animation will not disappoint you, and there are some truly clever tricks that are used that make it look truly wonderful, but they won't stand out among the best in the industry. The music might just do that however with its beautiful, violin-heavy soundtrack that creates a great ambiance for whatever scene is currently playing. Also, the fact that the violin is featured in the soundtrack is of relevance to the plot, and makes both the character progression and the music appear that much sweeter.

Although I have criticized this movie a lot, for every thing it did wrong, it did a million things right. This still stands with the truly great anime movies out there and is a great watch for any fan of sci-fi influenced plots that will bring a surprisingly personal tone to the story.

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