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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:
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User Reviews:
Beautiful See more (26 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)
Kira Maltezos ... Maki Kasahara (voice: English version) (as Kira Vincent-Davis)
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)
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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
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] Living alone, the nights seemed to last forever. When I couldn't pass the time effectively, I went to a nearby train station and pretended to wait for someone.See more »
Soundtrack:
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34 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful, 8 June 2005
Author: Sarah McCain

This is an anime movie done by a relative newcomer to films: Makoto Shinkai, whose only previous directorial work was a half-hour short called "Voices of a Distant Star," in which he did all the animation himself on one laptop (even for Japan, a nation of workaholics, that was unheard of). It made him so famous that they gave him a full studio to work with for his next project, and when Makoto Shinkai doesn't have the constraints that a solo project would bring, look out.

The style of the film and its sci-fi and fantasy themes is equal parts steampunk and cyberpunk, with the film taking place in an alternate timeline of post-war Japan, only a few years from now. The main differences are the division between the North and South sides of Japan, and the research into parallel universes that has sprung up, resulting in the construction of a massive tower in Ezo (Hokkaido), which understandably captures the imagination and curiosity of the surrounding world.

Though the film is ostensibly a science fiction work, the plot involving a tower and alternate realities and so on plays second fiddle to the romantic drama, about three high school kids torn apart by war. The emotions blend with the fantasy elemts in a way that is handled with incredible elegance, care and sensitivity, and Makoto Shinkai's trademark poetic touch.

But what is more impressive is how the film shows that drama can be achieved through implausible situations. You see, too many directors think that in order to make a film "dramatic" and "touching," it must be about REALISTIC people in a REALISTIC setting having REALISTIC problems with REALISTIC resolutions, but Makoto Shinkai realizes a way around that, and uses a science fiction element not as a platform for action sequences, but rather as a way to achieve a kind of drama that you really couldn't get in a film that takes place in the "real world."

The film is aware that the sci-fi is playing second fiddle to the character drama, and doesn't waste any more time than it needs to trying to explain the film's bizarre sciences or justify the contrivances, rather leaving it up to the viewer to interpret and decipher what the fantasies of the film mean or symbolize. In other words, Shinkai wisely avoids the deathtrap of "Movie Science," and instead allows the audience to take things as they come and explain them ourselves.

The part about two teenagers building a plane that could get past a government-built radar system does seem a bit incredible, but this film does reflect on the incompetence of governments and how easy it is to get past them, so the required suspension of disbelief isn't really that big (I wish I found it hard to believe that a couple of teenagers could get past a bureaucratic governmental system in this day and age at all).

Also, the brief violence and "thrilling" assault on the tower are treated with perfect sincerity. The brief fight scenes are breathtaking in their realism and how they show that when someone gets punched, they get hurt. There are no legendary martial arts techniques or complex laser-rifle technology here, this film is about how people feel about each other and what they do when they are in trouble.

The ending is slightly abrupt and somewhat open-ended (although it is happy), but that is a theme in many anime. A lot is left up to the audience's interpretation and imagination, and the film only answers the questions that really matter.

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