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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 »
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right up there with Hayao Miyazaki...but with better emotional content 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)
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)
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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
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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Quotes:
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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right up there with Hayao Miyazaki...but with better emotional content, 13 April 2014
Author: bcheng93 from ny ny

Makoto can do no wrong, everything he touches turns to gold. i put him right up there with Miyazaki but with a certain sadness which touches you. you feel that lonely and sad feeling with everyone of his films, and trust me, evoking that type of emotion from viewers every time takes a genius to accomplish.

that is one of the reasons i watch his films and i've watched all of them including his latest(garden of words). watching his films is like enjoying good poetry, it just flows. his artwork is breathe-taking and i will never get bored of that. i love the way he colors his films, evoking emotions and feelings of sadness and loneliness . i couldn't care if the story sucks or not, because even if the story is not that good the animation is always top-notch. but that doesn't really apply because in every one of his films the storyline was also very strong.

the story is about 3 junior high school friends, 2 boys and a girl in an alternate postwar Japan and their continuing relationship into their early twenties. they split up right after junior high and never go to the place promised in their early days and then the subsequent fight to keep that promise at the end.

this is a sci-fi, romance and drama movie, although the sci-fi part gets a little convoluted even though the ideas are very good. just like all his other films you can't help getting a lump in your throat while watching the movie.

i recommend this movie to everybody that is above the age of 12 because any younger and they won't be able to grasp the content of the whole movie...hey, they can always just watch the beautiful artwork in that case.

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