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Kumo no mukô, yakusoku no basho (2004)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hidetaka Yoshioka ... Hiroki Fujisawa (voice)
Masato Hagiwara ... Takuya Shirakawa (voice)
... 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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On that distant day... we made a promise that we couldn't keep. See more »


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20 November 2004 (Japan)  »

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The book Fujisawa is reading on the train during his journey home is Kenji Miyazawa's Haru to Shura (Spring and Asura). See more »

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Hiroki Fujisawa: [Narrating] At the time, we were drawn by two things: One was our classmate, Sawatari Sayuri... The other was the giant tower across the Tsugaru Strait. I was always looking up at that tower, I felt that something very precious waited there, I yearned to go there... One day... One day... I will go there.
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Referenced in Your Name. (2016) See more »

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Kimi no Koe
Music and Arrangement by Tenmon
Lyrics by Makoto Shinkai
Performed by Ai Kawashima
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Simultaneously beautiful and disappointing.
25 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

Approaching this from the perspective of a sci-fi enthusiast, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that, despite the complexity of its theories on divergent realities and their harmonic coexistence with dreams, there was a far simpler coming-of-age story that centered on a childhood promise. The score is haunting. The visuals and animation are stunning and the characters are charmingly awkward. Although there are some action sequences and a pint of blood thrown in for measure, the film's pace is decidedly that of a romantic reflection on loneliness and bittersweet affection. In the end, the story telling is adequate, but viewers who were eager to be exposed to fantastic alternate universes will be disappointed.


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