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The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004)

Kumo no mukô, yakusoku no basho (original title)
In an alternate postwar timeline, Japan is divided into the Union-controlled North and the US-controlled South.

Directors:

Makoto Shinkai, Yoshio Suzuki (co-director)

Writers:

Makoto Shinkai (story), Makoto Shinkai (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hidetaka Yoshioka Hidetaka Yoshioka ... Hiroki Fujisawa (voice)
Masato Hagiwara Masato Hagiwara ... Takuya Shirakawa (voice)
Yuka Nanri ... Sayuri Sawatari (voice) (as Yuuka Nanri)
Unshô Ishizuka ... Okabe (voice)
Kazuhiko Inoue ... Tomizawa (voice)
Risa Mizuno Risa Mizuno ... Maki Kasahara (voice)
Hidenobu Kiuchi Hidenobu Kiuchi ... Arisaka (voice)
Masami Iwasaki Masami Iwasaki ... Emishi Seisakujo Koin / Eki Shanai Announce / Byoin Incho (voice)
Eiji Takemoto Eiji Takemoto ... Emishi Seisakujo Koin / TV News (voice)
Takahiro Hirano Takahiro Hirano ... Emishi Seisakujo Koin / Daigakuinsei (voice)
Takeshi Maeda Takeshi Maeda ... Daigakuinsei / Radio Hoso (voice)
Rie Nakagawa Rie Nakagawa ... Joshi Seito / Josei Kangoshi (voice)
Yûki Nakao Yûki Nakao ... Joshi Seito (voice)
Maki Saitou Maki Saitou ... Joshi Seito / Josei Kangoshi (voice)
Kousuke Kujirai Kousuke Kujirai ... Danshi Seito (voice)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

On that distant day... we made a promise that we couldn't keep. See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 November 2004 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Place Promised in Our Early Days See more »

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CoMix Wave See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Makoto Shinkai intended to draw the background art himself but with an estimated 1000 cuts needed this would have been impossible for Shinkai to do alone. The film's animation producer, Kiyonori Hiramatsu, went to Tokyo Art University to scout for artists. Adding to complications, many of the students recruited from oil painting classes and had no experience in creating digital backgrounds and many hadn't even used PCs before. See more »

Quotes

Hiroki Fujisawa: [Narrating] On those now distant days... we made a promise we couldn't keep.
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Connections

Referenced in Your Name. (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Kimi no Koe
Music and Arrangement by Tenmon
Lyrics by Makoto Shinkai
Performed by Ai Kawashima
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A film from which i didn't expect much but that impressed me
20 March 2005 | by ljl16See all my reviews

"Kumo no mukô, yakusoku no basho". I saw it without knowing much about the plot and it pleased me a lot. The film tells a story of fiction of three friends and of how time changes them.

It is very interesting how many Japanese films (not only anime) represent in a much more realistic way how human relationships are. And this is what happens with this film: although the story is fictive, the relationships are like real ones are.

This film is art. It is fantastic how the characters are drew. The ambient that you smell from the first image, the music... everything.

At the end, I felt something that I've only felt very few times: it was satisfaction. I felt satisfied although I didn't comprehend the plot completely. And that feeling, that from the very first moment invades you is unpayable.

I recommend it to you and... enjoy ;). I'm sure that although I don't write in English very well, and this comment didn't impressed you much, you will like this film.


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