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


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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] 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.
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Soundtracks

Kimi no Koe
Music and Arrangement by Tenmon
Lyrics by Makoto Shinkai
Performed by Ai Kawashima
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awful
13 March 2015 | by frankbaldSee all my reviews

I gave 4 stars just for the art and the music, but I really got bored a lot watching this, the story makes no sense, it's all so dreamy, so epic, the author wants you to deeply feel all this emotions but to me the result it's an hollow movie with hollow character. I've never fallen asleep watching something, but with this I barely succeeded to end it. I definitively suggest not to watch it, there are so many other beautiful anime to see out there. One thing I've enjoyed is the artwork, the landscapes are really intense and make you dream, but also there sometimes there is too much over production, too many light effects, it seems like a punch in the eye. And I hate when authors use science fiction in this way, by throwing here and there some gibberish theory and then making a mess with a convoluted plot, so that people at the end can say that it leave you with the freedom to interpret it, I find this technique over abused lately, and by the way I've never seen using it so badly like in this case


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