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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 »


Certificate:

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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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User Reviews

 
The Title is the Best Part
16 May 2017 | by SnootzSee all my reviews

While a popular anime, I find that the title (The Place Promised in Our Early Days) is more interesting than the slow, plodding script. Many will find this film unmoving and uneventful.

The animation is so-so. In only one scene (a mountain background with mist) was I impressed; otherwise it's very typical. I'm honestly surprised by the number of reviews stating this is "beautiful". It's really simply not that impressive animation-wise. I guess beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.

The characters are largely undeveloped. The plot line is simple and mono-directional, without much in the way of suspense, surprise or emotional impact. There are no highs or lows, no real climax to the film, and the ending is weak.

I am a fan of anime and very much enjoy artistic anime. I don't need giant robot battles in order to enjoy a film-- and enjoy many aspects of the drama genre where story is as important as the animation itself. But this work struck me as mediocre in all aspects. I do appreciate that some may enjoy the (very)subdued romantic aspect, but I found it as undeveloped and uneventful as the rest of the work.

As would be expected I give it 5 stars. Neither impressive nor bad... just a slow-moving story, weak plot line and so-so animation.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 November 2004 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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