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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:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 November 2004 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

The unmanned aircraft in the movie is a futuristic design of the RQ-/MQ-1 "Predator" unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). See more »

Quotes

Hiroki Fujisawa: [Narrating] Back then, I felt that this place, this time would last forever. The tower I admired that lay beyond the clouds... became the place of a precious promise. At that moment we weren't afraid of anything. But in reality, the world and the flow of time kept on going all around me.
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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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Simultaneously beautiful and disappointing.
25 April 2005 | by fuzzy_wunzSee 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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