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5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)

Byôsoku 5 senchimêtoru (original title)
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Told in three interconnected segments, we follow a young man named Takaki through his life as cruel winters, cold technology, and finally, adult obligations and responsibility converge to test the delicate petals of love.

Director:

Makoto Shinkai

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenji Mizuhashi Kenji Mizuhashi ... Takaki Tohno (voice)
Yoshimi Kondou Yoshimi Kondou ... Akari Shinohara (segment "Oukashou") (voice)
Satomi Hanamura Satomi Hanamura ... Kanae Sumida (segment "Cosmonaut") (voice)
Ayaka Onoue Ayaka Onoue ... Akari Shinohara (segment "Byousoku 5 Centimeter") (voice)
Risa Mizuno Risa Mizuno ... (voice)
Yuka Terazaki Yuka Terazaki ... (voice)
Yûko Nakamura Yûko Nakamura ... (voice)
Masami Iwasaki Masami Iwasaki ... (voice)
Rei Kondo Rei Kondo ... (voice)
Hiroshi Shimozaki Hiroshi Shimozaki ... (voice)
Takahiro Hirano Takahiro Hirano ... (voice)
Akira Nakagawa Akira Nakagawa ... (voice)
Keiko Izeki Keiko Izeki ... (voice)
Suguru Inoue Suguru Inoue ... (voice)
Rion Kako Rion Kako ... (voice)
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Storyline

Takaki and Akari are two classmates in elementary school. During their time together they have become close friends. Their relationship is tested when Akari moves to another city because of her parents' jobs. Both of them struggle to keep their friendship alive, as time and distance slowly pulls them apart. When Takaki finds out that he is moving further away, he decides to visit Akari one last time. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A chain of short stories about their distance See more »


Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

3 March 2007 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

5 Centimeters Per Second See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

CoMix Wave See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (animation)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The title 5 Centimeters Per Second comes from the speed at which cherry blossoms petals fall, petals being a metaphorical representation of humans, reminiscent of the slowness of life and how people often start together but slowly drift into their separate ways See more »

Goofs

If cherry petals would fall by 5 centimeters per second, it would take them one minute to fall from a 3 meter high tree. Obviously they fall around ten times faster, even when pictured in the movie. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Akari Shinohara: Hey... They say it's five centimeters per second.
Takaki Toono: What do you mean?
Akari Shinohara: The speed at which the sakura blossom petals fall... Five centimeters per second.
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Connections

References Kanojo to kanojo no neko (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K 525: I. Allegro
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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5 Centimeters Per Second
30 December 2011 | by Martin TellerSee all my reviews

I could copy almost my entire review of THE PLACE PROMISED IN OUR EARLY DAYS, Shinkai's previous film. More Takahata than Miyazaki... check. The same wistful, nostalgic tone is woven throughout these three episodes of youthful romantic pinings turned into bittersweet adult reminiscences. Breathtaking animation... check. The artistic style is uncommonly beautiful, with extraordinary attention to detail, gorgeous color and lighting, and images that deftly evoke a sense of melancholy. If all anime looked this astonishing, I'd watch more of it. Satisfying human elements but oversentimental... check. I could relate to the feelings expressed by Takaki, Kanae and Akari -- surely there is something nearly universal about those unrequited adolescent yearnings that can resurface years and years later -- but had to roll my eyes a bit at all the tinkly piano and whispered voice-over. Where this film surpasses its predecessor is in its lack of a goofy sci-fi subplot. There is a rocketship involved, but it's a background element purely for metaphorical purposes. Without that sort of distraction, I was more easily charmed by the gentle rhythms, pleasant characters, and lovely visuals.


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