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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.

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

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Makoto Shinkai had expressed that, unlike his past works, there would be no fantasy or science fiction elements in this film. Instead, the feature film would attempt to present the real world from a different perspective. Makoto's film gives a realistic view of the struggles many face against, time, space, people, and love. See more »

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When the train departs from Nogi, the sound comes from a train traveling much faster. See more »

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

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One More Time, One More Chance
Performed by Masayoshi Yamazaki
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If you can find it, it's well worth a watch.
16 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

"5 cm per second. The speed at which cherry blossom petals fall." It looks like Makoto Shinkai has directed another little minimalist masterpiece. Bearing a distant resemblance to underground coming-of-age classics such as My Life as a Dog, 5 cm interweaves three short stories seen from the viewpoints of different characters. Each story revolves around a specific time period in the protagonist's life: his last days at primary school, graduating from high school, his early life as an adult.

Through the prism of an early sakura-blossom romance, the film primarily explores the themes of distance and loneliness, though it does so in a gentle way that is akin to recollecting your most beautiful sunrise memory rather than resorting to being dark and gloomy.

The music blends in very well with the movie, enhancing the emotional experiences conveyed, while passing almost unnoticed - as should happen in the best soundtracks. The animation is top notch and the quality of the drawings is just mesmerizing. You may often get the urge to pause the movie just to explore the richness of the tapestry.

If you can find it, it's well worth a watch.

9/10


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