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.
In 1962 Taiwan during the White Terror martial law period, Fang Ray Shin, a female student at the hillside Greenwood High School is attending counselling with teacher Mr. Chang, and they ... See full summary »
A high-school girl named Makoto acquires the power to travel back in time, and decides to use it for her own personal benefits. Little does she know that she is affecting the lives of others just as much as she is her own.
Living in a country that are constantly hit by all kinds of disasters, Japanese people are more sensitive to natural disaster related topics than most other countries. Shinkai Makoto aptly captured this sentiment and made this heartfelt movie. Blue sky (aozora) is what everyone's heart desires when it kept raining and raining in Tokyo. However, there is a price to pay to get the sunshine back ...
Now with global warming getting increasing worse, people all over the world are dealing with all kinds of unusual weathers. This movie thus does not resonate with the Japanese, but also with me as an American. There is a strong message there, and the ending is ... I cannot spoil too much here. In any case, don't just take it as a teenager love story.
And needless to say, Shinkai Makoto's graphics is as breathtaking as ever. I like the songs as well.
I am glad that we can see it in American movie theaters next year. Thank you GKIDS!
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