Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho

The Place Promised in Our Early Days

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Synonyms: Beyond the Clouds, The Promised Place
Japanese: 雲のむこう、約束の場所
English: The Place Promised in Our Early Days
German: The Place Promised in Our Early Days
Spanish: El Lugar que nos Prometimos
French: La Tour au-delà des Nuages
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 20, 2004
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: ADV Films, GKIDS
Studios: CoMix Wave Films
Source: Original
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Theme: MilitaryMilitary
Duration: 1 hr. 30 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.441 (scored by 9112891,128 users)
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Ranked: #19932
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Popularity: #1084
Members: 215,237
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Hiroki Fujisawa and Takuya Shirakawa harbor admiration for two things in their life: their classmate Sayuri Sawatari and the vast Ezo Tower that stands boundlessly across the Tsugaru Strait. Fascinated by the limitless structure beyond their reach, Hiroki and Takuya begin constructing an aeroplane from a fallen drone they discovered—naming it the Bella Ciela—to fulfill their dream of one day reaching the sky-scraping top of the tower. Later joined by the girl they love, Hiroki and Takuya promise Sayuri to fly with her to the seemingly otherworldly top together. However, Japan has suffered a North-South partitioning that has fueled conflict near the base of the tower, which marks the border between the America-controlled Southern islands and the Northern lands occupied by the Soviet Union.

Further along, Sayuri suddenly disappears, and Hiroki and Takuya never see her again. Unbeknownst to them, she fell victim to a sleeping disorder that left her comatose for the past three years. Although Hiroki and Takuya later learn about Sayuri's condition, they also discover that the girl's unconscious state is oddly linked to the same tower the trio had promised to conquer together.

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The film won the Best Animation Film award at the Mainichi Film Awards in 2004.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Shinkai, Makoto
Producer, Director, Sound Director, Script, Storyboard, Theme Song Lyrics, Original Creator, Executive Producer, Color Design, Editing
Foster, Steven
Script, ADR Director
Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Arrangement, Music
Kawashima, Ai
Theme Song Performance


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Ending Theme

"Kimi no Koe" by Kawashima, Ai


Jun 25, 2008
The Place Promised starts out with a very tranquil slice of life setting, but don't get fooled by first appearances. It soon takes on a more dramatic tone, with a sense of sci.fi. over it too, depending on which of the two male leads' story it's currently following. With the dreams of the female lead poppign in here and there, you have three fantastic story which grabs you on a deep, emotional level, and it all ends with blending the three together in one splendid end scene, which I'll remember a long time.

The characters in The Place Promised are fantastic, deep and lifelike. Note the ...
Apr 4, 2008
Mixed Feelings
I watched Makoto Shinkai’s first major work, Hoshi no Koe (Voices of a Distant Star) a year before watching this. Hoshi no Koe was nothing short of breathtaking. The animation, pacing, and plot were all top notch and even more surprising, it was essentially done by one person. After way too many delays, The Place of Promise in Our Early Days was finally released.

My initial impression was, ohh pretty. The animation was fantastic; everything was clean, crisp, and vivid. Although, sometimes a bit too clean, crisp, and vivid. This is especially true for the interior ...
Jan 3, 2016
I have very mixed feelings about Shinkai Makoto's work. On one hand, he really impressed me with Garden of Words, but on the other hand he really disappointed me with 5 centimeters per second, so i didn't know what to expect from this movie. So after sitting throught the longest 1 hour and a half of my life, i concluded that this movie is even WORSE than 5 centimeters per second. Before you start posting mean stuff on my accound, just try and read my review. It should be less painful than watching the actual movie.

Story: 2/10
I can't even begin to explain how bad the ...

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