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Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho


Alternative Titles

English: The Place Promised in Our Early Days
Synonyms: Beyond the Clouds, The Promised Place
Japanese: 雲のむこう、約束の場所

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 20, 2004
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: ADV Films
Studios: CoMix Wave Films
Source: Original
Duration: 1 hr. 30 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

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Score: 7.671 (scored by 69,919 users)
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Ranked: #12162
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Popularity: #707
Members: 155,697
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Synopsis

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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Shinkai, Makoto
Producer, Director, Sound Director, Script, Storyboard, Theme Song Lyrics, Executive Producer, Color Design, Original Creator, Editing
Foster, Steven
Script, ADR Director
Tenmon
Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Arrangement, Music
Kawashima, Ai
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"Kimi no Koe" by Kawashima, Ai



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Jun 25, 2008
TheLlama (All reviews)
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 read more
Mar 17, 2007
Faust721 (All reviews)
Makoto Shinkai's first feature-lengthed work - The Place Promised in Our Early Days.

Story: Just like Voices in a Distant Star and 5 Centimeters Per Second, this is a story about 2 people and their distances. Unlike Voices where their distance is that of time and space, Place Promised is about their distance across dimensions/dreams/reality. What I like about this concept is how well Shinkai presented it. Sayuri (our heroine) is physically in the world, but spiritually trapped in another. It is very touching to see Hiroki (our hero) search for Sayuri knowing that she is very close yet at the same time very far away read more
Apr 4, 2008
slpless (All reviews)
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 read more
Jun 9, 2011
Fangz (All reviews)
This film gets 5/10, because it's almost exactly one half of a perfect film.

Let's start with the good parts and get them over and done with. The artistry is outstanding. Sound design is great. Character animation is only average, but that's plainly not the creator's focus so that doesn't matter. You can write pages and pages on how painterly Shinkai's work is, how any single frame of the film can be picked out and put on the wall as a work of genuine art.

But.

A film needs more than that to be an actual film. It needs a story, and believable characters, and this is where read more

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