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Kumo no muk˘, yakusoku no basho (The Place Promised in Our Early Days)

Kumo no muk˘, yakusoku no basho (The Place Promised in Our Early Days) (2004)


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The anime feature The Place Promised in Our Early Days (AKA Kumo No Muko, Yakusoku No Bashu) opens with an alternate ending to World War II, when the islands of Japan are divided into northern and southern territories, and the island of Hokkaido - Japan's second largest prefecture, at the nexus of the Sea of Japan, the Sea of Okhotsk and the Pacific Ocean - is annexed. Around the turn of the millennium, an enigmatic tower is constructed on Hokkaido, and though its purpose is inscrutable to the

Jul 12, 2005

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By any standard it's impressive anime; as a feature debut it's a remarkable achievement.

June 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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I suspect that in 20 years, film buffs worldwide will be pointing to The Place Promised in Our Early Days as the introductory work from one of cinema's first-rate directors.

June 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

Superior anime offering.

July 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Shinkai Makoto, who made the 30-minute 'Voices of a Distant Star' by himself on a laptop computer, has written and directed an anime that favors human emotions over robot battles.

June 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Eschews the standard deathdroids and fuzzy critters for a more grounded, hard SF approach. Shinkai's debut ... falls prey to a frustrating feedback loop of a plot.

June 16, 2005 Full Review

Audience Reviews for Kumo no muk˘, yakusoku no basho (The Place Promised in Our Early Days)

The only part I enjoyed is the ending. And the whole movie was so boring man!
June 3, 2010
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From Makoto Shinkai's three best-known pieces, The Place Promised in Our Early Days possesses the most pronouncedly plot-oriented narrative: An ambiguous love triangle, a symbolic separation of worlds, and characteristic to Makoto, an open-ended and beautifully depressing conclusion. The characters of The Place Promised in Our Early Days are rather stationary and similar to those in Shinkai's other productions, are young, quiet, wounded, idealistic, and marvellously uninteresting. The characters are simple but their raw emotions are beautifully portrayed. Above other merits, characters in this movie are representative of good sense, human integrity, and beautiful resilience to losing love, being alone and growing up.
December 1, 2011

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  • Der Ort jenseits der Wolken (DE)
  • The Place Promised in Our Early Days (UK)
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