The Place Promised in Our Early Days


The Place Promised in Our Early Days

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The Place Promised in Our Early Days concerns a pair of best friends who built a plane together while they were in school. They are also both obsessed with a girl named Sayuri. When they become adults, the world is teetering on the brink of a cataclysmic world war, and the only way to save the world is to fly that old plane toward a act that will directly impact Sayuri.


Jessica Boone
as Sayuri Sawatari
Andy McAvin
as Tomizawa
Kalob Martinez
as Takuya Sawatari
Matthew Crawford
as Male Student
Chris Patton
as Hiroki Fujisawa
James Z. Erivayer
as Graduate Student
John Gremillion
as Additional Voices
Hilary Haag
as Female Student
Kira Vincent-Davis
as Maki Kasahara
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Critic Reviews for The Place Promised in Our Early Days

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (1)

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

    Jun 17, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 28, 2009 | Rating: 62/100 | Full Review…
  • Superior anime offering.

    Jul 20, 2005 | Rating: 4/5
  • 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.

    Jun 17, 2005 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 16, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Place Promised in Our Early Days

  • Nov 26, 2014
    In "The Place Promised in Our Early Days," Hiroki and Takuya are a couple of childhood friends who go to work at a junkyard in the middle of nowhere in exchange for parts, so they can repair an airplane that they intend to fly in order to explore a mysterious tower just across the border. Soon after, they are joined by Sayuri, another friend. After which, "The Place Promised in Our Early Days" jumps ahead seven years. And what I had initially thought of as a movie about the near future(unless I missed something), becomes something much more interesting and weirder in simultaneously taking on the topics of dreams and parallel realities, in this case a plausible sounding one where Japan like Korea and Germany is divided after World War II. So while this is the rare science fiction movie, albeit an animated one, that is truly evocative, it also proves that alternate realities can be just as headache inducing as time travel and I mean that as the highest compliment. Now, if the ending had only made a little more sense...
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 01, 2011
    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.
    Steven V Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2010
    The only part I enjoyed is the ending. And the whole movie was so boring man!
    Dead A Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2007
    An achingly beautiful, poetic, simple movie about love and limitlessness. Makoto Shinkai > Hayao Miyazaki. Everything Shinkai has ever done has touched me profoundly.
    Drew S Super Reviewer

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