The Place Promised in Our Early Days

Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho

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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.

User Rating: 4.75 ( 3 votes)


English: The Place Promised in Our Early Days
Japanese: 雲のむこう、約束の場所
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 20, 2004
Licensors: ADV Films
Studios: CoMix Wave Films
Source: Original
Genres: Drama, Military, Romance, Sci-Fi
Duration: 1 hr 30 min
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Resolution: 720p, 1080p
Type: BD, Dual Audio


Makoto Shinkai – Producer, Director, Sound Director, Script, Storyboard, Theme Song Lyrics, Color Design, Original Creator, Editing, Executive Producer
Steven Foster – Script, ADR Director
Ai Kawashima – Theme Song Performance
Tenmon – Theme Song Arrangement, Theme Song Composition, Music
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The production values are undeniably great but the story felt a little unstructured to me. Still an enjoyable watch though.


Do you like Shinkai? Cool. Just watch all of his films, it’s great to see how he developed over the years.


Primary motivations and actions may be convenient for framing the scenes, but on closer examination they simply fail to make sense.


Makoto’s signature is undeniable. Animation, setting and soundtracks are as good. The story I didn’t like but these are my personal tastes!


Это Макото Синкай, а значит что это 10 из 10


A good movie thats not as good as it could have been


Underdeveloped in all aspects,the film is curtailed long before it can become particularly emotionally engaging. Interesting ideas wasted.



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