The Place Promised in Our Early Days / Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho
Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Drama, Military, Romance, Sci-Fi, Towers
First Released: November 2004, 90-minute film
Summary: Set in an alternate history with the Soviet Union occupying half of Japan, Hiroki Fujisawa and Takuya Shirakawa share two interests, an infatuation with a common classmate and an interest in the mysterious tower built by the Soviet Union. The two use their curiosity of the tower to focus on building an airplane that will reach the top of the tower. In the meantime their classmate, Sayuri Sawatari, goes missing. They find out years later that she has been comatose and is strangly linked to the mysterious tower.
The Place Promised in Our Early Days is the feature film debut of director Makoto Shinkai, famed director responsible for Your Name and Weathering With You. It is interesting to see the style of Shinkai shine through in his directorial feature film debut. All of the elements are there that continue to be shown for his future films, such as the use of a fantastical reality that exhibits a fusion of reality with fiction. Shinkai’s style also shows with the intense attention to background detail in the art. The scenes are beautifully animated and look like they are plucked from the real world. The soundtrack of Shinkai films always adds to the emotion and intensity of the story, and Early Days is no exception.
You might enjoy this if: You want to watch a character-driven story with a dash of fantasy.
You might not like it if: You prefer a story to be either grounded in reality or completely fiction without a trace of the real world.
Note to the Viewer: On September 12, 2001 an asteroid was named after Makoto Shinkai, the aptly named “55222 Makotoshinkai”.
The Place Promised in Our Early Days Trailer
Kimi no Koe (Your Voice) by Kawashima Ai from The Place Promised in Our Early Days