The Place Promised in Our Early Days (movie)

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Alternative title:
Beyond the Clouds, The Promised Place
Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho (Japanese)
La Tour Au-delà Des Nuages (French)
За облаками (Russian)
ماوراء الغيوم، مكان الوعد (Arabic)
雲のむこう、約束の場所 (Japanese)
雲之彼端,約定的地方 (Chinese (Taiwan))
구름의 저편, 약속의 장소 (Korean)
Objectionable content: Significant
Plot Summary: In an alternate timeline, Japan was divided after losing World War II: Hokkaido was annexed by "Union" while Honshu and other southern islands were under US sovereignty. A gigantic yet mysterious tower was constructed at Hokkaido and could be seen clearly from Aomori (the northernmost prefecture of Honshu) across Tsugaru Strait. In the summer of 1996, three 9th-graders had made a promise that one day they'll build an aircraft and unravel the tower's mystery, but their project was abandoned after the girl, Sayuri Sawatari, began experiencing sleeping sickness and transferred to Tokyo for better treatment. Three years later, Hiroki Fujisawa accidentally found out that Sayuri had been in coma since then, and he asked Takuya Shirakawa to help him finding a way to revive her. What they don't know yet is that Sayuri's unconsciousness is somehow linked with secrets of the tower and the world.
User Ratings: 2408 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 577 votes (sub:414, dub:127, raw:4, edit.dub:2, ?:2, others:28
12 Spanish subtitled
4 Russian dubbed
3 Russian subtitled
3 German dubbed
2 French subtitled
1 Portuguese subtitled
1 French dubbed
1 Spanish dubbed
1 Italian subtitled
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 Excellent: 674 votes (sub:498, dub:142, ?:5, raw:4, others:25
10 Spanish subtitled
5 Russian subtitled
2 German dubbed
2 Polish subtitled
2 Russian dubbed
1 Arabic subtitled
1 French dubbed
1 Portuguese subtitled
1 Italian subtitled
)
 Very good: 520 votes (sub:366, dub:121, ?:4, raw:2, others:27
9 Spanish subtitled
5 Portuguese subtitled
3 German subtitled
2 German dubbed
2 French subtitled
1 Russian subtitled
1 Italian subtitled
1 Korean subtitled
1 Polish subtitled
1 Dutch subtitled
1 Russian dubbed
)
 Good: 347 votes (sub:243, dub:82, ?:2, raw:1, others:19
5 Russian subtitled
4 French subtitled
3 Italian subtitled
2 Spanish subtitled
1 Portuguese subtitled
1 German dubbed
1 Chinese Mandarin subtitled
1 Russian dubbed
1 German subtitled
)
 Decent: 133 votes (sub:94, dub:35, raw:1, ?:1, others:2
1 Spanish subtitled
1 Turkish subtitled
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 So-so: 82 votes (sub:65, dub:15, raw:1, ?:1)
 Not really good: 26 votes (sub:22, dub:3, others:1
1 Spanish subtitled
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 Weak: 26 votes (sub:18, dub:7, raw:1)
 Bad: 11 votes (sub:8, dub:2, others:1
1 Russian edited dub
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 Awful: 6 votes (sub:5, dub:1)
 Worst ever: 6 votes (sub:4, dub:1, others:1
1 Arabic subtitled
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Seen in part or in whole by 3645 users, rank: #234 (of 6009)
Median rating: Very good
Arithmetic mean: 8.240 (Very good+), std. dev.: 1.6555, rank: #275 (of 6002)
Weighted mean: 8.161 (Very good), rank: #276 (of 6002) (seen all: 8.18 / seen some: 5.69 / won't finish: 3.13)
Bayesian estimate: 8.158 (Very good), rank: #193 (of 4566)
Running time: 91 minutes
Vintage: 2004-11-20
Premiere date:
2004-11-20 (Japan - Cinema Rise Roadshow)
2005-05-10 (U.S. Theatrical Premiere)
Release dates: We have 4
Ending Theme:
"Kimi no Koe" by Kawashima Ai
"Kimi no Koe" by ♥
Links: We have 1
Trivia: We have 3
News: Show:
NHK Launches Ani-Kuri 15 (May 1, 2007)
Sakuracon - A.D. Vision (Apr 24, 2005)
2004 Mainichi Film Awards (Jan 24, 2005)
Anime USA (Nov 13, 2004)
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Blu-Ray (Region B)
    Place Promised in Our Early Days / Voices of a Distant Star Twin Pack (Blu-Ray) 2013-10-14
DVD (Region 1)
    Shinkai Collection (DVD) 2005-12-06
    The Place Promised in Our Early Days (DVD) 2005-07-12 (from $124.99)
DVD (Region 2)
    Place Promised in Our Early Days / Voices of a Distant Star Twin Pack (DVD) 2013-10-14
    Place Promised in Our Early Days [Cancelled] (DVD) 2012-02-13

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director:
Makoto Shinkai
Yoshio Suzuki (asst - pt II)
Screenplay: Makoto Shinkai
Storyboard: Makoto Shinkai
Music:
Ariko Hanawa (Viola)
Emiko Shiroyama (Violin Performance)
Hiroyuki Koike (First Violin)
Ikuko Momose (Cello)
Kazuhisa Saito (Viola)
Makiko Shizuwa (Second Violin)
Rei Koike (Second Violin)
Seiichi Takahashi (Piano)
Tenmon
Tomio Yajima (Cello)
Toshio Okazawa (Guitar)
Yuki Eguchi (First Violin)
Original creator: Makoto Shinkai
Character Design: Ushio Tazawa
Chief Animation Director: Ushio Tazawa
Animation Director:
Shinichiro Kajiura (pt II)
Ushio Tazawa (pt I, III)
Sound Director: Makoto Shinkai
Director of Photography: Makoto Shinkai
Producer: Makoto Shinkai

Accounting: Yumiko Kikuchi
Additional Arrangement: Toshio Okazawa
Animation Cooperation:
Akira Hosogaya (pt I)
Chika Kojima (pt II)
Mayumi Kitamura (pt I)
Rie Usui (pt I)
Ryousuke Sekiguchi (pt I)
Tetsuo Hirakawa (pt I)
Tetsuya Koshizaki (pt II)
Yen Okishiji (pt I)
Animation producer: Kiyonori Hiramatsu
Assistant Animation Director: Hiromi Suzuki
Bela Cielo Design/Model: Makoto Shinkai
CG Modeling Cooperation:
Motoya Nara
Yuki Sato (CW)
Color Check: Miyoko Ichinose (Studio M)
Color design: Makoto Shinkai
Color setting: Miyoko Ichinose (Studio M)
Digital Paint:
Ayumi Maruyama (Studio M)
Daiki Hayashi (Studio L)
Hiromi Osone (TANTO)
Hiroshi Moriwaki (Studio L)
Junko Kaneuchi (Studio M)
Keiko Gouda (Studio M)
Madoka Ohki (Studio M)
Mio Sato (Studio M)
Sari Tagawa (Studio L)
Yasuko Hisaoka (TANTO)
Yosuke Anai (TANTO)
Yumi Sugakawa (Studio M)
Yumie Yaginuma (TANTO)
Yuuko Sawamura (Studio M)
Dolby Cooperation:
Mikio Mori (CFE)
Tsutomu Kawahigashi (CFE)
DVD Booklet Design:
Chiharu Ochiai
Makoto Shinkai
DVD Booklet Production: Makoto Shinkai
DVD Extras Editor: Yukihiro Ishikawa
DVD Extras Photography:
Hideaki Nokina (IKEDA-YA)
Masatoshi Sakamoto (IKEDA-YA)
Mitsutaka Yamashiro (M&M)
DVD Extras Production: Chiharu Ochiai (CoMix Wave)
DVD Production Assistance:
Hiromichi Nakajima (CoMix Wave)
Kazuki Sunami (CoMix Wave)
Editing: Makoto Shinkai
Engineering Assistant: Shinichi Takizawa
HD Film Conversion:
Daisuke Atsumi
Osamu Suzuki
In-Between Animation:
Akinori Anzai (XEBEC)
Aya Takano (asread)
Chizuru Kobayashi (XEBEC)
Daisuke Hiramaki (XEBEC)
Daisuke Itō (TANTO)
Katsuhiko Kitada (XEBEC)
Kiyotaka Oshiyama (XEBEC)
Mihoko Tomita (Kagura)
Satomi Kashihara (XEBEC)
Shuuhei Hosokawa (TANTO)
Tomoyo Sawada (XEBEC)
Yōko Kutsuzawa (XEBEC)
Yuji Emoto (TANTO)
Yuki Ohta (Kagura)
Yuuji Takano (TANTO)
In-Between Check:
Harumitsu Shimizu
Masahiro Suwa (TANTO)
Miho Ueno (TANTO)
IQ Editing: Yoshinari Yamazaki
IQ Editing Assistance: Yuuko Hasegawa
Lab Coordinator: Yuko Shimura
Lab Manager: Hiromitsu Senoo
Lab Technical Supervisor: Seiji Saito
Legal Work: Hideki Takahashi
Line Producer: Kouichirou Itou
Mix Engineer:
Kazuhiko Miyamoto
Makoto Sumiya (Tokyo TV Center)
Mixing Assistance: Keiichiro Morimoto (Tokyo TV Center)
Music Performance: Rie Koike (Violin)
Official Website Production: Takako Kamai
Overseas Promotion: Kazuki Sunami
Performance Coordinator: Yoji Sugiyama (Witchcraft)
Photography Assistant:
Masanori Muta (CW)
Yoko Nishimura (CW)
Post Production Director: Yuji Mitsuya
Production Assistant: Azusa Tomita
Production Coordination: Kensuke Minakawa (EDOYA)
Project Manager: Noritaka Kawaguchi
Promotion Design: Chiharu Ochiai
Promotion Producer: Naomi Toda
Recording Assistant: Tomohiro Sunaoshi (JINNAN STUDIO)
Recording Coordination: nbkz Sakai (CW)
Recording Director: Bungo Fujiwara (TWOFIVE)
Recording engineer:
Hitoshi Yamada (JINNAN STUDIO)
Kazuhiko Miyamoto
Research Cooperation:
Shinichiro Yoshida (Skating)
Shinta Yoshida (Skating)
Sound Effects: Shoji Kato (Anime Sound Production)
Sound Effects Assistant:
Rie Komiya (Anime Sound Production)
Shinji Kazama (Anime Sound Production)
Sound Engineer: Noriko Mihara (Sound Inn)
Sound Engineer Assistance: Yutaka Une (Sound Inn)
Sound Producer:
Fusanobu Fujiyama (JINNAN STUDIO)
Kisuke Koizumi (JINNAN STUDIO)
Subtitle Timing: Hiroaki Hirabayashi
Theme Song Arrangement: Tenmon
Theme Song Composition: Tenmon
Theme Song Lyrics: Makoto Shinkai
Theme Song Performance: Ai Kawashima (as ♥)
Hidetaka Yoshioka as Hiroki Fujisawa
Masato Hagiwara as Takuya Shirakawa
Yuuka Nanri as Sayuri Sawatari

Kazuhiko Inoue as Tomizawa
Risa Mizuno as Maki Kasahara
Unshou Ishizuka as Okabe

Bretto Coleman as US military officer
Eiji Takemoto as
Ezo Works employee
Voice of TV news
Hidenobu Kiuchi as Arisaka
Hirochika Kamize as Patrol boat warning
Ian O'Neal as NSA officer
Kousuke Kujirai as Male student
Maki Saitou as
Female student
Nurse
Masami Iwasaki as
Ezo Works employee
Hospital director
Train/station announcer
Rie Nakagawa as
Hiroki's girlfriend
Nurse
Takahiro Hirano as
College student
Ezo Works employee
Takeshi Maeda as
College student
Radio broadcaster
Yuki Nakao as Female student
Japanese companies
Bela Cielo Design/Model: aflo_module
Co-Production: asread
Development: Imagica
Digital Paint Cooperation: asread
Distribution Cooperation: Phantom Film
Distributor: CoMix Wave Inc.
Dolby Cooperation: Continental Far East Inc.
DVD Production Cooperation:
Eiko Recording
Imagica
Gun Specialist: Cobra
In-Between Cooperation: asread
MA Studio: Tokyo TV Center
Post Production: Imagica
Research: Skating
English staff
English cast
ADR Director: Steven Foster
ADR Script: Steven Foster
Executive producer:
John Ledford
Mark Williams
Producer: Steven Foster

Creative Director:
Chris Hawley
David Del Rio
DVD Coordination: Janice Williams
DVD Menu Design:
Fumiko Chino
Patrick Givens
DVD Packaging Design: Fumiko Chino
International Coordination: Toru Iwakami
Post-Production Manager: Shelly Thomas
Production Assistant:
Maki Nagano
Miyuki Kamiya
Sara Muir
Production manager: Joey Goubeaud
Project Translator: Masako Ollivier
Recording engineer: Adam Jones
Senior Translator: Shoko Oono
Special Thanks To: Cassandra Phillips-Sears
Subtitle Script: Dwayne Jones
Subtitle Timing: Dwayne Jones
Chris Patton as Hiroki Fujisawa
Jessica Boone as Sayuri Sawatari
Kalob Martinez as Takuya Shirakawa

Adam Jones as Emishi Plant Worker
Andrew Love as Emishi Plant Worker
Andy McAvin as Tomizawa
Hilary Haag as Female Student
Illich Guardiola as Arisaka
Jacob A.Gragard as Emishi Plant Worker
James Z. Erivayer as Graduate Student
Jay Hickman as Graduate Student
John Swasey as Okabe
Kira Vincent-Davis as Maki Kasahara
Lesley Tesh as Female Student
Mariela Ortiz as Female Student
Matthew Crawford as Male Student

English companies
ADR Recording: ADV Studios
Broadcaster: The Anime Network
Distributor:
101 Films (UK and Ireland; cancelled)
ADV Films (UK) (UK)
Anime Limited (UK)
Madman Entertainment (Australia)
DVD Authoring & Encoding: M.O.F.C.
Internet Streaming:
Crunchyroll
The Anime Network
Licensed by: ADV Films
French staff
French cast
David Manet as Takuya
Mélanie Dermont as Sayuri

Alexandra Correa as Fille
Alice Ley as Kana
André Pauwels as Officier
Maia Baran as Maki Kasahara
Martin Spinhayer as Chef Okabe
Olivier Cuvelier as Tomizawa
Pablo Hertsen as Arisaka
Patrick Brüll as Docteur
Tony Beck as Travailleur
French companies
Distributor: Fox Pathé Europa
Dubbing: NDE Production
German staff
German cast
(none)
Mia Diekow as Sayuri Sawatari
Tim Knauer as Hiroki Fujisawa
Tobias Schmidt as Takuya Shirakawa

Eberhard Haar as Okabe
Mario Grete as Tomizawa
German companies
Russian staff
Russian companies
(none)
Distributor: XL Media
Dubbing: XL Media
Translation: XL Media
Russian cast
(none)
Chinese (Taiwan) staff
Chinese (Taiwan) companies
(none)
Chinese (Taiwan) cast
(none)
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