The Place Promised in Our Early Days
Marc Hairston · From fps #4 · September 1, 2005 | Adolescence is a time of life when almost anything seems possible. There are times during everyone's youth when we have that aching sense that our lives stand on the cusp of something great, something stupendous, maybe even something apocalyptic, if only we could find the key to make it happen. This incredible longing to do something magnificent lies at the heart of Makoto Shinkai's stunning film, The Place Promised in Our Early Days.

The Place Promised in Our Early Days
Directed by Makoto Shinkai
CoMix Wave/ADV Films, 2005
Originally released theatrically in 2004
90 minutes

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Shinkai is already known to the animation community in Japan and the West as the creator of the anime short Voices of a Distant Star, which he created completely on his own desktop Mac. After winning several major awards for that short he collaborated with CoMix Wave to do his first theatrical film, Beyond the Clouds. The Place Promised in Our Early Days premiered in Japan last fall and has just been released in North America on DVD.

The film is set in an alternative present day where Japan has been divided and occupied since the end of World War II, with the Soviets controlling the northern island of Hokkaido (here referred to by its older name of Ezo) while the US controls the rest of Japan.

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