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5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)

Byôsoku 5 senchimêtoru (original title)
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Told in three interconnected segments, we follow a young man named Takaki through his life as cruel winters, cold technology, and finally, adult obligations and responsibility converge to test the delicate petals of love.

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Makoto Shinkai

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Makoto Shinkai (screenplay), Makoto Shinkai (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenji Mizuhashi Kenji Mizuhashi ... Takaki Tohno (voice)
Yoshimi Kondou Yoshimi Kondou ... Akari Shinohara (segment "Oukashou") (voice)
Satomi Hanamura Satomi Hanamura ... Kanae Sumida (segment "Cosmonaut") (voice)
Ayaka Onoue Ayaka Onoue ... Akari Shinohara (segment "Byousoku 5 Centimeter") (voice)
Risa Mizuno Risa Mizuno ... (voice)
Yuka Terazaki Yuka Terazaki ... (voice)
Yûko Nakamura Yûko Nakamura ... (voice)
Masami Iwasaki Masami Iwasaki ... (voice)
Rei Kondo Rei Kondo ... (voice)
Hiroshi Shimozaki Hiroshi Shimozaki ... (voice)
Takahiro Hirano Takahiro Hirano ... (voice)
Akira Nakagawa Akira Nakagawa ... (voice)
Keiko Izeki Keiko Izeki ... (voice)
Suguru Inoue Suguru Inoue ... (voice)
Rion Kako Rion Kako ... (voice)
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Storyline

Takaki and Akari are two classmates in elementary school. During their time together they have become close friends. Their relationship is tested when Akari moves to another city because of her parents' jobs. Both of them struggle to keep their friendship alive, as time and distance slowly pulls them apart. When Takaki finds out that he is moving further away, he decides to visit Akari one last time. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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In that moment, I felt I knew, where his heart lay. See more »


Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

3 March 2007 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

5 Centimeters Per Second See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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CoMix Wave See more »
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Runtime:

(original)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (animation)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The title 5 Centimeters Per Second comes from the speed at which cherry blossoms petals fall, petals being a metaphorical representation of humans, reminiscent of the slowness of life and how people often start together but slowly drift into their separate ways See more »

Goofs

If cherry petals would fall by 5 centimeters per second, it would take them one minute to fall from a 3 meter high tree. Obviously they fall around ten times faster, even when pictured in the movie. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Akari Shinohara: Hey... They say it's five centimeters per second.
Takaki Toono: What do you mean?
Akari Shinohara: The speed at which the sakura blossom petals fall... Five centimeters per second.
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Featured in MarzGurl Reviews: 5 Centimeters Per Second (2017) See more »

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Aogeba Toutoshi
Traditional Japanese graduation song
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Essentially an illustrated novella
8 February 2014 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

For me, the difference between cinema and literature is that while the latter is fundamentally about words, the former should tell its story at least as much through visuals and movement as through dialogue. 5 Centimeters Per Second, however, tells its story almost completely through words. You could simply read the script and get the entire story.

For example, the first of the movie's three episodes begins, after a snippet of dialogue, with a series of read letters while you watch their receiver go about his day. The bulk of the episode is a train ride in which his anxiety over train delays is expressed mainly by hearing his thoughts about how anxious he is. Shut your eyes, and you wouldn't miss a bit of story.

You would, admittedly, miss some really stunning animation. This movie is absolutely gorgeous, with stunning backdrops that will take your breath away.

The story itself is moderately interesting, a slice of life contemplation of time and desire and feelings of loss.

But it's very slow. And while the movie has some emotional impact, most of it is contained in a final music video-style piece whose combination of lyrics and images would be almost as effective without the hour of story preceding them.

Most of the people writing reviews here find this movie deeply moving, and I do understand why. The situations are sad, the images are pretty, and a sense of melancholy hangs over the whole thing. But for me, it was too slow, too wordy, and lacked the things that, for me, make film so powerful.


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