wMar 27, 2009

5 Centimeters Per Second

This is the third movie I've seen by director/animator Makoto Shinkai [the first two being Voices of a Distant Star and The Place Promised in Our Early Days]. Shinkai is pretty neat in that when starting out, he worked on creating Voices of a Distant Star by himself every night when he came home from work. He eventually quit his job to focus on animating as his career. He wrote, produced, and directed VofDS on his Mac, and he and his fiancee did the voices. I admire Shinkai's passion so much!

5 centimeters per second is the speed at which cherry blossoms (sakura) fall through the air. Like people, they start out together and then, at that sometimes excruciatingly slow speed, drift apart. The film is split into three heartwrenching vignettes about different periods of time in the life of Takaki Tono. The things he faces are very common to all people: falling in love, developing friendships, struggling to find meaning in life. It's about people, living their lives. But it's the presentation that makes the film so beautiful and emotional. Compared to the other two movies I've seen by Shinkai, I think that his decision to remove sci-fi elements behooves him quite well.

Additionally, this movie was only an hour and two minutes, broken into three parts for easy viewing consumption.

Here is the trailer, which shows off the superior animation quality as well as the simple, poignant music.

Additionally, rilina uploaded a number of pictures in her write-up of the movie, which also prove how beautiful the movie was.

And yes, Boyfriend, I will watch it again with you.

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scribbled mystickeeper at 12:01 AM

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