SciFi Japan


    Source: The Associates press release Official Movie Site: (Japan)

    Hailed by many fans and critics as Japanese animation’s successor to Hayao Miyazaki (PONYO; HOWL`S MOVING CASTLE; SPIRITED AWAY), director Makoto Shinkai (THE PLACE PROMISED IN OUR EARLY DAYS) presents his most mature and complicated work yet, 5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND (Byoosoku Go Senchimeetoru: a Chein Obu Shooto Sutoriizu Abauto Zea Disutansu, 2007), coming to DVD on 14th March 2011 and featuring a brand new and superior audio dub produced by Bang Zoom! Entertainment. Taking its title from the speed at which cherry blossoms fall, 5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND comprises three interconnected short stories, each centered on the hopes and dreams of a boy named Takaki Tono, beginning in the 1990s and end in the present day. The story begins when a new girl, Akari Shinohara, transfers to Takaki’s elementary school, the two very quickly grow close to each other due to their similar interests and personalities and are soon inseparable. That is until Akari’s parents have to move because of their jobs and, inevitably, have to take their daughter with them. The two friends remain in touch by letter but, despite their mutual affection, they begin to drift apart. When Takaki is informed that he and his family will also be moving even further away, he decides to take a trip to visit Akari and reveal his true feelings to her. Through breathtaking animation and simple, heartfelt storytelling, Makoto Shinkai paints a vivid tableau of young love, desire, loss and hope with an unforgettably beautiful work that will thrill and delight fans of Satoshi Kon (PAPRIKA; MILLENNIUM ACTRESS), Mamoru Hosada (SUMMER WARS; THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME) and, of course, Hayao Miyazaki. 5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND (cert. 12) will be released on DVD (£17.99) by Manga Entertainment on 14th March 2011. Special Features include: interview with director Makoto Shinkai; interview with voice cast; “Making of” montage; original trailer; English and Japanese (with English subtitles) audio options. Label: Manga Entertainment Release date: 14th March 2011 Release type: DVD Certificate: 12 Running time: 63 minutes Pricing: £17.99 Genre: Anime Director: Makoto Shinkai

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