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Theatrical Animation - 5 Centimeters Per Second (Blu-ray) (Japan Version)
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Since the release of his award-winning short Voices From a Distant Star in 2002, visionary animator Shinkai Makoto has been earmarked as the future of Japanese animation, the next Miyazaki. Though these are no easy expectations to live up to, Shinkai has shown that the hype is well deserved with his 2004 follow-up The Place Promised Our Early Days and now 5 Centimeters Per Second, a.k.a. a chain of short stories about their distance. The title refers to the speed at which cherry blossoms fall to the ground, a fitting image of the film's delicate, lyrical splendor. 5 Centimeters Per Second continues with the soft, dreamy aesthetic and bittersweet adolescent sentiments of Shinkai's previous works, but this time he moves away from the sci-fi themes, reveling in the lingering beauty of the everyday.

Split into three episodes, 5 Centimenters Per Second follows the tender romance and coming-of-age of Takaki and Akari. They first meet as fourth-graders, lonely souls who love the same books and become the best of friends. When Takaki moves far away, it marks the end of his childhood and an unforgettable friendship. In his high school years, he becomes the object of affection for a young surfer girl named Kanae. As adults, Takaki and Akari watch the cherry blossoms fall, alone in their memories. 5 Centimeters Per Second does not tell so much a story, but a feeling, a portrait of life and longing captured by a distant train, a melting snowflake, a falling blossom.

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Product Title: Theatrical Animation - 5 Centimeters Per Second (Blu-ray) (Japan Version) 連作短編 Animation - 秒速5厘米 (Blu-Ray) (日本版) 连作短编 Animation - 秒速5厘米 (Blu-Ray) (日本版) 連作短編アニメーション「秒速5センチメートル」 【Blu-ray Disc】 Theatrical Animation - 5 Centimeters Per Second (Blu-ray) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Shinkai Makoto 新海誠 新海诚 新海誠 Shinkai Makoto
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2008-04-18
Publisher Product Code: CWF-502
Language: Japanese
Country of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
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YesAsia Catalog No.: 1010667517

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Professional Review of "Theatrical Animation - 5 Centimeters Per Second (Blu-ray) (Japan Version)"

December 10, 2007

This professional review refers to 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007) (DVD) (Special Limited Edition) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
For quite some time now, those in the know have been declaring Makoto Shinkai the next Hayao Miyazaki. Starting with short films animated purely by himself on his home computer, Shinkai has steadily built a fiercely loyal following around the globe, his fans drawn by his clean lines, attention to detail and willingness to let his character's breathe. Shinkai, like Miyazaki, is one of those very rare film makers - even more rare in the animation world - who understands that less can often be more, that the quiet moments often tell us more than any amount of action or dialog ever could, and he has an uncanny knack for capturing the pregnant pauses that open the souls of his characters. While Shinkai's latest, a triptych of interconnected stories titled 5 Centimeters Per Second, does not quite raise him to the current level of the great master, it definitely represents a huge step forward and is exactly the sort of film that you would expect to come out of Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli on one of their better days. Yes, though the film has its weaknesses, Shinkai really is that good.

5 Centimeters Per Second - named for the speed at which cherry blossoms fall to the ground - is made up of three stories surrounding Takaki, a Japanese boy, at three different stages of his life. We meet him when he is young, just in junior high and coping with the departure of Akari - his closest friend, a girl for whom he has developed feelings he cannot express - the year before, while also preparing for his own move away from Tokyo and to a remoter part of the country. We then move to Takaki at the final stages of high school, preparing to move on to the next stage of his life and completely, blissfully ignorant of the feelings Kanae, a girl in his class has for him. Finally, we meet Takaki again as a young adult, twenty six and giving in to disillusionment.

The first two segments of the film - titled "Cherry Blossom Story" and "Cosmonaut", respectively, provide the real meat to the affair with the final section, 5 Centimeters Per Second, feeling sadly like a perfunctory and unfinished coda. The closing act leaves you wishing that it had been something more but for the first two acts - self-contained shorts, both of them - Shinkai proves to be pure gold. His animation is stunning, beautifully detailed and impeccably framed with Shinkai showing a masterful ability to mirror the emotion of his human players in his shot selections and pacing. His characters ring startlingly true, the emotional core so strong, their relationships sketched out so simply yet effectively that it could be used as a textbook example of how to show an audience your characters while actually telling them very little. "Cherry Blossom Story", in particular, also shows a remarkable grasp of the editing process, Shinkai nimbly cutting between perspectives and time periods to gracefully sketch out the relationship between Takaki and Akari.

Through the first two segments of the film, Shinkai's grasp is remarkable. He manages the difficult feat of capturing both the flush and excitement of young love along with the nervousness and fear that it brings, all the while shooting it through with the sort of wistful melancholy that comes from knowing that you can never have what you most want. It's a complex bit of work that Shinkai makes seem simple and effortless and that, in and of itself, is the mark of a true master storyteller. The final third, however, feels only half done. Akari is engaged to marry someone else and seems a little apprehensive, Takaki is aimless and drinks too much, unsure of his place in the world and purpose in life. Shinkai sets this segment up very well indeed and seems poised to go some interesting, challenging and unexpected places with his characters but then, inexplicably, he opts to instead cut it into a flashback laden romantic music video. Literally. It's a bizarre decision that really takes the heart out of this section but the first two segments are so flawlessly strong that the overall experience is still a very strong success. Keep an eye on Shinkai, he is poised to become a true giant in the animation world in the very near future.

The new DVD release from Hong Kong's AVP is very strong. Like all AVP releases the packaging is minimal - though the Special Edition version comes with some lovely postcards - and the subtitles include some minor grammatical errors but the transfer is absolutely impeccable. The more I see of their work the more I become convinced that AVP DVDs consistently feature the strongest transfers of any company currently working in Hong Kong. If they've ever botched a job I have not seen it. Both the single disc and double disc versions feature special features but neither version includes subtitles on anything but the primary feature.

by Todd Brown - Twitchfilm.net

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Customer Review of "Theatrical Animation - 5 Centimeters Per Second (Blu-ray) (Japan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.4 out of 10 (5)

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January 11, 2011

This customer review refers to 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Excellent! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
My feeling for this movie is the same as kawai and Momo. If you were separated at the very young age from your first love, watch this movie! Episodes 1 and 3 are my favorites because the feelings are realistic and intense. I enjoy watching the interview with the director. I think he must have gone through what Takaki experienced in his own life! Animation is excellent and pretty!
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October 5, 2009

This customer review refers to 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Beautifully animated poetic tale of young love Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
"5 Centimetres Per Second" is a kind of animated poem of young love, separated into three segments. The first segment begins as a series of letters written by junior high student Akari to her closest friend Takaki. The pair had become friends as small children and their special relationship had only deepened as they entered adolescence. However, a job change by Akari's father separates the friends, as Akari must move to a town north of Tokyo. The story then shifts to Takaki's perspective as he journeys by train to meet his old friend before he and his family relocate to southern Japan. A sweet, melancholy tension grows as their long-anticipated rendez-vous is delayed by bad winter weather.

In the second segment, high school girl Kanae silently yearns for the affections of high school senior Takaki. Unfortunately, Takaki is oblivious to Kanae's affection, as he thinks only of his long-lost friend Akari. Kanae finds escape from her silent purgatory by surfing the ocean waves. This heartbreaking segment is told entirely from Kanae's perspective. In the final segment, we jump forward to Akari and Takaki in their mid-twenties. Takaki feels directionless and cheated by life, as it dawns on him that he has squandered his youth yearning for someone who will never be his. The film then resolves into, in essence, a music video comprised of flashbacks of these young lives.

The film's animation is gorgeous, rich in detail and stunningly alive. The voice actors do an affecting job throughout the film. And the poetic story is movingly real, revealing the powerful and churning emotions of young love. The first two segments of the film are practically flawless. Unfortunately, the third segment seems oddly truncated by its music video resolution. The viewer gets the sense that the filmmakers simply failed to conceive of a proper ending to their story, so they just queued the music. Nonetheless, "5 Centimetres Per Second" is a wonderful film, one of the best and truest animated features I've seen in a long time. I recommend it very, very highly.
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August 12, 2009

Best movie I watched in 2008 Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is the best movie I watch last year.
I had watch it for at least 5 times. The graphic is super nice, the story is even better.
The feeling of the characters are so realistic, it remind me of my first love. (My eyes was wet when I watching it) BTW, I really think MOMO did a great review :)
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March 30, 2008

This customer review refers to 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Simply Shinkai Makoto.. Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
It's been a while since 'The Place Promised in Our Early Days', so I was happy to see that another movie came out. I bought this the other day and I'm happy that Makoto hasn't lost his touch.

I happen to like the complexities, yet simplicities of his stories. His animation is simply beautiful and I love the personality of his characters.

Just another great film. ^_^
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December 5, 2007

This customer review refers to 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007) (DVD) (Special Limited Edition) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
2 people found this review helpful

Wonderful Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This movie has revived my love for anime. It has reminded me how beautiful scenes can be created, and how some stories are flawlessly told through anime.

This story revolves around the feelings a person has about other people that he meets in life. Love is suppose to be simple and pure, but as we grow, we see that it doesn't always end up like that. This movie shows how we can love our spouse, but even so, a small small part of our hearts will always yearn for a person from our past. What a great movie.

And I'm sure that you will have a different view from watching this movie as well.
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