Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Movie - 5 Centimeters Per Second



From the person who brought the short story manga "Voices of a Distant Star" (available at Comic Connections, Kinokuniya or Borders, published by Chuang Yi), director Makoto Shinkai brings yet another romance drama, this time in feature film. Released in 2007, I did not hear about this movie until much recently, which I will never regret watching. An hour long film consisting of 3 'chapters', or arcs of the protagonist, Takaki Touno's life, the film focuses on people's longing to be with another, and understanding what can and cannot be possible, while continuing to look ahead into the future.

I'm a sucker for this kind of shows, so I truly felt drawn into the simple yet beautiful graphics, which were very much detailed. For those who have not visited Japan before, this is one movie you can watch to catch a glimpse of Japan's countrysides and its metropolis, Tokyo. Covering train stations, convinience stores and sceneries with amazing accuracy, it's a modern piece of art. Storywise, it was similar to Makoto Shinkai's previous work, "Voices of a Distant Star", less on dialouges, more on the character's person feelings and thoughts, while making use of brilliant backdrop and music to amplify the feelings a character wants to portray. A slight disappointment would be the third chapter, which could have been slightly more explained and gone through, but the ending music and final wrap-up compensated for it.

For people who want to take a break from plot-intense animes or from modernisation, like how you would like to visit the countryside once in a while, this is a show I strongly and heavily recommend. A simple yet beautiful romance.


Director/Writer - Makoto Shinkai
Composer - Tenmon
Studio - CoMix Wave Inc.

More info here.

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