Kumo no muk˘, yakusoku no basho (The Place Promised in Our Early Days)
Kumo no muk˘, yakusoku no basho (The Place Promised in Our Early Days) (2004)

The anime feature The Place Promised in Our Early Days (AKA Kumo No Muko, Yakusoku No Bashu) opens with an alternate ending to World War II, when the islands of Japan are divided into northern and southern territories, and the island of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 2004
DVD Release Date: July 12, 2005
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

By any standard it's impressive anime; as a feature debut it's a remarkable achievement.

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Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Shinkai Makoto, who made the 30-minute 'Voices of a Distant Star' by himself on a laptop computer, has written and directed an anime that favors human emotions over robot battles.

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

I suspect that in 20 years, film buffs worldwide will be pointing to The Place Promised in Our Early Days as the introductory work from one of cinema's first-rate directors.

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Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Eschews the standard deathdroids and fuzzy critters for a more grounded, hard SF approach. Shinkai's debut ... falls prey to a frustrating feedback loop of a plot.

Phil Hall
Film Threat

Superior anime offering.

Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Dead Angel
The only part I enjoyed is the ending. And the whole movie was so boring man!
Steven Vincent Gee
From Makoto Shinkai's three best-known pieces, The Place Promised in Our Early Days possesses the most pronouncedly plot-oriented narrative: An ambiguous… More
Drew Smith
An achingly beautiful, poetic, simple movie about love and limitlessness. Makoto Shinkai > Hayao Miyazaki. Everything Shinkai has ever done has touched me… More
Walter M.
In "The Place Promised in Our Early Days," Hiroki and Takuya are a couple of childhood friends who go to work at a junkyard in the middle of nowhere… More