The Place Promised in Our Early Days
The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004)

The Place Promised in Our Early Days concerns a pair of best friends who built a plane together while they were in school. They are also both obsessed with a girl named Sayuri. When they become adults, the world is teetering on the brink of… More

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