5 centimeters per second

5 centimeters per second

Blu-ray Disc - 2015 | Japanese | Blu-ray edition.
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A tableau of young love, desire, and hope told in three chapters.
Audience: Not rated.
Publisher: [Altamonte Springs, Florida] : Eastern Star/Discotek Media, [2015]
Edition: Blu-ray edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015.
Branch Call Number: Blu-ray FIC Five
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (63 min.) : sound, colour ; 12 cm
digital,optical,surround,5.0 DTS-HD Master audio
video file,Blu-ray,region 1
Alternative Title: Five centimeters per second
Language Note: In Japanese or English with optional English subtitles.


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Apr 28, 2019

Amazing movie.. but be ready for a taboo subject. It works out nicely in the end and you forgive the social bias in this case.

Jul 06, 2018

This is Shinkai's most famous work although Garden of Words is for me the more complete film. The manga must be read to understand and appreciate this movie and I will say I read the manga first and then after seeing the movie I understand the negative reviews. This movie does end abruptly and Shinkai's love of brevity leaves his audience wanting so much more, hence the need and absolute love of his fans for the manga. As a standalone movie this is a beautifully drawn and imagined story of two young teens who lose touch with one another due to initially distance and then the fear that time and growing older have made their memories of their feelings more imagined than real. This story will be lost on those that are unsentimental and have never been in love.

Nov 21, 2017

The movie “5 centimeters per second” is a well produced and heartbreaking anime movie. The plot was extremely sad, with young lovers growing up and being separated from each other with different lives and different partners all due to one lost or forgotten letter. The animation of this movie was outstanding especially the animation of the cherry blossom trees and Tokyo. The mood and emotion which the film expressed were unbearable with shock, sadness and bits of joy. However, the ending of this movie was absolutely heartbreaking. It still shatters my heart whenever I think about this movie, perhaps because this movie actually represents the cruel world. I personally believe that this movie is enjoyable for all ages, as it was an outstanding movie with a sad theme but was easy to understand. This movie is worth watching even though it will break your heart, but it is totally worth it. I suggest you should stop a quarter way into the movie for a happy ending. Anyone who enjoys touching and very emotional movies should definitely watch “5 centimeters per second”. @Chichiro of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

This is a tragic romantic drama (possibly my favourite genre), the film chronicles the life of Takaki Tōno a teenager in the 1990s. It's separated into 3 different acts. The first one is about how he befriends the new girl and then over the years they grow apart, but still have feelings for each other. The 2nd act is about a girl who had a crush on Takaki but realizes he isn't the one for her, and the last part is when Takaki is severely depressed and still dwelling on the girl, when he walks on the same path he did when he was in elementary school and he and his long-time crush catch a glimpse of each-other, a train passes between them, and when it's gone so is the girl he's been reminiscing about all this time. He turns around and finally moves on. I loved this movie because I feel I too am stuck in the past and that I can't get over some people and just move on.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 21, 2016

I cant believe how overrated this movie is. I was expecting a subtle but touching story but this was boring, terribly paced and pointless and the characters were generic and I simply could not care about any of them despite the directors attempts to get you involved in the story through parallels with nature.

Mar 19, 2012

A vivid, brief story of romance, told with every degree of authenticity and attention to detail. Anyone who has seen Makoto Shinkai’s famous work “Voices of a Distant Star” (a 20-minute anime he wrote, directed and animated entirely by himself) will recognize his storytelling capability and style in this 3-episode series. “5 cm per Second” is all about heart and the sensory experience. The characters narrate their thoughts, and through them and the environment, a poetic image is formed. During a blistering summer setting, you will hear the cicadas buzzing in the background, or feel the heat of the beautifully illustrated sunset, or the puttering of a moped cruising down a country road. Similarly in the winter scenes, the snow cascades down in fluid animation, or warm breath escapes the mouths of passer-byers. The characters describe the weather as a metaphor to their own emotions. All of it captures the story of young love in its grip and absorbs you in it. Perhaps the only flaw to this movie is that it remains open-ended, maybe disappointing, but realistic. A very enjoyable watch.

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Mar 19, 2012

kaliko thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over


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Oct 12, 2011

Tohno Takaki and Shinohara Akari, two very close friends and classmates, are torn apart when Akari's family is transferred to another region of Japan due to her family's job. Despite separation, they continue to keep in touch through mail. When Takaki finds out that his family is also moving, he decides to meet with Akari one last time.

As years pass by, they continue down their own paths, their distance slowly growing wider and their contact with one another fades. Yet, they keep remembering one another and the times they have shared together, wondering if they will have the chance to meet once again.


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