5 Centimeters Per Second

March 3rd, 2007


5 Centimeters Per Second

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Told in three interconnected segments, we follow a young man named Takaki through his life as cruel winters, cold technology, and finally, adult obligations and responsibility converge to test the delicate petals of love.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 7.9/10 (7,447 voted)

Director: Makoto Shinkai

Stars: Kenji Mizuhashi, Yoshimi Kondou, Satomi Hanamura

Takaki and Akari are two classmates in elementary school. During their time together they have become close friends. Their relationship is tested when Akari moves to another city because of her parents' jobs. Both of them struggle to keep their friendship alive, as time and distance slowly pulls them apart. When Takaki finds out that he is moving further away, he decides to visit Akari one last time.

Writers: Steven Foster, Alex Von David

Kenji Mizuhashi - Takaki Toono (voice)
Yoshimi Kondou - Akari Shinohara (segment "Oukashou") (voice)
Satomi Hanamura - Kanae Sumita (segment "Cosmonaut") (voice)
Ayaka Onoue - Akari Shinohara (segment "Byousoku 5 Centimeter") (voice)
Risa Mizuno - (voice)
Yuka Terazaki - (voice)
Yuko Nakamura - (voice)
Masami Iwasaki - (voice)
Rei Kondo - (voice)
Hiroshi Shimozaki - (voice)
Takahiro Hirano - (voice)
Akira Nakagawa - (voice)
Keiko Izeki - (voice)
Suguru Inoue - (voice)
Rion Kako - (voice)

Taglines: A chain of short stories about their distance


Official Website: Yahoo! [Japan] |

Release Date: 3 March 2007

Box Office Details

Budget: ¥25,000,000 (estimated)

Technical Specs

Runtime: Japan: (original version)

Did You Know?

Four months to the day after the DVD release in America, ADV Films announced they were discontinuing release of the film.

Audio/visual unsynchronized: When the train departs from Nogi, the sound comes from a train traveling much faster.

[first lines]
Akari Shinohara: Hey... They say it's five centimeters per second.
Takaki Toono: What do you mean?
Akari Shinohara: The speed at which the sakura blossom petals fall... Five centimeters per second.

User Review

Great movie, greater emotions.

Rating: 9/10

"The movie is named 5 Centimeters Per Second for the speed at which cherry blossom petals fall, petals being a metaphorical representation of humans, reminiscent of the slowness of life and how people often start together but slowly drift into their separate ways."

Beautiful. Absolutely an instant masterpiece by Makoto Shinkai. I enjoyed Voices of A Distant Star and The Place Promised in Our Early Days, But I never thought that he could pull off another great film.

Plot-wise, it has similarities with his previous works(Voices of A Distant Star), but it manages to create a different atmosphere here. Watching all 3 short stories consecutively, I'll have to say the final chapter was the best among 3. The pinnacle, however, is the first one. Second chapter is a little slow-paced, but it matches the movie theme nicely.

Can't have much complain towards the music. As usual, Tenmon proves he's got the talent with emotional piano pieces. The theme song is nice as well.

Animation & visual effects is stunning. Makoto Shinkai definitely gets a solid certificate to be one of the best visual directors out there at the moment.

Overall, a 9/10 for me. It's almost flawless, but nothing can be perfect, right? ;)


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