The Place Promised In Our Early Days

Alt titles: Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Bashou, Place Promised In Our Early Days, Beyond The Clouds, The Promised Place

Movie (1 ep x 90 min)
4.162 out of 5 from 7,087 votes
Rank #446

At the end of World War II, Japan was split and a great tower was erected that reached the skies. For three friends, Hiroki, Takuya, and Sayuri, memories of their summer spent together would stay with them forever. During that precious time, the three promised to one day travel to the tower in the skies on the wings of a white plane -- to finally see its brilliance and the surrounding land of Ezo -- but when Sayuri suddenly disappeared from their lives, the promise that once was made was broken. Though time continues to pass, will the three ever meet again some day?

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sothis's avatar by sothis on Mar 1, 2005
Score: 8.5/10

Story
It's really hard to talk about Beyond the Clouds without spoiling (for the record, I feel NFO and AniDB both spoil in their descriptions... as they both use the same description), so I'll stick to what happens in the beginning. What's implied, but not really discussed in detail, is that Japan underwent a split after they lost the war, and Hokkaido became the land of Ezo. A great tower... read more

vivafruit's avatar by vivafruit on May 10, 2005
Score: 8.5/10

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This is the area that seems to be drawing the most contention. Some laud this movie’s story as touching and elegant, while others vilify it as convoluted, leaden and incomplete. However, although the criticisms are definitely understandable, the story is praiseworthy in spite of them (honestly, were you expecting me to say anything else?). The first thing to emphasize is that, regardless of... read more

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