5 Centimeters Per Second

March 3, 2007 0 By Fans
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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)

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


Yoshimi Kondou

Akari Shinohara (segment "Oukashou")


Satomi Hanamura

Kanae Sumita (segment "Cosmonaut")


Ayaka Onoue

Akari Shinohara (segment "Byousoku 5 Centimeter")


Risa Mizuno


Yuka Terazaki


Yuko Nakamura


Masami Iwasaki


Rei Kondo


Hiroshi Shimozaki


Takahiro Hirano


Akira Nakagawa


Keiko Izeki


Suguru Inoue


Rion Kako


A chain of short stories about their distance


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Release Date: 3 March 2007

Box Office Details

Budget: ¥25,000,000


Technical Specs


(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

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? 😉