Rating: 6.5 stars
Seen 2 times
Seen on: 12/21/2019, 12/11/2019
Three moments in Takaki’s life: his relationship with Akari and their forced separation; his friendship with Kanae, who is secretly in love with him; the demands and disappointments of adulthood, an unhappy life in a cold city.
Rated PG | Length 63 minutes
Kenji Mizuhashi | Yoshimi Kondou | Satomi Hanamura | Risa Mizuno | Ayaka Onoue | Hiroshi Shimozaki | Masami Iwasaki | Rei Kondo | Takahiro Hirano | Yûko Nakamura | Yuka Terasaki | Akira Nakagawa | Keiko Izeki | Suguru Inoue | Rion Kako | Rika Nakamura | Miki Suga | Mika Sakenobe | Yumiko Atashika | Yukako Saito
DKUTV programmed this for their “Christmas in Japan” week but it really has nothing to do w/Christmas nor is set during the holidays. I suppose it was chosen b/c winter is one of the main backdrops of the story. However, this really is a story about the seasons and the progression of time over this developing friendship between these two kids that continues into young adulthood.
The title refers to how fast (or short) a cherry blossom falls to the ground. The story is rather melancholic with these two kids who can’t be together but do the best they can to remain in touch. The animation is very nice. I’d like to see it again.
Update: was gonna note that it reminded me a lot of YOUR NAME w/o the humor but decided not to write that since this film predates that film by 10 years. Well fuck me b/c this film is by the writer/director of YOUR NAME. I’m an idiot. Anyways, I’ve requested this movie from interloan so I can view it again, perhaps after I return from the holiday. Will be nice to view on my TV over my macbook.