As usual, it is no booking required and English sub-titles are there. ALL WELCOME!
Thursday 4 October
7pm | L3 (Waikato University) | Free Admission
119min | 1991 | PG
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
Voice: Tanie Kitabayashi, Ken Ogata, Toru Kazama
Against all odds, a promise will be kept…
In the summer of 1996, three 9th-graders had made a promise that one day they’ll build an aircraft and unravel the tower’s mystery, but their project was abandoned after the girl, Sayuri Sawatari, began experiencing sleeping sickness and transferred to Tokyo for better treatment. Three years later, Hiroki Fujisawa has accidentally found out that Sayuri has been in coma since that time and with the help of his friend, Takuya Shirakawa, he will seek a way to revive her.
What the friends don’t know is that Sayuri’s unconsciousness is somehow linked with secrets of the tower… and the world. Makoto Shinkai made an impressive debut as a writer-director in Voices of a Distant Star (OVA, 2002); The Place Promised in Our Early Days (OVA, 2004) is his first studio work.
Presented by Consulate-General of Japan, The University of Waikato and The Japan Foundation.