NEWS: DVD Release: 5 Centimetres Per Second

Taking its title from the speed at which cherry blossoms fall, 5 Centimetres Per Second comprises three interconnected short stories, each centred on the hopes and dreams of a boy named Takaki Tono, beginning in the 1990s and ending in the present day.

The story begins when a new girl, Akari Shinohara, transfers to Takaki’s elementary school; the two very quickly grow close to each other due to their similar interests and personalities and are soon inseparable. That is until Akari’s parents have to move because of their jobs and, inevitably, have to take their daughter with them.

The two friends remain in touch by letter but, despite their mutual affection, they begin to drift apart. When Takaki is informed that he and his family will also be moving even further away, he decides to take a trip to visit Akari and reveal his true feelings to her.

Through breathtaking animation and simple, heartfelt storytelling, Makoto Shinkai paints a vivid tableau of young love, desire, loss and hope with an unforgettably beautiful work that will thrill and delight fans of Satoshi Kon (Paprika; Millennium Actress), Mamoru Hosada (Summer Wars; The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) and, of course, Hayao Miyazaki.

Film: 5 Centimetres Per Second
Release date: 28th March 2011
Certificate: U
Running time: 60 mins
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Starring: Kenji Mizuhashi, Yoshimi Kondou, Satomi Hanamura, Ayaka Onoue
Genre: Manga
Studio: Anime
Format: DVD
Country: Japan

Special Features:
Interview with director Makoto Shinkai
Interview with voice cast
Making of montage
Original trailer

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