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The Voices of a Distant Star
5 Centimeters per Second


(C) Makoto Shinkai/CoMix Wave Films

Consulate General of Japan in New York and Japan Foundation, New York co-host a special film screening of director Makoto Shinkai's productions on Tuesday, July 29th at 4:30 p.m. at the Japan Information Center. Admission to the screening is free but RSVP is required. Please RSVP to kanako_shirasaki(a )jfny.org (please change (a) to @) by Friday, July 25th. This screening is in Japanese with English subtitles.

The Voices of a Distant Star is a 25-minute animation set in 2046. This science-fiction feature tells the story of a long-distance relationship between a girl in space and a boy on Earth who try to keep their young love alive through text messages. 5 Centimeters per Second, which won the Award for Best Animated Feature Film at the 2007 Asia Pacific Screen Awards, is a beautifully animated story depicting a wistful sense of loss and struggles in life and relationships.

Time and Date:
Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 4:30 p.m.

Japan Information Center Gallery
Consulate General of Japan in New York
299 Park Avenue, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10171
Please bring photo IDs.


The Voices of a Distant Star (2002, 25min)


(C) Makoto Shinkai/CoMix Wave Films


Middle school students Mikako Nagamine and Noboru Terao are close friends and members of the same club activities. But in the summer of 2046, Mikako tells Noboru that she has been chosen as a Select Member of the United Nations Space Army. Mikako leaves Earth in the winter of 2047, while Noboru goes on to high school in Japan. Separated by space, the two try to stay in touch by mobile mail. However, as Mikako goes farther out in the solar system on board the Lysithea spaceship, it takes increasingly longer for each to receive the other's mail. Noboru stays on Earth, frustrated by his situation and resigned to the fact that he can only wait for Mikako's emails. As time goes by, the Lysithea fleet approaches a time warp, a situation that make both Mikako and Noboru acutely aware of the time gap separating them.

5 Centimeters per Second (2007, 63min)


(C) Makoto Shinkai/CoMix Wave Films


Tono Takaki and Sinohara Akari had been apart since they left elementary school, however, they kept in touch through correspondence as they had feelings for each other. One day in winter, Takaki left Tokyo and set off for Tochigi where Akari lives. The train is delayed by heavy snow and he is alone in his carriage, as the time ticks away. Long after the agreed meeting time, the two are finally reunited in a waiting room at a small station. "5 Centimeters per Second", which focuses on the roving souls of Takaki and Akari in their adulthood, forms the last part of three animation series that revolve around Takaki from the 1990s to the present day. The previous parts are "Oukasho" that shows the day when Takaki and Akari meet again, and "Cosmonaut" which portrays Takaki at high school on the island of Tanegashima from the viewpoint of a girl who fancies him.

This screening is co-presented by Consulate General of Japan in New York and Japan Foundation, New York.
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