Makoto Shinkai had expressed that, unlike his past works, there would be no fantasy or science fiction elements in this film. Instead, the feature film would attempt to present the real world from a different perspective. Shinkai's film gives a realistic view of the struggles many people have to face: time, space, people, and love. The title 5 Centimeters per Second comes from the speed at which cherry blossoms 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. The movie marks the first time Shinkai has worked closely with a full staff of animators and artists.
Finished on 22 January 2007, the first part streamed on Yahoo! Japan to Yahoo! Premium members from 16 to 19 February 2007. On 3 March 2007, the full-length film had its theatrical premiere at Cinema Rise in Shibuya, Tokyo.
In the Philippines, 5 Centimeters per Second, along with Shinkai's previous work The Place Promised in Our Early Days, was premiered on July 21, 2013 at the SM Mall of Asia as part of the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month, with the help and cooperation from the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, Japan Foundation Manila, SM Mall of Asia Cinema and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP). The showings attracted 1,500 moviegoers watching the anime films that tackles and focuses on friendships and love.
Eddie Muller is a contemporary renaissance man. He writes novels, biographies, movie histories, plays, short stories and films. He also programs film festivals, curates museums, designs books, and provides commentary for television, radio and DVDs. He produces and hosts NOIR CITY: The San Francisco Film Noir Festival, the largest noir retrospective in the world, which now has satellite festivals in eight other U.S. cities.
First, there were the undeniable stories themselves, tales of lust and larceny that lured readers to the pulp fiction of the early 1930s, when writers like Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, Cornell Woolrich, W. R. Burnett, and Raymond Chandler came to prominence. Although Hammett and Burnett had books adapted as films in the 1930s, the bulk of what we now call "noir" fiction was deemed unacceptable for American movie screens once the Hollywood Production Code was adopted in 1934. The nation had enough darkness; it was Hollywood\'s job to lighten the Depression, not deepen it.
Secondly, directors who fled from Germany during the Nazis rise to power (Wilder, Fritz Lang, Otto Preminger, Robert Siodmak, Curtis Bernhardt, Edgar G. Ulmer, and others) brought to Hollywood a stylized visual sensibility derived from the German Expressionist movement that had dominated European filmmaking during the silent era. When their passion for dynamic composition and shadowy chiaroscuro was fused with the fast-talking, hard-hitting style of American crime fiction, "film noir" was born (although it would be years before the appellation was applied by critics who\'d noted the darkening style and tone of Hollywood movies during the war).
Dana Andrews emerged as a top-tier star at 20th Century-Fox after making Laura (1944), and became a definitive noir leading man in other Otto Preminger-directed films: Fallen Angel (1945), Daisy Kenyon (1947), and Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950); Richard Widmark made one of the splashiest movie debuts ever as keening psychopath Tommy Udo in Fox\'s Kiss of Death (1947), and the studio spent the next three years exploiting the actor\'s unique brand of villainy before allowing him to transition to "normal" roles. Tyrone Power, on the other hand, broke free of strictly heroic roles by starring in Nightmare Alley (1947), one of the darkest, most disturbing films of the forties. Sensing the creative liberation to be found in more mature material, Power had begged Fox boss Daryl Zanuck to buy the film rights to William Lindsey Gresham\'s powerful novel of carnival chicanery.
While embracing many of the tropes inherent in pulp fiction, Raw Deal also offers wonderfully fresh twists: the Bad Girl (Claire Trevor) and the Good Girl (Marsha Hunt) battle it out for the soul of an homme fatal (Dennis O\'Keefe), a neat gender spin on the usual triangle; the omnipresent voiceover is breathily delivered by Trevor, one of the few times in noir that a woman narrates the story; and the film\'s creepy mood is exponentially enhanced by composer Paul Sawtell\'s use of a theremin for the score\'s principal instrumentation.
Today, the cynicism and fatalism found in classic film noir seems almost comforting compared to the ugliness and pessimism we confront in the media, on movie screens, and in the streets. We watch film noir with an endless fascination, and an undeniable aspect of our fascination is the realization that, as a culture, we will never be that stylish again. 2b1af7f3a8