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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 12:04 am    Post subject: Trains and Train related scenery  Reply with quote

As someone who rode pubic transportation all through high school, I have my own affinity for trains. It seems that the train (station, crossings, train travel, etc. are pretty consistent motif's in Shinkai-sensei' works. I'll need to watch a "Place Promised" again ... and I know the main characters were working on their plane in an abandoned train station, but it doesn't seem as prevalent as in Voices or 5CM.

I love the detail that's put into the train crossings and especially love the way that light moves across the inside of the train cars while they travel ... the attention to detail is awesome.

Anyway ... did anyone else notice that ?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed i noticed that. When i first saw Kumo no Mukou, i discovered and admired  the brilliant imaginery of trains. Trains play a very important role in many Shinkai film. The sensei grew up in Nagano, the region where trains ally townships. These surroundings determinded his affection to trains. Trains, alleys can mean so much: sweeping world, alleys leading to infinity, the way to rejoin lovers divided by distance etc. The way he illustrate the reflections of sunlight is just gorgeous.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 5:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/ff20070330a1.html

A budding talent's delicate vision.

Read this, though it's not all on trains but I just feel like posting it here.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After watching "A Place Promised ..." there are trains and train related images all through the movie Smile I guess it had ben a while since I watched it Smile

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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 5:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I have developed a new taste for trains. I see them as images of romance and loneliness now. Well, only if there aren't too many people inside and you're rolling past fields or country land, it feels... nice.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I still see them as a place to sleep in when your going some where *yawn*
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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2008 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed, I've noticed that trains are very remarkable in Shinkai's works. And I think that almost all the most beautiful scenes of his films are on a train/train station or have one on the background.
As you said, the details of the train are incredible and together with Tenmon's songs these scenes get even more wonderful!
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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The trains take on such an important role in the films .. from actually moving the story along (Takaki going to meet Akari) to settings for change ... Mikako and Noboru in Vocies or Takaki an Akari in 5 CM ....

I said this before ... but I really appreciate the train scenes where you don't even see the characters ... there may be a voice over and you may know the characters are on the train, but Shinkai gives you the changing light or the scenery outside as the back drop to what's being said. Shikai is truly a great story teller by using more than just the story itself.
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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 2:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You think trains became a major motive since you can sit down and look out the window and see, well alot?
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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 3:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm saying that the trains provide moments where Shinkai can express much more depth to the scenes ... but not necessarily focusing on the characters. The atmospere on the trains (the scenery, the play of shadow and light) that doesn't necessarily include he characters directly ... is brilliant.


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