The Place Promised in Our Early Days (雲のむこう、約束の場所)
is a 90-minute Japanese anime film created and directed by Makoto Shinkai. The film includes several references to other literary works and themes, such as separation and dreams.
The story takes place in Japan during the late 1990s in an alternate timeline, following the story of three friends living in Aomori on the northern end of southern Japan: two boys, Hiroki Fujisawa and Takuya Shirakawa, both child prodigies; and one girl, Sayuri Sawatari.
Fascinated by the Hokkaido Tower visible across the Tsugaru Strait to the north, the two boys have found a crashed Maritime Self-Defense Force drone plane and worked on rebuilding it, scrounging parts from their workplace and promising to one day fly to Hokkaido to visit the Tower. However, before they could do this, Sayuri mysteriously disappeared during the summer.