Animated Film Scene or Real-Life Photo? Do You Still Trust Your Eyes?

A photo of one of the sites (L) vs. a scene from the movie (R). (Composite image: Wechat)
A photo of one of the sites (L) vs. a scene from the movie (R). (Composite image: Wechat)

Anyone who has watched 5 Centimeters Per Second (no, it’s not a scientific documentary) must have been impressed by the love story in the film, which was tragic but beautiful.

The movie’s title refers to “the speed at which cherry blossom 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.”

As beautiful as the title is, it’s the delicate drawings and breathtaking visual effects that make the film an artwork for viewers.

Director Makoto Shinkai is known for using real-life locations in his work. Based on the movie’s scenery, a Chinese photographer in Japan, cangminzhiying, successfully found these locations and took pictures.

He combined these photos with screenshots from the movie—you’ll be amazed at how they look.

The real-life locations used in the movie 5 centimeters per second (Wechat)

The real-life locations used in the movie ‘5 Centimeters Per Second.’ (Image: Wechat)

Animated film scenes vs. real-life photos

I have to admit most of the screenshots from the movie seem so real, and some are incredibly similar to their real-life locations. Looking at all those small details, you can really feel the effort and time that the creators put into this work.

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Now you want to watch this gorgeous movie? No problem, check out the clip below:

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