Ah, there’s always someone out there trying to make some quick cash eh? Usually I would say these “enterprising” individuals are causing fans problems but in this case, I suppose it’s just half and half.
It appears that last month, someone managed to sell off the Byousoku 5 Centimeters film strip they had via Yahoo Auctions for an end price of 32,500 Yen (US$300)! The price even started off at 4800 Yen (US$45)!
If you don’t know already, these film strips (cut from the actual reel) are packaged together with the Japanese limited edition DVD boxset and the scene you get is random.
So which scene was it? Well, it had to be one of the memorable parts of the movie of course and it was none other than the warm little reunion scene at the train station on a cold winter’s night.
Limited edition boxsets still appears to be plentiful in supply so, that’s why I said this sort of thing isn’t really preventing the real fans like myself from getting a copy but, it would have been good to know if that scene landed in the hands of another fan at its intended price.
Also, if you’re after the ending scene above where the grown up Takaki is standing by the crossing, you’re out of luck. Apparently someone already has that scene because I saw them post a photo of their film strip on a forum.