Whisper of the Heart
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : English
- Package Dimensions : 17 x 13.8 x 1.8 cm; 117.93 Grams
- Manufacturer reference : 5055201818836
- Director : Yoshifumi Kondo
- Media Format : CD+DVD
- Run time : 111 minutes
- Actors : Youko Honna, Kazuo Takahashi, Takashi Tachibana, Shigeru Muroi, Shigeru Tsuyuguchi
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Studiocanal
- Producers : Toshio Suzuki
- ASIN : B005GJTNMQ
- Number of discs : 2
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Classic anime feature from Studio Ghibli.Shizuku is a young schoolgirl dreaming of becoming a writer.When she goes to her school library for inspiration, she finds that all the books she wants have already been checked out by a boy called Seiji.As Shizuku dreams about what this boy could be like, sharing the same literary tastes as her, she starts to bump into an obnoxious new boy at school.Could they both be the same person?
Technical Specs: * Languages(s): Japanese
* Subtitles: English
* Interactive Menu
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My litmus test for any animation is, whether or not I forget that the film is actually an animation because I get caught up in the story so much. In this case I forgot within 5 minutes.
Whisper of the Heart is the first and only film directed by Kondo, unfortunately due to a sudden death said to have been caused by excess work.
It's a real tragedy because I felt like the film has a certain purity, Kondo had some proper talent and we'll never get to see anything like it again.
Whisper of the Heart is best described as a "slice of life" film, there's real people with ordinary lives.
The story follows Shizuku, a hardworking teenage girl and bookworm who lives with her parents and shares a bunkbed with her sister at a cramped and cluttered apartment in modern Tokyo, I found that most interesting because it isn't often you see characters in anime living in such poor conditions.
The first chunk of the film is a glimpse of her everyday life in school and home but it really starts going places when she follows a stray cat on a train to discover a beautiful antiques shop.
Shizuku becomes attracted to a boy named Seiji who eventually leaves for Italy to follow his dreams of violin making, Shizuku is then inspired by Seiji to follow her own dreams of writing.
It is just a fantastic and heart-warming masterpiece.
I hope anyone who buys this DVD enjoys it too - it is a great little story
The song featured throughout the movie is Country Roads (Olivia Newton John's version plays during the beginning credits) and one of the most beautiful scnes in the movie is when the young girl performs her own personal version with the lyrics rewritten to suit her own experience, and the young boy who becomes her love interest backing her with his violin playing, and then his family joins in with their own instruments, and it swells into a beautifully performed folk track.
At the start of this movie, Western audiences may be thinking that it will be an American style teen movie with a gradutaion scene at the end - there are references to the kids' graduation throughout the movie - but it does not even reach the end of the school year (sorry to spoil it) it simply takes place over a few weeks in which this young girl explores her talent for writing songs and stories, and finds that her passion can be a burden as well as a gift. She encounters many characters who have a different impact on the way she feels about her talent, and she finds that she must learn her own way and make her own mistakes before she can follow the right path that will determine her future and career. Whisper of the Heart contains many strong themes that can appeal and inspire viewers of all ages, and is a must for any anime enthusiast.