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Whisper of the Heart (1995)
"Mimi wo sumaseba" (original title)

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A young girl finds that all the books she chooses in the library have been previously checked out by the same boy. Later she meets a very infuriating fellow... could it be her "friend" from... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Youko Honna ...
Issei Takahashi ...
Seiji Amasawa (voice)
Takashi Tachibana ...
Seiya Tsukishima (voice)
Shigeru Muroi ...
Asako Tsukishima (voice)
Shigeru Tsuyuguchi ...
The Baron (voice)
Keiju Kobayashi ...
Shiro Nishi (voice)
Yorie Yamashita ...
Shiho Tsukishima (voice)
Maiko Kayama ...
Yuko Harada (voice)
Yoshimi Nakajima ...
Sugimura (voice)
Minami Takayama ...
Kosaka-sensei (voice)
Mayumi Iizuka ...
Kinuyo (voice)
Mai Chiba ...
(voice)
Satoru Takahashi ...
(voice)
Akiko Sakaguchi ...
(voice)
Hiromi Yasuda ...
(voice)
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A young girl finds that all the books she chooses in the library have been previously checked out by the same boy. Later she meets a very infuriating fellow... could it be her "friend" from the library? The boy's grandfather has a violin sales and service shop. The boy wants to be a violin maker like his grandfather. Written by Dana Anthony <ranthony@intrex.net>

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Suki na hito ga dekimashita!


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Trivia

During the filming for the earlier "Majo no Takkyubin" (Kiki's Delivery Service-lit. Witch's Express Delivery) (1989), there was concern that the name of the film, along with the character "Jiji", a black cat, would create a trademark conflict with Kuroneko Takkyubin (Black Cat Express Delivery). Kuroneko Takkyubin is like UPS or FedEx in the US and has a black cat as its logo. A compromise was reached when Kuroneko Takkyubin agreed to act as a sponsor for the film. "Mimi wo Sumaseba" (1995), set in 1990's Japan, features "cameos" by several of Kuroneko Takkyubin's distinctive green and tan delivery trucks, including a shot of one in traffic early on, when Shizuku arrives at school, when she and Yuko are walking from school, and during the closing credits (where the logo is clearly visible). There may be many others in background shots. See more »

Goofs

In approximately 1 hour and 29 minutes into the movie, before Shizuku dozes off on her desk while continuing to write her story, on the top of the bunk bed is Shiho, about to go to bed, and Shizuku is wearing a pinkish red sweater with a white collar shirt underneath, and a yellow pleated skirt. The curtains are closed, it being nighttime. However, after the bad dream, Shizuku is seen wearing the same white collar shirt underneath, however this time a periwinkle blue sweater and a pink red skirt about the same colour as the sweater she wore before the dream. The curtains then suddenly open, and it looks as if it is sunset. Shiho has also disappeared from the top bunk, and in her place are folded sheets. It is also unknown what happened to Shiho from that point on in the film. See more »

Quotes

Shiho: Tidy up quickly and take that lunch box to Dad.
Shizuku: What?
Shiho: What do you mean by that tone? You're going to the library, right? Or shall I go instead? Then you can clean the toilet, the bathroom, and the entryway too, and go to the co-op for me. And take in the futons, do the shopping, and prepare dinner.
Shizuku: Goodbye!
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Ernst Lubitsch is reborn
25 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Most action movies are pure fluff, relying on clichés, special effects, and bravado to win over the mostly male audiences that keep them in the pipeline. They are junk food. They provide the illusion of satisfying us but they are not nutritious or filling at all. But then there are those action movies which are so solid, well-written, well-acted, well-paced, and well-done that we don't even think of them as action movies. They are the action movie gourmet meals. Think of Lawrence of Arabia or even Full Metal Jacket. Movies like that are outside the traditional action realm, and tend to have much wider appeal. They are entertaining and smart.

Likewise, the action movie's female counterpart, the romance movie, tends to be fluff, relying on overwrought acting and writing, schmaltzy music, and clichés. Even rarer than the "good" action movie is the good romance movie. A movie that realistically depicts love and interpersonal relationships without relying on any clichés or overwrought acting or writing. City Lights is one example of this, the works of Ernst Lubitsch are another. Think of his movie The Shop Around the Corner. It's a love story that works by depicting real "moments" (as critics like to call them). Instead of being a hammy soap opera, these movies work by touching us on a real level. You don't cringe watching these, you don't say to yourself "Who talks like that?" and you don't hear schmaltzy music all of the time to let you know what emotion you are supposed to be feeling.

I'm bringing all this up to make the point to any guy who is reading this that "Yes, there are good romance movies you will like." Whisper of the Heart is a movie like that, and BOY is it a good one. You've heard of the rare romance movie that both men and women like equally, this is one of them. Guys will like it because it isn't junk food. Comparing this movie to typical romance garbage like Up Close and Personal is like comparing a piece of filet mignon to a Slim Jim. People talk like real people, they have real problems that 14-year-olds have, and they relate to their family like real 14-year-olds do.

This movie should be easy to find on DVD and for once I do not hesitate to say "watch it dubbed." Miyazaki himself says that his movies should be seen in the language of the viewer, and not subtitled, so that you can devote your full attention to the image on the screen and not to reading subtitles (I make the exception for Princess Mononoke which IMO has a inferior dub). It was written by Miyazaki but directed by another very talented man who unfortunately died not long after making this, his only film. The influence of Miyazaki shows in this film, although the animation style is a little different, and the style of the backgrounds is *very* different. I do not know what process was used, but I'd say they based all of the backgrounds on real photographs. The lighting in them is so well that some of them could easily pass for photographs on an NTSC display unless you look at them long and closely. The pacing in this film is also very well-done. Too many directors hurry through pacing, they don't want there to be any silences because they don't know how to use silence. This director does.


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