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

G  |   |  Animation, Drama, Family  |  15 July 1995 (Japan)
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A love story between a girl who loves reading books, and the boy who has previously checked out all of the library books she chooses.

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Cast

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 ...
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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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The first Japanese film in Dolby Digital. See more »

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It is not clear whether this is a mistake or a hint that the Baron is alive, but in every scene that the Baron is shown, he looks different than the time before (position of hands, cane and hat). See more »

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Shizuku: I'm no man's burden! I want to be of use!
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Take Me Home, Country Roads
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Ghibli cannot be stopped!
29 September 2003 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

A very moving animé film from Studio Ghibli, as good as anything either Miyazaki or Takahata have made. It's a very simple and down-to-earth movie about a young teenage girl who is experiencing her first love, as well as doubts about her future. Whisper understands its characters as few films do, and I became quite intimate with our heroine, Shizuku. It also has a sense of mood unmatched by any other film I can think of set in everyday life. The way it feels to live in a cramped apartment, the emotions of the first day of school, and the way the sky looks after it has rained – so many generic memories of my life brought right to the forefront, as if they were the only moments that mattered. The film enveloped me so completely, I could smell the odor of the antique shop. The music is so wonderful, the score by Yuji Nomi. And I never could have imagined that John Denver's song `Country Roads' would make me weep. Well, it was in Japanese, but still. It's frightening. Each Ghibli film I see makes me think that the next one cannot possibly match it, yet each film inevitably does. 10/10.


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