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Whisper of the Heart (1995) More at IMDbPro »Mimi wo sumaseba (original title)

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Whisper of the Heart -- Clip: Seiji Comes Back For Shizuku
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Whisper of the Heart -- Clip: Gem Metaphor
Whisper of the Heart -- Clip: Country Roads
Whisper of the Heart -- Clip: Shizuku Learns About the Cat

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Director:
Writers:
Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 July 1995 (Japan) See more »
Tagline:
Suki na hito ga dekimashita!
Plot:
A young girl finds that all the books she chooses in the library have been previously checked out by the same boy... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Youko Honna ... Shizuku Tsukishima (voice)
Kazuo Takahashi ... Seiji Amasawa (voice)
Takashi Tachibana ... Seiya Tsukishima (voice)
Issei Takahashi ... Seiji Amasawa (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)
Tatsuya Okada ... (voice)
Yoshihiro Imai ... (voice)
Naohisa Inoue ... Tall Friend of Mr. Nishi (voice)
Suguru Egawa ... Baseball Analyst (voice)
Shirô Kishibe ... (voice)
Mitsuaki Ogawa ... Baseball Announcer (voice)
Toshio Suzuki ... (voice)

David Gallagher ... Seiji Amasawa (voice: English version)

James Sikking ... Seiya Tsukishima (as James B. Sikking)

Jean Smart ... Asako Tsukishima (voice: English version)

Harold Gould ... Shiro Nishi (voice: English version)

Courtney Thorne-Smith ... Shiho Tsukishima (voice: English version)

Martin Spanjers ... Sugimura (voice: English version)

Mika Boorem ... Kinuyo (voice: English version)

Abigail Mavity ... Nao (voice: English version)

Deanna Russo ... High School Student (voice: English version)

Jeff Bennett ... (voice: English version)

Corey Burton ... (voice: English version)

Erin Chambers ... (voice: English version)

Melissa Disney ... (voice: English version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Cary Elwes ... The Baron (voice: English version)

Brittany Snow ... Shizuku Tsukishima (voice: English version)

Ashley Tisdale ... Yuko Harada (voice: English version)
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Directed by
Yoshifumi Kondô 
 
Writing credits
Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay)

Aoi Hiiragi (comic)

Cindy Davis Hewitt  screenplay: English version
Donald H. Hewitt  screenplay: English version

Produced by
Rick Dempsey .... executive producer
Ned Lott .... producer
Hayao Miyazaki .... supervising producer
Takashi Shoji .... line producer
Toshio Suzuki .... producer
Yasuyoshi Tokuma .... executive producer
Seiichirô Ujiie .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Yuji Nomi 
 
Cinematography by
Kitarô Kôsaka  (as Kitaro Kosaka)
 
Film Editing by
Takeshi Seyama 
 
Casting by
Ned Lott 
 
Art Direction by
Satoshi Kuroda 
 
Production Management
Cory Hansen .... post-production manager
Nozomu Takahashi .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hiroyuki Ito .... assistant director
Masahiko Ôtsuka .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Hayao Miyazaki .... storyboard artist
Akiko Ono .... color key
Minako Oshiro .... color key
Michiyo Yasuda .... character color designer
 
Sound Department
Petra Bach .... supervising adr editor
Randy Coppinger .... adr recordist
Tom E. Dahl .... sound re-recording mixer
Shuji Inoue .... sound mixer
William Komar .... adr recordist
 
Animation Department
Akihiko Adachi .... inbetween animator
Masashi Ando .... key animator
Hiroyuki Aoyama .... key animator: Telecom Animation Film
Tsutomu Awata .... key animator (as Tsutomu Awada)
Masaaki Endo .... key animator
Maya Fujimori .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film
Rie Fujimura .... inbetween animator
Yoshikazu Fukutome .... background artist
Hiromi Furuya .... inbetween animator
Makiko Futaki .... key animator
Seiko Higashi .... inbetween animator
Sayaka Hirahara .... background artist
Kazuko Hirai .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film
Katsu Hisamura .... background artist
Takeshi Imamura .... key animator (as Takeshi Inamura)
Ryôko Ina .... background artist (as Ryouko Ina)
Hiroyuki Inoue .... key animator
Naohisa Inoue .... background artist: fantasy scenes
Kuniyuki Ishii .... key animator
Shin Itagaki .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film
Yumiko Ito .... inbetween animator
Emiko Iwayanagi .... inbetween animator
Megumi Kagawa .... key animator (as Ai Kagawa)
Naomi Kasugai .... background artist
Toshio Kawaguchi .... key animator
Hana Kikuchi .... inbetween animator
Go Kimura .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film
Yumiko Kitajima .... inbetween animator
Komasa .... inbetween animator
Rie Kondou .... inbetween animator
Ken'ichi Konishi .... key animator
Misuzu Kurata .... inbetween animator
Ikuo Kuwana .... inbetween animator
Kitarô Kôsaka .... animation director (as Kitaro Kosaka)
Kitarô Kôsaka .... character designer (as Kitaro Kosaka)
Kiyoko Makita .... inbetween animator
Reiko Mano .... inbetween animator
Hisako Matsuda .... inbetween animator
Mariko Matsuo .... inbetween animator
Masaru Matsuse .... key animator
Atsuko Matsushita .... inbetween animator
Hiroko Minowa .... key animator
Yoshiyuki Momose .... key animator
Noriko Moritomo .... key animator
Kyouko Naganawa .... background artist
Yoko Nagashima .... inbetween animator
Rie Nakagome .... animation checker
Katsutoshi Nakamura .... inbetween animator
Rie Niidome .... inbetween animator
Sumie Nishido .... inbetween animator
Takehiro Noda .... key animator
Noriko Odaka .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film
Kazuo Oga .... background artist
Mayumi Ohmura .... animation checker
Kumiko Ohta .... inbetween animator
Kazuyoshi Onoda .... inbetween animator
Shinji Otsuka .... key animator
Masaya Saitou .... key animator
Masako Sakano .... inbetween animator
Shinsaku Sasaki .... key animator
Kuri Sawa .... inbetween animator
Eriko Shibata .... inbetween animator
Kazuko Shibata .... inbetween animator
Ritsuko Shiina .... inbetween animator
Miyoko Shikibu .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film
Masako Shinohara .... key animator
Naoko Sugaya .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film
Makiko Suzuki .... inbetween animator
Mariko Suzuki .... inbetween animator
Natsuko Takahashi .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film
Hiroko Takatani .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film
Yôji Takeshige .... background artist
Teiichi Takiguchi .... key animator: Telecom Animation Film
Seiki Tamura .... background artist
Atsuko Tanaka .... key animator: Telecom Animation Film
Naoya Tanaka .... background artist
Hitomi Tateno .... inbetween animator
Akiko Teshima .... animation checker
Keiko Tomizawa .... inbetween animator
Shinobu Tsuneki .... inbetween animator
Kôjirô Tsuruoka .... inbetween animator (as Koujirou Tsuruoka)
Alexandra Weihrauch .... inbetween animator
Ken'ichi Yamada .... key animator
Akira Yamagawa .... background artist (as Akira Yamakawa)
Eiji Yamamori .... inbetween animator
Mayumi Yamamoto .... inbetween animator
Nizou Yamamoto .... background artist
Yukari Yamaura .... inbetween animator
Yuichiro Yano .... key animator: Telecom Animation Film
Mayu Yazawa .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film
Hisao Yokobori .... key animator: Telecom Animation Film
Kazumi Yokoyama .... inbetween animator
Kenichi Yoshida .... key animator
Hideaki Yoshio .... key animator
Keiko Yozawa .... inbetween animator: Telecom Animation Film
Kiyomi Ôta .... background artist (as Kiyomi Ota)
Atsuko Ôtani .... key animator
 
Editorial Department
Keiko Mizuta .... assistant editor
Megumi Uchida .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Michinori Nagano .... music producer
Hidehiko Ono .... music mixer
Tomoyu Takagi .... music producer
 
Other crew
Rick Dempsey .... dialogue director
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mimi wo sumaseba" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
111 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The film is based on a one volume manga, "Mimi wo Sumaseba" by Hiiragi Aoi.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: (At 22:56 - 23:20) When Shizuku first follows Muta the cat into Mr.Nishi's antique shop. Just as Shizuku watches Muta enter the shop - we are shown a golden pig statue sitting on the ground being used as a door stop to hold the shop door open, you can see that it's head is angled so that it is pointed/looking to it's right (to the left from our perspective.) But in the next scene we see that the Pig's head is not angled to either side at all - and is instead shown looking straight ahead.See more »
Quotes:
Shizuku:[speaking to The Baron] Strange, its as if I have known you for a long time.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Cat Returns (2002)See more »
Soundtrack:
Take Me Home, Country RoadsSee more »

FAQ

Why does Shizuku's uniform change?
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43 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
A Beautiful Film, 4 January 2003
Author: dballred from Oklahoma City

Mimi wo Sumaseba, (English title Whisper of the Heart) is a rich and wonderful film, worthy seeing again and again (and again). It's a reality-based love story between two bright middle-school students. Shizuku, 14, lives with her elder sister and parents in a typical apartment. She really enjoys reading and, as the film begins, she is working on a school project to translate the words to John Denver's song, Country Road. Seiji, 15, lives with his parents, but we see him only at his maternal grandfather's place-where he is studying to become a violin maker. The story is based around how they meet, how their relationship develops, and how Shizuku challenges herself to embark on a major writing project entitled Mimi wo Sumaseba. Along the way, we meet some very memorable characters-including an indifferent and overweight stray cat that seems to be pulling everyone together. Japan saw more of that cat last year, as he reappeared in Neko no Ongaeshi.

As is true for most of the films from Studio Ghibli, the artwork of this film is superb. The night scenes in the city, the flies dancing in the fluorescent lighting, and the startlingly realistic clutter of a typical urban Japanese family residence all are depicted in the first few minutes of the film-and the images don't let up all the way to the closing credits. While many viewers might see the film as near-perfect and give it a 10, I give this film a 9 out of 10 rating because I'm a guy and I don't like my tear ducts filling up with joy more than once in a film. I'll probably raise that to 10 after another viewing.

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