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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: 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)
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)
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)

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
Yûichirô Yano .... key animator: Telecom Animation Film (as Yuichiro Yano)
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:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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:
[sees Shizuku asleep]
Yasunari Tsukishima:Look at her, my little warrior.
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Movie Connections:
References Porco Rosso (1992)See more »
Soundtrack:
Take Me Home, Country RoadsSee more »

FAQ

Why does Shizuku's uniform change?
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51 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Ernst Lubitsch is reborn, 25 January 2006
Author: Anon Amos from United States

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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