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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: Country Roads
Whisper of the Heart -- Clip: Shizuku Learns About the Cat

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Director:
Writers:
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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:
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:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Shizuku:When the afternoon air currents mix, we can even touch the stars without fear!See more »
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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164 out of 171 people found the following review useful.
They don't get more beautiful, 10 July 2004
Author: baseballfanjm from Massachusetts

When I first heard of Whisper of the Heart, I didn't feel a significant need to find it and watch it. How good could a teen romance be, a genre that's been beaten to death? Little did I know how much I'd love this film.

I beg of you, don't turn this film away because of the premise, which might strike some as sounding sappy. When Studio Ghibli is involved, you can't go wrong. It's NOTHING like you'd expect from any teen romance from anywhere. Whisper of the Heart has none of that fake, self-indulgent crap that permeates Hollywood, movies about teens that pander to clichés and don't give a damn about real characters or love or true feelings. Whisper of the Heart doesn't fall back on cliché and formula. It's a truly great film. It's a remarkably honest and heartfelt look into a 14-year-old's life, her family and friends, how she falls in love, and there are moments so stirring, so wonderful and yet so simple. Yoshifumi Kondou, the director, showed all the qualities of being a master of animation. It's a real tragedy that he passed away. The film is full of moments that are real and beautiful that use animation, not to exploit the story, but to enhance moments with the simplicity they need in their presentation. And the screenplay, written by the great Hayao Miyazaki, is free from false sentimentality and melodrama. He gives us real characters here, ones so well written that anyone who has been a young teen can relate to them.

Whisper of the Heart is as good an animated film as you'll find. It's a one of a kind anime and it's beautifully done. Are you tired of Hollywood films peddled to you off a studio assembly line? Tired of clichéd romances that have no emotion or humanity?

You want something with real depth, soul, and heart? Seek out Whisper of the Heart. It's beautiful, and refreshingly done. You might just love this film as much as I did.

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