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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
Whisper of the Heart -- Clip: Baron Fantasy Sequence
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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Release Date:
15 July 1995 (Japan) See more »
Suki na hito ga dekimashita!
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (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 Saitô .... 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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111 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:G (Nova Scotia) | Chile:TE | Denmark:A | Finland:K-3 | France:U | Germany:0 | South Korea:All | Sweden:7 (DVD rating) | UK:U | USA:G (certificate #42159)

Did You Know?

This marked the first use by Studio Ghibli of digital composition, meaning that elements of a scene were composed using a computer. In this case, it's the flying scene with Baron within Shizuku's story. The scene contains a lot of elements moving independently, including the small "planets" and Shizuku's characters. Although all these elements were animated by tradition means, they were combined using computer technology.See more »
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 »
Seiji:Shizuku, I just wanted to let you know I really liked your lyrics. You're a really talented writer.
Shizuku:Just the other day you said they were corny.
Seiji:Oh, did I really say that?
Seiji:I'm sorry.
Shizuku:Ha! You're forgetful too. See you later!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2007)See more »
Take Me Home, Country RoadsSee more »


Why does Shizuku's uniform change?
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79 out of 86 people found the following review useful.
Whisper of the Heart, 17 January 2002
Author: astroboy13

Whisper of the Heart by Kondou is the most endearing, personal, magical, and majestically warming Anime based Reality I've seen in a while. It's up there with Grave of the Fireflies, and Barefoot Gen--even though this film's contents is more in the line of soul mates, aspirations, personal treasures, unrequited love, and John Denver.

Disney bought the rights for it, so for those whore lacking--be patient, although you can always get a Jpn DVD version that contains English Sub, just be sure that your DVD plays that certain region.

A great anime for those who seeks solace and inspiration, nothing more nor less. Sure it lacks violence, guns, nudity, fast cars, robots--and amongst others that can render a film to the point of being excessive, brutal, and profane--but with love, destiny, personal adventures, and a sensuous story--you couldn't go wrong with this lovely thing.

I cannot emphasize it anymore than that--watch it with a love one.

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