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Noriko Ohara ...
Serge Batouille (voice)
Yûko Sasaki ...
Gilbert Cocteau (voice)
Kaneto Shiozawa ...
Auguste Beau (voice)
Yoshiko Sakakibara ...
Rosemarine (voice)
Shô Hayami ...
Jack Dren (voice)
Jûrôta Kosugi ...
Professor Watts / Blough (voice)
Tsutomu Kashiwakura ...
Carl (voice)
Hiroshi Takemura ...
Pascal Biket (voice)
Asami Mukaidono ...
Kurt (voice)
Akari Hibino ...
Sebastian (voice) (as Yôko Ogai)
Rin Mizuhara ...
Necroix - Nekaa (voice)
Kôichi Chiba ...
Professor Louie Renet (voice)
Yoshimi Nemoto ...
Professor Luche (voice)
Toku Nishio ...
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Based on the manga classic by Keiko Takemiya, Kaze to Ki no Uta, Sanctus, (transliterated in English as "The Poem of the Wind and the Trees") is a ground-breaking movie for many different reasons. The manga was one of the first and most successful series of manga in the then-budding genre of what is known as "Shonen-ai" which is anime or manga that deals with love between young men, especially of the bishonen (a Japanese term literally meaning "beautiful youth) variety. Bishonen is an art-form geared for and directed toward young girls in Japan and is known for providing a non-traditional outlet for gender relations, as well as breaking down stereotypes surrounding effeminate male characters. It is the story of two young men, Serge Batouille and Gilbert Cocteau, which takes place in the late 19th Century at Laconblade Academy in Provence, France. The whole movie is a series of Serge's recollections of his life at the Academy, and those specifically centering on his stormy relationship... Written by Mr. Frost

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21 November 1987 (Japan)  »

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Based on the first three books of the Seventeen-Volume Manga series "Kaze to Ki no Uta" by Keiko Takemiya See more »

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Serge: Gilbert Cocteau, you were the greatest flower to ever bloom in my life.
Serge: In the faraway dreams of youth, you were a bright red flame, blazing so fiercely...
Serge: You were the wind that stirred my branches.
Serge: Can you hear the Poem of the Wind and Trees? Can you hear the tumult of our youth?
Serge: Oh there must be others who so remember their own days of youth...
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The sweet memories of an adolescence in France.
9 March 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Despite its adaptation from a rather long Japanese graphic novel, the story doesn't lack in emotion and appeal.

The two main characters are realistic and it's nice to watch something different in the Boy's Love landscape. One might be tempted to compare it to a French film, in that it focuses on the evolution of the protagonists' relation. The insights and references to nineteenth century rural France add to its charm.

One thing that might possibly disappoint is the somewhat bad visual quality, but that may be due to the fact that the film was released quite a few decades ago. Still, I highly recommend watching it, and if fairly intimate scenes between same sex characters disturb you, there's always the option of looking away.


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