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The Garden of Words (2013)

Koto no ha no niwa (original title)
A 15-year-old boy and 27-year-old woman find an unlikely friendship one rainy day in the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. These two broken pieces come together and heal one another as they learn what it is to walk.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miyu Irino ...
Takao Akizuki (voice)
Kana Hanazawa ...
Yukari Yukino (voice)
Fumi Hirano ...
Takao's Mother (voice)
Gou Maeda ...
Takao no ani (voice)
Takeshi Maeda ...
Takao's Brother (voice)
Yuka Terasaki ...
Takao's Brother's Girlfriend (voice)
Takanori Hoshino ...
Itou-sensei (voice)
Suguru Inoue ...
Matsumoto (voice)
Megumi Han ...
Satou (voice)
Mikako Komatsu ...
Aizawa (voice)
Yuki Hayashi ...
Moriyama (voice)
Wataru Sekine ...
Young Takao (voice)
Risa Mizuno ...
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Hiroshi Shimozaki ...
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Kuniko Ishijima ...
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Takao, who is training to become a shoemaker, skipped school and is sketching shoes in a Japanese-style garden. He meets a mysterious woman, Yukino, who is older than him. Then, without arranging the times, the two start to see each other again and again, but only on rainy days. Written by unknown

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This is Makoto Shinkai's first film to not feature music by Tenmon. See more »

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Takao Akizuki: I realize now, I was learning how to walk as well. I haven't mastered the steps, I fall too. But im on my path, my path... and one day that path... will take me to her.
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Rain
performed by Motohiro Hata
lyrics and music by Senri Oe
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Garden of Wonders
7 July 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Having never seen a Makoto Shinkai film before, I decided to give this one a peek, having heard that he is practically "the next Hayao Miyazaki". I can definitely see why. I was enamoured by the film from beginning to end. The visual imagery was extremely superb. Each scene was visually scintillating...so much so that it pretty much puts live cinematography to shame.

The story itself was quite on par as well. A forbidden love story set in the backdrop of Nagoya, Japan's rainy season. The emotional tone was executed just right enough to give your heart that extra beat. All in all, a perfect short film in my books.


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