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Gauche the Cellist (1982)

Sero hiki no Gôshu (original title)
A cellist in a small orchestra receives help from animals to help him practice his music.

Director:

Isao Takahata

Writers:

Kenji Miyazawa (novel), Isao Takahata
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hideki Sasaki Hideki Sasaki ... Gauche
Fuyumi Shiraishi ... Cat
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Masashi Amenomori Masashi Amenomori ... Conductor
Junji Chiba Junji Chiba ... First Cellist
Kôichi Hashimoto Kôichi Hashimoto ... Mr. A
Kaneta Kimotsuki Kaneta Kimotsuki ... Cuckoo
Atsuko Mine Atsuko Mine ... Orchestra Musician
Ryûji Saikachi Ryûji Saikachi ... Concertmaster
Kazue Takahashi Kazue Takahashi ... Child Tanuki
Akiko Takamura Akiko Takamura ... Mother Mouse
Kôji Yada Kôji Yada ... Master of Ceremonies
Keiko Yokozawa Keiko Yokozawa ... Child Mouse (voice)
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Storyline

Beginner Goshu is practicing to improve as a cellist, but is scolded by his tutor who finds him flat and out of rhythm. Arriving home and determined to practice more he is visited by four animals who, in turn, work and practice with him to improve his ability. Each of these animals acts as a spirit guide to Goshu and motivate and cajole him in different ways. The artwork and music lend themselves to the music and the progressive improvement in the young cellist. Written by aghaemi

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

23 January 1982 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Cello Hiki No Gauche See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,534
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Pathway to musicality
2 January 2006 | by dvfinnhSee all my reviews

Art with a didactic agenda often fails by succeeding - once we learn the message, we lose interest in the messenger. Fortunately, the animal night spirits here disguise their lessons *for* Goshu as requests for favors *from* Goshu. They never explain themselves. Even for the viewer who gets the point before Goshu, the film will deserve at least a second viewing to appreciate the teacher's cunning.

Goshu begins the film as a *mediocre* professional cellist (so his playing may already sound pretty good to a child beginner!). He already shows dedication to practicing; the film carries a message more subtle than the mere value of hard work.

The spirits aim to teach the higher values of music. Indeed it takes a pretty good ear, at first, even to hear the difference they make. Sufficient ambiguity surrounds their didactic message that no one should find the film heavy handed. As subtle as its message about music itself, the movie really speaks to the art of teaching (hence didactic of the second order!).

I suspect that a Japanese viewer will immediately understand the animals as (potentially menacing) supernatural spirits (rather like denizens of dreams), and thus understand Goshu's initial violent hostility to his actually friendly visitors. If one misreads the visitors as mere (fantasy) animals, Goshu's reactions to them just seem monstrous. In other words Disney would expect you to suspend disbelief in the presence of a talking cat (not to mention a person who so quickly finds it natural to talk to a talking cat), but Goshu knows cats don't talk, though spirits, manifestations of our inner demons, very well may. A young Western child watching this film might find it useful or even comforting to have this explained in advance!


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