8.0/10
41,322
125 user 78 critic

Whisper of the Heart (1995)

Mimi wo sumaseba (original title)
Trailer
0:31 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

A love story between a girl who loves reading books, and a boy who has previously checked out all of the library books she chooses.

Director:

Yoshifumi Kondô

Writers:

Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay), Aoi Hiiragi (comic) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Animation | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A group of Yokohama teens look to save their school's clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

Director: Gorô Miyazaki
Stars: Sarah Bolger, Chris Noth, Anton Yelchin
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After helping a cat, a 17-year-old girl finds herself involuntarily engaged to a cat prince in a magical world where her only hope of freedom lies with a dapper cat statuette come to life.

Director: Hiroyuki Morita
Stars: Chizuru Ikewaki, Yoshihiko Hakamada, Aki Maeda
Animation | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Minami Takayama, Rei Sakuma
Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their teenage daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Stars: Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett
Animation | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A 12-year-old girl is sent to the country for health reasons, where she meets an unlikely friend in the form of Marnie, a young girl with long, flowing blonde hair. As the friendship ... See full summary »

Directors: James Simone, Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Stars: Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura, Nanako Matsushima
Animation | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Stars: Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman
Ponyo (2008)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A five-year-old boy develops a relationship with Ponyo, a young goldfish princess who longs to become a human after falling in love with him.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson
Pom Poko (1994)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A community of magical shape-shifting raccoon dogs struggle to prevent their forest home from being destroyed by urban development.

Director: Isao Takahata
Stars: Shinchô Kokontei, Makoto Nonomura, Yuriko Ishida
Animation | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her, but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

Director: Isao Takahata
Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen
Wolf Children (2012)
Animation | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident while hunting for food for their children, a young woman must find ways to raise the werewolf son and daughter that she had with him while keeping their trait hidden from society.

Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Stars: Aoi Miyazaki, Takao Ohsawa, Haru Kuroki
Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Stars: Chieko Baishô, Takuya Kimura, Tatsuya Gashûin
Animation | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Stars: Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yoko Honna Yoko Honna ... Shizuku Tsukishima (voice) (as Youko Honna)
Issey Takahashi ... Seiji Amasawa (voice) (as Issei Takahashi)
Takashi Tachibana Takashi Tachibana ... Seiya Tsukishima (voice)
Shigeru Muroi Shigeru Muroi ... Asako Tsukishima (voice)
Shigeru Tsuyuguchi Shigeru Tsuyuguchi ... The Baron (voice)
Keiju Kobayashi Keiju Kobayashi ... Shiro Nishi (voice)
Yorie Yamashita Yorie Yamashita ... Shiho Tsukishima (voice)
Maiko Kayama Maiko Kayama ... Yuko Harada (voice)
Yoshimi Nakajima Yoshimi Nakajima ... Sugimura (voice)
Minami Takayama Minami Takayama ... Kosaka-sensei (voice)
Mayumi Izuka ... Kinuyo (voice) (as Mayumi Iizuka)
Mai Chiba Mai Chiba ... Nao (voice)
Satoru Takahashi Satoru Takahashi ... (voice)
Akiko Sakaguchi Akiko Sakaguchi ... (voice)
Hiromi Yasuda Hiromi Yasuda ... (voice)
Edit

Storyline

A young Japanese middle school girl finds that all the books she chooses in the library have been previously checked out by the same boy. Later she meets a very infuriating fellow... could it be her "friend" from the library? The boy's grandfather has a violin sales and service shop. The boy wants to be a violin maker like his grandfather. Written by Dana Anthony <ranthony@intrex.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Suki na hito ga dekimashita!


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

13 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

If You Listen Closely See more »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$498,156

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$585,013
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Crazy Credits

In the credit, we can also see Shizuku and Seiji riding on a bicycle. See more »

Connections

Spin-off The Cat Returns (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Take Me Home, Country Roads
Written by Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert and John Denver
Performed by Olivia Newton-John
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Charming
5 June 2006 | by cosmic_questSee all my reviews

A Studio Ghibli film, 'Whisper of the Heart' differs from most anime produced by the company in that it is not about cute creatures or other-wordly adventures. Instead, it is a bittersweet tale of a normal teenage girl and the trials of growing up.

The film follows Shizuku, a girl in her mid-teens, who lives for her love of books and writing. During her numerous visits to the library, she become aware that all the books she has taken out have been previously checked out by a boy named 'Seiji Amasawa'. It doesn't take long to realise that this Seiji is, in fact, a fellow classmate at her school who she finds infuriatingly arrogant. But as she comes to know him properly, discovering he is a boy with firm ambitions to be a great violin maker, he leaves her yearning to find her own path in life as well as tasting love for the first time.

What makes 'Whisper of the Heart' so beautiful is its honest depiction of what it is to be an adolescent on the cusp of adulthood, avoiding pitfalls like descending into sap, depicting teenagers as being perpetually stroppy and difficult or sexing up characters in a vain attempt to make them more appealing to the shallow. We've all been in Shizuku's shoes: feeling the turbulent tugs of first love, floundering over what do to with one's life when it seems everyone else seems to know their own dreams for the future and juggling the turmoils of school life and exams at the same time. Anyone who has ever been fifteen years old will be able to empathise with Shizuku and Seiji and that's what makes them such strong, concrete characters. It also offers an interesting insight into the Japanese culture as we get a close-up look of everyday family and school life in Japan, which in itself is as fascinating as the actual story.

'Whisper of the Heart' is much more than just a teenage love story. It's a charming, poignant tale about life and dreams. Another first class film by Studio Ghibli.


14 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 125 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed