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 »
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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)
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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>

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Suki na hito ga dekimashita!


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Trivia

The characters of Shizuku and Yuko (who are best friends in the film) are dubbed by Brittany Snow and Ashley Tisdale, who are best friends in real life, according to the DVD extras. 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

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?
Shizuku: Seiji!
Seiji: I'm sorry.
Shizuku: Ha! You're forgetful too. See you later!
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Crazy Credits

During the credits we see people walk by the bridge. The "stray" cat (the one with many names) walks by the bridge as well. Also the young students who had struggled with unrequited love, named Sugimura and Yuko in the American version, meet on the bridge and appear to begin a dating relationship. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Take Me Home, Country Roads
Written by Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert and John Denver
Performed by Olivia Newton-John
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Ghibli cannot be stopped!
29 September 2003 | by zetesSee all my reviews

A very moving animé film from Studio Ghibli, as good as anything either Miyazaki or Takahata have made. It's a very simple and down-to-earth movie about a young teenage girl who is experiencing her first love, as well as doubts about her future. Whisper understands its characters as few films do, and I became quite intimate with our heroine, Shizuku. It also has a sense of mood unmatched by any other film I can think of set in everyday life. The way it feels to live in a cramped apartment, the emotions of the first day of school, and the way the sky looks after it has rained – so many generic memories of my life brought right to the forefront, as if they were the only moments that mattered. The film enveloped me so completely, I could smell the odor of the antique shop. The music is so wonderful, the score by Yuji Nomi. And I never could have imagined that John Denver's song `Country Roads' would make me weep. Well, it was in Japanese, but still. It's frightening. Each Ghibli film I see makes me think that the next one cannot possibly match it, yet each film inevitably does. 10/10.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

13 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Whisper of the Heart See more »

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Gross USA:

$498,156

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$585,013
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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