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Stormy Night (2005)

Arashi no yoru ni (original title)
After meeting on a stormy night, a goat Mei and a wolf Gabu become sworn friends. However, trouble sets afoot among the two unlikely friends after their secret gets out, putting them in a perilous yet amazing adventure.

Director:

Gisaburô Sugii

Writers:

Yûichi Kimura (book), Gisaburô Sugii
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Credited cast:
Eiji Bandô Eiji Bandô ... Elder (voice)
Kaba Chan Kaba Chan ... Grandmother Goat (voice) (as Kaba.Chan)
Shôzô Hayashiya Shôzô Hayashiya ... Tabu (voice)
Shidô Nakamura ... Gabu (voice)
Hiroki Narimiya ... Mei (voice)
Riki Takeuchi ... Giro (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera ... Barry (voice)
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Fleeing a violent thunderstorm, a young goat named Mei becomes separated from his tribe and takes shelter in a cabin. He soon is not alone, as another creature limps inside. In the dark they cannot see each other, both have colds and cannot smell each other, but in conversation assume they are of the same kind for they have much in common even apart from a shared fear of thunder, having been taught by elders to run fast to survive and to value loyalty and friendship. They agree to meet the next day for a picnic, with the words "stormy night" used to identify each other. Getting past their initial shock at seeing each other in the daylight, their friendship grows even though they were born enemies, as a goat and a wolf. They continue to meet secretly with Gav fighting off his natural predator tendencies. One day Gav helps Mei escape a wolf hunt, and they are observed together. The other goats demand that Mei use his friend to get details of the wolves plans or be exiled. Gav is ... Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Born enemies... Sworn friends.


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Beautiful film... and I DON'T just mean the animation.

It was unusual that I stumbled upon this film by accident while looking for an almost similar story called The Ringing Bell, and, after watching both films, I have concluded that, in my opinion, this film is superior.

The tale of the friendship between these two is enough to enchant and touch anyone, and, being an animation student, I found the animation style wonderful and refreshing.

The acting is great. Adorable, in Mei's case, and hilarious in Gabu's. They really bring the characters to life, and actually make their friendship believable and heartwarming. Their friendship stands firm throughout the trials they're put through, and they prove that true friendship can never be destroyed, no matter how many other people object to it and try to stop it from happening.

Really, if you can get a hold of this film, do it, and watch it! If your kids can and will read the English subtitles, then let them watch it! Warning though, there is some violence and scary scenes.

Personally, Gabu's my favorite, being the way he is. He reminds me so much of myself. And I'm sure you who'll watch and enjoy this film will find a piece of yourself in one of the characters, guaranteed.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

10 December 2005 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Amicinemici - Le avventure di Gav & Mei See more »

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$17,379,776
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