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Children Who Chase Lost Voices (2011)

Hoshi o ou kodomo (original title)
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A coming of age story involving young love and a mysterious music, coming from a crystal radio left as a memento by an absent father, that leads a young heroine deep into a hidden world.

Director:

Makoto Shinkai

Writer:

Makoto Shinkai (story and screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Hilary Haag ... Asuna Watase (voice)
Corey Hartzog Corey Hartzog ... Shun (voice)
Leraldo Anzaldua ... Shin (voice)
David Matranga ... Ryuji Morisaki (voice)
Shelley Calene-Black ... Asuna's Mother (voice)
Shannon Emerick ... Lisa Morisaki (voice) (as Shannon Emmerick)
Sam Roman ... Old Man of Amaurot (voice)
Emily Neves ... Mana (voice)
Brittney Karbowski ... Seri (voice)
George Manley ... Commander of Arned Priest (voice)
Kalob Martinez Kalob Martinez ... (voice)
Andrew Love Andrew Love ... (voice)
Justin Doran Justin Doran ... (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kazuhiro Fujiwara Kazuhiro Fujiwara ... Villager (voice)
Kenji Hamada Kenji Hamada ... Commander of Arned Priest (voice)
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A coming of age story involving young love and a mysterious music, coming from a crystal radio left as a memento by an absent father, that leads a young heroine deep into a hidden world.

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A girl who does not yet realise her loss, and a boy from a foreign land searching for his place. A man who refuses to accept his loss. Each with their own feelings in their hearts, they set out on a journey into the depths of the world. See more »


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Quotes

Shun: Now at this point the fear is almost unbearable, but at the same time there's an equally powerful happiness.
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Soundtracks

Symphony No. 9 in E minor 'From the New World' II. Largo
Written by Antonín Dvorák
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A stunning work of art.
10 December 2011 | by KemeticScienceSee all my reviews

So I guess I wasn't the only one really excited about Shinkai's new release, "Hoshi o ou Kodomo". With his previous work like "Kumo no mukô, Yakusoku no Basho", "Byôsoku 5 Senchimêtoru" and "Hoshi No Koe" Makato Shinkai has never ceased to impress us with the visual detail and animated scenery, a wonderful blend of color and light that breathes life into the dreamlike landscapes. If you're familiar with his previous films you know what to expect visually, but now to the actual content.

Unfortunately, "Hoshi o ou Kodomo" doesn't share the same uniqueness as say "Kumo no mukô, yakusoku no basho" and "Hoshi No Koe". I could notice resemblance and inspiration from a couple of films, especially Miyazaki's "Spirited Away" and "Princess Mononoke". I even thought of Andrei Tarkovsky's "Stalker" at some points, with the resemblance of the two main characters setting out on a journey through unknown, otherwordly plains, being lonely and in mourning, seeking to make their strongest wishes come true. This is of course the case in most films and in the creation of any aesthetic work, the artist creates something new under the influence of others whether they want it or not. Especially when it comes to film, which affect us on many levels, changing our thought patterns and point of view. The story was compelling and had me engaged from beginning to end. I'm weak when it comes to these spiritual and existential messages and symbolism often presented in Japanese cinema, especially in animations.

"Hoshi o ou Kodomo" is certainly no exception with a centered theme of life and death and the mysterious rumours of a world within the Earth, a place where ancient knowledge and memories dwell, and ancient divine entities wander the land, who used to give guidance to humankind. This film can be interpreted in many different ways, this was mine. The soundtrack is both ethereal and powerful, intertwining with the visuals in a flawless way.

To summarize, Shinkai's new work is a touching and compelling tale of friendship, love and hatred, truth, deceit, but foremost about letting go.

"Hoshi o ou Kodomo" is without any doubt a worthy addition to Makato Shinkai's previous works.

My rating: 8/10


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

7 May 2011 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Children Who Chase Lost Voices See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$600,486
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Media Factory, CoMix Wave See more »
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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