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The Garden of Words (2013)

Koto no ha no niwa (original title)
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A 15-year-old boy and 27-year-old woman find an unlikely friendship one rainy day in the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

Director:

Makoto Shinkai

Writer:

Makoto Shinkai
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miyu Irino ... Takao Akizuki (voice)
Kana Hanazawa Kana Hanazawa ... Yukari Yukino (voice)
Fumi Hirano ... Takao's Mother (voice)
Gou Maeda Gou Maeda ... Takao no ani (voice)
Takeshi Maeda Takeshi Maeda ... Takao's Brother (voice)
Yuka Terasaki Yuka Terasaki ... Takao's Brother's Girlfriend (voice)
Takanori Hoshino Takanori Hoshino ... Itou-sensei (voice)
Suguru Inoue Suguru Inoue ... Matsumoto (voice)
Megumi Han Megumi Han ... Satou (voice)
Mikako Komatsu Mikako Komatsu ... Aizawa (voice)
Yuki Hayashi Yuki Hayashi ... Moriyama (voice)
Wataru Sekine Wataru Sekine ... Young Takao (voice)
Risa Mizuno Risa Mizuno ... (voice)
Hiroshi Shimozaki Hiroshi Shimozaki ... (voice)
Kuniko Ishijima Kuniko Ishijima ... (voice)
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Storyline

Takao, who dreams of becoming a shoemaker, skips school and is sketching shoes in a garden in the middle of Tokyo. He meets a mysterious woman, Yukino, who is older than him. Then, without arranging the times, the two start to see each other again and again, but only on rainy days. Written by unknown

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Lost in life. Found in love. See more »


Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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According to Makoto Shinkai, the film's central theme is loneliness. This was inspired by the Man'yoshu, Japan's oldest collection of poems; in that volume, love was represented by the word "koi", or "lonely sadness"; more accurately, a longing for someone in solitude. Shinkai described the film as a love story towards people who feel lonely or incomplete in their social relations, but who don't feel that they need to fix this loneliness. See more »

Quotes

Takao Akizuki: In the evenings, before I went to sleep, and in the mornings, in the moment I woke up, I realized I was praying for rain
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Connections

Referenced in Your Name. (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Rain
Lyrics and Music by Senri Oe
Performed by Motohiro Hata
Arrangement: Makoto Minagawa. Akifumi Tada
© 1988 by Sony Music Artists Inc.
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The Teacher Is Hot
1 February 2020 | by ardysngSee all my reviews

Such a Beautiful and romantic story and such a lovely animation.

I also like that the script is way against and out of norm with the mainstream. There is sexual tension and the teacher is as disenchanted as the student.

Love it.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

31 May 2013 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$418,256
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Company Credits

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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