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Giovanni's Island (2014)

Jobanni no shima (original title)
A dramatic yet heart-warming story of cross-cultural friendship among children in the aftermath of WWII, presented by Tokyo-based award-winning animation studio Production I.G. Based on true events.

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Mizuho Nishikubo

Writers:

Shigemichi Sugita (original story), Shigemichi Sugita (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Junpei Senou (older) (voice)
Yukie Nakama Yukie Nakama ... Sawako (voice)
Yûsuke Santamaria Yûsuke Santamaria ... Hideo (voice)
Tatyana Sharko Tatyana Sharko ... (voice) (as Tatiana Sharko)
Kota Yokoyama Kota Yokoyama ... Junpei Senou (voice)
Junya Taniai Junya Taniai ... Senou, Kanta
Kaoru Yachigusa Kaoru Yachigusa ... Sawako (older)
Ho Han Yoo Ho Han Yoo ... (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Austin Nash Chase ... Various (voice)
Lauren Conn Lauren Conn
Grant George ... Hideo (voice)
Aleksandr Golovchanskiy Aleksandr Golovchanskiy ... (voice) (as Alexander Golovchanskiy)
Kannon Gowen Kannon Gowen ... Jun Pei (voice)
Natalie Hoover Natalie Hoover ... Tanya (voice)
Masachika Ichimura ... Tatsuo Senou (voice)
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In the aftermath of the most devastating conflict mankind had ever experienced, the tiny island of Shikotan became part of the Sakhalin Oblast... and on the unhealed border in this remote corner of the world, friendship among children from two different countries timidly blossomed, striving to overcome language barriers and the waves of history. Inspired by true events. Written by Production I.G

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | Russian | Korean

Release Date:

22 February 2014 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Written by Boris Ivanovitch Fomin
Courtesy of Anatoliy Fomin and National music publishers LLC
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The consequence of the WWII on the two Japanese children.
24 September 2015 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

The latest Japanese anime, based on the fictional account. Following the Japan's surrender during the World War II, the narration concentrates how the people are affected by the consequences of the war. The movie opens with the two elderly people heading towards their childhood village, recalling their memories. The entire movie was from the children's perspective of what they have seen.

The story of two young boys living in a remote island of the Japan. Who are obsessed with the toy trains and hopes see them in real one day. When Soviet invades the island and forced to live under their rule with coexist. The life remains unaffected, the children go to the school as usual, where these two boys meet the young Russian blonde girl and befriends. What comes after is the struggle that becomes a lot tougher by the days come and surviving becomes challenging.

It was not a top notch anime as I was expecting, but had a decent storyline and the characters. Still, it was a traditional presentation and so pleasant to watch. Somewhat it reminds the 'Grave of the Fireflies', but comparable with that, it was only the less emotionally appealing. The end really got me, I felt the depth. The strong conclusion was the movie's strength, otherwise I would have not liked the flick this much. Yet, I am not sure whether everybody going to like it or not, but still I suggest it only if you're convinced by other than my review too.

6½/10


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