Whisper of the Heart

July 15th, 1995


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A young 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...

Release Year: 1995

Rating: 7.9/10 (10,848 voted)

Director: Yoshifumi Kondô

Stars: Youko Honna, Kazuo Takahashi, Takashi Tachibana

A young 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.

Writers: Hayao Miyazaki, Aoi Hiiragi

Youko Honna - Shizuku Tsukishima(voice)
Kazuo Takahashi - Seiji Amasawa(voice)
Takashi Tachibana - Seiya Tsukishima(voice)
Shigeru Muroi - Asako Tsukishima(voice)
Shigeru Tsuyuguchi - The Baron(voice)
Keiju Kobayashi - Shiro Nishi(voice)
Yorie Yamashita - Shiho Tsukishima(voice)
Maiko Kayama - Yuko Harada(voice)
Yoshimi Nakajima - Sugimura(voice)
Minami Takayama - Kosaka-sensei(voice)
Mayumi Iizuka - Kinuyo(voice)
Mai Chiba - (voice)
Satoru Takahashi - (voice)
Akiko Sakaguchi - (voice)
Hiromi Yasuda - (voice)

Taglines: Suki na hito ga dekimashita!

Release Date: 15 July 1995

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Did You Know?

The backgrounds, clouds, and flying islands (they are called "laputa") in the Flying sequence were painted by an artist named INOUE Naohisa. He is a former high school art teacher, who continued painting pictures of "Iblard" on his own. When he had his exhibition, he sent an invitation to Miyazaki, since Inoue was a huge fan of Miyazaki anime. Of course, he didn't expect anything, but Miyazaki showed up, and he bought one painting (which is now on the wall of the cafeteria at Ghibli). The painting is called "Upward Draft", and looks exactly like the fantasy scene in "Mimi" . Then, Miyazaki asked him, "Can you work on our next film?". Inoue also worked in "Mimi" as a voice actor. He did one of Mr. Nishi's friends, who joined the "Country Road" jam session (he's the tall one).

Continuity: (At 22:56 - 23:20) When Shizuku first follows Muta the cat into Mr.Nishi's antique shop. Just as Shizuku watches Muta enter the shop - we are shown a golden pig statue sitting on the ground being used as a door stop to hold the shop door open, you can see that it's head is angled so that it is pointed/looking to it's right (to the left from our perspective.) But in the next scene we see that the Pig's head is not angled to either side at all - and is instead shown looking straight ahead.

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!

User Review

They don't get more beautiful

Rating: 10/10

When I first heard of Whisper of the Heart, I didn't feel a significant need to find it and watch it. How good could a teen romance be, a genre that's been beaten to death? Little did I know how much I'd love this film.

I beg of you, don't turn this film away because of the premise, which might strike some as sounding sappy. When Studio Ghibli is involved, you can't go wrong. It's NOTHING like you'd expect from any teen romance from anywhere. Whisper of the Heart has none of that fake, self-indulgent crap that permeates Hollywood, movies about teens that pander to clichés and don't give a damn about real characters or love or true feelings. Whisper of the Heart doesn't fall back on cliché and formula. It's a truly great film. It's a remarkably honest and heartfelt look into a 14-year-old's life, her family and friends, how she falls in love, and there are moments so stirring, so wonderful and yet so simple. Yoshifumi Kondou, the director, showed all the qualities of being a master of animation. It's a real tragedy that he passed away. The film is full of moments that are real and beautiful that use animation, not to exploit the story, but to enhance moments with the simplicity they need in their presentation. And the screenplay, written by the great Hayao Miyazaki, is free from false sentimentality and melodrama. He gives us real characters here, ones so well written that anyone who has been a young teen can relate to them.

Whisper of the Heart is as good an animated film as you'll find. It's a one of a kind anime and it's beautifully done. Are you tired of Hollywood films peddled to you off a studio assembly line? Tired of clichéd romances that have no emotion or humanity?

You want something with real depth, soul, and heart? Seek out Whisper of the Heart. It's beautiful, and refreshingly done. You might just love this film as much as I did.