Whisper of the Heart ( Mimi wo sumaseba ) Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 625

Average Rating: 3.1/4

# of Ratings: 71

Theatrical Release Date: 07/15/1995

Language: Japanese

Genre: Anime, Drama

MPAA Rating: G

Director: Yoshifumi Kondo

Actors: Youko Honna, Kazuo Takahashi, Takashi Tachibana, Shigeru Muroi, Shigeru Tsuyuguchi, Keiju Kobayashi

Plot: A young girl who reads a lot of fairy tales has a typical life, but something is missing. One day, on a whim, she follows a cat riding a train - this leads her to a chance meeting with a young boy who dreams of being a violin-maker and his grandfather's antique store where a statue of a cat gives her inspiration to follow her own dream: to write. -- Chris Kavan

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mitchellyoung - wrote on 08/20/2011

I felt this story wrapped up too conveniently and in a little bit of a smaltzy manner, but the struggles of creativity and finding your voice and portrayed very simply and honestly. I also liked the blend of American music with Japanese lyrics. I found that really beautiful.

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artemis - wrote on 09/03/2008

This is a beautiful film from Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli, a meditation on how adults come to terms with painful memories from childhood and integrate them into their adult lives. The animation is as beautiful as one would expect from any Studio Ghibli film and the story is moving. Highly recommended for anyone who loves movies about how ordinary people live their lives.

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Wonderful and "heart"felt indeed!

JTurner - wrote on 05/31/2009

WHISPER OF THE HEART was the first and only Ghibli feature directed by a longtime colleague of Hayao Miyazaki--Yoshifumi Kondo, who died several years after its 1995 release. This is a gently told coming-of-age love story of a young girl struggling to come to terms with her ambitions and feelings for a cocky boy who happens to be her secret admirer. Miyazaki wrote the screenplay for this modern-day story, which cleverly uses John Denver's "Take Me Home Country Roads" as a focal point of the plot. As usual, the animation is gorgeous and the music is lovely, but it's the depth of the characters and the occasional depths into fairy-tale like fantasy that make this a winner. As usual, Disney produces yet another top-notch dub that not only is faithful to the original, but adapts some of the …

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