animated movie Whisper of the Heart © Studio Ghibli / Nippon Television Network
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Whisper of the Heart

Shizuku is a book-mad schoolgirl working on a Japanese translation of the lyrics to John Denver's 'Take Me Home Country Roads'. At the start of the movie she notices that every book she borrows from the library has already been booked out to someone called Seiji. On the bus to the library one day she notices a cat riding the bus alone. When it gets off at her stop she follows it to an antique shop, where she meets the owner and his grandson Seiji, the person who had been borrowing the library books. Seiji is an aspiring violin maker and wants to go to Italy to pursue his craft. Just as Shizuku starts to fall for him he gets his wish and moves to Italy, but Shizuku takes Seiji's dedication as the inspiration to write her first novel. As subject matter she chooses the adventures of 'The Baron' - a statue in the antique shop, of a top-hat wearing cat.

see also: The Cat Returns
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Whisper of the Heart is an oddity even among Miyazaki films. It is hands down one of his most down to earth movies he's ever made and unfolds in such...
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Of all the films produced by Studio Ghibli (you should watch them all) Whisper of the Heart is the least fantastical, and yet it is still somehow magical. Even Grave...
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Whisper of the Heart is a sweet, often funny movie. Lupercal has summed it up nicely. Shizuku is a young teen, happily involved in the romantic entanglements of her...
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It's late and I'm half awake, but I want to write this before something I wanted to say slips away. 'Whisper of the Heart' is a sublime movie. If you want...
Created by: Studio Ghibli, Nippon Television Network
Language: English subtitled / English dub / Japanese
Country of Origin: Japan
Alternate Title: Mimi wo sumaseba (Japan)
[ Japanese ] Featuring the voices of:
Youko Honna ... Shizuku
Kazuo Takahashi ... Seiji
Shigeru Tsuyuguchi ... The Baron
Keiju Kobayashi ... Seiji's grandfather
Yorie Yamashita ... Shiho
Mayumi Iizuka ... Kinuyo
[ English dub ] Featuring the voices of:
Brittany Snow Shizuku Tsukishima ... Shizuku Tsukishima
David Gallagher ... Seiji
Cary Elwes ... The Baron
Harold Gould ... Nishi
Courtney Thorne-Smith ... Shiho
Directed by: Yoshifumi Kondo
Produced by: Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki
Executive Producers: Yasuyoshi Tokuma
Musical Score by: Yuji Nomi
Writing Credits: Hayao Miyazaki
Based on: manga by Aoi Hiiragi

animated movie Whisper of the Heart © Studio Ghibli / Nippon Television NetworkWhile not a sequel, 'The Cat Returns' is a spin-off from 'Whisper of the Heart'. Unfortunately Disney recently released 'The Cat Returns' first.

Licencing rights to the movie were held up for years because of a dispute over the use of 'Take Me Home Country Roads', however the film is slated for Australian release in 2005, and the buzz is that the US release might also be this year.

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