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Whisper of the Heart (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (1995)

Yoshifumi Kondo  |  G |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Yoshifumi Kondo
  • Writers: Screenplay And Storyboard By Hayao Miyazaki
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment Presents A Studio Ghibli Film
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2012
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007JNTPSO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,560 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Based on a manga by Aoi Hiiragi, the gentle coming of age story Whisper of the Heart (1995) was scripted and storyboarded by Hayao Miyazaki, and directed by the late Yoshifumi Kondo. Shizuku Tsukishima is an absent-minded, insecure junior high school student who reads book after book of fairy tales, helps her friends, and does most of her chores, but remains dissatisfied. When she encounters a wonderfully supercilious cat on the train, she follows him and meets Seiji Amasawa, a student in her class who hopes to become a violin maker. Seiji's commitment to his dream helps Shizuku find her voice, literally and figuratively: she realizes she wants to become a writer. A statue of a cat in the antique store of Seiji's kindly grandfather inspires her first story, "Whisper of the Heart." Shizuku and Seiji exhibit believable strengths and flaws: their warm humanity contrasts markedly with the shabby superficiality of the characters in many recent American animated films. The lively performances of Brittany Snow and David Gallagher transcend the geographic limits of the story to make Shizuku and Seiji the kids the viewer wishes lived next door. Miyazaki's script suggests that magic can exist, even in everyday Tokyo. Whisper of the Heart was the only film Yoshifumi Kondo directed, but its understated charm stands as a monument to his talent. (Rated G, suitable for ages 10 and older: tobacco use) -- Charles Solomon

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From Studio Ghibli, the studio that brought you Ponyo and the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away (best animated feature film, 2002). A chance encounter with a mysterious cat sends Shizuku, a quiet schoolgirl, on a quest for her true talent. Challenged by Seiji, a boy determined to follow his dreams, and enchanted by the Baron, a magical cat figurine who helps her listen to the whispers of her heart, Shizuku embarks on curious adventures beyond the boundaries of her imagination.

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241 of 245 people found the following review helpful
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Whisper of the heart is one of the most sensitive, heartwarming and beautiful films ever made. Based on a shojo manga by Aoi Hiiragi, Written and produced by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by Yoshifumi Kondo, whisper of the heart is a tale of self discovery and coming of age of a high school girl Shizuku who is not sure what she wants in life. A series of dramatic events bring her closer to a guy Seiji from her own school. Together they embark on a journey which will help them find their inner potentials, realize their dreams and also love for each other. Also featured in the movie is an old man who runs an antique shop stocked with amazing treasures, including a magnificient porcelain figurine "the baron" (also featured in "The cat returns). Both of these characters play an important role in the film. Though "The cat returns" is kind of follow up to "whisper" yet for some reason it was released on dvd before "whisper".

Rarely is a film as honest and realistic as whisper of the heart and that's what makes it amazingly special, charming and successful. Within its thin plot and realistic settings, whisper has its magic moments which are downright uplifting and strike a chord somewhere deep inside. The film itself is a breath of fresh air.

Whisper of the heart, though slow in pace, draws you in from the very beginning and refuses to let you go. Its a heartwarming tale which makes you feel nostalgic and helps you relive the adolescence. Except for the Shizuku's dreamy fantasy sequence, the film relies heavily on dialogues and simple and real situations. The locales and the backgrounds shown in the film are as beautiful and breathtaking as in any other ghibli film.
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107 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem January 2, 2006
Format:DVD
This movie, produced by Studio Ghibli (the same company that produces Miyazaki's movies) is a gem. Unlike all of Miyazaki's movies, this one tells in a very poetic way a story about credible young people, their coming of age, and their growing awareness on their dreams and aspirations. It is also a beatiful love story between two children who are discovering that they seem to be made for each other.

This is also one of those movies that will remind you of your school years, and I find amazing the accuracy with which children's emotions are depicted. Indeed, this is something I really appreciate about most of these Japanese directors: the ability of depicting children for what they are, rather than as cute mature and witty "little" adults, as much of Hollywood instead does.

As in virtually all of Studio Ghibli's movies, the drawings are beautiful, some of them breathtaking, and the characters are lovable and well constructed. One of the major "characters" is a cat that will certainly end up loving!

If you liked this movie, I would also strongly suggest you to look for another two Studio Ghibli movies that share the same genre. One is "Ocean waves" (which centers around the complicated love-hate relation between two high school student), and the other one, which is absolutely wonderful, is "Only yesterday", the story of a young Tokio woman who rediscovers herself during a vacation in the countryside. I think both of them (especially the last one) are true masterpieces.
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational, beautiful coming-of-age film December 27, 2005
Format:DVD
I am so glad that this Studio Ghibli gem is finally getting a U.S. release, so that it can get an even wider audience.

Unlike some better known Ghibli productions such as Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, Whisper of the Heart has very few fantasy elements; it's a story that is very 'real'. The setting of Whisper Of The Heart (original title: Mimi wo Sumaseba) is a typical Tokyo suburb, and the main protagonists are Suzuka and Seiji, a girl and a boy in junior high school. Suzuka is not quite sure yet what she wants to do with her life, but Seiji on the other hand has already found his lifes work. The themes this movie cover are universal, such as:

What does it mean to have, and pursue a dream? What is the use of education? What does it mean to love someone? And so on.

This is a perfect family movie also, for kids over age 10 or so and up. The pace may be a bit too leisurely for younger kids and they may not quite get the themes of ambition, etc as well as older kids might, though there is plenty of other elements to hold their attention, such as the gorgeous animation and the cheekiest cat imaginable. (There is absolutely nothing in this movie that's 'inappropriate' for young children in any way - just that the themes may be a bit difficult for them.) Adults who remember their teenage years would love this movie also. It made me remember what it was like to be 13 and unsure of myself and what I wanted to 'do with my life', and of hanging out with my friends, and the crushes I had on boys, etc. This movie is particularly great for young girls, since Suzuka, the main character, is one of the most realistically portrayed low-teen girls I've ever seen on screen. Ironic, since she's animated.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beauty all around Us January 4, 2006
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Whisper of the Heart is a wonderful Ghibli movie; although the animation style shows a bit of age, the visual compositions, the magic that makes the ordinary suddenly special, the human touch and warmth of people all make that totally inconsequential. Even if the characters might not be the smooth and flashy style, their movements, the life in them, let alone the breathtaking backgrounds are better than almost anything modern animation has produced.

The plot itself doesn't read as anything exciting that would make one pick up the movie, but that would be a mistake; Whisper of the Heart is about idealism, about love, about the emotions that make us human, that make life worth living. This doesn't make it a boring chick flick or art movie, though. The characters have enough quirks and humor to them to keep even an action aficionado entertained.

There is nothing adult about this movie, in the best senses of that word. No foul language, no sex, no drugs, no drinking, no violence. This is the kind of movie that you can show to a child of any age, from seven to a hundred and seven, and the magic will be there. It is the kind of work that inspires faith in humanity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Country Roads
You will never hear that song in the same way again. A lovely coming of age story that we have enjoyed over and over.
Published 4 hours ago by Robin Hobb
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Loved it! Studio Ghibli & Hayao Miyazaki never cease to amaze me! Beautiful, beautiful film. Highly recommend it to anyone !
Published 8 hours ago by William Krivickas
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I loved the plot of this movie. Hayao Miyazaki is a fantastic directory, writer, producer and i love every single one of his films.
Published 2 days ago by Kevin Siqueira
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT...
My family and I have watched this movie I don't know how many times, we know all of the dialog. The theme song is amazing and the Japanese version is equally impressive. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Jaime A
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
One of my favorite Studio Ghibli movies. I love the music. I definitely recommend this movie to any Studio Ghibli fans.
Published 1 month ago by h.eff.
5.0 out of 5 stars So happy I got this.
I kept putting it off, now I'm super happy to own it. I've already watched it 4 times since it arrived. <3
Published 1 month ago by Danielle Kean
5.0 out of 5 stars It was goor
Good condition, good movie. Which is what I wanted. Yay I have this movie now. This was a good purchase.
Published 1 month ago by Monica
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Amazon
Got this as a promo that Amazon was doing with all of the Studio Ghibli titles. I bought ALL of them. No Regrets! Read more
Published 1 month ago by ralynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving & heartwarming movie
Great animation. Lovely artwork and believable storyline.
The blu-ray version is a must have, with it's improved quality. Great for the family.
Published 1 month ago by gene
2.0 out of 5 stars very disappointing
the DVD was defective. need to return. it would stop and start while viewing it! Will return in a few days, sick so I wasn't able to get to post office
Published 2 months ago by Regina Crespi
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