whisper of the heart (mimi o sumaseba)

23 03 2008

[mimi o sumaseba] – translated as “whisper of the heart” – was the ninth [studio ghibli] film. released in 1995 in japan, we had to wait until 2006 to enjoy this wonderful piece of work by late director kondou yoshifumi.

mimi o sumaseba

the film, based on hiiragi aoi’s manga, tells the story of 14-year-old shizuku, who in the middle of her summer holidays should be studying for her entry exams instead of reading up to 20 books in a row. until one day she starts noticing a name that repeats itself in several of her library cards. she becomes intrigued by this boy with whom she seems to share her book tastes and falls in love – I found this awesome, maybe because I’m as much of a bookworm as she is. they will eventually meet and without knowing it they will encourage each other in pursuing their own paths and dreams.

after so many years [studio ghibli] has never failed to surprise me with yet another masterpiece of feature animation. every time I come across one of their films I get the feeling that their only secret is that they make films, not cartoons. and it’s the long silent sequences, the way they tell a story through shots you wouldn’t see but in feature films and the great sensibility they show in the stories that won them the golden bear award for [sen to chihiro no kamikakushi].

you can download the film dubbed in english from [veoh] here. meanwhile I leave you a 5 minute preview. enjoy!!!

by the way, the music is fantastic, as always. :)

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25 03 2008
Kat XDDD

I want to see this movie, XDD!!! I’ve already seen “the Cat Returns” which I think is next to this movie and really loved it… I say we exchange films next time we see each other, >_<

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