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Whisperer of the Heart(耳をすませば)

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Japan · 1995
Rated G · 1h 51m
Director Yoshifumi Kondou
Starring Yoko Honna, Issey Takahashi, Takashi Tachibana, Shigeru Muroi
Genre Animation, Drama, Family

Shizuki lives a simple life, dominated by her love of stories and writing. One day, she notices that all her library books have been previously checked out by the same person. Curious, Shizuki sets out to find him, and discovers to her shock that he is her “Prince of Books.”

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ReelViews by James Berardinelli

An affecting and endearing collaboration between Miyazaki and Kondo, it weds a coming-of-age story with a flight of fancy to good effect. Although often overshadowed by more popular titles in the Studio Ghibli catalog, this is as deserving as any 1990s Japanese animated film to be seen and enjoyed.


The New York Times by Mike Hale

Mr. Miyazaki wrote the screenplay for a love story about a shy girl and an aspiring violin maker (and a talking cat), but the result looks like a lot of non-Ghibli anime.


The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

Studio Ghibli productions have always been adept at making the fantastic seem real, but with Whisper Of The Heart, Kondo and Miyazaki focus so intensely on the everyday that they make the real seem fantastic.


CineVue by Patrick Gamble

A lovingly crafted and well observed story about adolescent self discovery – and to this day remains one of the most remarkable films produced by Studio Ghibli.

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