Whisper Of The Heart (Mimi wo Sumaseba) (English Subtitles)


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Catalog No.VWDZ-8004
JAN/ISBN 4959241980045
Product Type DVD
TV Standard NTSC
Number of Discs 2
Label/DistributorCrown Tokuma
Color Color
Running Time 111minutes
Original Release Year 1995
Data Format DVD Video
Encoding MPEG-2
Layers single-sided/dual-layered
Aspect Ratio(s) 16:9 LB Vista
Region 2
Subtitles English Japanese
Audio Track Japanese Dolby Digital Stereo
Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1ch


This Studio Ghibli. production was based on the manga by Aoi Hiiragi, and the story developed by Hayao Miyazaki based on the comic series. A young girl named Shizuku Tsukishima finds out that all the books she wants to check out from the library have been previously checked out by the boy named Seiji Amasawa who aspires to become a violin maker. There's no big actions or fantastical elements as in most other Ghibli/Miyazaki movies, but the charm of this film is the depiction of daily life, as the scenes from convenient stores or fast food shops. John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" (and its variations/parodies) are used quite effectively in the show. Comes with a bonus disc containing extras. *Enlish subtitles ARE included. (We were previously advised by the distributor that this DVD had no English subtitles, and so it was noted here. However, we have the publisher's confirmation that optional English subtitles are indeed included in this DVD.)

Description in Japanese

耳をすませば / アニメ

第19回ゴールデングロス賞、日本映画最優秀金賞ほか、数々の賞を受賞した名作アニメ!! 柊あおい原作、スタジオジブリ制作の青春ストーリー。読書好きの少女・月島雫は高校受験を前にバイオリン職人を目指す少年・天沢聖司と出会い、物語を書いてみようとする。いままでの宮崎作品にあったファンタジックな要素も痛烈な社会批判もない。あるのはコンビニ、ファーストフードショップなどなど、実際の町の景色の取材に基づいた描写が生み出す、ごくありふれた日常風景。その日常と雫の描く物語のキャラクターがリンクして、独特の不思議な空間を漂わせている。劇中で雫が訳して歌うJohn Denverの「TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS」が印象的。淡い恋愛、思春期の不安、誰もが過ごした青春の時に時間旅行できるような素敵な作品。絵コンテ集、劇場予告編(6種)、「ネコの恩返し」「ギブリーズ エピソード2」最新プロモーション映像(予定)収録の特典ディスク付き!!

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          Customer Reviews

          Mimi wo sumaseba (a.k.a Whisper of the Heart) 5

          Excellent movie from Ghibli studios. This movie fits more to the shoujo category than to a fantasy/adventure like most of Ghibli's movies. The main point of this piece of art is to depict the daily life of a young girl trying to find a direction in her life. It's pretty much a slice of life with some romance added in and there's no big adventures nor actions. I believe I could say that this movie has less action than "Tonari no Totoro" but this is not a bad thing, this simply shows that this movie's charm is elsewhere. And where is it? IMO it's on the daily actions that are depicted. The story told here could happen to anyone and I believe this is the also another big charm of it. If you're looking for a warm romance to watch while relaxing this is a good choice. Probably one of the best that Ghibli can offer.

          Take this DVD home ! 5

          First, there IS english subtitle on this DVD. A little tricky to find and enable when you don't know how to read the kanji for "English", but they are here. Then, there's the movie itself. I'm so sad this fantastic masterpiece is still widely unknown by most and overlooked by those who do know of its existence. Unlike most Ghibli which features various degree of fight, Mimi wo Sumaseba is only interested in the growing relationship between its 2 main characters. It's a very heart-warming story, more sentimental than any other Ghibli, but it's only natural for a story taken from a shoujo manga. I felt also quite heartbroken when I learned that the main director for this movie died without directing any other work. In France, I grow tired of waiting for the release of an official DVD, so I bought this one instead. Highly recommended for all Ghibli fan.

          Heart Warming 5

          I saw The Cat Return first, and from seeing that I had to see this movie. I had to see where the Baron came from. The song that Shizuku writes is a catchy song. Like any other Studio Ghibli movie you just get sucked right into it.


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