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Based on a classic Japanese story by author Miyazawa Kenji, Cello Hiki no Gauche (or Gauche the Cellist) tells the serene tale of young Gauche, a professional cellist who has been deemed the poorest member of his struggling orchestra. With 10 days left before a very important concert, Gauche practices away into the night - except he gets bothered nightly by forest animals who show up on his doorstep. But these animals have a goal: to give Gauche a true understanding of music, so that he can play the cello with all his heart.

Produced in 1982, Cello Hiki no Gauche is perhaps less familiar to English-speaking fans of director Takahata Isao. One of Ghibli Studios' most stalwart contributors, Takahata was responsible for the animated classics Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday, and My Neighbors the Yamadas, among others. Cello Hiki no Gauche retains its charm years after its initial release through assured storytelling, simple character designs, universal themes, and of course a rich classical music score. Featuring English subtitles.

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Product Title: Cello Hiki no Gauche (Gauche the Cellist) (Japan Version - English Subtitles) Cello Hiki no Gauche (Gauche the Cellist) (日本版 - 英文字幕) Cello Hiki no Gauche (Gauche the Cellist) (日本版 - 英文字幕) セロ弾きのゴーシュ Cello Hiki no Gauche (Gauche the Cellist) (Japan Version - English Subtitles)
Artist Name(s): Sasaki Hideki | Amemori Masashi | Shiraishi Fuyumi | Kimotsuki Kenta | Yokozawa Keiko | Takahashi Kazue | Takmura Akiko 佐佐木秀樹 | 雨森雅司 | 白石冬美 | 肝付兼太 | 橫澤啟子 | 高橋和枝 | 高村章子 Sasaki Hideki | Amemori Masashi | Shiraishi Fuyumi | Kimotsuki Kenta | 横泽启子 | Takahashi Kazue | Takmura Akiko 佐々木秀樹 | 雨森雅司 | 白石冬美 | 肝付兼太 | 横沢啓子 | 高橋和枝 | 高村章子 Sasaki Hideki | Masashi Amemori | Shiraishi Fuyumi | Kimotsuki Kenta | Yokozawa Keiko | Takahashi Kazue | Takmura Akiko
Director: Takahata Isao 高畑勳 高畑勋 高畑勲 Takahata Isao
Release Date: 2006-07-07
Publisher Product Code: VWDZ-8094
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Duration: 63 (mins)
Publisher: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004173226

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タイトル:セロ弾きのゴーシュ
出演:佐々木秀樹/雨森雅司/白石冬美/肝付兼太/高橋和枝/高村章子/横沢啓子
監督:小松原一男(企画)/村田耕一(製作)/宮沢賢治(原作)/高畑勲(監督)/高畑勲(脚本)/才田俊次(キャラクターデザイン)/才田俊次(原画)/椋尾篁(美術)/間宮芳生(音楽)

 宮沢賢治の有名な原作を、高畑勲監督をはじめとする少数精鋭のスタッフが5年の歳月をかけて自主制作した傑作アニメ(1980年公開劇場作品)。セロ弾きの青年・ゴーシュが真夜中の練習中に様々な動物たちと交流し成長していく物語を、実力派スタッフが様々な作品の合間にコツコツと作業を続け、音楽と映像が融合した美しいメルヘンに仕上げた。全カットの原画を一人で描き上げた才田俊次、背景画をほとんど一人で仕上げた椋尾篁、そしてベートーヴェンの「田園」を中心とした間宮芳生による音楽が、名匠・高畑勲のもとで一体となった。スタッフの作品に対する愛情が感じられる、まさに後世に残すべき傑作である。1981年度毎日映画コンクール・大藤賞(アニメグランプリ)受賞作品。

 特典ディスクには、絵コンテ映像、インタビュー、キャラクター設定、ストーリーボードなどが収録されている。

テクニカル・インフォメーション
:カラー
画面:Standard
言語/音声:日本語:ドルビーデジタル

その他の情報
製作年:1980
著作権:(C)オープロダクション2000
備考:1枚組
映像特典:絵コンテ映像、劇場予告編、スタッフインタビュー他
日本小売価格:¥4700

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Professional Review of "Cello Hiki no Gauche (Gauche the Cellist) (Japan Version - English Subtitles)"

April 3, 2006

That critically acclaimed animator Isao Takahata fails to draw the same level of attention and popularity as his much more famous business partner and Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki is no less unfortunate for being understandable. While Miyazaki is a prototypical auteur, creating a body of work immediately recognizable as his own at least as far back as Nausicaa, Takahata has been much more a collaborator through his no less impressive career. While Miyazaki's work has been marked by a consistent approach, Takahata has been much more restless, shifting styles and approaches from project to project with a variety of design and animation styles adopted to suit the needs of the project and skills of his collaborators. It's an approach that may make his work less recognizable than his more famous peer's but it is no less vital or impressive, a fact only reinforced by the recent Japanese DVD re-release of his early hour long feature Gauche the Cellist.

This early film is a masterpiece of simplicity. A film about the power of music, it tells the story of a young cellist, the titular Gauche, struggling with his craft as he prepares for an upcoming symphony performance. The weak link in his orchestra, Gauche is berated by his conductor with only days to go before his performance and sets off for home, beset by doubts and determination, to try his best to prepare. Over the next several nights, he receives help in his preparations from an unlikely source: a series of animals who visit him drawn by the power of his music. First there is a playful cat making a series of requests, then a bird who wants help learning to cuckoo, a badger-percussionist, a mother mouse hoping Gauche's music will heal her sick son, etc. With every successive visit Gauche learns something new about himself and the power of music until he is finally prepared to perform.

Takahata's work is no less subtle than Miyazaki's, the surface simplicity concealing a surprising amount of depth in the character touches and atmosphere. Though many of the support characters appear only in short bursts, Takahata nonetheless presents them as fully fleshed humans living in a richly detailed world. The interactions ring astoundingly true thanks to the master director's eye for detail and subtle mannerisms. Though the animation here is more simplistic and primitive than in his later, better funded work, the power of his imagination is no less and the film succeeds admirably thanks to this.

This new Japanese DVD release features a new transfer of the film in it's original 4:3 aspect ratio with English subtitles offered on the feature only - the extensive extra features are Japanese only. The transfer itself is quite crisp and clear, though the source print does show some evidence of wear in the occasional fleck and speck of dirt.

by Todd Brown - Twitchfilm.net

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