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The Anthem Of The Heart (2015) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Nagai Tatsuyuki (Director)
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From the makers of Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day comes The Anthem of the Heart, a beautifully-animated coming-of-age film about trauma, friendship and healing. Naruse Jun was once a talkative little girl whose careless words caused great harm. Then a mysterious egg fairy appeared in front of her and cast a spell that would prevent her from hurting others again – by taking away her words. Locking her pain within, the girl who doesn't speak grows up into a high school student. One day, Jun and three other students with hidden traumas are assigned onto the Friendship Exchange Executive Committee and tasked to produce a musical. Will Jun be able to overcome her pain and sing out her true feelings?
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Product Title: The Anthem Of The Heart (2015) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 好想大聲說出心底話 (2015) (DVD) (香港版) 好想大声说出心底话 (2015) (DVD) (香港版) 心が叫びたがってるんだ。 The Anthem Of The Heart (2015) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Director: Nagai Tatsuyuki Nagai Tatsuyuki Nagai Tatsuyuki 長井龍雪 Nagai Tatsuyuki
Release Date: 2016-05-13
Language: Cantonese, Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD-5, DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: I
Duration: 119 (mins)
Publisher: Deltamac (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1049894090

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Director: Tatsuyuki Nagai

Jun Naruse is a girl who carries the guilt of breaking up her family with the words she carelessly uttered when she was young?
Suddenly, a mysterious "Egg Fairy" appears in front of Jun and casts a curse on her so that she can never hurt anybody with her words. Jun's ability to speak is sealed away: every time she tries, she feels a pain in her stomach. Traumatized by this experience, Jun hides her feelings deep inside of her heart, turning to e-mail messages on her mobile phone as her sole means of communication.

Jun is now a second year high school student. One day, her homeroom teacher appoints Jun and three other students as members of the Regional Friendship Exchange Executive Committee. As it turns out, the appointed group is a rather unexpected mix of students. Other than Jun, the members of the Committee are Takumi Sakagami, the burn-out who never speaks his ture intentions; Daiki Tasaki, the former baseball team ace who failed his run at the Championships due to an injury; and Natsuki Nito, the cheerleader and honor student who has some concerns about her love life. They all suffer from emotional trauma just like Jun.
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Silence is not golden
Once upon a time, there was a chatty little girl with a vivid imagination who saw her father leaving the "castle" on the hill with another woman. She tells her mom, not realizing the significance of her words, and her parents soon divorce. Both her dad and mom tell her that she's too much of a chatterbox, and so does the egg fairy that casts a curse on her so that she can no longer hurt with her words.

Produced by A-1 Pictures, the gentle animated drama Anthem of the Heart begins like a fairy tale, the kind with a dark undertone and a cautionary lesson for children. But this cruel fairy tale continues into adolescence for protagonist Naruse Jun. Every time she talks, her stomach begins to hurt, so she swallows all her words. However, even as she locks herself into silence, she also struggles to express herself. When Jun's homeroom teacher assigns her onto the steering committee for a class performance, she turns the dark fairy tale in her heart into a musical, and tries to sing what she cannot speak. Through the process of putting on a school musical, Jun tentatively grows and heals with the committee's other three students, who also carry unspoken burdens of their own.

Anthem of the Heart has many of the tried-and-true elements one can expect from a high school-set Japanese youth film about a ragtag group of students coming together to put on a play. The mid-section of the film moves slowly but pleasantly to lighten the mood and reveal the characters' personalities and backgrounds. Besides the usual appealing progression of fighting, friendship and crushes, the film has a lovely soundtrack to go with its stirring story and pretty animation.

The film's greatest strengths are the subtle, well-written supporting characters and the visual and thematic incorporation of magical elements into the realistic conflicts of struggling with childhood trauma, broken families, guilt, loneliness and miscommunication. Though there is an obvious shift to drama in the third act to usher in a turning point, Anthem of the Heart overall does a fine job of telling a small yet meaningful story, and effectively updates its fairy tale lesson by the end: Though words can hurt, silence can hurt even more.

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