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Whisper Of The Heart (Blu-ray + DVD) (UK Version) Blu-ray Region B

Miyazaki Hayao (Producer) | Yoshifumi Kondo (Director)
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.1 out of 10 (13)

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Based on a Hiiragi Aoi teen girl comic discovered by Miyazaki Hayao during his summer vacation, Whisper of the Heart was the first Studio Ghibli theatrical feature film that isn't directed by studio co-founders Miyazaki or Takahata Isao. In a move to train a new generation of younger directors, Miyazaki's script was instead handed over to Kondo Yoshifumi, who unfortunately passed away in 1997 with Whisper as his only directorial effort. A low-key drama with a sweet youth romance at its core, Whisper of the Heart transcended a typical children's animated film with relatively more mature themes such as career ambitions and teenage life, making it appealing to viewers of all ages. The fantasy sequences in the film, based on the protagonist's novel and starring a cat named The Baron, even became so popular with audiences that Studio Ghibli later brought back the character with The Cat Returns.

One day, junior high school student Shizuku left a book that includes her composition for a graduation song in school. When she returns to retrieve the book, she finds that a boy has picked it up and read it. He automatically becomes her enemy when he makes fun of the lyrics as "corny". Later, Shizuku discovers that the boy is Amasawa Seiji, the mysterious person whom Shizuku noticed had checked out every single book in the library. The two later become friends and come to develop feelings for each other. However, when Seiji decides to go abroad to study for a career as a luthier, Shizuku begins to grow worried about her own future. As a result, Shizuku begins working on a book based on a cat at the local antique shop as the first step in beginning her own career.

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Product Title: Whisper Of The Heart (Blu-ray + DVD) (UK Version) 夢幻街少女 (Blu-ray + DVD) (英國版) 梦幻街少女 (Blu-ray + DVD) (英国版) 夢幻街少女 Whisper Of The Heart (Blu-ray + DVD) (UK Version)
Director: Yoshifumi Kondo Yoshifumi Kondo Yoshifumi Kondo 近藤喜文 Yoshifumi Kondo
Producer: Miyazaki Hayao 宮崎駿 宫崎骏 宮崎駿 Miyazaki Hayao
Blu-ray Region Code: B - Europe, Africa, Oceania (including Australia and New Zealand), Middle East, French Territories, Greenland What is it?
Release Date: 2012-01-12
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Japanese
Place of Origin: Japan
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Duration: 111 (mins)
Publisher: Optimum Home Entertainment
Package Weight: 150 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030263591

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Special Features:
- Background artwork from “The Baron’s Story”
- Alternate angle storyboards
- Studio Ghibli Trailer Reel
- Trailers
- 4 Masterpieces of Naohisa Inoue
- TV Spots

Teenage Shizuku has a passion for books and plans to spend her last summer holiday in junior high school reading in the library and translating popular foreign music into Japanese. But her lplans are disrupted when she discovers that the same name, Seiji Amasawa, appears on each of the books she borrows.

One day while riding the train, she encounters a mysterious cat who will eventually lead her to the shop where Seiji works as a trainee violin-maker. Shizuku learns that Seiji dreams of one day taking up his craft in Italy, while he encourages her to write. Although their dreams may eventually lead them to very different places, Shizuku and Seiji vow to be true to the strong bond between them.

A masterpiece about the awakening of creative talent, Whisper of the Heart was directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s protégé Yoshifumi Kondo and remains one of the classics of Japanese animation.
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Customer Review of "Whisper Of The Heart (Blu-ray + DVD) (UK Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.1 out of 10 (13)

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July 20, 2006

This customer review refers to Whisper of The Heart
1 people found this review helpful

So wonderful! Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
It's such a cute story about the pure innocent love between two children. They meet, have a crush and a dislike for each other. Both have dreams to do what they always wanted and as their love grows, their chances of their dreams expand with them... It's a cute cute story that I've watched three times.
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May 13, 2005

This customer review refers to Whisper Of The Heart (1995) (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
part one of the cat returns... Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
Yes, I tottaly agree it is a very sweet and touching movie, a bit slow but sertainly worth watching. But what others seem to forget is that this movie is part one of "the cat returns". Altough its not really important to see both as part one and two, its funny to know and I kinda like to know this kind of facts...
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April 13, 2005

This customer review refers to Whisper Of The Heart (1995) (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
1 people found this review helpful

^_^ Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I 'DEEPLY' Love this cartoon,the way it fulfill me,touching my soul (and my deeply-hidden-vision of a positive site which looking at nowadays world , people..),the feeling of your first-time crashing by love (even though it's a puppy-love)

sorry for my english grammar...but i do love this cartoon so-much!! and i do believe that the promise which a violin maker boy (Seiji) gave to Shizuku (a young writer girl) will last forever .
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February 28, 2005

This customer review refers to Whisper Of The Heart (1995) (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Touching Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I watched this movie whilst attending a japanese class in which we were learning about anime. This movie is incredible it will change your outlook on life forever. it is about a girl and her love for another boy and how it developes slowly. The animation as well is very goos and it shows you what tokyo and japanese architechture is like with very detailed illustrations. This movie will touch you WATCH IT
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December 6, 2004

This customer review refers to Whisper Of The Heart (1995) (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Great movie...even for an 18-year old guy like me. Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
How can I put into words the emotions I'm feeling right after watching this movie? There are some books that will change your outlook on life, and some movies will do the same. This is one of them. Director Kondo's work is one of those movies that you will remember ten years from now, especially if you watch it with your significant other. The movie is targetted towards teenagers and adults.
The plot consists of a 15-year old girl's journey into love and discovering herself. Yes, I know that it doesn't sound like much, but if you're a romantic at heart, this movie will touch you in a very special way. There are many subplots and themes that are too complex and too enjoyable for me to list here. I didn't know I was a romantic until I watched this movie. However, if you're looking for action/violence/sex then this movie might not be for you.
But I still urge you to watch it. It will change the way you look at the smaller things of life, and the way you love others. It will be very nostalgic of your first love, and how innocent, pure and full it was. It will inspire you to pursue your goals and not to be shy to those you love. You know that girl you really like in English class but don't have the guts to tell her? This movie tells you to announce your feelings. Nothing bad can come out of loving someone. Most probably, you will have shed a tear before the movie's end. Go get it and watch it now! You will thank me.
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