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After the ambitious fantasy adventure Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below, director Shinkai Makoto goes back to basics with Garden of Words. Running only 46 minutes, Garden of Words is a simple love story about longing and solitude set in the urban gardens of central Tokyo. The story centers on a relationship between a young aspiring shoemaker who develops a bond with a woman ten years his senior during the annual early summer rain season. Working with new staff this time, Shinkai has created another heartrending romance that is as beautiful as it is melancholic.

This edition includes the long version of the director and cast interview, video storyboard, the Shinkai Makoto filmography and trailers. It comes with the film's original soundtrack on a bonus CD.

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Product Title: The Garden of Words (Blu-ray + CD) (Multi-Language Subtitles) (Japan Version) 劇場 Animation - 言葉之庭 (Blu-ray + CD) (多國語言字幕) (日本版) 剧场 Animation - 言叶之庭 (Blu-ray + CD) (多国语言字幕) (日本版) 劇場アニメーション『言の葉の庭』 [Blu-ray Disc + CD] The Garden of Words (Blu-ray + CD) (Multi-Language Subtitles) (Japan Version)
Also known as: Koto no Ha no Niwa Koto no Ha no Niwa Koto no Ha no Niwa Koto no Ha no Niwa Koto no Ha no Niwa
Artist Name(s): Irino Miyu | Hanazawa Kana 入野自由 | 花澤香菜 入野自由 | 花泽香菜 入野自由 | 花澤香菜 Irino Miyu | Hanazawa Kana
Director: Shinkai Makoto 新海誠 新海诚 新海誠 Shinkai Makoto
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2013-06-21
Publisher Product Code: TBR-23169D
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Other Information: Blu-ray Disc+CD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1032475130

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それぞれが歩き出すために、僕らは出会った。"愛"よりも昔、"孤悲〈こい〉"のものがたり。"デジタル時代の映像文学"で世界を魅了する、新海誠最新作! ――靴職人を目指す高校生・タカオは、雨の朝は学校をさぼり、日本庭園で靴のスケッチを描いている。そこで出会った、謎めいた年上の女性・ユキノ。やがて二人は約束もないまま雨の日だけの逢瀬を重ねるようになり、心を通わせていくが、梅雨は明けようとしていた・・・。サウンドトラックCD付き。ブックレット(16P)封入。

特典:新海誠監督&キャストインタビュー(Long Ver.)、ビデオコンテ、新海誠監督フィルモグラフィ、劇場予告編
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June 5, 2013

Longing and loneliness in the big city can be animated, too
I'm not an anime fan, but I'm a huge fan of Shinkai Makoto's 5 Centimeters per Second. Combining poignant observations about unrequited love, regrets and longing with sublime imageries, Centimeter would be equally good in live-action. Shinkai's follow-up, Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below, explored similar themes, but its fantastical story and visuals made it a film that would appeal more to traditional anime fans.

Two years later, Shinkai has returned to reality with Garden of Words, based on his own novel. Running just 45 minutes, this subtle drama depicts an unlikely romance between two lonely urbanites. With a free spirit mother and an older brother who can't be bothered to stop her, high school student Takao is forced to fend for himself at the young age of 17 while holding on to his dream of becoming a shoemaker. During the early summer rain season (commonly called "plum rain" in Asia), Takao finds solace in playing hooky in the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden on rainy days. On one of those trips, he meets Yukino, an older woman who is apparently doing the same thing. Despite knowing nothing about Yukino's background, their shared affinity for escaping to parks on rainy days brings them together.

Written, directed and even illustrated by Shinkai himself, Garden of Words has a fairly standard story that one would expect to see in a television drama. The strength of the film lies in how Makoto tells the story. His real interest here isn't in showing us whether Takao and Yukino fall in love, but rather how they rescue each other from their current circumstances. Similar to the films of Wong Kar Wai, the emotions in Garden of Words are muted most of the time and expressed via voiceovers spoken by the characters. However, this approach strengthens the impact of the emotional climax in the end.

Like in Centimeters, most of the images in Garden of Words are based on real-life locations. Like a painter, Shinkai gives them just the right amount of animation polish, creating beautiful lifelike visuals from a world that doesn't seem to be so far away from our own. While other directors indulge in creating fantastical spectacle in fantasy worlds, Shinkai Makoto's brilliance is in how he can bring the animation world closer to reality. Though the world and the people in Garden of Words are clearly animated (walking in the rain has never seemed more romantic), we immediately connect with what's on screen because Takao and Yukino's longing for connection and redemption are easy to relate to in any storytelling platform. That's why Garden of Words is a moving film that works beyond the anime world.

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