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Whisper of the Heart (1995)Whisper of the Heart (1995)

Whisper of the Heart (1995)

Finds magic in the ordinary every day—and reminds us the most special art is that which comes from the heart

Animation, Drama, Family

best
THE VERY BEST

8.3

movie

Japan

Japanese, Spanish

Feel-Good, Lighthearted, Romantic

1995

Yoshifumi Kondô, Yoshifumi Kondou

Issey Takahashi, Kazuo Takahashi, Keiju Kobayashi

111 min

Synopsis

Shizuku lives a simple life, dominated by her love for stories and writing. One day she notices that all the library books she has have been previously checked out by the same person: 'Seiji Amasawa'.

Our Take

8.3
Taylor Leigh Harper

Studio Ghibli has brought us moving, remarkable animated films such as Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and Princess Mononoke. One of Studio Ghibli’s most overlooked movies is Yoshifumi Kondou’s Whisper of the Heart, which finds magic in the ordinary every day. Shizuku is a young girl with great aspirations to become a writer—the only thing stopping her is herself. When she comes across a curious antique shop, she befriends a mysterious boy and his grandfather, who are just the push she needs to look inward and discover her own artistic capabilities.

If you have ever wanted to create something bigger and better than yourself—a story, a song, a poem, a painting, a work of art—then Whisper of the Heart will excite you, will call to you, will remind you to answer your heart’s calling.

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