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Whisper Of The Heart

Whisper Of The Heart“A charming and visually fascinating
  offering from the esteemed Studio Ghibli
  and scripted by the legendary animator
  Hayao Miyazaki, Whisper Of The Heart
  follows the life of schoolgirl Suzuku
  as she strives to follow her dreams and
  falls in love along the way

SUZUKU TSUKISHIMA DREAMS of becoming a writer. With her mother busy with an intensive summer course and her father working hard as a librarian, Suzuku does not get too much hassle from her parents about her schoolwork in the delightful Studio Ghibli animé Whisper Of The Heart.

Nearing the end of her time at Junior High, Suzuku loves reading and when she takes out a number of books from the school library, she is amazed to find out that another student has taken out the same books before her. Time after time she finds his name and she becomes intrigued by Seiji.

When she leaves her book on the seat she and her friend Yuko have been sharing, she returns to find a boy reading the lyrics she has written to John Denver's Country Roads, which she had folded up safely inside. He mocks her and she is infuriated by him. But their paths are destined to cross again.

On the train one day on her way to deliver her father's lunch to the library, Suzuku sees a large cat and follows it to an antique shop, where she strikes up a conversation with a kindly, elderly gentleman about The Baron; a fascinating and very handsome cat statuette with glittering eyes.

Suzuku is surprised to meet Seiji again and the two become closer, despite her frustration with him. He shows her the violins he has carved, telling her of his ambition to make violins in Cremona, Italy. Thus inspired by his utter determination to follow his dream, Suzuku puts all her energies into weaving a romantic story around The Baron coming to life.

Whisper Of The Heart
delivers a message to follow your dreams and never let anything stand in the way. The story within a story is enchanting and the film exudes warmth and character.

Studio Ghibli turns out creative, romantic, and poignant animés with a timeless charm and Whisper Of The Heart is a well-observed, fascinating film woven around teenagers balancing their school and personal lives.

From the creators of the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away comes a simple tale scripted by the legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki, directed by his protégé Yoshifumi Kondo, Whisper Of The Heart, available for the first time on Blu-ray and Double Play and released on 9 January 2012.

Blu-ray — Certificate: PG | Feature Running Time: 111 Minutes approximately | English Language and Japanese with Subtitles | Catalogue Number: OOPTBD0305 | RRP: £24.99.

Extras — Storyboards | Background Artwork from The Baron's Story | 4 Masterpieces of Naohisa Inoue: From Start To Finish | Behind The Microphone | TV Spots | Original Japanese Theatrical Trailers | Studio Ghibli Collection Trailers.

"Studio Ghibli turns out creative, romantic and poignant animés with a timeless charm and Whisper Of The Heart is a well-observed, fascinating film"
Maggie Woods, MotorBar