Whisper of the Heart (movie)

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[ adapted from Mimi o Sumaseba (manga) ]

Alternative title:
If you listen carefully
Lời thì thầm của trái tim (Vietnamese)
Mimi o Sumaseba (Japanese)
O Sussurro do Coração (Portuguese)
Om du lyssnar noga (Swedish)
Stimme des Herzens (German)
Susurros del corazón (Spanish)
Szept Serca (Polish)
Шепот Сердца (Russian)
心之谷 (Chinese (Taiwan))
耳をすませば (Japanese)
귀를 기울이면 (Korean)
Genres: drama, romance
Themes: growing up
Objectionable content: Mild
Plot Summary: Shizuku Tsukishima, a young girl in junior high, loves to read. Yet, every time she opens a library book, it seems the same name appears on the cards: "Seiji Amasawa". As Shizuku learns who this person is, she also begins to learn about herself and her goals in life—a discovery that will change her life forever.
User Ratings: 2449 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 671 votes (sub:453, dub:181, ?:11, raw:8, edit.dub:1, others:17
5 Spanish subtitled
3 Russian subtitled
2 Spanish dubbed
1 Polish subtitled
1 German dubbed
1 French subtitled
1 Arabic subtitled
1 Russian dubbed
1 Finnish subtitled
1 Cantonese dubbed
)
 Excellent: 755 votes (sub:492, dub:218, raw:11, ?:3, edit.dub:3, others:28
10 Spanish subtitled
5 Portuguese subtitled
3 Russian dubbed
2 Spanish edited dub
1 Italian subtitled
1 Polish dubbed
1 Spanish dubbed
1 Mandarin dubbed
1 Turkish subtitled
1 Slovak subtitled subtitled
1 German dubbed
1 Mandarin subtitled
)
 Very good: 556 votes (sub:362, dub:164, raw:6, ?:4, others:20
4 French subtitled
3 Spanish subtitled
3 Russian dubbed
2 Polish subtitled
1 Russian subtitled
1 Polish edited dub
1 Italian subtitled
1 Catalan dubbed
1 German dubbed
1 Portuguese subtitled
1 Spanish dubbed
1 Italian dubbed
)
 Good: 294 votes (sub:205, dub:75, ?:2, raw:2, edit.dub:1, others:9
4 Spanish subtitled
1 German dubbed
1 Chinese Mandarin subtitled
1 Russian subtitled
1 Vietnamese subtitled
1 Italian subtitled
)
 Decent: 83 votes (sub:58, dub:19, raw:3, ?:1, others:2
2 Spanish subtitled
)
 So-so: 49 votes (sub:29, dub:17, ?:1, others:2
1 Spanish subtitled
1 Russian subtitled
)
 Not really good: 13 votes (sub:9, dub:4)
 Weak: 12 votes (dub:7, sub:5)
 Bad: 6 votes (dub:3, sub:3)
 Awful: 4 votes (sub:3, dub:1)
 Worst ever: 6 votes (sub:6)
Seen in part or in whole by 3614 users, rank: #242 (of 5998)
Median rating: Excellent
Arithmetic mean: 8.517 (Excellent−), std. dev.: 1.4509, rank: #144 (of 5994)
Weighted mean: 8.478 (Very good+), rank: #134 (of 5994) (seen all: 8.48 / seen some: 7.47 / won't finish: 5.19)
Bayesian estimate: 8.473 (Very good+), rank: #69 (of 4546)
Running time: 111 minutes
Vintage: 1995-06-03
Premiere date:
1995-07-15 (Japan)
Release dates: We have 13
Opening Theme:
"Take Me Home, Country Roads" by Olivia Newton-John
Ending Theme:
"カントリー・ロード (Country Road)" by Youko Honna
Links: We have 6
Trivia: We have 10
Reviews:
Whisper of the Heart (Jan 11, 2012)
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Blu-Ray (Region A)
    Whisper of the Heart (Blu-Ray + DVD) 2012-05-22 (from $24.94)
Blu-Ray (Region B)
    Whisper of the Heart (Blu-Ray) 2011-11-16
DVD (Region 1)
    Whisper of the Heart (DVD) 2006-03-07 (from $20.62)

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Yoshifumi Kondô
Screenplay: Hayao Miyazaki
Storyboard: Hayao Miyazaki
Music: Yuuji Nomi
Original Manga: Aoi Hiiragi
Character Design: Kitaro Kousaka
Art Director: Satoshi Kuroda
Animation Director: Kitaro Kousaka
Translation: Mamiko Suzuki ("Country Road" lyrics)
Sound Director: Naoko Asanashi
Director of Photography: Atsushi Okui
Producer: Toshio Suzuki

Assistant Director:
Hiroyuki Ito
Masahiko Otsuka
Associate Executive Producer:
Tatsumi Yamashita
Tsutomu Otsuka
Casting: Utako Yamanaka
Character Merchandise Development:
Koichi Asano
Tomomi Imai
Chief Executive Producer: Yasuyoshi Tokuma
Color design: Michiyo Yasuda (characters)
Dolby Stereo Consultant: Mikio Mori
Editing: Takeshi Seyama
Editing Assistant:
Keiko Mizuta
Megumi Uchida
Fantasy Sequence Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Film Development, Optical: Masaharu Sekiguchi
Film Development, Timing: Hiroaki Hirabayashi
Music Mixing: Eihiko Ohno
Paint:
Akemi Hosotani (Studio OZ)
Akihiko Isozaki (Studio OZ)
Akiko Aihara (Trace Studio M)
Chiemi Miyamoto (Studio Killy)
Chiyomi Morisawa (Studio Killy)
Eiko Fukuma (IM Studio)
Emiko Motohashi (Trace Studio M)
Fumiko Watanabe (Trace Studio M)
Hisashi Nabetani (IM Studio)
Hitomi Nakahata (IM Studio)
Izumi Maeno (Trace Studio M)
Jukki Shinoda (Studio OZ)
Junko Fujita (Studio Killy)
Junko Kanauchi (Trace Studio M)
Kanako Moriya
Kaoru Morita (IM Studio)
Kazumi Furusawa (IM Studio)
Kazuo Kobayashi (IM Studio)
Keiko Hara (IM Studio)
Kimiko Hatano (Studio Killy)
Kinuyo Maehara (IM Studio)
Kiyoko Yoshino (Studio Ad)
Masayo Iseki
Mayumi Sawame (Studio Ad)
Michiko Ikegami (IM Studio)
Michiko Shibata (IM Studio)
Michiyo Iseda (IM Studio)
Mito Ozaki (IM Studio)
Naomi Atsuta
Naomi Mori
Naomi Takahashi (Studio Killy)
Naomi Tanaka (Studio OZ)
Nobuko Watanabe (Studio Killy)
Reiko Daigo (Trace Studio M)
Satoko Tsunetomi (Studio Killy)
Satoru Taguchi
Sayoko Yoshida (Trace Studio M)
Sayuri Fueki (IM Studio)
Shizue Shibusawa (Studio Ad)
Shizuka Ishiguro (Studio Killy)
Tatsumi Yukiwaki (Studio Killy)
Terumi Narita (IM Studio)
Tomiko Kojima (Studio Ad)
Tsunetaka Arai (Studio Killy)
Wakako Sugiyama (Trace Studio M)
Yasuko Minakami (Studio Killy)
Yasuyo Takayama (IM Studio)
Yoko Tanida (IM Studio)
Yoshiko Ohara (Studio Killy)
Yuriko Katayama
Production Affairs:
Naomi Yamada
Tamami Yamamoto
Production Chief: Toshiyuki Kawabata
Production Committee:
Akio Ichimura (Studio Ghibli)
Akira Kaneko (Tokuma Shoten)
Chinami Yanagisawa (Studio Ghibli)
Fujio Nishida (Hakuhodo)
Hatsuhiko Sawada (Hakuhodo)
Hidehiko Takei (NTV)
Hiroshi Morie (Hakuhodo)
Hiroshi Takahashi (NTV)
Hisaomi Saito (Hakuhodo)
Junko Ito (Tokuma Shoten)
Koichi Aoto (Tokuma Shoten)
Masahiko Nishizawa (Tokuma Shoten)
Masayoshi Suzuki (Tokuma Shoten)
Naoya Fujimaki (Hakuhodo)
Noriko Tachie (NTV)
Ryoko Tsutsui (Tokuma Shoten)
Shigeru Kobayashi (Studio Ghibli)
Shigeru Ono (Hakuhodo)
Shinsuke Nonaka (Studio Ghibli)
Shokichi Arai (Studio Ghibli)
Suzuko Fujimoto (NTV)
Taketaka Hosaka (NTV)
Tomoki Horaguchi (Studio Ghibli)
Yasuharu Urushido (NTV)
Production producer: Hayao Miyazaki
Publishing Manager: Toru Nozaki
Recording: Shuji Inoue
Recording Assistant:
Tsukuru Takagi
Tsutomu Asakura
Rough Character Designs: Yoshifumi Kondô
Sound Effects: Michihiro Ito
Sound Effects Assistant:
Takahisa Ishino
Tomohiro Horiuchi
Sound Production:
Kazumi Inashiro
Yasuyuki Imai
Special Effects: Kunji Tanifuji
SR-D Re-Recording:
Koji Abe
Noboru Nishio
Theme Song Arrangement: Yuuji Nomi
Theme Song Composition:
Bill Danoff
John Denver
Taffy Nivert
Theme Song Performance:
Olivia Newton-John (OP)
Youko Honna (ED)
Woodblock Print: Keisuke Miyazaki
Issei Takahashi as Seiji Amasawa
Youko Honna as Shizuku Tsukishima

Keiju Kobayashi as Shirou Nishi(Owner of Chikyuuya)
Takashi Tachibana as Yasuya Tsukishima(Shizuku's father)
Yorie Yamashita as Shiho Tsukishima

Daisuke Fujita as Male student
Haruhiko Nakamura as Yuuko's father
Maiko Yoshiyama as Yuuko Harada
Masako Usui as Math teacher
Mayumi Iizuka as Kinuyo
Minami Takayama as Kousaka-sensei
Shigeru Muroi as Asako Tsukushima(Shizuku's mother)
Shigeru Tsuyuguchi as The Baron
Shiro Kishibe as Homeroom teacher
Suguru Egawa as Baseball commentator
Toshio Suzuki as Friend of Shirou Nishi
Yoshimi Nakajima as Sugimura

Japanese companies
Casting: BeWitch
Development: Imagica
Digital Film Services: Cinesite
In-Between Animation: Telecom Animation Film
Key Animation: Telecom Animation Film
Production Studio: Studio Ghibli
Recording Studio: Tokyo TV Center
Sound Production: Studio Moon
Special Thanks: The Yomiuri Shimbun
Technical Cooperation:
MURAO
Stac
Taiyo Shikisai
English cast
English staff
Executive producer: Rick Dempsey
Producer: Ned Lott

ADR Mixing: Doc Kane
Casting: Ned Lott
Color Timing: Chris DeLaGuardia
Dialogue Recording:
Bill Komar (additional)
Randy Coppinger
Post-Production Supervision: Cory Hansen
Re-Recording Mixing: Tom Dahl
Supervising ADR Editor: Petra Bach
Voice Direction: Rick Dempsey
Brittany Snow as Shizuku Tsukishima
David Gallagher as Seiji Amasawa

Courtney Thorne-Smith as Shiho Tsukishima
Harold Gould as Shirou Nishi

A.J. Buckley as High School Student
Aaron Nelms as High School Student
Ashley Tisdale as Yuko Harada
Bradley Pierce as High School Student
Cary Elwes as The Baron
Courtnee Draper as High School Student
Deanna Russo as High School Student
Erin Chambers as High School Student
Jacy DeFilippo as High School Student
Jean Smart as Asako
Jillian Bowen as High School Student
Martin Spanjers as Sugimura
Mika Boorem as Kinuyo
Ryan O'Donohue as High School Student
Scott McAfee as High School Student

English companies
Korean staff
Korean cast
(none)
Il Kim as Seiji Amasawa
Seon-Hui Mun as Shizuku Tsukishima

Gwang Jang as Shirou Nishi (Owner of Chikyuuya)
Jae-Yong Lee as Yasuya Tsukishima (Shizuku's father)
Na-Yeon Kim as Shiho Tsukishima

Hye-Seon Jang as Kousaka
Il Kim as The Baron
Jeong-A Kim as Yuuko Harada
Jeong-Ho Choi as Sugimura
Ok-Hui Choi as Asako Tsukushima(Shizuku's mother)
Korean companies
(none)
Spanish staff
Spanish cast
ADR Director: Alfonso Laguna (Spain dub)
ADR Script: Alfonso Laguna (Spain dub)
Ana Esther Alborg as Shizuku Tsukishima(Spain dub)
Arturo Sian Vidal as Seiji Amasawa
Desiree Sandoval as Shizuku Tsukishima
Luis Miguel Cajal as Seiji Amasawa(Spain dub)
Masumi Mutsuda as Seiji Amasawa(Catalan dub)
Núria Trifol as Shizuku Tsukishima(Catalan dub)

Eduardo Moreno as Shirou Nishi(Spain dub)
Inés Blázquez as Shiho Tsukishima(Spain dub)
Josep Maria Ullod as Shirou Nishi(Catalan dub)
Mario Hernandez as Shiro Nishi
Marisol Castro as Shiho Tsukishima

Alex Messeguer as The Baron(Catalan dub)
Alfonso Laguna as Seiya Tsukishima(Spain dub)
Bernardo Rodriguez as Seiya Tsukishima
Clemen Larumbe as Kosaka-sensei
David Jenner as Sugimura(Catalan dub)
Eduard Doncos as Professor(Catalan dub)
Eduardo Bosch as The Baron(Spain dub)
Eduardo Elías as Yasuya Tsukishima(Catalan dub)
Elisa Beuter as Shiho Tsukishima(Catalan dub)
Fernando Hernández as Musician(Spain dub)
Héctor Rocha as Sugimura
Javier Balas as Sugimura(Spain dub)
Jesus Barreda as Male student(Spain dub)
Lara Ullod as Yûko Harada(Catalan dub)
LOURDES LÓPEZ as Asako Tsukishima(Catalan dub)
Mario Hernandez as Narration
Patricia Mainou as Asako Tsukishima
Sandra Jara as Yuuko Harada(Spain dub)
Víctor Kuri as Baron Humbert Von Gikkingen

Jordi Estupiñá(Spain dub)
Spanish companies
Distributor: Aurum Producciones S.A. (Spain)
Dubbing: Soundub (Spain dub)
DVD Distribution: Zima Entertainment
German staff
German cast
(none)
Gabriele Pietermann as Shizuku Tsukishima
Max Felder as Seiji Amasawa

Erich Ludwig as Shiro Nishi
Maren Rainer as Shiho Tsukishima

Claudia Lössl as Asako Tsukishima
Gerd Meyer as Seiya Tsukishima
Inez Günther as Kosaka
Jacqueline Belle as Yûko Harada
Johannes Wolko as Sugimura
Katharina Berthold as Kinuyo
Manou Lubowski as Baron
German companies
Annouced: Universum-Films
Polish staff
Polish companies
(none)
Distributor: Monolith Films
Polish cast
(none)
Portuguese staff
Portuguese companies
(none)
Broadcaster: Canal MAX (subtituled)
Portuguese cast
(none)
Chinese (Taiwan) staff
Chinese (Taiwan) companies
(none)
Chinese (Taiwan) cast
(none)
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