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Posted on 5/12/10 10:53 PM
A pinnacle in animation and film that proclaims the need for reformation in the modern industry.
Whisper of the Heart is yet another entry from Studio Ghibli that showcases its rare abilities to cultivate life?s most precious moments without crushing them. Truly what it proclaims through its title, a gentle whisper that speaks directly to your heart. This was Yoshifumi Kondo?s fist directed film and would sadly be his last as he died just a few years later. His mentor the famed director Miyazaki wrote the screenplay and suggested his own retirement out of directing animation. He would later change his mind and go on to direct some of the most powerful and important films ever made. (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl?s Moving Castle)
This has a unique touch of being partly a Miyazaki film but ends up highlighting different parts of a similar story base. This is the kind of true to life teenage drama you will never find produced in America. In most minds to stay true to life first and foremost their must be cussing, drugs, sex and betrayal. Is this true to a teenager?s modern life? Whisper of the Heart declares a sense of hope for mankind as it outlines the specific search for the inner soul that transfigures us from a carnal nature. Yes, it is rated G and Disney doesn?t seem to understand how such a title could enter a market that revolves around Shrek and other crude accents into temporary pop-humor.
If you are already a rabid fan of Studio Ghibli?s work then Whisper of the Heart is a great change of scenery. It brings the magic of Miyazaki?s fantasy worlds into a modern day Japan and the transition is a delight. This is one of the greatest of all time, eclipsing both Gone with the Wind and Titanic as an important tale of what love is today, and how it is as important as ever to not only find your love, but yourself.
I give this film a 10 out of 10. Very powerful. Hopefully one day North America will catch up with what the rest of the world already treasures.