Whisper of heart

Studying library books during summer vacations, the 14-year-old schoolgirl to Sidzuka notices that in forms of some of them before her name there is a name "Seydzi Amasava". The intrigued girl tries to find out, at whom just the same literary taste and though her first acquaintance to Seydzi, the pupil from a parallel class, passes not so romantically as she counted, children quickly become friends. Soon the guy admits to Sidzuk that learns to do violins and that instead of receipt in the senior classes prepares for departure to Italy, to school of violin business in Cremona. Attachment of Seydzi to its craft inspires the girl, and she decides to test in the composition of fantastic stories. Despite of coming nearer end-of-year examinations, it completely plunges into the composition of the story on a graceful figure of a cat aristocrat which belongs to grandfather Seydzi, the master antiquary.

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The director of «Heart whisper» Yosifumi Kondo as it is considered, died of that too diligent worked. His death shook Miyazaki and convinced the director to work less, than it worked till 1998

The Ghibli studio was created as the "pocket" company of two outstanding animators, Hayao Miyadzaki and Isao Takakhata. Ghibli in such degree was ground under service of these creators that other remarkable Japanese animator, to Mamor Hosea, the director «A ghost in an armor», somehow compared in interview Miyazaki studio and Takakhata to the Kremlin, and her founders – with the Soviet totalitarian leaders. It, of course, was the joke, but beating the cap fits. The artists who were not planning eternally to be errand boys at founders of studio, in Ghibli were not late, and when in the 1990th Miyazaki reflected on on whom they with Takakhata leave studio if will retire, it appeared that in all company only one suitable person – animator Yosifumi Kondo working with founders of Ghibli since the end 1960th.

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«Heart whisper» was the first Japanese film released in hire with a sound track in the Dolby Digital format

To check Kondo in «big business», Miyazaki thought up for it the director’s project – appeared in hire in 1995 the screen version published in the 1989th one-volume comic strip Aoy Hiiragi «Heart whisper». However, it was equally Kondo’s project and Miyazaki as the chief of the director debutant with own hand wrote considerably Hiiragi different from work the scenario, drew a part of storyboards and even composed for the film a comic song about Tokyo «Concrete roads» on motive of the American folk hit of John Denvera of Take Me Home also sounding in a picture, Country Roads («Conduct me home, country roads»). Therefore, admiring «Heart whisper» or criticizing it, it is necessary to divide admiration and criticism between two creators, instead of to bring down all gingerbreads and cones on Kondo’s head. Unfortunately, to learn, that the artist cost without guardianship of Miyazaki, it was not fated to admirers of an anime. Yosifumi Kondo suddenly died in 1998, in half a year after completion of work on the film Miyazaki «the Princess to Mononoka». He was only 47 years old – "children’s" age for Japanese of its long-living generation.

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«Heart whisper» became the leader of Japanese hire in 1995. He earned 1,85 billion yens

Unlike the nostalgic comic strip for the adult women, Takakhata’s based film "Only yesterday", «Heart whisper» Aoy Hiiragi – a typical school love story for teenage girls like going in 1994-1995 on Japanese TV of an anime series "Boy fruit candy". Some enamoured couples, a love polygon, unlucky, but the goodhearted main character, the noble dream boy with a romantic hobby (in the comic strip it was drawing of pictures, instead of creation of violins), difficult relations with parents, passionate, but chaste subject peripetias … «The soap opera» and only!

Shot from an anime film "Heart whisper"Whisper of heart

The main character of the film on a course of action translates into Japanese and sings John Denvera’s song of Take Me Home, Country Roads. Miyazaki itself wanted to make this transfer, but as a result charged it to Mamiko Sudzuki, the 19-year-old daughter of the producer of the film of Tosio Sudzuki. The director decided that transfer should sound so as if it was composed by the young girl, instead of the elderly animator

Miyazaki and Kondo such cinema, however, was not too interesting to draw. Therefore they reduced and muffled romantic lines of the original and turned «the soap opera» into a clever and touching picture about a growing – is more exact, about adoption of the first adult decisions in life of protagonists. Whether it be settlement of romantic experiences, a choice of future profession or diligence in preparation for end-of-year examinations from high school in senior (because of features of a Japanese education system these examinations as are important, as examinations at receipt in higher education institution, and the failure on them can перекроить all further life). As well as in the majority of the films Ghibli released by 1995, in «Heart whisper» is not present villains resisting to heroes (short of that in a family way shpynyayushchy Sidzuka elder sister), but internal dilemmas of characters from it do not cease to be less exciting and sharp. And, of course, such plot does a tape to much more plausible and close audience, than the magic fairy tale Miyazaki «Vedmina a delivery service» with all its fabricated laws and strangenesses of the world of witches.

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To emphasize realness of a narration and to sate it with social nuances, the Ghibli team carefully recreated on the screen the western suburb of Tokyo – that round which building the plot of the film of Takakhata «Pompoko rotated: War тануки». However, artists not перерисовывали photos, and on the screen not an exact copy of the Western Tokyo, and its artistic interpretation. But for a work of art the feeling of a place is more important, than the exact arrangement of this or that perceptible house, and feeling of the central Japan «Heart whisper» transfers faultlessly. High-rise buildings and private houses, new and old building, hills and lowlands, trains and bicycles, highways and narrow small streets, schools, parks and libraries … And as a whole – cozy and safe, but and a lot of things from them asks the exacting world which a lot of things gives to children. In this world the choice of a course of life can allocate the person with big own house (like where there lives Yuko, the best friend Sidzuka) or a tiny, "Soviet" flat like that where the family of the main character huddles. The picture not does not involve with a uniform word attention in social distinctions between Yuko and Sidzuka, but visual scrupulousness in reproduction of their life speaks for itself.

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The history of a figurine of a cat aristocrat is inspired by real history from life of the creator of the comic strip Aoy Hiiragi. The artist very much wanted to buy expensive figurine seen in shop, but when it saved up for it money, it appeared that the figurine is already sold. Fortunately, a sculpture somebody, and groom Hiiragi, decided to give darling got not a gift on birthday

Thus, unlike "Only yesterday" and "Pompoko", «Heart whisper» does not demand formation of a yaponist or detailed comments. Problems of Japanese teenagers are not universal, but they are clear without cultural transfer. Not to call a picture and especially ordinary, "sotsrealistichny" work. When to Sidzuk starts to write, the imagination for a while transfers it to the magic world similar to alternative Earth from «The heavenly lock Laputa». The old master with a delightful antique shop does not belong to «usual Japan» and grandfather Seydzi, as though descended from an illustration to "Buratino".

Shot from an anime film "Heart whisper"Whisper of heart

Yes, «Heart whisper» – not the most driving and intense cloth in Ghibli filmographies, but its plot in one scene is not necessary on a place, and the dushevnost and charm of a picture and its characters (carefully registered and traced irrespective of their subject value) will quite bath a lack of dramatic nature. And how you will miss at the screen, if each shot is to be considered on a pause fully to estimate the skill of artists enclosed in it? And what in the film the tremendous vagrant cat, thanks to which Sidzuk gets acquainted with grandfather Seydzi! Insignificant, inherently, the character, but how many the love in it is enclosed!

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