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The Garden of Words (2013)

Koto no ha no niwa (original title)
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A 15-year-old boy and 27-year-old woman find an unlikely friendship one rainy day in the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

Director:

Makoto Shinkai

Writer:

Makoto Shinkai
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miyu Irino ... Takao Akizuki (voice)
Kana Hanazawa Kana Hanazawa ... Yukari Yukino (voice)
Fumi Hirano ... Takao's Mother (voice)
Gou Maeda Gou Maeda ... Takao no ani (voice)
Takeshi Maeda Takeshi Maeda ... Takao's Brother (voice)
Yuka Terasaki Yuka Terasaki ... Takao's Brother's Girlfriend (voice)
Takanori Hoshino Takanori Hoshino ... Itou-sensei (voice)
Suguru Inoue Suguru Inoue ... Matsumoto (voice)
Megumi Han Megumi Han ... Satou (voice)
Mikako Komatsu Mikako Komatsu ... Aizawa (voice)
Yuki Hayashi Yuki Hayashi ... Moriyama (voice)
Wataru Sekine Wataru Sekine ... Young Takao (voice)
Risa Mizuno Risa Mizuno ... (voice)
Hiroshi Shimozaki Hiroshi Shimozaki ... (voice)
Kuniko Ishijima Kuniko Ishijima ... (voice)
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Storyline

Takao, who dreams of becoming a shoemaker, skips school and is sketching shoes in a garden in the middle of Tokyo. He meets a mysterious woman, Yukino, who is older than him. Then, without arranging the times, the two start to see each other again and again, but only on rainy days. Written by unknown

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A boy who tries to make shoes, and a woman who has lost the ability to walk. See more »


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Country:

Japan

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Japanese | English

Release Date:

31 May 2013 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Garden of Words See more »

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CoMix Wave See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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A novel coloring method was created during production: the coloring for each character was integrated with the background, a "new innovation of sorts" that mimics the refraction of light on the skin as seen in nature. This was accomplished by coloring the outline of the character, including the lines drawn for the separation of lit and shadowed surfaces, and then incorporating the background color onto the surface. See more »

Quotes

Takao Akizuki: Tell me I'll never live up to my expectations! Tell me I'll never measure up to my dreams!
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Rain
Lyrics and Music by Senri Oe
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Arrangement: Makoto Minagawa. Akifumi Tada
© 1988 by Sony Music Artists Inc.
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Shinkai's best film to date.
7 September 2014 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

I've always had mixed feelings about the works of Makoto Shinkai. Movies like 5 Centimeters per second are visually striking and evocative, but they are also essentially illustrated radio plays, where the story is told through words.

Garden of Words, surprisingly, is a movie that lets the images speak. While there's still a fair amount of narration, much of the story is told through its gorgeous visuals.

Thoughtful and touching, this movie proves I was right to keep watching Shinkai's films in spite of continual frustration and disappointment. I did it because I knew what he was trying for could work beautifully if he just learned to allow silence, and now he has. I hope this is a sign that he has matured into the animator I always hoped he'd be.


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