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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.

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Makoto Shinkai

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Makoto Shinkai
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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 rendezvous on rainy days... A tale of longing, even older than love... Discover the emotions that blossom in the Garden of Words. See more »


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Country:

Japan

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Japanese | English

Release Date:

31 May 2013 (Japan) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Director Makoto Shinkai and Yukino's voice actress Kana Hanazawa could relate with Yukino in not feeling as smart or mature at age 27, stating, "We're all still just children at age 27." See more »

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Takao Akizuki: To me she represents nothing less than the very secrets of the world.
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Lyrics and Music by Senri Oe
Performed by Motohiro Hata
Arrangement: Makoto Minagawa. Akifumi Tada
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'The secret garden' of Japan.
18 May 2014 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

Just remember the technical brilliance of '5 Centimeters Per Second', the same director who curved this movie as well. So the expectation usually will be high for anyone who watched this filmmakers earlier movies. The movie was too short, not even it crosses an hour mark, but only a just below the 50 minutes.

Not only the filmmaker, but title as well impressed me. You know 'The Secret Garden' was one of my favourite so thought it would go similar fashion. Yeah, that's right the movie deals a story of a high school boy Takao who is passionate about shoe making. He goes to a nearby garden to the school to sketch shoes. One day during the rainy season he meets a stranger with beer in one hand and chocolates in another. Days passed by, they become very close and shares things to each others. How far this unanticipated relation takes them together and what are all changes make in their lives is follows in heartbreaking way.

''A faint clap of thunder. Clouded skies. Perhaps rain comes. And if so, stay with me.''

I can't say it was an unexpected surprise, it gave me what I was looking for, fulfills my desire. You know during the transition between two scenes some director will take an alternate route by showing skies, rain, clouds, insects et cetera for the few seconds. Those were very impressive and realistic. Technically it was spectacular, every minute details were incredibly good. It was a perfect meld between characters, story and the backgrounds.

The visuals were very charming in every frames of the movies just like '5 Centimeters Per Second'. Fine story as well, pure drama with more realistic mode covered with sentiments at the end. Could not ask better than this. The only worry was this movie is unbearably small. I was thirst to have extra more minutes, but I could not get. Ended seeing it with a disappointment but more than satisfied with the complete movie. For anime movie fans, it is a must see. Hope y'all get same excitement and pleasure like I had.


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