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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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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

31 May 2013 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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CoMix Wave See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Makoto Shinkai originally envisioned Takao as a boy who wants to help people but also felt that he should have a passion for making something since creative work can be rewarding and fulfilling. He picked out shoemaking upon he realized that shoemakers assist people with walking. See more »

Quotes

Yukari Yukino: We're human, after all. We've all got our little quirks.
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Rain
Lyrics and Music by Senri Oe
Performed by Motohiro Hata
Arrangement: Makoto Minagawa. Akifumi Tada
© 1988 by Sony Music Artists Inc.
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Absolutely stunning.
27 February 2014 | by hillaryishereSee all my reviews

I have no words that can describe how in love I am with this movie. I stumbled upon it randomly, thought the art looked lovely, and decided to give it a view. I'm so glad I did. The artwork and animation is just breathtaking. The landscapes and city scenes are almost photo realistic, attention being given to the tiniest of details. I would consider it on par with Studio Ghibli at least. I consider myself very critical when it comes to animations, and it takes a lot to really wow me, but this took the cake. I came with no expectations, and left wondering why this movie isn't more widespread and the need to tell everyone I know to watch it. Though the film is only 46 minutes long, it feels like a feature length film. I was captivated for every second of it, and will be watching it many times in the future.

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