Whisper of the Heart
DIRECTOR: YOSHIFUMI KONDO
CAST: YOKO HONNA, ISSEI TAKAHASHI, SHIGERU MUROI
The first and only feature animation completed by Yoshifumi Kondo, the protégé of Hayao Miyazaki who died unexpectedly at the young age of 47 in 1998, Whisper of the Heart is a beautifully wrought film about creative yearning and the personal toll it takes. Shizuku, an adolescent on summer vacation who dreams of being a writer, meets a kindred spirit in the person of Seiji, who aspires to be a violin-maker in Italy, and the two struggle to balance the demands of fulfilling their ambitions with their burgeoning feelings.