Koto no ha no niwa [Garden of Words] (2013)

Koto no ha no niwa
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Writer: Makoto Shinkai
Cast: Miyu Irino, Kana Hanazawa, Fumi Hirano
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
[Review by cornholio.]

Plot:
Takao (Miyu Irino) has a deal with himself: on rainy days he skips the first hour of school and goes to the park, sketches shoes and dreams of becoming a shoemaker. One day he finds Yukino (Kana Hanazawa) in his favorite spot, drinking beer and eating chocolate. He is immediately intrigued by the older woman. When they start to meet regularly whenever it rains, they slowly, carefully become something like friends.

Garden of Words is a visually stunning film with a nice and touching story. I had my hesitations in the beginning of the film but by the end I loved it.

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Re-Watch: Hoshi o ou kodomo [Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below] (2011)

Hoshi o ou kodomo
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Writer: Makoto Shinkai
Cast: Hisako Kanemoto, Kazuhiko Inoue, Miyu Irino
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
[Here’s my first review.]

Plot:
Asuna (Hisako Kanemoto) spends most of her time alone on a near-by mountain where she has a hide-out and a self-built radio with which she tries to hear anything, really. But one day after school she gets chased by a monster and is saved by the attractive Shun (Miyu Irino). She finds out that Shun is not from our world, but from the mysterious underworld Agartha. When Shun disappears, Asuna and her teacher Mr. Morisaki (Kazuhiko Inoue) follow Shun’s brother Shin (Miyu Irino) to Agartha and to a big adventure.

As if it was even possible, I think that I enjoyed this film even more the second time around. Some of the issues I had the first time didn’t bother me at all anymore and the film ist just a thing of beauty.

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Hoshi o ou kodomo [Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below] (2011)

Hoshi o ou kodomo
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Writer: Makoto Shinkai
Cast: Hisako Kanemoto, Kazuhiko Inoue, Miyu Irino
Part of: Anilogue

Plot:
Asuna (Hisako Kanemoto) spends most of her time alone on a near-by mountain where she has a hide-out and a self-built radio with which she tries to hear anything, really. But one day after school she gets chased by a monster and is saved by the attractive Shun (Miyu Irino). She finds out that Shun is not from our world, but from the mysterious underworld Agartha. When Shun disappears, Asuna and her teacher Mr. Morisaki (Kazuhiko Inoue) follow Shun’s brother Shin (Miyu Irino) to Agartha and to a big adventure.

The film has a few issues, but the film works amazingly well despite that, mostly because of the wonderful characters. It’s also beautiful and I was very and truly impressed by it.

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