Garden Of Words, The (Blu-ray)
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Takao, who is training to become a shoemaker, skipped school and is sketching shoes in a Japanese-style garden. 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. They deepen their relationship and open up to each other. But the end of the rainy season soon approaches
- Package Dimensions : 18 x 13.8 x 1.5 cm; 83 Grams
- Director : Shinkai, Makoto
- Media Format : Blu-ray
- Run time : 46 minutes
- Release date : 19 February 2014
- Studio : Madman
- ASIN : B01A9R6LNI
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My husband and I really enjoy Japanese animé, and having worked our way through all of Studio Ghibli's films, we ventured out into wider waters. We thoroughly enjoyed Makoto Shinkai's sublime 'Five Centimeters Per Second', and his more recent (and equally good) 'Your Name', so we are now sampling his earlier works. 'Garden of Words' from 2014 is rather shorter, at only 45 minutes, but it is a serious work, that lingers in the mind. And if you also like Shinkai's other films, you will enjoy this.
I have wrestled hard as to whether to give this film 4 or 5 Stars. As a visual feast, it is right up at the top of 5 Stars. The drawing/art work/animation is BREATHTAKINGLY beautiful. Shinkai is the master of foliage and blossom, water in all it's forms, and weather. Every scene in the park where most of the action takes place, is stunning. You just want to freeze-frame the film again and again, to take in the gorgeous detail. It is difficult at times to comprehend the fact that this is drawings not photos, except that real life could never be so beautiful.
My reservation about the film is that the story is a little below par, and there is one scene towards the end, which we felt was not well realised. The story is far from unbelievable, but it is a slight strain, and in our view, the age gap needed to be somewhat less for complete credibility. That said, the characters are sad, likeable and sympathetically drawn, and there is a clever and slightly eerie sense, that you are eavesdropping on their souls.
In the end, I have given 4 Stars (consider it 4½!), but this is a lovely little film, and if you are a fan of animé or of this highly talented Director, you shouldn't miss it.
However....,the whole animation is based around rainy days and sitting in the park shelter and just enjoying the weather.
It concerens two strangers taking time off from what they're supposed to be doing.
'Irresponsible', I hear you say.Well.you'd be right.....,sort of.
Stick around to hear their reasons.That's what the film is about.It's like eavesdropping.
One thing I did notice was the repeated use of the same piece of animation,particularly the tree dipping into the water at the gardens.It's a short film too,and I wanted more,of course.
That's a mean critisism really,I just wanted to see more of the fantastic scenes that we know Makoto can create.
If that's why YOU are interested,then it doesn't disappoint.There are some brilliant sunsets,showers and medative moments.
One of my favourites is near the end of the film,when the relationship we see on the DVD cover,comes to....,well....,fruition,I 'spose.
It has a painfull twist in the tail/tale though,so be warned !
The extras on the DVD explain more and are definitely worth watching.
Is it one to add to your collection ? It sure is ! No doubt about it.
Make sure you watch the final epilogue that comes after the song/credits, because it gives (some) closure to the story.
From the first seconds of the movie the animation is top quality. Probably the best animation you have ever seen as in how much effort and time took to make a scene. The buildings, trees, look so realistic. I can understand if people don't really care much about the characters as you don't have much time to see them develop. But I was fine with the two main characters and even so I didn't care much about them but from when I met them I was eager to see how this film will involve with them. I can't say much because it will go to Spoiler territory. But if you have 46min to spare I highly recommend giving this a watch. Makoto Shinkai did a wonderful job on this movie. I have not seen all of his work but wouldnt mind now after seeing this and Children who chase lost voices.
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