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The official website for the long-awaited live-action film adaptation of Aoi Hiiragi’s romantic coming of age manga Mimi wo Sumaseba / Whisper of the Heart has posted two new teaser visuals and a message from the manga author.


The Nana Seino (Ai in Mamoru Oshii’s Nowhere Girl) and Touri Matsuzaka (Takeru Shiba/Shinken Red in Samurai Sentai Shinkenger)-starring film was originally scheduled to be released in Japan on September 18, 2020, but has been postponed for two years to October 14, 2022, due to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Yuichiro Hirakawa (The Promised Neverland live-action film)-directed adaptation is told in two parts: “Ano koro (past)” based on the manga story, and the original part “Junen-go (present)” set ten years after that. The first teaser visual shows the two protagonists – Shizuku Tsukishima and Seiji Amasawa – as junior high school students riding bicycles on a bank, and the second one is set in ten years later, they are standing in the same place again, facing each other. The two visuals express the long passage of time with the changing scenery of the town. How their relationship has changed over the years?







Message from Aoi Hiiragi:


It has been 33 years since I drew “Whisper of the Heart” and 27 years since it was made into an animated film. Hearing the passionate thoughts of the staff who grew up watching the film, I was intrigued by the new approach of “a story 10 years later.” Now that a new live-action film has been created, I wonder about the characters who are walking completely out of the original creator’s hands. However, it is because I am their parent that I am excited and trilled to see what kind of world they will show me. The world has become darker due to the unexpected pandemic, but I hope this film will brighten the world, if only a little.





Teaser trailer:



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Source: “Whisper of the Heart” live-action film official website / Twitter


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