Teaser released for upcoming live-action adaptation of Studio Ghibli film ‘Whisper of the Heart’

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  • A teaser trailer for the upcoming live-action adaptation of the 1995 Studio Ghibli film “Whisper of the Heart'' was released on Tuesday.
  • Announced in early 2020 the film is expected to be released on Oct. 14 in Japan.
  • Directed and written by Yuuichirou Hirakawa, who previously directed the live-action adaption of “The Promised Neverland” (2020), the upcoming film also stars actors Runa Yasuhara and Tsubasa Nakagawa.
  • The live-action adaptation will take place 10 years after the original animated film and will continue to follow the characters Seiji and Shizuku through past and future stories

A teaser trailer was released on April 12 for the upcoming live-action adaptation of the 1995 Studio Ghibli film “Whisper of the Heart.”

In addition to the teaser, the studio also revealed visual posters of characters Seiji and Shizuku as adults and as middle-school students.

The original animated “Whisper of the Heart” was produced in 1995 and inspired by the 1989 manga written by Aoi Hiiragi. 

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The live-action adaptation was announced in early 2020 and was originally set to release on Sep. 18, 2020; however, production was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Whisper of the Heart” is written and directed by Yuuichirou Hirakawa, who previously directed the live-action adaptation of the manga “The Promised Neverland” (2020). Actors Runa Yasuhara and Tsubasa Nakagawa take on the roles of younger Shizuku and Seijo respectively, while Nana Seino and Tori Matsuzaka will play the adult versions respectively.

The live-action adaptation’s story takes place 10 years after the original animated film and 1989 manga. It will follow the stories of Seiji and Shizuku, switching between the past and future.

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As a special treat for fans of the original, the voice that narrates the Japanese title, “Mimi wo Sumaseba,” belongs to Yoko Honna, who was the original voice for Shizuku in the original Studio Ghibli film.

“Whisper of the Heart” is set to be released on Oct. 14 in Japan, just two weeks before the official opening of the Studio Ghibli theme park in Japan on Nov. 1.

Featured Image via 松竹チャンネル/SHOCHIKUch

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