Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Garden of Words (2013) Japan

'The secret garden' of Japan.

Anime, Drama, Romance.

Original title:
Kotonoha no Niwa (Japanese)

"A chance encounter... Becomes so much more."

     Just remember the technical brilliance of '5 Centimeters Per Second', the same director who carved this movie as well. So the expectation usually will be high for anyone who watched this filmmaker's earlier movies. The movie was too short, not even it crosses an hour mark, but only a just below the 50 minutes.

     Not only the filmmaker, but the title as well impressed me. You know 'The Secret Garden' was one of my favourite so thought it would go similar fashion. Yeah, that's right the movie deals a story of a high school boy Takao, who is passionate about shoe making. He goes to a nearby garden to the school to sketch shoes. One day during the rainy season he meets a stranger with beer in one hand and chocolates in another. The days passed by, they become very close and share things to each others. How far this unanticipated relationship takes them together and what are all changes make in their lives is followed in a heartbreaking way.

‘‘A faint clap of thunder.
Clouded skies.
Perhaps rain comes.

And if so, stay with me.’’

     I can't say it was an unexpected surprise, it gave me what I was looking for, fulfills my desire. You know during the transition between two scenes, some director will take an alternate route by showing skies, rain, clouds, insects et cetera for the few seconds. Those were very impressive and realistic. Technically, it was spectacular, every minute details were incredibly good. It was a perfect meld between characters, story and the backgrounds.

     The visuals were very charming in every frame of the movies just like '5 Centimeters Per Second'. A fine story as well, pure drama with more realistic mode covered with sentiments at the end. Could not ask better than this. The only worry was this movie is unbearably small. I was thirsting to have extra more minutes, but I could not get. Ended seeing it with a disappointment, but more than satisfied with the complete movie. For anime movie fans, it is a must see. Hope y'all get the same excitement and pleasure like I had. 

Similar movies:
5 Centimeters Per Second, Time of Eve, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Suitable for:
Tween, Teen, Adult, All

Final verdict:
Ignore, Bad, Average, Good, Excellent

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