The Garden of Words


Animation / Drama / Romance

IMDb Rating 7.4 10 44464

Plot summary

October 07, 2022 at 08:09 PM


Makoto Shinkai

Top cast

421.8 MB
Japanese 2.0
23.976 fps
12 hr 45 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Reno-Rangan 8 / 10

'The secret garden' of Japan.

Just remember the technical brilliance of '5 Centimeters Per Second', the same director who curved this movie as well. So the expectation usually will be high for anyone who watched this filmmakers 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 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. Days passed by, they become very close and shares things to each others. How far this unanticipated relation takes them together and what are all changes make in their lives is follows in 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 frames of the movies just like '5 Centimeters Per Second'. 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 thirst 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 same excitement and pleasure like I had.

Reviewed by cherold 8 / 10

Shinkai's best film to date.

I've always had mixed feelings about the works of Makoto Shinkai. Movies like 5 Centimeters per second are visually striking and evocative, but they are also essentially illustrated radio plays, where the story is told through words.

Garden of Words, surprisingly, is a movie that lets the images speak. While there's still a fair amount of narration, much of the story is told through its gorgeous visuals.

Thoughtful and touching, this movie proves I was right to keep watching Shinkai's films in spite of continual frustration and disappointment. I did it because I knew what he was trying for could work beautifully if he just learned to allow silence, and now he has. I hope this is a sign that he has matured into the animator I always hoped he'd be.

Reviewed by hailey-carriger 8 / 10

The Film's Title May make You think It Is Boring

But it is anything, but.

I have been watching anime for a few years now, and my friend told me to watch this, I was skeptical at first but after watching it; my mind is blown. The animation is beautiful and the way the story is executed is superb. The plot is also very liberated and modern and I love that it is a student and teacher that fall for each other and I love that she is older and he is younger. I liked that they are both playing hooky despite one being a teacher. Take that mainstream! I felt I had to. It'll pull at your heart strings and it really is a tear jerker. Please check it out, anime fan or not it's a must watch.

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