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A Silent Voice (2016)

Koe no katachi (original title)
A young man is ostracized by his classmates after he bullies a deaf girl to the point where she moves away. Years later, he sets off on a path for redemption.

Director:

Naoko Yamada

Writers:

Yoshitoki Oima (manga: "Koe no katachi"), Reiko Yoshida (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miyu Irino ... Shôya Ishida (voice)
Saori Hayami ... Shoko Nishimiya (voice)
Aoi Yûki ... Yuzuru Nishimiya (voice)
Kenshô Ono Kenshô Ono ... Tomohiro Nagatsuka (voice)
Yûki Kaneko Yûki Kaneko ... Naoka Ueno (voice)
Yui Ishikawa ... Miyoko Sahara (voice)
Megumi Han Megumi Han ... Miki Kawai (voice)
Toshiyuki Toyonaga Toshiyuki Toyonaga ... Satoshi Mashiba (voice)
Mayu Matsuoka ... Young Shoya Ishida (voice)
Sachiko Kojima Sachiko Kojima ... Young Kazuki Shimada (voice)
Hana Takeda Hana Takeda ... Young Keisuke Hirose (voice)
Fuminori Komatsu Fuminori Komatsu ... Takeuchi-sensei (voice)
Ikuko Tani Ikuko Tani ... Ito Nishimiya (voice)
Erena Kamata Erena Kamata ... Maria Ishida (voice)
Ayano Hamaguchi Ayano Hamaguchi ... Shoya's sister (voice)
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Storyline

The story revolves around Nishimiya Shoko, a grade school student who has impaired hearing. She transfers into a new school, where she is bullied by her classmates, especially Ishida Shouya. It gets to the point where she transfers to another school and as a result, Shouya is ostracized and bullied himself, with no friends to speak to and no plans for the future. Years later, he sets himself on a path to redemption. Written by Ariodito Koestoer

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Sometimes the answer is as simple as learning to listen...


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Release Date:

17 September 2016 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Silent Voice See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

JPY 283,280,037 (Japan), 18 September 2016
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The opening song is "My Generation" by The Who. Naoko Yamada's previous work, K-On! (2009) and it's film companion K-On! The Movie (2011) also paid tribute to the famous British band. See more »

Goofs

During Ishida and Ueno's conversation at the crosswalk, Nishimiya is seen holding the pouch that Ishida had given to her as a gift. However, it disappears after Ueno sprints across the street and removes Nishimiya's earpiece; it is nowhere to be seen on her person or on the ground. See more »

Soundtracks

Ai wo Shita no wa (Loving Is)
Written and Performed by AIKO
Arranged by Kanou Kawashima
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This movie isn't a romance. It is a drama about depression.
1 June 2017 | by rti9-929-5803See all my reviews

Despite revolving around a girl who has impaired hearing, the film has as protagonist Shoya Ishida. He is a bully during his childhood, but when he becomes the victim of bullying himself he grows into a depressive teenager who loathes himself. He starts to understand Nishimiya's solitary world. Both Ishida and Nishimiya end up becoming teenagers who deeply despise themselves for all the burden they cause to their families and how painfully difficult it is to try to make friends.

An interesting scene happens when a girl confesses her love to Ishida and he is unable to comprehend what is happening. Some people might say he is too dense to misunderstand what she is clearly doing, but what I see is Ishida hates himself so much he doesn't believe anyone can love him. The concept of a person actually liking him is so alien it doesn't even comes as a possibility in his head.

Another interesting scene is when Ishida is leisurely walking and talking with some people and he asks himself if that is really OK. In his head, he has no right of being happy after everything he has done and caused. Despite trying his hardest to redeem himself, he still thinks he is worthless and unforgivable.

Don't go into this movie expecting a romance. It is a redemption story.


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