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Liz and the Blue Bird (2018)

Rizu to aoi tori (original title)
Mizore Yoroizuka and Nozomi Kasaki are a pair of best friends in their final year of high school. They're both obsessed with the school's brass band club. With Mizore on the oboe and Nozomi... See full summary »

Director:

Naoko Yamada

Writers:

Ayano Takeda (characters), Reiko Yoshida (screenplay)
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Atsumi Tanezaki Atsumi Tanezaki ... Mizore Yoroizuka (voice)
Nao Tôyama ... Nozomi Kasaki (voice)
Miyu Honda Miyu Honda ... Liz (voice)
Konomi Fujimura Konomi Fujimura ... Natsuki Nakagawa (voice)
Yuri Yamaoka Yuri Yamaoka ... Yuko Yoshikaw (voice)
Shiori Sugiura Shiori Sugiura ... Ririka Kenzaki (voice)
Tomoyo Kurosawa Tomoyo Kurosawa ... Kumiko Oumae (voice)
Ayaka Asai Ayaka Asai ... Hazuki Kato (voice)
Moe Toyota Moe Toyota ... Sapphire Kawashima (voice)
Chika Anzai Chika Anzai ... Reina Kousaka (voice)
Houko Kuwashima ... Satomi Niiyama (voice)
Yûichi Nakamura ... Masahiro Hashimoto (voice)
Takahiro Sakurai ... Noboru Taki (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ryan Bartley ... Ms. Niyama (voice)
Wayne Grayson ... Noboru Taki (voice)
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Mizore Yoroizuka and Nozomi Kasaki are a pair of best friends in their final year of high school. They're both obsessed with the school's brass band club. With Mizore on the oboe and Nozomi on the flute, they spend their days in happiness, until the club begins to practice songs inspired by the fairy tale Liz und ein Blauer Vogel - "Liz and the Blue Bird". Immersed in this story, Mizore and Nozomi begin to realize that there may be no such thing as being together forever. Written by animenewsnetwork

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

21 April 2018 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$63,204

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$726,454
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Follows Sound! Euphonium (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Girls, Dance, Staircase
Music and Arrangement by Kensuke Ushio (as kensuke ushio)
Lyrics by Naoko Yamada
Performed by Yutaka Ono
With Assistance of Sumida Children's Chorus
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Learning to fly
11 November 2018 | by sarap1300See all my reviews

"Liz and the Bluebird," is a new film directed by Naoko Yamada for Kyoto Animation. If you were a fan of Sound Euphonium, you'll smile at all the Easter eggs delicately placed throughout the story. The movie is set in the same high school and in the same universe as Sound Euphonium, and features the same orchestra director/music teacher. But this time, Yamada tells a different story of these music students, weaving the real life relationship between two best friends and a special duet they are supposed to perform based on a folk tale entitled "Liz and the Bluebird."

Mizore and Nozomi are best friends. Mizore is very shy and withdrawn, always feeling lonely and lost, while Nozomi is an effervescent social butterfly. Nozomi seems to have it all: charm, wit, talent, personality. Even her ponytail swishes with an air of confidence as she walks. Mizore earnestly feels that she cannot exist without Nozomi around her. But these girls are now in their senior year in high school. It's time to think about graduation, college, and those hard decisions about everything that comes after. Although neither girl feels ready, it's time for them to grow up. All of this is plays out beautifully through the musical piece, "Liz and the Bluebird," a story about a young, lonely woman who befriends a magical girl in blue. Yamada uses an actual high school orchestra for the soundtrack, which makes the story so much more poignant as our main characters struggle through the piece and with their relationship to each other.

"Liz and the Bluebird" is a lovely little coming of age story. Yamada's genius lies in her ability to focus in and magnify that magical moment when a young person finally reaches that crest of self-actualization, when they see themselves as they truly are and how they impact those around them, as well as how much others impact them. Yamada seems to understand the true nature of friendship more than any other movie director. She also has a clear understanding of the role parents and teachers can play in a young person's life. While in A Silent Voice, it was the parents who had a strong impact, in Liz and the Bluebird, it's the teachers, Ms. Niyama, in particular, who gently guides the two girls in their journey of musical analysis and self-reflection.

If you just want a sweet movie that's a breath of fresh air, this is the one.


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