Giovanni no Shima

Giovanni's Island

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Synonyms: Giovanni no Shima
Japanese: ジョバンニの島
English: Giovanni's Island
German: Giovannis Insel
Spanish: La Isla de Giovanni
French: L'Ile de Giovanni
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 22, 2014
Producers: Warner Bros. Japan
Licensors: GKIDS
Studios: Production I.G
Source: Original
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 1 hr. 42 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.661 (scored by 1103811,038 users)
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Ranked: #13252
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Popularity: #3914
Members: 33,096
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In the aftermath of the most devastating conflict mankind had ever experienced, the tiny island of Shikotan became part of the Sakhalin Oblast... and on the unhealed border in this remote corner of the world, friendship among children from two different countries timidly blossomed, striving to overcome language barriers and the waves of history. Inspired by true events.

On August 15th, they told us we had lost the war. At that time, we did not really understand. Then one day, everything changed. Many soldiers, wearing uniforms we had never seen before, arrived on the island. That was the day I met Tanya.

(Source: Production I.G)


A special animated movie to commemorate 50th anniversary of Japan Association of Music Enterprises (JAME).

Winner of the Platinum Grand Prize during the 2015 Future Film Festival, held in Italy.
Winner of the Excellence Award on the 18th Japan Media Arts Festival.

Characters & Voice Actors

Senou, Junpei

Yokoyama, Kouta

Senou, Kanta

Taniai, Junya


Yanagihara, Kanako


Santamaria, Yusuke


Yachigusa, Kaoru



Village Chief

Inuzuka, Hiroshi

Senou, Genzou

Kitajima, Saburou

Senou, Tatsuo

Ichimura, Masachika


Sakurai, Yoshiki
Producer, Script
Honda, Fuminori
Nishikubo, Mizuho
Director, Storyboard
Fujiyama, Fusanobu
Sound Director


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May 3, 2024
Giovanni Island is a wonderful, tragic story about the difficult fate of Japanese refugees from the island of Shakotan who are in Soviet occupation after World War 2. I will not record a historical lecture, since it is so interesting, then you can turn to various sources and archives yourself.
The film really touched me, I almost shed tears, it's just impossible to remain calm at the sight of what ordinary residents are going through, who are essentially refugees of the war, they did not deserve such a fate in any way! I don't want to tie someone by nationality, to stereotypes and special ...
Dec 21, 2020
That was a great and a somewhat unique experience, especially in the audio part. While it's certainly noteworthy that real Russian and Korean speakers were used, Russian speech felt a bit artificial and forced to me. It was unnaturally soft, I'd say. While it's definitely OK for voice actors to make their voices suit the movie, it didn't really sit with me well here. Hideo's voice, on the other hand, felt very natural - maybe due to his carefree personality and way of talking. The cultural aspects of Russians were kinda stereotypical - you know, matryoshkas, Katyusha, dances...though on the other hand it's hard to ...
Dec 28, 2019
Mixed Feelings
Giovanni’s Island is a film that I had to really grapple with. From the beginning, I was instantly entranced in its setting but, as the film went on, those feelings of awe fell away with the tiresome execution. This film has a lot of problems with characterization, but an unmistakably sublime visual direction. It’s missing the profundity of the novel, Night on the Galactic Railroad, that it consistently creates parallels to!

This review of Joban'ni no Shima (2014) contains spoilers! You have been warned!


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Kurini - Aug 18, 2014
54 repliesby Koumazoku »»
Apr 27, 10:01 PM
This movie is so SO UNDERRATED!
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The BD/DVD will come out on the 6th of August.
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