Ringing Bell DVD
About Ringing Bell DVD
In Ringing Bell, Chirin is an innocent though adventurous young lamb whose carefree life on the farm comes to an abrupt end when a wolf murders his mother. Confused and angry, Chirin pursues the wolf into the mountains, seeking revenge. The laws of nature are brutal, however, and hatred alone won't be enough to avenge the loss of his mother. Only the strong survive in the wild, and obtaining that strength may change Chirin forever.
Special Features: Commentary by Mike Toole (Anime News Network).
Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
- Publisher: EASTERN STAR
- Media: DVD
- Spoken Language: English, Japanese
- Subtitle Language: English
- Genre: Drama, Fantasy
- Themes: Adventure
- Age Rating: 13+
- Run Time: 47
- Year Created: 1978
- Release Date: 6/24/2014
- Dimensional Weight: 0.33
- Region Code: 1
Ratings & Reviews
Children's fodder? Think again.
Chirin no Suzu (Chirin's Bell, or here, Ringing Bell) is a Sanrio production (yes, THAT Sanrio), so one might assume this title to be fluffy innocent entertainment for children. The film definitely starts out that way, with little lamb Chirin innocently frolicking in a farmer's field under the watchful eye of his mother. However, the film immediately takes a sharp dramatic turn when a lone wolf attacks the sheep at night, changing Chirin's life forever.
Ringing Bell deals with numerous themes, such as loss of a loved one, revenge, the cycle of life and death, and the value of staying faithful to your true self, albeit in a way that some might deem too dark for children. Still, if this movie makes you feel nothing, then you probably have no soul.
Verdict: Purchase for yourself, and pretend it's for your kids.
Deceptively cuddly but ultimately bleak and depressing tale.
by Jon Turner
Imagine THE LAND BEFORE TIME and THE LION KING in which a little orphaned cub loses his mother and, instead of struggling to survive, decides to join forces with their murderer and you get the basic idea behind RINGING BELL. Despite its seemingly cheerful appearance, this is a surprisingly dark and gloomy tale with a depressingly downbeat ending. And this animated feature is by Sanrio, the folks behind the lighthearted HELLO KITTY! The animation is rich and colorful and the fact that it differs from other Western animated films covering similar topics might make it worth a look, but as mentioned, RINGING BELL is bleak and tragic throughout. The best feature on Discotek's DVD is Mike Toole's commentary; he gives a lot of interesting details on the production of the movie. The dub is mediocre, however, although honestly the Japanese version isn't that much better. It's well worth a look, but as mentioned, it's not one for the kids.