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Ringing Bell DVD

5 star rating out of 5
5 Reviews
SKU: 875707016025

Retail Price: $19.95

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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: DISCOTEK
  • 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: 1
  • Region Code: 1

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Ratings & Reviews

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5 star rating out of 5

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.

4 star rating out of 5

Deceptively cuddly but ultimately bleak and depressing tale.


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.

5 star rating out of 5

Haunting and beautiful

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Don't let the cute little lamb on the cover fool you. Sanrio was really into making depressing children's movies back in the 80s and this movie will get DARK!
But it's well worth it, even if the movie is going to leave you sad and depressed. And for an old dub, it's pretty solid (though subs are still available, of course)

5 star rating out of 5

Ringing Bell is fantastic


Ringing Bell has been one of my favorites for many years. My mom first rented it from the local video store when I was six years old. I loved it right away but cried. My parents always thought it was important to see that life isn’t always fair and didn’t sugar coat things for us kids. So many people say this film is not for children but I disagree. It has a lot of important life lessons in it. I am now 39 years old and I still cry when I watch this film. In my opinion it’s a masterpiece and I highly recommend this film to anyone who has never seen it. Some of the life lessons include survival of the fittest, determination, life is hard and you have to work at things you want, things can be deceiving and sometimes we learn that after its to late and you have to look at each point of view sometimes to understand the full picture.

5 star rating out of 5

Classic I Never Knew, Until Today!

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Truly a wonderfully beautiful piece of late 70's animation magic! I miss when Sanrio looked like this, so finding a physical copy of this film for sale made my heart light up like no other!

Chirin is a tragic and admirable character, and this tale of his life will have even the thickest skinned adults sheading a tear or two.

Definitely a great film to show your kids, and to watch yourself! I can't recommend this one enough!