Ocean Waves

Umi ga kikoeru

Tomomi MochizukiJapan72 minutes1993PGColourJapanese

Jan 3
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A love triangle develops between three high-school friends in this rarely seen masterpiece from Studio Ghibli.

The first Ghibli film to be directed by someone other than Hayao Miyazaki or Isao Takahata, Ocean Waves was initiated and controlled by the studio's younger artists, melding the classic Ghibli style with a more consciously mature narrative that reflects the concerns of the studio's new generational cohort. On the sleepy, idyllic island of Shikoku, teenager Taku's quiet life is turned upside down by the arrival of Rikako, a beautiful transfer student from Tokyo. Taku and his best friend Yutaka are drawn in by Rikako's complicated family life and mercurial temperament, but as rumours start to spread at school the trio finds their friendship tested by changing relationships and the onset of adulthood. Rarely seen outside of Japan, Ocean Waves captures the joys and drama of adolescence with subtle insight and affecting sensitivity.