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Ocean Waves (1993)

Umi ga kikoeru (original title)
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As a young man returns home after his first year away at college he recalls his senior year of high school and the iron-willed, big city girl that turned his world upside down.

Director:

Tomomi Mochizuki

Writers:

Saeko Himuro (novel), Keiko Niwa (screenplay) (as Kaori Nakamura)

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Cast

Credited cast:
Nobuo Tobita ... Taku Morisaki (voice)
Toshihiko Seki ... Yutaka Matsuno (voice)
Yoko Sakamoto Yoko Sakamoto ... Rikako Muto (voice)
Yuri Amano ... Akiko Shimizu (voice)
Kae Araki Kae Araki ... Yumi Kohama (voice)
Jun'ichi Kanemaru ... Okada (voice)
Ai Satô Ai Satô ... Taku's mother (voice)
Aya Hisakawa ... Girl (voice)
Tomokazu Seki ... Minarai (voice)
Hikaru Midorikawa ... Tadashi Yamao (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rin Mizuhara Rin Mizuhara ... Additional Voices (voice)
Sumi Shimamoto ... Additional Voices (voice)
Reiko Suzuki Reiko Suzuki ... (voice)
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Storyline

The main character travels to his hometown for his high school reunion. During the trip, he recalls the memories of the days in high school. Friendship, subtle love, a trip to Tokyo and so on all came back to him as the film evolves. Written by Cary Wong <phoenix@globility.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some thematic material | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

13 July 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ocean Waves See more »

Filming Locations:

Kochi, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,942, 1 January 2017

Gross USA:

$87,738

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$87,738
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The station Taku saw Rikako at was the Kichijoji station of the Chuo line in Tokyo. Ghibli used to have a studio in Kichijoji, but they moved to Koganei in 1992. See more »

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Featured in JesuOtaku Anime Reviews: Ocean Waves (2012) See more »

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A movie about growing up into adulthood
13 February 2011 | by ImdbidiaSee all my reviews

Ocean Waves is a Studio Ghibli's production for TV, made by the young artists in the studio, that tells a charming story of love and friendship during High School in the small town of Kochi. The main characters are Taku Morisaki and his friend Yutaka Matsuno, and the quirky opinionated newly-arrived-in-town girl they like - Rikako Muto.

The movie tells a simple story of growing up and becoming adults, and shows all of the dramas surrounding teenagers, but it is well narrated and animated. The animation is not as impressive and detailed as others Ghibli's movies, but it has Ghibli's quality stamp on it, and is very realistic and beautiful.

The mood of the movie is great and captures with great mastery the spirit of a small town and its people, and also the spirit of summertime in those years in High School, with all the activities, romances and friendships that we experience during our teen years; it really transports the viewers to their High School days. The characters are well drawn, psychologically and emotionally believable, and very likable.

A very enjoyable animation movie perfect for teenagers and adults, not for children.


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