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484 Ratings

Ocean Waves

Umi ga kikoeru

Directed by Tomomi Mochizuki
Japan, 1993
Animation, Drama, Romance


Travelling to his hometown for a reunion, a man recalls memories of his days in high school. Friendship, secret love and a trip to Tokyo all come back to him. Made for television, Ocean Waves was an attempt by Studio Ghibli to allow their younger staff members to make a film.

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Ocean Waves Directed by Tomomi Mochizuki

Critics reviews

The narrative is complicated, using flashbacks within flashbacks. The animation style is largely realistic, not even aspiring to the impressionism that distinguishes another Ghibli nonfantasy film, Isao Takahata’s “Only Yesterday” (1991). But in its sensitivity and attention to detail, “Ocean Waves” makes itself into something special, and kind of magical, and so proves very much a Ghibli gem.
December 27, 2016
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