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Ocean Waves(海がきこえる)

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Japan · 1993
Rated PG · 1h 12m
Director Tomomi Mochizuki
Starring Nobuo Tobita, Toshihiko Seki, Youko Sakamoto, Yuri Amano
Genre Animation, Drama, Romance, TV Movie

At Kichijōji Station, Tokyo, Taku Morisaki glimpses a familiar woman on the platform opposite boarding a train. Later, her photo falls from a shelf as he exits his apartment before flying to Kōchi Prefecture. Picking it up, he looks at it briefly before leaving. As the aeroplane takes off he narrates the events that brought her into his life...

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IndieWire by David Ehrlich

Hindsight has revealed the quiet resonance that’s been humming inside this tiny film ever since it first set out to sea.


The Playlist by Gary Garrison

Ocean Waves is a deeply charming and resonant look at the tug of longing that so often comes with memory, the utter mess of youth, and the beautiful delirium of love.


The New York Times by Glenn Kenny

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.

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