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The Sound of Waves (1954)

Shiosai (original title)
Lonely youth Shinji meets Hatsue, a pretty pearl diver, on the beach and the two fall in love. But Shinji has a rival for Hatsue's affections, Yasuo. Yasuo spreads unpleasant gossip about ... See full summary »

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Akira Kubo ...
Shinji
Sadako Sawamura ...
Tomi, Shinji's Mother
Minoru Takashima ...
Hiroshi
Kyôko Aoyama ...
Hatsue
Kichijirô Ueda ...
Terukichi, Hatsue's Father
Keiko Miya ...
Chiyoko
Daisuke Katô ...
Chiyoko's Father, the lighthouse keeper
Sue Mitobe ...
Chiyoko's Mother
Hiroshi Tachikawa ...
Yasuo (as Yoichi Tachikawa)
Wataru Ômae ...
Takeshi
Yoshio Kosugi ...
Jukichi
Ikichi Ishii ...
Ryuji
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Skipper of the Utashima-maru
Noriko Honma ...
Old Woman of O-Haru
Eijirô Tôno ...
Schoolmaster, a peddler
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Lonely youth Shinji meets Hatsue, a pretty pearl diver, on the beach and the two fall in love. But Shinji has a rival for Hatsue's affections, Yasuo. Yasuo spreads unpleasant gossip about his rival, and Hatsue's father forbids her to see Shinji. But when the boy saves the passengers on a boat owned by Hatsue's father, his luck in love begins to change. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Ah! Young Love.
15 June 2007 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

It would be all to easy to dismiss Sound Of Waves as a clichéd teen romance. There's the troubled young hero, the pretty and giddy young girl, the rival, the other girl, the girl's grumpy rich father, and the gossipy villagers. There are trials, misunderstandings, loss of faith in each other.

There is a measure of substance as well. Being set in a fishing village, the sea and the weather are major characters. The hero's relationship with the sea, and with his mother and young brother, are heartfelt and touching.

The story somehow manages to be both innocent and raunchy. The young couple (eventually) frolic around with innocent abandon, yet this only occurs after a scene where the girl, soaked by a storm on the way to meet the boy, strips down to her underpants, and is drying her skirt, held carefully in front, when the boy wakes up and gets a bit excited. Things don't go too far, and the girl admits she does want to marry him. However, news of the encounter spreads, and the other girl and the rival cooperate in creating a rumour that things did get too hot, and of course the gossip mills churns overtime.

So, what if this is somewhat clichéd and, apart from a couple of surprises, predictable ? It is still quite enjoyable.


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