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Ocean Waves (1993)

Umi ga kikoeru (original title)
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.

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Credited cast:
Nobuo Tobita ...
Taku Morisaki (voice)
Toshihiko Seki ...
Yutaka Matsuno (voice)
Yoko Sakamoto ...
Rikako Muto (voice)
Yuri Amano ...
Akiko Shimizu (voice)
Kae Araki ...
Yumi Kohama (voice)
Jun'ichi Kanemaru ...
Okada (voice)
Ai Satô ...
Taku's mother (voice)
Aya Hisakawa ...
Girl (voice)
Tomokazu Seki ...
Minarai (voice)
Hikaru Midorikawa ...
Tadashi Yamao (voice)
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Rin Mizuhara ...
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Sumi Shimamoto ...
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Reiko Suzuki ...
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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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Rated PG-13 for some thematic material | See all certifications »

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5 May 1993 (Japan)  »

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This movie has two English titles. Unlike other movies, Ghibli didn't give it an official English title for a long time. Ghibli finally titled it "Ocean Waves", but most people in the U.S. know it as "I Can Hear the Sea" (a direct translation of the Japanese title). See more »

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Referenced in Pom Poko (1994) See more »

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Why can't our TV programming be this good?
19 June 2003 | by (Muncie, IN USA) – See all my reviews

TV movie or not, this was an outstanding film. Terrific direction, animation, and writing. As others have stated already, it is a film with a great deal of subtlety, so if you think great acting is Julia Roberts screaming at the top of her lungs, then you might not appreciate this film fully. It ranks among the best animated films I have watched, at least in the top 15 or 20. It's not quite in the same league as The Grave of the Fireflies, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Akira, My Neighbor Totoro, Whisper of the Heart, Only Yesterday, or a few other excellent anime I have had a chance to see, but it is easily better than 99% of the rest of the animated films out there. Highly recommended. At least an 8/10.


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