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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.

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Cast

Credited cast:
... Taku Morisaki (voice)
... Yutaka Matsuno (voice)
Yoko Sakamoto ... Rikako Muto (voice)
... Akiko Shimizu (voice)
Kae Araki ... Yumi Kohama (voice)
Jun'ichi Kanemaru ... Okada (voice)
Ai Satô ... Taku's mother (voice)
... Girl (voice)
... Minarai (voice)
... Tadashi Yamao (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rin Mizuhara ... Additional Voices (voice)
... Additional Voices (voice)
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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Rated PG-13 for some thematic material | See all certifications »

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5 May 1993 (Japan)  »

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Trivia

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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There are some errors in translation. An advert for a cassette tape misspells "type 1" as "tipe 1", and on a can of Sprite the flavor is "lymon" instead of "lemon". See more »

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Referenced in Pom Poko (1994) See more »

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Much underestimated TV Ghibli
16 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

The knowledge that Ocean Waves is a TV movie put me off watching this 'lesser Ghibli' until I'd covered the rest of their catalogue. Whilst it may not have the wide appeal of Miyazaki masterpieces like Totoro, Porco Rosso and Spirited Away etc., it's a surprisingly successful film. The subtleties of the relationships and characters are so beautiful and rewarding that the film is elevated way beyond its TV roots.

In short, if you want a gentle meditation on teen relationships and love, this is as good as it gets. And if you like Ghibli but the subject material doesn't sound too interesting (it didn't to me), it's still worth a look as it might surprise.


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