Ocean Waves
A film by Tomomi Mochizuki
Japan, 72 min

Rarely seen outside of Japan, Ocean Waves is a subtle, poignant and wonderfully detailed story of adolescence and teenage isolation. Taku and his best friend Yutaka are headed back to school for what looks like another uneventful year. But they soon find their friendship tested by the arrival of Rikako, a beautiful new transfer student from Tokyo whose attitude vacillates wildly from flirty and flippant to melancholic. When Taku joins Rikako on a trip to Tokyo, the school erupts with rumors, and the three friends are forced to come to terms with their changing relationships.

Ocean Waves was the first Studio Ghibli film directed by someone other than studio founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, as director Tomomi Mochizuki led a talented staff of younger employees in an adaptation of Saeko Himuro’s best-selling novel. Full of shots bathed in a palette of pleasingly soft pastel colors and rich in the unexpected visual details typical of Studio Ghibli’s most revered works, Ocean Waves is an accomplished teenage drama and a true discovery.

(All images © 1993 Saeko Himuro – Studio Ghibli – N)

New York, NYIFC Center December 28, 2016
Akron, OHThe Nightlight CinemaDecember 30, 2016
Rochester, NYThe Little TheatreDecember 31, 2016
Toronto, ONTIFFJanuary 3, 2017
Albuquerque, NMGuild CinemaJanuary 6, 2017
Denver, CODenver Film SocietyJanuary 6, 2017
Fort Lauderdale, FLCinema Paradiso HollywoodJanuary 7, 2017
Fort Lauderdale, FLSavor CinemaJanuary 7, 2017
Kansas City, MOScreenland ArmourJanuary 9, 2017
Portland, OROMSI Empirical TheaterJanuary 12, 2017
Los Angeles, CAAmerican Cinematheque - Egyptian TheaterJanuary 12, 2017
Chicago, ILGene Siskel Film CenterJanuary 13, 2017
Santa Ana, CAThe Frida CinemaJanuary 13, 2017
Tempe, AZHarkins Valley ArtJanuary 13, 2017
Waterloo, ONPrincess CinemaJanuary 13, 2017
Atlanta, GAPlaza TheatreJanuary 13, 2017
San Francisco, CARoxie TheatreJanuary 16, 2017
Fairfax, VAAngelika MosaicJanuary 17, 2017
Washington, DCAngelika Pop-UpJanuary 17, 2017
Dallas, TXAngelika DallasJanuary 17, 2017
Plano, TXAngelika PlanoJanuary 17, 2017
San Diego, CAAngelika CarmelJanuary 17, 2017
Honolulu, HIConsolidated Theatres KahalasJanuary 17, 2017
Pittsburgh, PARow House CinemaJanuary 20, 2017
Vancouver, BCVancity TheatreJanuary 20, 2017
Vancouver, WAKiggins TheatreJanuary 20, 2017
Lowell, MALuna TheatreJanuary 27, 2017
Howell, MIHistoric Howell TheaterJanuary 27, 2017
Columbus, OHGateway Film CenterFebruary 9, 2017
Cleveland, OHCleveland CinemathequeFebruary 23, 2017
Detroit, MI Detroit Institute of the ArtsMarch 11, 2017
Port Orchard, WADragonfly CinemaMarch 24, 2017

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