It’s been more than two decades since Ocean Waves opened in Japan, and now the acclaimed Studio Ghibli anime project is finally getting a U.S. release. A bit late, but we’ll take it.
The film was based on a novel by Saeko Himuro, and follows two boys who share a crush on the same girl. It was directed by Tomomi Mochizuki and written by Kaori Nakamura. The film was originally made for television back in the early 1990s, though the transfer has been restored to 4K for the U.S. theatrical opening. So, old or not, it should look gorgeous.
Studio Ghibli has been the production house behind some of the most iconic and creative anime ever made, including Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro and the recent release The Red Turtle. For U.S. fans, Ocean Waves is a rare masterpiece. So having a chance to see it in glorious 4K should be something special.
The film will screen at New York’s IFC Theater starting on Dec. 28, ahead of a limited release in January. Check out a list of screenings here. A home video release is also planned for the spring, in case you can't make it out.
Until then, check out the restored Ocean Waves trailer below and let us know what you think:
(Via The Creators Project)