Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Ocean Waves

海がきこえる / Umi ga Kikoeru

1993, Tomomi Mochizuki, Japan, 72 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jan 13th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Jan 13th 6:00pm
  • Sun, Jan 15th 3:00pm
  • Tue, Jan 17th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Jan 19th 6:00pm
First Chicago run! New 4K digital restoration!

“A hidden treasure…a unique gem that fans of the studio really should see.” —

"A graceful and mature offering from Ghibli's younger generation." — Jonathan Wu, The Animé Café

The last remaining Studio Ghibli film that has not seen a US release, OCEAN WAVES is presented in a new 4K digital restoration from GKids. Created by ten young protégés of Ghibli founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, the film’s contemporary setting, flashback structure, and subtle color palette most closely reflect the influence of Takahata (GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES, ONLY YESTERDAY). En route to his class reunion, twenty-something Taku muses on the love triangle that introduced him to adolescent heartbreak as he vied with his best friend Yutaka for the elusive affections of Rikako, the school’s pretty but heartlessly manipulative new girl. Preceded by GHIBLIES: EPISODE 2 (2002, Yoshiyuki Momose, 25 min.), a short film inspired by the day-to-day comedic happenings of the Studio Ghibli staff. All screenings in Japanese with English subtitles. New 4K DCP digital restoration. (BS)

Play Trailer