Monday, November 21, 2016

1993 Studio Ghibli film Ocean Waves (海がきこえる) in Pittsburgh, and the US, for the first time in January



The 1993 Studio Ghibli film Ocean Waves (海がきこえる) will play at the Row House Cinema from January 20 through 26, 2017, as part of the theater's Young Love series. The distributor provides a summary:
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.
Ticket information and showtimes have not yet been announced. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

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