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Umi ga kikoeru (I Can Hear the Sea) (The Ocean Waves) (1993)

Umi ga kikoeru (I Can Hear the Sea) (The Ocean Waves)


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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.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama , Television , Animation , Romance , Art House & International
Directed By: ,
Written By: Saeko Himuro

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Critic Reviews for Umi ga kikoeru (I Can Hear the Sea) (The Ocean Waves)

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There's the boys' close friendship and the very Japanese dilemma of individuality versus social cohesion. This wistful meditation on maturity echoes and eddies around a trip to Tokyo in the past and a chance moment on a Tokyo train platform in the present

Full Review… | May 6, 2013
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

An interesting, amusing, and cleverly composed story of first love...

Full Review… | February 3, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Umi ga kikoeru (I Can Hear the Sea) (The Ocean Waves)

A delightful little film from Studio Ghibli. On the surface it isn't about much, just a boy who reminisces about the one that got away. In a brief 70 minutes we follow the lives of these Japanese high school students, and are completely engrossed with the world and politics of high school. There's a quiet sensibility that many people will recognise from some of Ghibli's other films such as Only Yesterday. Lovely animation brings Japan to life in a way that even live-action films sometimes fail to do. With delicate music and vocal performances this is a wonderful little film that I will probably revisit again soon.

Luke Baldock

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I didn't get the story of this movie... I know it stories about teenagers and their problem in school, but still the story have no point... But the score was pretty good... And having a story like that into an animation movie wasn't a bad idea at all...

Sanjaya 丘耀文

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Studio Ghibli's realistic reflection of adolescent love, shown with smooth flashbacks and great illustrations. The film has also able to put an uncertain light of enigma to the main female character: Rikako. It is not one of those Ghibli films that stirs naive imaginations with colorful images, but it portrays a knowing life, vulnerable of heartbreak and happiness, against a serene backdrop of Kochi, Japan. I do not know why I did not like this TV film that much, maybe because along its conceived mature tone, the makers has also able to insert some teenage cuteness, which I'm not fond of.

Ivan Descartin

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