Umi Ga kikoeru (1993)

Unlike Ghibli Studio's more popular works, Ocean Waves is not a fantastic fairytale adventure or a metaphorical epic on man's relationship with nature.
The story is set in the city of Kōchi, on the Japanese island of Shikoku. It concerns a love triangle that develops between two good friends and Rikako, a new girl who transferred from Tokyo.
Taku 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.

Ocean Waves simply focuses on the main characters and tells their story honestly. The dramatic conflicts are real and interesting.
It was directed by Tomomi Mochizuki and was based on the novel of the same title by Saeko Himuro.

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