Ocean Waves [Blu-ray/DVD] [2 Discs] [1993]

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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
89% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (45 out of 51)

Special Features


  • Blu-Ray Exclusive: feature-length layouts for Ocean Waves
  • Includes the Ghiblies episode 2 a never-before-released short film about life at Studio Ghibli
  • Looking Back: Staff Reunion-join the director, producer,writer and artists of Ocean Waves as they reflect on the film 10 years later
  • US theatrical trailer

Synopsis


Ocean Waves
A young Japanese man recalls his high-school days while visiting his hometown for a class reunion. Flashbacks detail the highs and lows of that period in his life, as he falls into a love triangle with his best friend and a mysterious transfer student. Directed by Tomomi Mochizuki, Ocean Waves was originally made as a TV movie by legendary Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli. ~ Jack Rodgers, Rovi

Cast & Crew


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    Yuri Amano - Akiko Shimizu



Overall customer rating

4.4
89%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    One to skip

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    Moonracer
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    I am a HUGE Studio Ghibli fan and have watched if not all the movies they've released then quite a number of them. When I saw this movie I automatically picked it up on that name alone "Studio Ghibli" and was looking forward to it. The art as expected is quite beautiful well thought out and all around pleasing to the eyes. Granted perhaps not as detailed as other movies but still very nice. The music was nice and went with the story but not really noticeable. The story...is were it was lacking for me. If you're into an emotionally abusive relationship with a spoiled brat and a guy that could do way better sprinkled with a bro trying to do a solid by not muscling in, yet still liking said brat? Then this is your story. Not getting to spoiler-ish the movie has two teenage boys that are best friends one finds a girl he likes the other doesn't think much of her till he sees her face to face, but he respects his friend so tries to stay back to give him a shot. The girl in question is a transfer and...having family issues parents are going through a divorce, and she isn't taking it well. From there it just goes down hill and...in my opinion you watch the friend follow the girl around like some puppy which she repeatedly kicks and he keeps coming back for more. The school year ends they graduate...and things didn't end well. Then you meet them again grown up and well...the ending was, for me, roll your eyes and I'm hitting the stop button. I was rather let down by the story line and interaction of the characters. The ending felt like a pleasing of the masses that want happy endings, though honestly a good part of the movie felt like that. Personally, this is that rare Studio Ghibli movie that can actually be skipped.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    easy to watch with especially fun short included

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    pinkrangiku
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    This 'slice of life' film includes familiar themes found in many anime stories and there are several nice honest moments. While I find 'Whisper of the Heart', one of my favorite Ghibli films, much more memorable I still enjoy 'Ocean Waves' as an easy to watch place to escape for a bit. What, for me, is the real treat on this DVD is the extra 'Ghiblies Episode 2'. Every minute of this short offers fun, crazy, sweet, nostalgic, and unique discoveries. I was curious about the main film and am not disappointed and 'Ghiblies Ep 2' is worth the price of the DVD, for me. The 'first love' story in 'Ghiblies Ep 2' is especially charming. The music used in that part, Humoresque No.7 in G flat Op.101 by Antonin Dvorak, is really effective. Enjoying this DVD led to interesting research into the history of 'The Ghiblies' shorts, the Antonin Dvorak music used in 'Ghiblies 2', and the 'Ocean Waves' story itself.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not bad, not as powerful.

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    Contro
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    I enjoy watching different films from Studio Ghibli, as I continue to learn more about their various storytellers. This is the first time I have heard about this film, and I was intrigued to see what it was all about. If you're looking to find the magic and wonder like in Hayao Miyazaki's films, you really won't find it here. That's not to say it's not worth giving this film a try. There are other films worth seeing that would grab your attention (like Castle in the Sky if you have yet to watch it). What made it a challenge was to keep interest in Rikako and her selfishness of trying to get back with her father. Again, it's not a bad film, and I don't mind saying try givin' this a shot, but if you can borrow it from another friend. If you have to buy another anime film, wait for Your Name - that is worth seeing in theaters and getting a Blu Ray copy.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Interesting and Effective early Ghibli

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    alder2012
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    I'm so glad this finally made it to Bluray after years of not being available in the US. This is certainly not in the league with the later Studio Ghibli classics, but given it's origin as a TV production it is heads and shoulders above much of the mass produced by the numbers animation. A much more mature personal story than most US animation tries to tell and even much more basic than some of the more well known Studio Ghibli work without all the fantastical flying pigs and knee deep allegory.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie!

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    Joel
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    As a fan of the Studio Ghibli movies, I really enjoyed Ocean Waves. Unlike the other Ghibli films which are much more fantasy, this one is much like a high school drama/romance. The setting is really well portrayed and the artwork is very well done. The characters are very dynamic and the story line is very realistic. I also enjoyed watching the bonus features and seeing the staff come together 10 years after the film was released to talk about the film.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Movie, Very Nostalgic (English Sub Only)

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    Joel
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    Ocean Waves is a great classic movie released by Studio Ghibli. It is not a Miyazaki film and is very different from Miyazaki's films which entail more of a fantasy element. This anime is best described as a high school romance/drama. I highly recommend watching it. Note: This movie does not have English dubs. It is only in Japanese with subtitles.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Unexpectedly amazing!

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    Dion
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    To see this movie finally get a release here in the states totally blindsided me. I never heard of it until close to its Blu-ray release! A sweet sort of love story alongside growing pains of course is recipe for a possibly amazing work of art! It absolutely blew my expectations out of the water!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simple story of a teenage love triangle

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    whalter58
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    This is actually a Japanese anime television film from 1993 originally titled 'I Can Hear the Sea'. Now restored and re released on Blu-ray. Two high school boys live on an island, one day a new girl is enrolled in their school....you see where this is going. Nice meandering story. Subtitled only, no dub track.

    I would recommend this to a friend


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