Movie Night - Umi Ga Kikoeru

(Update: This video has since been removed from Youtube.  Sorry.)

Alright, I've got my chilled mug and cold root beer ready to go. Our movie tonight will be Studio Ghibli's 1993 production, Umi Ka Kikoeru, "I Can Hear the Sea." The official Westen title is "Ocean Waves," but this remains among the last Ghibli films to appear outside Japan.

Umi was a tv movie, and was created by the younger members of the studio. It's adapted from a manga of the same title, and covers teenage drama, romance, friendship, and the difficulties of fitting in. A young man en route to his class reunion remembers his final semester in high school a year ago, and the Tokyo girl who both frustrates and captivates him. Set firmly in the neo-realist mold of Grave of the Fireflies, Omohide Poro Poro and Whisper of the Heart, it's an excellent little film, another example of animation's great dramatic power. Enjoy!

1 comment:

J.R.D.S. said...

It was based on a text novel, not a manga. It was serialised in Animage and had illustrations by KONDO Katsuya.

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