Studio Ghibli’s Ocean Waves was first released in 1993, but it’s coming to theaters in the US for the first time this month. As The Creator’s Project points out, the movie was originally made for TV, but has been restored in 4K for its theatrical release.
The film, adapted from a novel by Saeko Himuro, is about two boys, Taku and Yutaka, whose friendship is challenged by a shared crush on the same girl. It was directed by Tomomi Mochizuki and written by Kaori Nakamura.
Ghibli, which has produced movies like Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and this year’s The Red Turtle, last month saw cofounder Hayao Miyazaki come out of retirement to make one last feature-length film.
Ocean Waves will screen at NYC’s IFC Theater beginning on December 28th, and at other theaters around the US in January. The full list of screenings is here.