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

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.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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

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Mike Edwards
What Culture

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

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Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
A melancholy adolescent drama about love in the class room. I hate Japaneses class room dramas even more than I hate (non-1950's era) American high-school… More
Ivan Descartin
Studio Ghibli's realistic reflection of adolescent love, shown with smooth flashbacks and great illustrations. The film has also able to put an uncertain… More
Luke Baldock
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… More
Marcus Woolcott
This is a really odd film as almost nothing happens. It's simply small-town boy meets awkward city girl, and yet it's totally captivating and reminded… More
Sanjaya 丘耀文
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… More