A rarely seen Studio Ghibli TV film is coming to cinemas

Ocean Waves was originally broadcast on Japanese television in 1993

Ocean Waves, a rarely seen Studio Ghibli movie from the 90s, is coming to cinemas for the first time this month. 

The film was originally broadcast on Japanese television back in 1993, and is considered one of the animation studio’s most underrated visual creations. It follows the story of Taku, a man on the way to his high school reunion, as he remembers the romantic entanglements and friendships of his teen years. It was directed by Tomomi Mochizuki and written by Kaori Nakamura.

While Ocean Waves has been available to buy in the UK since 2010, it has never before been formally released in the US. To change this, American distributor GKIDS have announced a 4K restoration of the film, which will land in New York and LA cinemas from December 28. A DVD and blu-ray release will follow in spring 2017. 

The news follows the recent trailer release for next year’s Mary and the Witch’s Flowera film created by Studio Ghibli alumni Yoshiaki Nishimura and Hiromasa Yonebayashi. It will be the first major creation from former members of the animation house, following its temporary production hiatus in 2014.

Check out the trailer for Ocean Waves above.