Wednesday, April 18, 2012

April 23: Ocean Waves-Studio Ghibli anime

Ocean Waves
Part of the 'Castles in the Sky:
Miyazaki, Takahata and the Masters of Studio Ghibli' program

© 1993 Saeko Himuro - GN
Monday, April 23 @ 6:30 pm


Mark your calendars!



Sakura in DC: The History of Cherry Blossoms in the Nation's Capitol 

4/10 - 4/30
Monday - Friday
9 am - 5 pm 


J-Film Series 


4/24 @ 6:30 pm 




1150 18th St., NW  

Washington, DC 20036


(202) 238-6900




Washington DC Premiere -   

Not Available on Home Video!


Rarely seen outside of Japan, OCEAN WAVES is a subtle, poignant and wonderfully detailed story of adolescence and teenage isolation. Taku and his best friend Yutaka are headed back to school for what looks like another uneventful year. But they soon find their friendship tested by the arrival of Rikako, a beautiful new transfer student from Tokyo whose attitude vacillates wildly from flirty and flippant to melancholic. When Taku joins Rikako on a trip to Tokyo, the school erupts with rumors, and the three friends are forced to come to terms with their changing relationships.


OCEAN WAVES was the first Studio Ghibli film directed by someone other than studio founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, as director Tomomi Mochizuki led a talented staff of younger employees in an adaptation of Saeko Himuro's best-selling novel. Full of shots bathed in a palette of pleasingly soft pastel colors and rich in the unexpected visual details typical of Studio Ghibli's most revered works, OCEAN WAVES is an accomplished teenage drama and a true discovery.



In Japanese with English subtitles. Not rated. 72 mins., 1995. Directed by Tomomi Mochizuki. 


This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please note that seating is limited and registration does not guarantee guests a seat. Registered guests will be seated first. Open seats will be given to guests on standby when the program begins.

Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata and the Masters of Studio Ghibli  

April 13-June 17


This nearly comprehensive retrospective of Japan's greatest animation studio, Studio Ghibli, presents a unique opportunity for audiences to see the masterworks of Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and others on the big screen. Series made possible by GKIDS.


Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata and the Masters of Studio Ghibli is co-presented with the AFI Silver Theatre, Freer Gallery of Art, the National Gallery of Art and the Japan Information and Culture Center. For information on additional screenings taking place at those venues, visit their web sites.


Embassy of Japan | 1150 18th St., NW | Suite 100 | Washington | DC | 20036

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