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Ocean Waves (Japan Version - English Subtitles) DVD Region 2

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Ocean Waves (Japan Version - English Subtitles)
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Product Title: Ocean Waves (Japan Version - English Subtitles) 聽到浪濤聲 (日本版 - 英文字幕) 听到浪涛声 (日本版 - 英文字幕) ジブリがいっぱいコレクション〜海がきこえる Ocean Waves (Japan Version - English Subtitles)
Also known as: Umi ga Kikoeru Umi ga Kikoeru Umi ga Kikoeru Umi ga Kikoeru Umi ga Kikoeru
Artist Name(s): Tobita Tetsuo | Seki Toshihiko | Midorikawa Hikaru | Araki Kae 飛田展男 | 關俊彥 | 綠川光 | 荒木香惠 | 阪本洋子 飞田展男 | 关俊彦 | 绿川光 | 荒木香惠 | 阪本洋子 飛田展男 | 関俊彦 | 永田茂(音楽) | 奥田誠治(企画) | 近藤勝也(作画監督) | 尾形英夫(製作) | 鈴木敏夫(企画) | 氷室冴子(原作) | 中村香(脚本) | 緑川光 | 荒木香恵 | 坂本洋子 Tobita Tetsuo | Seki Toshihiko | Midorikawa Hikaru | Araki Kae
Director: Mochizuki Tomomi 望月智充 望月智充 望月智充(監督) | 望月智充 Mochizuki Tomomi
Release Date: 2003-08-08
Publisher Product Code: VWDZ-8026
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Japanese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Rating: TEEN
Publisher: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Other Information: 2DVDs
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1002838513

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著作権:(C)1993 氷室冴子・GN

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December 19, 2007

Disney doesn't own this one
Not all great anime movies need giant robots, cyberpunk settings, or sweeping ecological themes. Sometimes they just need to elicit the right emotions, perishable though they may be. Ocean Waves (a.k.a. I Can Hear the Ocean) is a notable Studio Ghibli production for a few reasons, among them the fact that it's not included in the Disney-Tokuma licensing deal that gave Miramax the North American rights to the Ghibli catalog. Somehow, the powers-that-be over at Disney didn't think a sweet tale of gestating high school romance would be as big a hit as, say, Princess Mononoke. Judgement from the Mouse aside, fans of Ghibli may find plenty to enjoy in Ocean Waves. Even though it possesses none of the flights of fancy associated with Ghibli's more famous works, its emotions still soar.

Based on a popular novel, Ocean Waves tells the tale of Taku, a college student returning home to the rural prefecture of Kochi for a high school reunion. Before arriving, he reminisces about his final years in high school, when he was introduced to Rikako, a pretty city girl whose good looks charmed many. However, Rikako was also willful and troubled, and Taku entered into a fiery acquaintance with her, punctuated by arguments and an accidental familiarity with her personal life and circumstances. Rikako and Taku never truly got along, and her presence ultimately caused Taku to became estranged from his best buddy Matsuno, who carried a torch for Rikako. Time heals all, and Taku's return to Kochi allows him the chance to renew and repair old acquaintances. That is, if others are willing.

Despite the egregious-sounding soap opera setup of Ocean Waves, the film is told in a breezy and relatively low-key manner, utilizing well-drawn characters and incidents to accurately portray both the perishable and precious aspects of high school life and romance. Director Tomimi Mochizuki also handled Here is Greenwood, and shows the same generous affection for his youngcharacters that he did in Ocean Waves - albeit without the tongue-in-cheek gender bending asides of the ultra-popular Greenwood. Ocean Waves possesses whimsical music, lightly staged drama, and a nostalgic feel that make it very agreeable, such that it feels - in its own small way - like a member of the Ghibli family. As gentle as its title implies, Ocean Waves shouldn't win any major awards, but its mundane aspirations and determination not to oversell its subject matter make it a winning, low-key charmer, and a film deserving of the Ghibli name.
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Customer Review of "Ocean Waves (Japan Version - English Subtitles)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.8 out of 10 (5)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.8 out of 10 (6)

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March 5, 2006

This customer review refers to Ocean Waves (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
Not as I expected... Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
Don't get me wrong, but this movie was a disaster in its making. All of the scenery, music, and characters were lovely and enticing, but the factors for me were the length of the movie and the scutiny the movie could have taken. First, I thought the movie was very very short, thus I couldn't get to fully enjoy the movie as I would've liked. Second, there were many round characters I wanted to get to know better, but sadly the movie was a In conclusion, I would have liked if the movie were a bit longer and full.. other than that, it was fairly decent...
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March 30, 2005

Umi Ga Kikoeru Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
I am glad that I picked this title up. Unlike other Ghibli features, this one is 100% non-fantasy. It's as raw as it can get. I can totally relate to Rikako, the main female character who is also from Tokyo like me. Experience friendship and romance like you have never been before. This title bring back lots of warm memories. I wish I can live my high school days again!
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February 27, 2005

Excellent JapAnime Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is the best in Ghibli animes for me. It recalls me my high school days in Japan very much. It is very real story, not fantasy such as Nausicaa, of typical Japanese high school age. I bet as Japanese. So if you are interested in high school life in Japan, you must watch it. It will be very interesting experience for JapAnime funs to know Japanese high school life.

I believe this movie is also interesting for other watchers thanks to it's well prepared story as well as other Ghibli animes.
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April 18, 2004

A hidden Ghibli gem!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is not one of the more well-known Ghibli movies, but it is just as good all the same. I loved it, it's a heart-warming romance story that actually isn't boring. The DVD is also great too. It comes with excellent English subtitles, which are flawless. The picture transfers perfectly, and you get lots of great extra features (although not subtitled). A great buy!!
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December 13, 2003

I love it!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This movie not only contains nice paintings but also good feelings......I cannot love it more....
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