One of the rarest Studio Ghibli projects, Ocean Waves, is finally heading to the U.S. for a limited release.
GKIDS, an American film distributor, announced that it was working with Ghibli to bring the feature over to select cinemas in early 2017. Ocean Waves was originally released as a television series by the studio, but has been played in a feature format before since it clocks in at 72 minutes.
The movie follows two high school best friends, Yutaka and Taku, as they both fall in love with a new transfer student from Tokyo, Rikako. According to GKIDS, Rikako is an adventurous spirit, “whose attitude vacillates wildly from flirty and flippant to melancholic.” Things start to go awry for the group when Taku joins Rikako on a trip to Tokyo and rumors start spreading about their involvement.
The film was directed by Tomomi Mochizuki, it should be noted, and not the studio’s more iconic creative, Hayao Miyazaki. Mochizuki also directed a few episodes of the short-lived Ranma ½ series that ran in Japan between 1989 and 1990.
Ocean Waves’ limited run will begin in New York on Dec. 28, before other cities around the country and a few international locations. For a full list of cities hosting the film, check out the release schedule from GKIDS below.
New York, NY — IFC Center
Toronto, ON — TIFF
Albuquerque, NM — Guild Cinema
Fort Lauderdale, FL — TBD
Kansas City, MO — Screenland Armour
Portland, OR — OMSI Empirical Theater
Los Angeles, CA — American Cinematheque
Chicago, IL — Gene Siskel Film Center
Denver, CO — Denver Film Society
Santa Ana, CA — The Frida Cinema
Tempe, AZ — Harkins Valley Art
Waterloo, ON — Princess Cinema
Atlanta, GA — Plaza Theatre
San Francisco, CA — Roxie Theatre
Fairfax, VA — Angelika Mosaic
Washington, DC — Angelika Pop-Up
Dallas, TX — Angelika Dallas
Plano, TX — Angelika Plano
San Diego, CA — Angelika Carmel
Honolulu, HI — Consolidated Theatres Kahalas
Pittsburgh, PA — Row House Cinema
Vancouver, BC — Vancity Theatre
Columbus, OH — Gateway Film Center
Cleveland, OH — Cleveland Cinematheque
Port Orchard, WA — Dragonfly Cinema