Ride Your Wave

A lyrical, romantic beauty...a true marvel to behold.


Ride Your Wave

From visionary director Masaaki Yuasa (The Night is Short, Walk on Girl, Devilman Crybaby) comes a deeply emotional new film that applies his trademark visual ingenuity to a tale of romance, grief and self-discovery.

Hinako is a surf-loving college student who has just moved to a small seaside town. When a sudden fire breaks out at her apartment building, she is rescued by Minato, a handsome firefighter, and the two soon fall in love. Just as they become inseparable, Minato loses his life in an accident at sea. Hinako is so distraught that she can no longer even look at the ocean, but one day she sings a song that reminds her of their time together, and Minato appears in the water. From then on, she can summon him in any watery surface as soon as she sings their song, but can the two really remain together forever? And what is the real reason for Minato’s sudden reappearance?

"A charming and heartfelt story about loss and clinging to life, one with realistic and likeable characters that may even teach you something about yourself." ~ Rafael Motamayor, /Film

"Yuasa entrances the eye, but he also knows how to make your heart soar with this deft, delicate, and highly entertaining story of loss, of coming to terms with grief, of moving on without ever forgetting." ~ Richard Whittaker, Austin Chronicle

Fantasia International Film Festival - Winner, Best Animated Feature (2019)
Fantastic Fest - Official Selection (2019)
Animation is Film - Official Selection (2019)
Annecy International Animated Film Festival - Official Selection (2019)
Not Rated
anime, Romance
Masaaki Yuasa
Reiko Yoshida
Ryota Katayose, Rina Kawaei, Honoka Matsumoto
Richard Whittaker, Austin Chronicle

'Ride Your Wave,' the latest anime by Masaaki Yuasa, gives you two characters it's easy to love. Minato (voiced by Ryôta Katayose) is a small town trainee firefighter who always tries to do the right thing, but he's daydreaming about the tall girl with auburn hair he can see surfing every day from ...

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