Ride Your Wave is a 2019 Japanese animated film directed by Masaaki Yuasa.
Starring Rina Kawaei, Honoka Matsumoto, Ryôta Katayose and Kentarô Itô.
GKIDS Films on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 released the trailer:
RIDE YOUR WAVE - FEBRUARY 19.
19-year-old Hinako Mukaimizu moves to an oceanside town to attend college and indulge in her hobby, surfing, without much thought to her future. When her new apartment catches on fire from fireworks, she is rescued by Minato Hinageshi, a 21-year-old firefighter with a strong sense of justice. Hinako is drawn to his capable personality, and they bond when he begins learning how to surf. As the two spend time together, they fall in love; however, after Hinako tells Minato waves are the best to surf in during the winter storm, Minato goes surfing during a winter storm to prove to Hinako that he can, he drowns while rescuing a person.
Hinako is distraught by his death, no longer surfing, and is unable to move on. One day, she finds out that he appears in water whenever she sings "Brand New Story", a song the two of them often sang together. While others don't believe her, Hinako starts talking to Minato everywhere, professing that they'll always be together. Minato's friend and coworker Wasabi tries to confess his feelings to Hinako, and she realizes that Minato cannot be free unless she is able to move on with her life.
When Hinako goes to pay her respects at Minato's house, his sister Yōko tells her about an event that inspired Minato to become a firefighter. This jolts Hinako's memory and she recalls how she had saved him from drowning. She looks up professions that save lives and enters a course to become a lifeguard.
Yōko, working as a barista, overhears the same group that set off the previous fireworks planning to do so atop an abandoned building. Hinako accompanies her as they tail the group to collect evidence. As they launch the fireworks, a blaze erupts, and Hinako and an injured Yōko are stuck at the top. Hinako calls upon Minato, who sends a wave of water up the building, extinguishing the fire. Hinako puts Yōko on a backboard and rides it like a surfboard down the wave. After having expressed his thoughts to Yōko and Wasabi, Minato's spirit passes.
Here is the full cast and characters of Ride Your Wave.
The film Ride Your Wave was scheduled to be released on June 10, 2019 (Annecy) and on June 21, 2019 (Japan) by Toho, BHD Movies, Cathay Cineplexes, MM2 Entertainment, Periscoop Film, GKIDS, JL Vision Film and Selecta Visión.
The duration of the film is 96 minutes. The film grossed over $3.9 million (worldwide).
Ride Your Wave got high rating from critics.
More information about Ride Your Wave you can get at:
Official website: kimi-nami.com
Wikipedia: Ride Your Wave