GKIDS to Release Ghibli's Ocean Waves in N. American Theaters

posted on by Karen Ressler
Film to premiere in NYC on December 28, more cities in early 2017

Distributor GKIDS confirmed on Wednesday that it will premiere the Ocean Waves anime film in North American theaters. The film will screen first in New York City's IFC Center on December 28, and begin screening in other cities in January.

Studio Ghibli's 1993 Ocean Waves television special and another Ghibli work, Grave of the Fireflies, were notably missing from Tokuma Shoten and Walt Disney Company's landmark international distribution deal for every other Ghibli feature in 1996. Central Park Media (CPM) and later ADV Films and Sentai Filmworks released Grave of the Fireflies, but Ocean Waves has never been released on home video in North America.

GKIDS' website lists it as the current distributor for all full-length Studio Ghibli films except Tales From Earthsea. The distributor recently released Only Yesterday for the first time in North America; the film was included in Tokuma Shoten and Disney's distribution deal but never released.

Optimum Releasing released the Ocean Waves special on DVD in the United Kingdom in 2010, and Madman Entertainment released it on DVD in Australia later that year.

The current list of screening locations and dates is as follows:

New York, NY IFC Center December 28, 2016
Toronto, ON TIFF January 3, 2017
Albuquerque, NM Guild Cinema January 6, 2017
Fort Lauderdale, FL TBD January 7, 2017
Kansas City, MO Screenland Armour January 9, 2017
Portland, OR OMSI Empirical Theatre January 11, 2017
Los Angeles, CA American Cinematheque January 12, 2017
Chicago, IL Gene Siskel Film Center January 13, 2017
Denver, CO Denver Film Society January 13, 2017
Santa Ana, CA The Frida cinema January 13, 2017
Tempe, AZ Harkins Valley Art January 13, 2017
Waterloo, ON Princess Cinema January 13, 2017
Atlanta, GA Plaza Theatre January 13, 2017
San Francisco, CA Roxie Theatre January 16, 2017
Fairfax, VA Angelika Mosaic January 17, 2017
Washington, DC Angelika Pop-Up January 17, 2017
Dallas, TX Angelika Dallas January 17, 2017
Plano, TX Angelika Plano January 17, 2017
San Diego, CA Angelika Carmel January 17, 2017
Honolulu, HI Consolidated Theatres Kahalas January 17, 2017
Pittsburgh, PA Row House Cinema January 20, 2017
Vancouver, BC Vancity Theatre January 20, 2017
Columbus, OH Gateway Film Center February 9, 2017
Cleveland, OH Cleveland Cinematheque February 23, 2017
Port Orchard, WA Dragonfly Cinema March 10, 2017

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