Masaaki Yuasa's Ride Your Wave Nominated for Shanghai Film Fest Award

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Film nominated for Best Animation; film opens in Japan on June 21

The official website for the Shanghai International Film Festival revealed on Tuesday that Masaaki Yuasa and Science SARU's Ride Your Wave (Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara) anime film has been nominated for the Best Animation award for its Golden Goblet Awards. The award winners will be announced during the festival, which takes place from June 15 to June 24.

P.A. Works and Mari Okada's Maquia - When the Promised Flower Blooms won the award last year.

The film will open in Japan on June 21. The film will also compete in the Features category at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, which will run from June 10-15 in the French community of the same name.

The love story follows Hinako, a college student who moves to a coastal town. She loves surfing, and when she's on the waves she's fearless, but on land she has trouble riding the waves of life. When a fire wreaks havoc in the town, Hinako encounters a firefighter named Minato. Minato can handle almost any task on land, but is a beginner at surfing. As they surf and spend more time together, Hinako feels drawn to someone like Minato who devotes himself to helping other people, and the two start a relationship. However, Minato loses his life in an accident at sea. Despondent, Hinako sings a song about their memories together, and Minato appears again from the water.

Reiko Yoshida (Lu over the wall, A Silent Voice, Liz and the Blue Bird) is writing the film's script, and Michiru Oshima (Patema Inverted, The Night is Short Walk On, Girl) is composing the music. GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE is performing the theme song "Brand New Story."

Sources: Shanghai International Film Festival website, Anime! Anime! Biz (Kōtarō Nakase)

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