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Ride Your Wave Film Wins Best Animation Award at Shanghai Int'l Film Festival

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Film by Masaaki Yuasa, Science SARU opened in Japan on June 21

The Shanghai International Film Festival's Golden Goblet Awards awarded Masaaki Yuasa and Science SARU's Ride Your Wave (Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara) anime film with the Best Animation Film award on Sunday. The judges stated about the film: "An excellent balance of animation, color, and music to tell a surprising and engrossing story filled with magical realism and very genuine and touching acting."

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

Ride Your Wave opened in Japan on June 21.

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) wrote the film's script, and Michiru Ōshima (Patema Inverted, The Night is Short Walk On, Girl) composed the music. GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE performed the theme song "Brand New Story."

Source: Press release

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