KINO Expat: Ride Your Wave (EN subs)

Hoezo in Kino

Animator and director Masaaki Yuasa (Lu Over the Wall) is hard at work with his playful animated films that are reminiscent of Ghibli in terms of supernatural elements, but with their own style, choice of music and embrace of modern Japanese culture. Here a young surf star falls for a firefighter and their mutual dependence on water becomes the connecting factor between an unorthodox love.

Regie: Masaaki Yuasa

Cast: Hinageshi Minato, Mukaimizu Hinako, Hinageshi Yôko, Kawamura Wasabi


Animatie, Romantiek

Land: Japan

Speelduur: 94 minuten

Taal: Japans

Ondertiteling: English


Surf’s up every day for free-spirited Hinako after she moves to the seaside! When her apartment block catches ablaze and courageous firefighter Minato comes to the rescue, sparks of romance fly. Soon, the two are blissfully catching waves together and singing their song⁠—Brand New Story⁠—into the sunset.

But just as their future together seems clear, tragedy strikes. In a cruel twist of fate, Minato falls victim to the waves while rescuing a stranger at the beach, leaving Hinako heartbroken, singing their song and clinging to precious memories.