Japanese Film Festival | Satellite

Ride Your Wave


Directed by: Masaaki Yuasa
2019 / 95 minutes / Unclassified all ages


Diving fearlessly into the flames of love!

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.

The sun-drenched and vivid animation style from director Masaaki Yuasa and animation studio Science Saru (Lu Over The Wall; JFF 2018’s Night is Short, Walk on Girl) shines in this imaginative and heartfelt story of bravery and love. Voice actors Rina Kawaei (former AKB48 vocalist; Death Note: Light Up The New World) and Ryota Katayose (vocalist in Generations from Exile Tribe) infuse their characters with vivacity, capturing the sweetness and vulnerability of falling in love.

Ride Your Wave won the Best Animation awards at the Fantasia and Shanghai International Film Festivals in 2019.
Audience warning: Contains mild themes.


Event Cinemas Brisbane Myer Centre, Brisbane


Event Cinemas Innaloo, Perth


Event Cinemas George Street, Sydney


Event Cinemas George Street, Sydney


The Capitol, Melbourne


Treasury Theatre, Melbourne

Screens in: Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne

Director: Masaaki Yuasa

Screenplay: Reiko Yoshida

Producer: Yuka Okayasu

Animation Producer: Eunyong Choi

Cast: Ryota Katayose, Rine Kawaei, Honoka Matsumoto and Kentaro Ito

Genre: Anime

Format: DCP colour