Masaaki Yuasa’s New Film ‘Ride Your Wave’ Surfs into Theaters for One Night Only

     January 24, 2020

Masaaki Yuasa‘s previous film Lu Over the Wall visited a seaside town that boasted its own musical, mythical mermaid. Now, the acclaimed animation-focused filmmaker returns to the sea with Ride Your Wave, adding a fiery romance to the musical maritime story. And now that new movie is coming to North American shores!

GKIDS, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events will continue their partnership with a special showing of visionary director Masaaki Yuasa’s new film Ride Your Wave on Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. (local time, English subtitled). With Ride Your Wave, Yuasa (The Night is Short, Walk On Girl, Devilman Crybaby, Keep Your Hands Off Of Eizouken) applies his trademark visual ingenuity to a deeply emotional tale of romance, grief and self-discovery.

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In addition to the full feature, audiences will view an exclusive interview with Ride Your Wave producer and Science SARU animation studio co-founder Eunyoung Choi (The Night is Short, Walk On Girl, Devilman Crybaby, Keep Your Hands Off Of Eizouken). Tickets for Ride Your Wave are available at and and participating theater box offices.

GKIDS and Fathom Events will present Ride Your Wave in more than 500 select movie theaters on Wednesday, February 19th at 7:00 p.m. GKIDS will open the feature theatrically in Los Angeles starting February 2st1. For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Check out the trailer below:





From visionary director Masaaki Yuasa (The Night is Short, Walk on Girl, Devilman Crybaby) comes a deeply emotional new film that applies his trademark visual ingenuity to a tale of romance, grief and self-discovery.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Hinako is a surf-loving college student who has just moved to a small seaside town. When a sudden fire breaks out at her apartment building, she is rescued by Minato, a handsome firefighter, and the two soon fall in love. Just as they become inseparable, Minato loses his life in an accident at sea. Hinako is so distraught that she can no longer even look at the ocean, but one day she sings a song that reminds her of their time together, and Minato appears in the water. From then on, she can summon him in any watery surface as she sings their song, but can the two really remain together forever? And what is the real reason for Minato’s sudden reappearance?

“We are thrilled to bring fans this joyous and touching feature from Masaaki Yuasa,” said GKIDS President David Jesteadt, “In this heartfelt tale of romance, loss, and self-discovery, Yuasa continues to expand on his distinctive artistic vision.”

“We are proud to once again join with GKIDS to bring a high-anticipated Masaaki Yuasa film to American audiences,” said Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt. “Anime fans have enjoyed the GKIDS/Fathom partnership with such celebrated events as the annual ‘Studio Ghibli Fest’ series, ‘Promare,’ ‘Werathering With You,’ and more.”

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