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Animated Classics of Japanese Literature: Sound of Waves/Growing Up DVD (S)

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The Sound Of The Waves
The Awakening of Spring: In a small fishing village on the island of Utajima, 18-year-old Shinji Kubo works on a tiny fishing boat. Having spent most of his teenage years working as a fisherman, he never completed his schooling. Honest and dedicated, he works hard and prays for the good fortune of the village and his family... and for a good wife some day.

Shinji begins to notice Hatsue, the daughter of a wealthy fisherman. The interest is mutual, but it is rumored that Hatsue is destined for an arranged marriage to Yasuo Kawamoto. Shinji, very upset by this news, must find out the truth.

Meanwhile, Shinji is the subject of other rumors which evoke a similar response from Hatsue. With misunderstanding abounding, they agree to meet in a private place where Shinji gets an eyeful!

The Storm of Summer: With only the darkness of the night to shield them, Shinji and Hatsue face each other across the blazing camp fire. Their encounter threatens to turn intimate when Hatsue confesses that she wants to be his bride.

Days later, Yasuo learns of their encounter and assumes the worst. Jealous and feeling betrayed, he tries to take Hatsue by force and then by threat of blackmail. When Hatsue's father hears of the events, he makes both young men sailors on his fishing vessel and devises a test to determine which man is truly worthy of his daughter.

Growing Up (Takekurabe) by Higuchi Ichiyo
Amongst the small street gangs that inhabit the red light district of Yoshiwara, Shinnyo and Midori were on good terms, that is, until news spread that Shinnyo had joined a rival gang. Midori is the sister of an Oiran and is often teased and called a whore by street rascals. Yet she maintains herself with pride and tries desperately to retain her individuality.

Now unfriendly gang members are making trouble for Midori and her friends, and she blames Shinnyo, mistakenly believing that he is behind the trouble. Now faced with the prospect of growing up to be like her sister, she finds the pain unbearable, but what can she do?

DVD Features: Author Biographies, Trailers, Art Gallery, Scripts, Cast & Production Credits.

Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

 

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