I can hear the ocean, and I can see a forgotten classic coming to North America.

Earlier today, distributor GKids announced that they will give Studio Ghibli’s Ocean Waves (Umi ga Kikoeru) a theatrical run in North America. The feature will make its d├ębut on December 28, at New York’s IFC Center. A wider release will begin in January.

The full list of theaters includes:

New York, NYIFC CenterDecember 28, 2016
Toronto, ONTIFFJanuary 3, 2017
Albuquerque, NMGuild CinemaJanuary 6, 2017
Fort Lauderdale, FLTBDJanuary 7, 2017
Kansas City, MOScreenland ArmourJanuary 9, 2017
Portland, OROMSI Empirical TheatreJanuary 11, 2017
Los Angeles, CAAmerican CinemathequeJanuary 12, 2017
Chicago, ILGene Siskel Film CenterJanuary 13, 2017
Denver, CODenver Film SocietyJanuary 13, 2017
Santa Ana, CAThe Frida cinemaJanuary 13, 2017
Tempe, AZHarkins Valley ArtJanuary 13, 2017
Waterloo, ONPrincess CinemaJanuary 13, 2017
Atlanta, GAPlaza TheatreJanuary 13, 2017
San Francisco, CARoxie TheatreJanuary 16, 2017
Fairfax, VAAngelika MosaicJanuary 17, 2017
Washington, DCAngelika Pop-UpJanuary 17, 2017
Dallas, TXAngelika DallasJanuary 17, 2017
Plano, TXAngelika PlanoJanuary 17, 2017
San Diego, CAAngelika CarmelJanuary 17, 2017
Honolulu, HIConsolidated Theatres KahalasJanuary 17, 2017
Pittsburgh, PARow House CinemaJanuary 20, 2017
Vancouver, BCVancity TheatreJanuary 20, 2017
Columbus, OHGateway Film CenterFebruary 9, 2017
Cleveland, OHCleveland CinemathequeFebruary 23, 2017
Port Orchard, WADragonfly CinemaMarch 10, 2017

Ocean Waves was a TV special, which first aired in May 1993. The feature was directed by Tomomi Mochizuki (Princess Nine, House of Five Leaves), with Katsuya Kondo (Kiki’s Delivery Service, From Up On Poppy Hill) providing character designs. Keiko Niwa (From Up On Poppy Hill, The Secret World of Arrietty) wrote the film’s screenplay.

GKids describes the Ocean Waves as:

Rarely seen outside of Japan, Ocean Waves is a subtle, poignant and wonderfully detailed story of adolescence and teenage isolation. Taku and his best friend Yutaka are headed back to school for what looks like another uneventful year. But they soon find their friendship tested by the arrival of Rikako, a beautiful new transfer student from Tokyo whose attitude vacillates wildly from flirty and flippant to melancholic. When Taku joins Rikako on a trip to Tokyo, the school erupts with rumors, and the three friends are forced to come to terms with their changing relationships.

GKids is listed as the film’s distributor on the company’s website. Ocean Waves is one of two films to elude Tokuma Shoten and Walt Disney Company’s 1996 distribution deal, which granted Disney the license to all other Studio Ghibli films. Grave of the Fireflies is the other film that wasn’t included.

Only Yesterday was included in the Disney deal, though it didn’t receive a North American release until GKids’s theatrical run in July.

Source: GKids