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Masaaki Yuasa Unveils Next Film, If I Could Ride The Wave With You

Masaaki Yuasa Unveils Next Film, If I Could Ride The Wave With YouMasaaki Yuasa, the director behind Tatami Galaxy, Devilman Crybaby and more, has announced his next film.

The film, which will open in Japanese theaters summer 2019, is titled Kimito Namini Noretara. In English, the tentative title is If I Could Ride The Wave With You.

Announced at the Tokyo International Film Festival, which is currently honoring Yuasa with a retrospective of his works, is about a young female surfer named Hinako who moves to a coastal town and begins dating a firefighter named Minato.

Yuasa described the film as a “simple love story” that is not a sequel—but has some connections—to his 2017 film Lu Over the Wall.

Here’s Yuasa’s full press statement:

Whether it’s in work or in life, we often feel like we’re “riding a wave.” The phrase “good intentions” ties into that, but waves don’t bend to our desires. We pick our wave and try to ride it. Flow with it. We don’t know if that wave is going to take us where we want to go until we’re done riding it. You can think all you want, but you won’t know until you try. In this tough world, it’s about choosing the best wave you can. I wanted to take a character who’s pure and let them surf.

It’s no secret we’re huge fans of Yuasa here at OUSA, and we can’t wait to ride the wave into his new movie next year.

Source: TIFF

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.