“The Sound of Waves” is a typical boy-meets-girl story. Shinji is a poor fisherman on Uta-jima, a small island in Ise Bay. Hatsue left the island as a young girl to train to be a pearl diver. When she returns, now a young woman, Shinji falls for her but finds he has a rival in the rich and powerful Yasuo.

The couple struggle to maintain an illicit courtship in the face of malicious rumors and parental intransigence. When Yasuo and Shinji are chosen to join the crew of a merchant cargo ship, Shinji’s selflessness and bravery in a crisis mark him out as the better man.

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