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The Sea Is Watching (2002)
"Umi wa miteita" (original title)

R  |   |  Romance, Drama  |  27 July 2002 (Japan)
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19th century. Oshin is a prostitute in a brothel of a red-light district. A disgraced samurai, Fusanosuke, rushes in the brothel seeking for a refuge, because he had wounded a powerful ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kikuno
Nagiko Tôno ...
Oshin
Masatoshi Nagase ...
Ryôsuke
Hidetaka Yoshioka ...
Fusanosuke
Miho Tsumiki ...
Okichi
Michiko Kawai ...
Osono
Yumiko Nogawa ...
Omine
Tenshi Kamogawa ...
Umekichi
Yukiya Kitamura ...
Gonta
Takayuki Katô
Kumiko Tsuchiya ...
Prostitute
Rikiya Ôtaka ...
Boy
Renji Ishibashi ...
Zenbei
Eiji Okuda ...
Ginji
Teru Satô
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19th century. Oshin is a prostitute in a brothel of a red-light district. A disgraced samurai, Fusanosuke, rushes in the brothel seeking for a refuge, because he had wounded a powerful samurai. Oshin hides him from the authorities and falls in love with him, against an older prostitute's, Kikuno's, misgiving. Fusanosuke advises Oshin to cleanse herself by giving up her line of work. Believing falsely that this is a promise for marriage, she turns her customers over to the other prostitutes, who are happy to help her. Funasukoke leaves to be reconciled to his family, but, when he returns, he reveals that he is engaged and is going to marry his fiancé. Some time later a desperate itinerant, Ryosuke, appears and Oshin falls in love again. Meanwhile, an older man asks Kikuno to buy her contract and marry her, but she is entangled with an old abusive customer of hers. One night, while the madam of the brothel is away to thermal baths, a storm hits the area and everybody tries to flee. ... Written by Alkistis Zografou

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$161,588 (Japan) (9 August 2002)

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$1,094,874 (Japan) (9 August 2002)
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must see!!
31 March 2005 | by (Philippines) – See all my reviews

A tragically wonderful movie... brings us to a Japan that does not exist anymore. Despite Hollywood's technical expertise, I have yet to see a (hollywood) movie that can match the authenticity of the atmosphere in this small town by the river near the sea... Tom Cruise's The Last Samurai looked liked the last installment of the Lord of The Rings in trying to capture rural Old Japan.

If you like serene but intense story lines, this is a must see film. It will be a respite from hollow flashy films much like the last 1000 blockbusters you saw. I think this is one of Kurosawa's better stories.

Even if it's a movie about geishas and brothels and the complicated rules that govern life in such settings, it did not turn into a skin flick. The characters are full of depth and act with much intensity.


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