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The Sea Is Watching (2002)

Umi wa miteita (original title)
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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Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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27 July 2002 (Japan)  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

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$1,094,874 (Japan) (9 August 2002)
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A precious gem of a movie
26 September 2004 | by (Thailand) – See all my reviews

Finally, after 2 years, my Japanese roommate hunted down this DVD.

This was the screenplay Kurosawa was working on when he died. While it isn't on the grand scale of some of the master's works, and it was directed by one of his disciples, it is a precious gem-burnished and gleaming as you inspect it from all angles. What a deft touch making the lives of prostitutes so compelling, and in the final scene, even heroic. The featurette with the DVD shows how Kurosawa was enamored with the "chic" of old Edo. It goes a long way to explaining the loving look of the film. Not to mention, the opening music theme is haunting and entrancing.


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