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Director:
Writers:
Kei Kumai (screenplay)
Akira Kurosawa (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
27 July 2002 (Japan) See more »
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Plot:
19th century. Oshin is a prostitute in a brothel of a red-light district. A disgraced samurai, Fusanosuke... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
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User Reviews:
A sweet and authentic film See more (24 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Kei Kumai 
 
Writing credits
Kei Kumai (screenplay)

Akira Kurosawa (original screenplay)

Shûgorô Yamamoto (novels "Nanno hana ka kaoru" and "Tsuyu no hinu ma")

Produced by
Kôshirô Andô .... producer
Sunobu Horigome .... producer
Hisao Kurosawa .... planner
Haruyuki Machida .... producer
Kôichi Miyagawa .... producer
Masaya Nakamura .... executive producer
Yûji Oda .... producer
Naoto Sarukawa .... producer
Hajime Satomi .... producer
Shigehiro Toriyama .... producer
Hirotake Yoda .... producer
 
Original Music by
Teizô Matsumura 
 
Cinematography by
Kazuo Okuhara 
 
Film Editing by
Osamu Inoue 
 
Art Direction by
Takeo Kimura 
 
Costume Design by
Kazuko Kurosawa 
 
Sound Department
Takeshi Ogawa .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Kazuto Kawazoe .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Hiroshi Kuze .... fight choreographer
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Umi wa miteita" - Japan (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some sexuality
Runtime:
119 min
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Trivia:
The literal translation of the title is "The Sea Was Watching".See more »

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22 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A sweet and authentic film, 9 November 2004
Author: wilted_iris from Florida

Contrary to some people's summaries, the women depicted in the film are not geisha. They are oiran (prostitutes) living outside the most famous pleasure districts, and their lives and experiences represent the lives of a great number of Tokugawa era women. I can't say the stories were particularly enlightening, but their charm lies in just how typical they are. The themes are universal and everyday: love, friendship, and sacrifice.

I did greatly enjoy the art direction and the acting. I felt like I was getting a glimpse of a time and place I can never otherwise glimpse. The actors, especially the 4 women who played the main oiran, were a thrill to watch. I'd only recommend this movie to people who want a taste of Japanese culture, or to those who enjoy quiet and emotional stories. It's a great example of both.

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