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The Sea Is Watching -- US Theatrical Trailer from Columbia Tristar

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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:
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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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The literal translation of the title is "The Sea Was Watching".See more »

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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
must see!!, 31 March 2005
Author: turtle_chokers from Philippines

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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