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Sea Cat (2004)
"Umineko" (original title)

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Yoshimitsu Morita (Lost Paradise and Like Asura) directs the big screen adaptation of Shiho Tanimura's book, Umineko ("Sea Cat"). Set in a northern coastal village, the film revolves around... See full summary »



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Miki Noda
Miya Noda
Kôichi Satô ...
Kunikazu Akagi
Yoshiko Mita ...
Tami Ueda
Tôru Nakamura ...
Hirotsugu Akagi
Motoki Fukami ...
Takashi Ueda
Tomomi Tsunoda ...
Jun Toba ...
Shusuke Takayama
Hijiri Kojima ...
Kayoko Shiraishi ...
Misako Akagi
Junko Miyashita
Katsunobu Ito
Toshie Kobayashi ...


Yoshimitsu Morita (Lost Paradise and Like Asura) directs the big screen adaptation of Shiho Tanimura's book, Umineko ("Sea Cat"). Set in a northern coastal village, the film revolves around a fisherman's wife who finds herself attracted to her brother-in-law, while at the same time still wrapped up in her husband's love. This beautiful romance stars Misaki Ito (Ju-On: The Grudge, Densha Otoko), Koichi Sato (Spiral), and Toru Nakamura (Gen-X Cops, Tokyo Raiders, 2009 Lost Memories). With several box office successes under his belt, Yoshimitsu Morita knows what audiences like, and Umineko is no exception!

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13 November 2004 (Japan)  »

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wretched abomination
21 May 2008 | by (Fukuoka) – See all my reviews

IMDb's description of a 1-out-of-10 as "awful" does not do moviegoers justice when describing the botched abortion that is this film.

This film is so bad it actually looks like someone tried to halt the project only for it to rear its ugly head eventually anyway. One example is the fact that the majority of a movie is a flashback which is supposed to explain the savage event that happens in the intro however the movie abruptly ends without ever returning from the flashback AND without ever explaining what happened in the first minute of the film.

The camera work and editing are both sloppy as is what passes for direction. These detractions pale in comparison, though, to the story/script or lack thereof. Nothing is explained or makes any sort of sense and the characters seem to act completely completely randomly. Ex: The husband's brother is a Christian convert who spends all day painting pictures of Mary and yet frequents whorehouses. The husband wants a strong wife to work with him on the boat but for some reason (anyone's guess) marries this cute tiny little girl and spends the rest of the movie complaining about how useless she is. Meanwhile the grandma is nice and takes her daughter-in-law's side for the first half of the movie only to abruptly do an about-face and beat her daughter-in-law and tie her to the floor for the latter half of the film.

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