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A Scene at the Sea (1991)

Ano natsu, ichiban shizukana umi (original title)
The lives of a young, hearing-impaired and gloomy couple are fulfilled after the boy holds interest in surfboarding.

Director:

Takeshi Kitano

Writer:

Takeshi Kitano
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Cast overview:
Claude Maki Claude Maki ... Shigeru (as Kurôdo Maki)
Hiroko Ôshima Hiroko Ôshima ... Takako
Sabu Kawahara Sabu Kawahara ... Takoh
Toshizo Fujiwara Toshizo Fujiwara ... Nakajima
Susumu Terajima
Katsuya Koiso Katsuya Koiso
Toshio Matsui Toshio Matsui
Yasukazu Ishitani Yasukazu Ishitani
Naomi Kubota Naomi Kubota
Tsuyoshi Ohwada Tsuyoshi Ohwada
Tatsuya Sugimoto Tatsuya Sugimoto
Meijin Serizawa Meijin Serizawa
Tetsu Watanabe
Keiko Kagimoto Keiko Kagimoto ... Surf Shop Woman
Kengakusha Akiyama Kengakusha Akiyama
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Storyline

Born with a hearing impairment, Shigeru is a part timer working for the sanitation service. His girlfriend Takako has the same condition as well. On his usual pickup route, Shigeru finds a broken surf-board in a pile of garbage. His introduction to the world of surfing. Shigeru fails in his attempt to catch a wave. Takako looks on as the locals heckle the first time surfer. Un-hindered by the world around them, Shigeru and Takako commute to the beach every day. Impressed by Shigeru's determination, owner of a surf shop hands Shigeru a wet suit and an entry form to a contest. Ironically, Shigeru is disqualified from the contest for missing the announcement. Not to be discouraged, Shigeru's love for surfing consumes everything around him. He is able to fit in with the local crowd and even finish respectably at the second contest. Summer comes to an end and the cold wind starts to blow between Shigeru and Takako... Written by Office Kitano

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

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The first film by Takeshi Kitano that doesn't feature any violence. See more »

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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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The silence is beautiful and poetic
25 November 2002 | by jowangSee all my reviews

The silence is beautiful and poetic. The wave of the sea is the heartbeats of the hearing-impaired young couple, that only the people with beautiful mind can hear. The audience view the story from a distance but is consciously involved with things go. This is the best film from Japanese comedian/director Takeshi Kitano.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

19 October 1991 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Scene at the Sea See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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