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The Sea Is Watching (2002)

Umi wa miteita (original title)
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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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Kei Kumai

Writers:

Kei Kumai (screenplay), Akira Kurosawa (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Misa Shimizu ... Kikuno
Nagiko Tôno Nagiko Tôno ... Oshin
Masatoshi Nagase ... Ryôsuke
Hidetaka Yoshioka Hidetaka Yoshioka ... Fusanosuke
Miho Tsumiki Miho Tsumiki ... Okichi
Michiko Kawai Michiko Kawai ... Osono
Yumiko Nogawa Yumiko Nogawa ... Omine
Tenshi Kamogawa Tenshi Kamogawa ... Umekichi
Yukiya Kitamura Yukiya Kitamura ... Gonta
Takayuki Katô Takayuki Katô
Kumiko Tsuchiya Kumiko Tsuchiya ... Prostitute
Rikiya Ôtaka Rikiya Ôtaka ... Boy
Renji Ishibashi ... Zenbei
Eiji Okuda Eiji Okuda ... Ginji
Teru Satô Teru Satô
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Storyline

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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Romance | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

27 July 2002 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sea Is Watching See more »

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Opening Weekend:

$161,588 (Japan), 9 August 2002, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A Feast of Cinema
23 August 2004 | by chodenSee all my reviews

A wonderful film to watch with astonishing scenes and talented actors, such as Misa Shimizu and Nagiko Tono. After 15 minutes of watching, your eyes get locked on the screen and you do nothing but breathing in the atmosphere of the film waiting what the destiny will bring to the characters. This film makes you leave your position as a standard audience, it takes you in, it makes you a part of the story... Costumes and settings are brilliant; especially the district of the okiyas is skillfully built. It is definitely not very Akira Kurosawa, however it still gets a lot from the master, especially the stylistic story telling tells us we're in a distinguished land of cinema which is quite far from hollywoodish flamboyance.


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