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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 »

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Kikuno
Nagiko Tôno ...
Oshin
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Ryôsuke
Hidetaka Yoshioka ...
Fusanosuke
Miho Tsumiki ...
Okichi
Michiko Kawai ...
Osono
Yumiko Nogawa ...
Omine
Tenshi Kamogawa ...
Umekichi
Yukiya Kitamura ...
Gonta
Takayuki Katô
Kumiko Tsuchiya ...
Prostitute
Rikiya Ôtaka ...
Boy
Renji Ishibashi ...
Zenbei
Eiji Okuda ...
Ginji
Teru Satô
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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 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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Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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27 July 2002 (Japan)  »

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The Sea Is Watching  »

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$161,588 (Japan), 9 August 2002, Limited Release
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A portrait of women
23 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

My boyfriend and I both enjoyed this film very much. The viewer is swept away from modern life into old Japan, while at the same time exposed to very current themes. The characters are realistic and detailed; it has an unpredictable ending and story, which is very refreshing. The story is made up of mini-plots within the life of several geisha living together in a poor city district. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who is interested in a realistic romance or life in old Japan.


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