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The Buried Forest (2005)

Umoregi (original title)
Machi, a young high school student from a small mountain town, is having fun with her friends inventing the outline of a fantasy tale. They all add an episode to this exquisite invention ... See full summary »

Director:

Kôhei Oguri

Writers:

Kôhei Oguri (screenplay), Tsukasa Sasaki (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Tadanobu Asano ... San-chan
Mai Enoki Mai Enoki
Tokie Hidari Tokie Hidari
Mitsuru Hirata Mitsuru Hirata
Karen Karen ... Machi
Ittoku Kishibe Ittoku Kishibe
Tomoko Nakajima Tomoko Nakajima
Takashi Nishina Takashi Nishina
Sumiko Sakamoto Sumiko Sakamoto
Akira Sakata Akira Sakata
Yoshi Sakô Yoshi Sakô
Yûko Tanaka Yûko Tanaka
Hiromitsu Tosaka Hiromitsu Tosaka ... Tomo
Taka Ôkubo Taka Ôkubo
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Machi, a young high school student from a small mountain town, is having fun with her friends inventing the outline of a fantasy tale. They all add an episode to this exquisite invention whilst, in parallel, the adults pursue their daily life.

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boring
17 November 2005 | by toddbradleySee all my reviews

I just saw this film at the Starz Denver International Film Festival 2005. It was the most boring film I've seen in a while, and I even like slow paced movies. My wife fell asleep a couple times during the show, as did the friend sitting on the other side of me.

I have a feeling this film would mean a lot more to someone who understood the implications of the Japanese cultural references, like the various traditional festivals and holidays. The credits said this film was based on a book, and I suspect the movie makes more sense if you read the book first.

About 3/4 of the way through this film, I realized it's truly a film about nothing. And I don't mean that in the same way that "Seinfeld" was proud to be a TV show about nothing. This film, referred to by the English language title "Buried Forest", really had no plot I could discern. It just had a vague theme - dreams and stories.

I could imagine worse films and worse ways to spend a couple hours and ten bucks, but not many. So I'm giving this film 3/10.


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Country:

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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

25 June 2005 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

La forêt oubliée See more »

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