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Still the Water (2014)

Futatsume no mado (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 26 July 2014 (Japan)
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On a subtropical island, a teenage couple deal with the interwoven cycle of life, death and love.

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Naomi Kawase

Writer:

Naomi Kawase (screenplay)
4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Nijirô Murakami ... Kaito
Junko Abe ... Kyôko (as Jun Yoshinaga)
Miyuki Matsuda ... Isa
Tetta Sugimoto Tetta Sugimoto ... Tôru
Makiko Watanabe ... Misaki
Jun Murakami ... Atsushi
Hideo Sakaki Hideo Sakaki
Sadae Sakae Sadae Sakae
Kazurô Maeda Kazurô Maeda
Mitsuaki Nakano Mitsuaki Nakano
Yukiharu Kawabata Yukiharu Kawabata
Yukiyo Maeda Yukiyo Maeda
Kinue Yasuda Kinue Yasuda
Fujio Tokita Fujio Tokita
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Storyline

On the subtropical Japanese island of Amami, traditions about nature remain eternal. During the full-moon night of traditional dances in August, 16-year-old Kaito discovers a dead body floating in the sea. His girlfriend Kyoko will attempt to help him understand this mysterious discovery. Together, Kaito and Kyoko will learn to become adults by experiencing the interwoven cycles of life, death and love. Written by Cannes Film Festival

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Japan | Spain

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 July 2014 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Still the Water See more »

Filming Locations:

Amami, Kagoshima, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$383,948
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Japanese title of the film, Futatsume no mado, literally means 'the second window'. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK release was cut, scenes from the film were originally shown to the BBFC for advice. At which the company were informed that one scene was likely to be in breach of the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937 and was therefore unlikely to be suitable for classification. When the film was submitted for formal classification, this scene had been cut. This version of the film was consequently classified 15 without further changes. See more »

Soundtracks

Kaito & Atsushi
Composed by Hashiken
Piano by David Hadjadj
Cello by Maeva Le Berre
Arranged and Performed by David Hadjadj and Maeva Le Berre
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The film is great, Metacritic reviews expose Hollywood critics as buffoons
1 April 2015 | by faridandroid5See all my reviews

This review is not about the film but the crude American taste.

Whenever my cinema-savvy friends criticised Hollywood, I'd jokingly dismiss their arguments, saying I enjoy action-packed, fun films for afternoons and that Hollywood has great production. I stand corrected.

This film has been given a 5 by metacritic. Check out the reviews. They say silent moments are awkward.. or that stares are long... I had an epiphany that Americans and their layman critics have actually no appreciation for an actual good work when they see one. Everybody likes a big Mac but in no way it means you can slam a 5-michelin star cuisine.

I always acknowledged Hollywood films try to appeal to the lowest common denominator. It makes them fun to a point. But I realised today it's not just their audience that is unnaturally confused with junk, but apparently American select critics are actually the lowest common denominator.

P.S. IMDb will not be a universal source until it goes beyond Hollywood standards.


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