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The Sea of Trees (2015)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery | 26 August 2016 (USA)
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A suicidal American befriends a Japanese man lost in a forest near Mt. Fuji and the two search for a way out.

Director:

Gus Van Sant

Writer:

Chris Sparling
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew McConaughey ... Arthur Brennan
Ryoko Seta ... Airport Desk Agent
Sienna Tow Sienna Tow ... Girl in Airport
Naoko Marshall Naoko Marshall ... Flight Attendant
Michiko Tomura Michiko Tomura ... Woman on Train
Yusuke Tozawa Yusuke Tozawa ... Man on Train
Abe Lee Tsunenori Abe Lee Tsunenori ... Taxi Driver (as Tshunenori Lee Abe)
Ken Watanabe ... Takumi Nakamura
Joe Girard ... Man at Convenience Store (as Joseph Girard)
Jazmin Domenech Jazmin Domenech ... Young Woman
Luke DeWolfe Luke DeWolfe ... Young Man
Naomi Watts ... Joan Brennan
Katie Aselton ... Gabriella Laforte
Nada Despotovich Nada Despotovich ... Maryanne Wescott
Christopher Tarjan Christopher Tarjan ... Gil Cramer
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Storyline

Arthur Brennan treks into Aokigahara, known as The Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan's Mount Fuji where people go to commit suicide. On his journey to the suicide forest, he encounters Takumi Nakamura, a Japanese man who has lost his way after attempting suicide. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms Arthur's will to live and reconnects him to his love for his wife. Written by G.BRILLIANT

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Taglines:

Love will bring you home.

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, some disturbing images and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

26 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El bosque de los sueños See more »

Filming Locations:

Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,877, 28 August 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,083, 11 September 2016
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Cast members Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe have both worked in films directed by Christopher Nolan (though not together). McConaughey starred in Interstellar (2014) and Watanabe appeared in Batman Begins (2005) and Inception (2010). See more »

Goofs

When Arthur comes home to find Joan asleep on the sofa, the tea kettle starts to whistle. He comments that she could have burned down the house but this is in error as 1) she had only fallen asleep in the time between turning the fire on under the kettle and 2) she awoke to the kettle's whistle. See more »

Quotes

Takumi Nakamura: There are answers for this in science?
Arthur Brennan: There are answers for everything in science.
Takumi Nakamura: But not in God?
Arthur Brennan: God is more our creation than we are his.
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Connections

References Journey to Mt. Fuji (2015) See more »

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The Sea of Trees
Written by Joe Newman
Performed by Alt-J
Produced by Charlie Andrews
Courtesy of Atlantic Corp./Canvasback Music/Infectious Music Ltd
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
Published by Kobalt Music Publishing
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Entertaining Eyecandy
29 April 2016 | by hcamielSee all my reviews

Saw it in a sneak preview screening.

After seeing the horrible "The Forest" i was a bit reluctant to see another movie about the suicide forest, but was surprised that this movie deals with different themes.

I watched the movie because i wanted to watch a movie, and in that i found a lot of enjoyment. The movie had some good pacing and it deals with basically a present and past storyline entwined and both are interesting enough to have you go "no wait, i want to know how it continues" with every switch.

The acting was good, the story was perhaps a bit on the "cliché" side near the end, but in all satisfying. I have to mention the cinematography, because there are some beautiful shots in there, sometimes it felt so strange when shots where done without a steady cam but in ends up feeling more "organic" in the end.

So if you want to watch a nice story driven film, give it a shot.


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