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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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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Trivia

The forest scenes were filmed in Purgatory Chasm, a Massachusetts state reservation. Interestingly, while stumbling through the woods, the Ken Watanabe character says to the Matthew McConaughey character, "You are in purgatory". 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: [a loud howling sound is heard throughout the forest and Arthur yells if anyone is there] There is no one.
Arthur Brennan: Then what was that?
Takumi Nakamura: Tamashii.
Arthur Brennan: What's tamashii?
Takumi Nakamura: Tamashii are spirits. They are souls wandering these woods, until it is their time. Things are not what they seem here.
Arthur Brennan: It was probably just an animal.
Takumi Nakamura: There are very few animals in Aokigahara.
Arthur Brennan: Well, then it was one of the few.
Takumi Nakamura: This place is what you call purgatory.
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Connections

References Man vs. Wild: Working the Wild (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Uma Prece (A Prayer)
Written by Luiz Bonfá (as Luiz Bonfa)
Performed by Luiz Bonfá (as Luiz Bonfa)
From the recording entitled Solo in Rio 1959, SFW40483
Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, (p) (c) 2005
Used by permission
(c) Irmãos Vitale SA Indústria e Comércio. Administered by Peer International Corporation.
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Ignore the critics. This film is worth the watch!
27 August 2016 | by julian-640-544058See all my reviews

OK, so the critics panned this film as boring and lack luster with some very harsh comments, but my curiosity was sparked by the unusual plot so I gave it a go.

Ten minutes into the film, I was near ready to give up on it and agree with it detractors, as it was very slow moving at the start, however, as the story developed I became interested in the 'why' and committed myself to discover the answers.

Matthew McConaughey offers a very good performance as does Ken Watanabe, both of whom demonstrate their desperation, frustration and hopefulness with convincing commitment. Naomi Watts completes the group of well matched, well directed talent. I found the cinematography to be excellent as well.

I did figure out the plot twist before it was revealed, but the way the director exposed it, I thought, was quite brilliant, and, just when I thought the film was over, we are presented with still another surprise that actually made me smile.

All and all, Sea of Trees delivered as both entertainment and a moral study from which every observer can benefit. I enjoyed it, and, given a chance, I think most views will as well.


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