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
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 »
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 »
This film tells the story of a man who just lost his wife to tragic circumstances. He travels to Tokyo, where there is a forest near Mount Fuji. This forest is a beautiful place, where people from all over the world go to commit suicide.
Going to a beautiful place to die is a baffling concept for a person who does not want to commit suicide. That beautiful forest is sadly clouded by people who romanticise death in the depth of their despair. In this film, I'm glad to see that most of the film is about the power of life and the will to live. Otherwise, the plot would just be too sombre and disturbing. I find the plot very powerful, and it makes me think about the experiences of people who goes into the forest for whatever reason. I think this is a beautiful film, and a powerful film about life.
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