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The Sea of Trees (2015)

PG-13 | | Drama | 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.



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


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


Love will bring you home.



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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Release Date:

26 August 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El bosque de los sueños  »

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Box Office


$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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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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References Rashômon (1950) See more »


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Written by Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton and Thom Greens
Performed by Alt-J
Courtesy of Atlantic Corp./Infectious Music Ltd
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
Published by Kobalt Music Publishing
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A powerful film about life
13 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

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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