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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 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 Tsunenori 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 »

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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 is shown on the airplane, he has the orchid with him and then again when he arrives home (he is shown setting the potted flower down). An agricultural item such as this would have to go through quarantine and he would never just take it home. 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

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: The Sea of Trees/Morgan (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Choice Kingdom
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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Truth and redemption wrapped in shades of darkness
2 September 2016 | by wendymareebbSee all my reviews

Finally a movie with a story that has depth and meaning - not just grotty realism or flights of fantasy, no matter how speculative, without a shred of truth.

I really enjoyed the performances as these kind of characters wouldn't be easy to portray, yet they were convincing, engaging - even masterful. Matthew was fantastic in his role. He portrayed a deeply depressed man for most of it, so everything had to be delivered in a lack-lustre, listless manner. However, the high energy, dramatic turns are usually the ones most honoured. I enjoyed the story as although there were shades of darkness there were also glimmers of light and hope and beauty. Guilt can be one of the most negative emotions, stealing hope and joy. But it's as pointless as all the other negatives. I like how the MC found his redemption through helping someone else find the right path. The same can be true for everyone.

The pacing might be a little slow, but the movie had a lot to say and show. Speaking of showing, the cinematography was beautiful. And the music added just the right kind of emotion and tone, sometimes lifting the sombre tone of the story by hinting there is always hope and help if we know where to look.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

26 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sea of Trees 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

Gross USA:

$20,444

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$906,995
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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