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
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 »
When Arthur is explaining to Takumi that he is going to get help and bring them back to rescue him, it changes from Arthur with his hand on Takumi's face in the next shot to Takumi having his hand up to Arthur's face (and Arthur is no longer touching Takumi at all). See more »
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
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Why was this panned? It's unique and worth seeing.
Was there a major edit made for the U.S. release? I'd read that it started off good and the ending got convoluted, but the film was consistently well played throughout. Regardless of any changes, watching this taught me again that critics are fickle and you need to see something yourself. There can be a negative mob mentality if a film gets bad press early on, even if people don't really know why.
McConaughey's acting was subdued for his character and it fit the role. I won't give away the plot twists but I'd recommend this as much as any recent, well-received movie. The atmosphere was unique and low-key, and I couldn't find major faults, though I wasn't totally surprised by a certain driving scene.
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