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The Sea of Trees ()


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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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Arthur Brennan
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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)
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Takumi Nakamura
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Man at Convenience Store (as Joseph Girard)
Jazmin Domenech ...
Young Woman
Luke DeWolfe ...
Young Man
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Joan Brennan
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Gabriella Laforte
Nada Despotovich ...
Maryanne Wescott
Christopher Tarjan ...
Gil Cramer
Charles Van Eman ...
Paul Wescott
Bruce Norris ...
Dr. Howerton
Joseph Baken ...
Simon
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Eric
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Anna
Amanda Collins ...
Woman at Grocery Store
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Mailman
Ikuma Ando ...
Park Ranger 1
Juzo Yoshida ...
Park Ranger 2
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Ambulance Tech
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Ambulance Tech
Tatsuki Motoyoshi ...
Park Ranger 3
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Funeral Director
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Dr. Takahashi
Kiô Ikeda ...
Male Game Show Host (as Kioo Ikeda)
Aya Kinoshita ...
Female Game Show Host
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Mental Health Specialist
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Flight Attendant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joshua Brown ...
Passing Neighbor (uncredited)
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Gas Station Customer (uncredited)
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Japanese Nurse (uncredited)
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Arthur's Friend (uncredited)
Joy Costanza ...
Tourist (uncredited)
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Mourner (uncredited)
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Mourner (uncredited)
Irina Egay ...
Airport Passenger (uncredited)
Victor Franko ...
Airport Travelor (uncredited)
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Arthur's Friend (uncredited)
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Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
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Hospital Administrator (uncredited)
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Game Show Host (uncredited)
Mackenzie Hawe ...
Arthur's Friend (uncredited)
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Mourner (uncredited)
Steven Howitt ...
Doctor (uncredited)
Phyllis Lynn ...
Hospital Visitor (uncredited)
Daniel Martignetti ...
Mourner (uncredited)
Marely Mercedes ...
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Joseph Oliveira ...
Gas Station Clerk (uncredited)
Chris Palermo ...
Grocery Shopper (uncredited)
Gabrielle Popa ...
Airline Passenger (uncredited)
Wade Reed ...
Airline Passenger (uncredited)
Stew Replogle ...
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Noah Segura ...
Gas Station Customer (uncredited)
David Struffolino ...
Pedestrian (uncredited)
Michael Steven Swanson ...
Mourner (uncredited)
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Emergency Medical Technician (uncredited)
J.T. Turner ...
Accident Witness (uncredited)
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Airport Traveller (uncredited)

Directed by

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Gus Van Sant

Written by

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Chris Sparling ... (written by)

Produced by

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E. Brian Dobbins ... producer
Allen Fischer ... producer
Tami Goldman ... co-producer
F. Gary Gray ... producer
Kevin Halloran ... producer
Ken Kao ... producer
Tracy McGrath ... co-producer
Gil Netter ... producer
Kôsuke Oshida ... line producer: Japan (as Kosuke Oshida)
Pietro Scalia ... co-producer
Thomas Patrick Smith ... associate producer
Chris Sparling ... producer
Satch Watanabe ... co-producer

Music by

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Mason Bates

Cinematography by

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Kasper Tuxen

Film Editing by

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Pietro Scalia

Editorial Department

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Michael Bryant ... assistant digital intermediate producer
David Marks ... vfx editor/first assistant editor
Matt Miller ... post-production assistant
Kat Spiess ... additional editor

Casting By

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Sande Alessi
Francine Maisler

Production Design by

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Alex DiGerlando

Art Direction by

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Erik Polczwartek

Set Decoration by

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Jeanette Scott

Costume Design by

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Danny Glicker

Makeup Department

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Felicity Bowring ... makeup department head
Raul Hernandez ... key hair stylist
Kiho Naganawa ... assistant makeup artist: Japan
Kyra Panchenko ... makeup artist: Naomi Watts
Nichole Pleau ... makeup artist (as Niki Pleau)
Emma C. Rotondi ... hair stylist
Trish Seeney ... key makeup artist
Akira Tomita ... makeup artist: Japan
Peter Tothpal ... hair department head
Ryan Trygstad ... hair stylist: Naomi Watts
Brenda McNally ... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Matthew W. Mungle ... prosthetic designs (uncredited)
Koji Ohmura ... prosthetic sculptor (uncredited)
Jennifer Traub ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Tami Goldman ... post-production supervisor
Sasha Veneziano ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Robert E. Kay ... second assistant director
David Marnell ... second second assistant director
Scooter Perrotta ... additional second assistant director
Thomas Patrick Smith ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Megan Blake ... graphic designer (as Megan Romero)
Carrie Capizzano ... scenic artist
Daniel J. Courchaine ... charge scenic artist
Bob Flannery ... set dresser (as Robert Flannery)
Paul W. Gorfine ... camera scenic
Brian Hakala ... set dresser
Brendan Harvey ... set dresser
James D. Hurd ... propmaker
Pecan Johnson ... scenic foreman (as Elizabeth Johnson)
Ryan McCoy Johnson ... leadman
Laura Lerner ... camera scenic
Gabor Medveczky ... set dresser
Amy Morrison ... Set Decoraton Buyer
Jonathan Mosca ... assistant art director
Matthew Nutter ... additional graphics
Mark Oliver ... head greensman
Scott T. Pina ... construction coordinator
Eugene Pope ... general foreman
Michael Potter ... set dresser
Michal Rebibo ... construction buyer
Lynda Reiss ... property master
K.C. Roballo ... construction medic
Evelyn Jane Ross ... art deptartment pa
Amber Subelka ... Scenic Artist
Steve Sysko ... painter
Amanda Ward ... assistant property master

Sound Department

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Deb Adair ... re-recording mixer
Felix Andrew ... sound mixer
James Ashwill ... foley mixer
Beau Borders ... re-recording mixer
Nicholas Cochran ... adr recordist
Blake Collins ... foley mixer
John T. Cucci ... foley artist
Robert Dehn ... sound studio manager
Teri E. Dorman ... supervising sound editor
Art Espinosa ... sound assistant
G. John Garrett ... utility sound
Lee Gilmore ... sound effects editor
John Guentner ... foley mixer
Jamie Hardt ... sound effects editor
Matthew Harrison ... foley editor
Ai-Ling Lee ... additional mixing / sound designer / supervising sound editor
Lisa J. Levine ... supervising adr editor
Tim Limer ... mix tech
Melissa Lytle ... assistant sound editor
Nancy Nugent ... dialogue editor
Dan O'Connell ... foley artist
Michael Scott ... boom operator
Greg ten Bosch ... sound effects editor
Chris Erlon ... a.d.r. recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Steve Austin ... special effects foreman
Adam Bellao ... special effects technician
Ben Bornstein ... specialty prop fabricator
Mark R. Byers ... special effects supervisor
Joe Montenegro ... special effects technician
Joe Perez ... special effects technician
Ken Rudell ... special effects foreman
Eric Smith ... special effects technician
Patrick Edward White ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Rachel Berry ... visual effects producer: Crazy Horse Effects
Patrick Clancey ... digital opticals
Kyle Dutton ... visual effects coordinator: Crazy Horse Effects
Serge Eustache ... digital compositor: Crazy Horse Effects
Christina Graff ... visual effects producer (CHE)
Paul Graff ... visual effects supervisor (CHE)
John Grimaldi Jr. ... digital compositor: Crazy Horse East
Jordan Hassay ... digital compositor
Blake Loyd ... digital compositor: Crazy Horse Effects
Aryel Melek-Shalom ... lead 3d artist
Brian Sales ... compositing supervisor: Crazy Horse Effects
Devin Uzan ... digital compositor
Olaf Wendt ... visual effects supervisor
Corey Witherow ... digital compositor
Jimmy Yeo ... digital compositor: Crazy Horse East
Christian Zeiler ... digital compositor: Crazy Horse Effects
Sreyans Bardia ... head of production (uncredited)
Tristan M. Child ... visual effects production assistant (uncredited)
Hetal Jain ... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Prakash Pathak ... visual effects production assistant (uncredited)

Stunts

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Neil Andrea ... utility stunts
Ashlen Aquila ... stunt rigger
Michael T. Brady ... utility stunts
Callie Croughwell ... utility stunts
Rockey Dickey Jr. ... stunt rigging coordinator
Peter Epstein ... stunts
Mark Fichera ... stunt double: Matthew McConaughey
Jeremy Fry ... stunt driver
Ryan Hanna ... stunts
Steve Kim ... stunt double: Ken Watanabe
Jeffery Kincannon ... precision car driver / precision driver
Paul Marini ... stunt driver
Panuvat Anthony Nanakornpanom ... stunt double: Ken Watanabe
Mark Norby ... stunt coordinator
Victor Paguia ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Paul Birk ... rigging best boy
Fletcher Burns ... grip
Beecher Cotton ... grip
Geoff Dann ... rigging gaffer
Phil Darrell ... electrician
Joshua Dreyfus ... gaffer
Tim Driscoll ... key grip
Michael Dynice ... gennie operator
Tim Fairley ... rigging grip
Michael Geoghegan ... rigging electric
David Hallas ... lighting technician
P.J. Hand ... dolly grip
Jose 'Flecha' Hernandez ... lighting technician
Patrick Hines ... additional rigging electric
Zachary K. Lazar ... set generator operator (as Zach Lazar)
Bert Mayer ... grip
Joe McLeish ... rigging electric
Clinton McMahon ... rigging grip
Brandon J. Meadows ... electrician
Michael Merriman ... camera operator a camera
James R. Mitchell ... best boy electric
Alexander Jay Nelson ... additional rigging electric
Jake Giles Netter ... still photographer
Sam Nuttmann ... movi operator / technician
David Parson ... first assistant camera "a" camera
John Parson ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Nicholas Pasquariello ... nextLab operator
Dylan Michael Peloquin ... grip
Harry Pray IV ... set lighting technician
Ryan Pray ... electrician
Patrick Quinn ... first assistant camera: b camera
Dawn Marie Richard ... best boy grip
Shawn S. Ryder ... best boy rigging grip
Steve Sherrick ... digital imaging technician
Aaron Tyburski ... lighting technician
Wally Webber ... grip
Derek Whittington ... lighting technician
Bradley Everett Wilson ... camera supporter
Masanori Yokota ... assistant camera

Casting Department

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Sande Alessi ... extras casting
Matt Bouldry ... casting associate: Boston
Stefni Colle ... casting assistant
Cheryl Hawe ... extras casting
Melissa Kostenbauder ... casting associate
Meghan Lennox ... casting assistant
Carolyn Pickman ... location casting: Boston
Zach Zatet ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Margaret Codola ... daily/add'l bg costumer
Bren Cook ... head ager/dyer
Hillary Derby ... costumer
Aimee McCue ... key set costumer
Daryl Sargeant ... costume assistant
Katie Saunders ... costume supervisor
Dana Starbard ... costume production assistant
Tina Ulee ... set costumer

Location Management

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Douglas Armitage ... assistant location manager
Colleen Gibbons ... location manager
Brian Girard ... location assistant
Peter Gonzalez ... location scout (uncredited)

Music Department

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Chris Douridas ... music supervisor
Daniel Kresco ... score mixer
Chris Muckley ... assistant music supervisor
Eimear Noone ... conductor
Jasper Randall ... choir conductor / choir contractor
Ryan Rubin ... music editor
Todd Strange ... choir vocalist
Suzanne Waters ... singer: small ensemble
Jochem Weierink ... composer: trailer music
Monica Zierhut ... music consultant
Dylan Gentile ... singer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Billy Benner ... transportation
James Divito ... driver
Michael Gwynn ... transportation coordinator
Lori Hornung ... transportation department dot
Kevin Kelleher ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Patrick Amidon ... accounting clerk
Tom Anas ... production assistant
Neil Andrea ... marine unit
Nadeem Ashayer ... key set production assistant
Nedda Azizian ... assistant post-production accountant
Alex Berard ... Assistant Location Manager
Ryan Blake ... production secretary
Jessica Bookout ... assistant: Mr. Kao
Gregg Brilliant ... unit publicist
Daniel Brito ... production assistant
Adrian Casas ... production coordinator
Jenna Dayton ... script supervisor
Steven P. DeCoste Jr. ... production assistant
Judy Dickerson ... dialect coach: Ken Watanabe
Timothy DuBois ... production assistant
Kathleen S. Dunn ... dialect coach: prep - Ken Watanabe
Emi Fukuda ... Japanese/English On-set Intepretor
Joe Girard ... on set production assistant
Lynne Hedvig ... assistant: Mr. Netter
Doris Hellmann ... production accountant
Ryan Hochenberger ... assistant post accountant
Brandon Hollyer ... key 2nd assistant accountant
Hideo Kimura ... adr artist
Tony Kress ... production assistant
Jennie Lee ... assistant: Mr. Netter
Mike MacCuish ... first assistant accountant
Brinton MacFarland ... production assistant
Chris Malenfant ... production assistant
Hiromi Marder ... payroll accountant
Trevor Martin ... production assistant
Yumi Mizui ... adr artist
Ryan Moriarty ... adr loop group
Adrien Moscovici ... assistant: Ms. Watts
Abby Mulholland ... production assistant
Dana Nelson ... production assistant
Aidan Payne ... production assistant
Michael Peavey ... helicopter pilot
Laura Pena ... assistant production coordinator
Aleksandar Petakov ... production assistant
Scott Peterson ... script supervisor
Miles Rasmussen ... assistant: Mr. Van Sant
Nicholas Rexford ... production assistant
Jimmy Rudolph ... additional production assistant
Sarah Rummel ... production assistant
Yuki Saito ... assistant to producer: Japan
Grant Savastano ... office production assistant
William Scaccia ... consultant: mountaineering
Tony Scelsi ... key production assistant
Yvonne Seivertson ... assistant: Mr. McConaughey
Jake Shankle ... set medic
Jamieson Shea ... set medic
Tanya Shifman ... legal
Fusako Shiotani ... adr artist
Jody E. Smith ... stand in: Naomi Watts
Jeff Snyder ... videoassist
David Steinwachs ... craft service head (as Dave Steinwachs)
Jillian Taylor ... production assistant
Michael Tow ... stand- in: Ken Watanabe
Bradley J. Van Dussen ... stand-in: Matthew McConnaughey
Jill Vaupen ... travel coordinator
Emily Wiggins ... assistant: Mr. Halloran
Georgia Williams ... assistant: Ms. Watts
Sean Martin ... production assistant (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Love will bring you home. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Nos souvenirs (France)
  • La forêt des songes (France)
  • El mar de árboles (Spain)
  • El bosque de los sueños (Spain)
  • Marea de copaci (Romania)
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Runtime
  • 110 min
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Box Office

Budget $25,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $1,877, 28 Aug 2016

Did You Know?

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Trivia Aokigahara Forest near Mount Fuji in Japan, otherwise known as the "suicide forest" sees an average of 3 suicides a week. It is also said to be haunted by multiple "Yurei" - Japanese ghosts who are angry at their own deaths. This premise was previously explored in the short film Shawn4Ever (2012). 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 »
Movie Connections Referenced in Keith Richards/Emma Roberts/Nate Bargatze (2015). See more »
Soundtracks Uma Prece (A Prayer) See more »
Quotes Takumi Nakamura: [Upon discovering a flower as they try to find their way out of the forest at night] It is said a flower grows when a soul has crossed over from this place.
Arthur Brennan: There's hardly any soil.
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