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      The Sea Watches

      R Released Jun 5, 2003 1h 59m Drama List
      57% Tomatometer 28 Reviews 71% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings In mid-19th-century Japan, geisha O-Shin (Nagiko Tono) works alongside tough-minded veteran Kikuno (Misa Shimizu). O-Shin falls in love with samurai Fusanosuke (Hidetaka Yoshioka) after hiding him from a man he injured in a fight. Though geisha are not supposed to become emotionally involved with their clients, O-Shin decides to defy tradition and marry Fusanosuke. When he abandons her, heartbroken O-Shin becomes involved with another samurai, Ryosuke (Masatoshi Nagase). Read More Read Less

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      Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times It has been directed by Kei Kumai as a film that seems more melodramatic and sentimental than Kurosawa's norm. Rated: 2.5/4 Oct 24, 2003 Full Review Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune Filled with love and melancholy, it's a fitting, fond epilogue to [Kurosawa]. Rated: 3.5/4 Oct 23, 2003 Full Review Glenn Lovell San Jose Mercury News I don't think I'm going too far out on a limb by saying the Sea that Kurosawa must have envisioned had to be a whole lot more compelling and focused than the one now delivered by veteran director Kei Kumai. Rated: 2/4 Jul 25, 2003 Full Review Panos Kotzathanasis Asian Movie Pulse Although not of the caliber of Kurosawa movies, it still a very competently written, shot, directed and acted film that manages to shed light in an aspect of the Japanese society of the samurai era that is not exactly common in the country's cinema. Rated: 7 May 12, 2024 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Oct 13, 2005 Full Review Paul Sherman Boston Herald Rated: 2/4 Jul 16, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Based on a screenplay by Kurosawa Akira this is a well paced tale of prostitutes, not geisha, dealing with day to day life the best they can. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member It's like Little Women with well-mannered bitches. What's not to love, haters? Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Frances H Although interesting as a script, Kurosawa's hand in directing was necessary to make this into a better movie. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/09/13 Full Review Audience Member One of the prettiest movies I've ever seen. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member I don't usually watch japanese movies, but this one really caught me... even though there was a lot drama, I liked it :) Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member The script for The Sea is Watching is one of the last screenplays Akira Kurosawa wrote (adapted from a novel). It starts off as an attractive film; rich colors, effective photography, nice framing, fetching prostitutes in a quaint little red light district. Then it goes melodrama, followed by silly, culminating in corny which brought a smile to my face before the surreal kicked in. It never really stops looking good, though. I give it high marks for that. It's hard to imagine what this could have been had Kurosawa lived long enough to direct it. Although Shimizu and Tono give reasonably good performances, overall the acting is not one of the film's high points. Everyone is attractive and polite enough so I ended up not minding it but can only wonder what this could have been with, perhaps, a stronger cast and a more accomplished director at the helm. I do recommend the film to those wanting a taste of historical Japanese culture and who enjoy quiet films about love, loss, and friendship. more: <a href='http://sitenoise-atthemovies.blogspot.com/2010/07/sea-is-watching-umi-wa-miteita-2002.html' target='_blank'>sitenoise at the movies: The Sea is Watching</a> Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis In mid-19th-century Japan, geisha O-Shin (Nagiko Tono) works alongside tough-minded veteran Kikuno (Misa Shimizu). O-Shin falls in love with samurai Fusanosuke (Hidetaka Yoshioka) after hiding him from a man he injured in a fight. Though geisha are not supposed to become emotionally involved with their clients, O-Shin decides to defy tradition and marry Fusanosuke. When he abandons her, heartbroken O-Shin becomes involved with another samurai, Ryosuke (Masatoshi Nagase).
      Director
      Kei Kumai
      Screenwriter
      Akira Kurosawa, Shûgorô Yamamoto
      Distributor
      TriStar Pictures
      Production Co
      Nikkatsu Corporation
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Japanese
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 5, 2003, Original
      Runtime
      1h 59m
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Dolby Digital