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The Sea Is Watching (2003)



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Kei Kumai's Umi Wa Miteita (The Sea Watches) has a script written by the late Japanese master Akira Kurosawa. O-Shin (Nagiko Tohno) is a geisha. One day a samurai named Fusanosuke (Hidetaka Yoshioka) appears in her town on the run after having killed a man. She assists him by cutting his hair. The two fall in love, despite the protestations from O-Shin's friend Kikuno (Misa Shimizu). Eventually Fusanosuke leaves, only to return one day and reveal that he is engaged. The second half of the film … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama , Romance , Art House & International
Directed By: ,
Written By: Akira Kurosawa
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On DVD: Nov 18, 2003
Sony Pictures Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for The Sea Is Watching

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (13)

It has been directed by Kei Kumai as a film that seems more melodramatic and sentimental than Kurosawa's norm.

October 24, 2003
Chicago Sun-Times
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Filled with love and melancholy, it's a fitting, fond epilogue to [Kurosawa].

Full Review… | October 23, 2003
Chicago Tribune
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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.

July 25, 2003
San Jose Mercury News
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An undistinguished affair.

July 22, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

It is a little like following a Jane Austen novel.

Full Review… | July 22, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
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[T]here were times when The Sea is Watching bored me. But Kumai and Kurosawa won me back with the final scenes, which are stark and beautiful, and a fitting finale for one of the world's great filmmakers.

July 22, 2003
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for The Sea Is Watching

Long and boring..

Saskia D.

Super Reviewer

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