The Sea Is Watching


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 involves O-Shin again falling in love with a samurai, this one named Ryosuke (Masatoshi Nagase). The Sea Watches was screened at the San Sebastian Film Festival.


Critic Reviews for The Sea Is Watching

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (13)

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

Oct 24, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4

Filled with love and melancholy, it's a fitting, fond epilogue to [Kurosawa].

Oct 23, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/4

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.

Jul 25, 2003 | Rating: 2/4

An undistinguished affair.

Jul 22, 2003

It is a little like following a Jane Austen novel.

Jul 22, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

[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.

Jul 22, 2003 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for The Sea Is Watching

Long and boring..

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