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The Sea of Trees (2015)

PG-13 | | Drama | 26 August 2016 (USA)
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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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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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Man at Convenience Store (as Joseph Girard)
Jazmin Domenech ...
Young Woman
Luke DeWolfe ...
Young Man
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Gabriella Laforte
Nada Despotovich ...
Maryanne Wescott
Christopher Tarjan ...
Gil Cramer
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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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Love will bring you home.

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Drama

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, some disturbing images and brief strong language | See all certifications »
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26 August 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El bosque de los sueños  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,877 (USA) (26 August 2016)

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$20,083 (USA) (9 September 2016)
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The film's cast includes one Oscar winner: Matthew McConaughey, and two Oscar nominees: Naomi Watts and Ken Watanabe. See more »

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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 »

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Takumi Nakamura: [a loud howling sound is heard throughout the forest and Arthur yells if anyone is there] There is no one.
Arthur Brennan: Then what was that?
Takumi Nakamura: Tamashii.
Arthur Brennan: What's tamashii?
Takumi Nakamura: Tamashii are spirits. They are souls wandering these woods, until it is their time. Things are not what they seem here.
Arthur Brennan: It was probably just an animal.
Takumi Nakamura: There are very few animals in Aokigahara.
Arthur Brennan: Well, then it was one of the few.
Takumi Nakamura: This place is what you call purgatory.
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Arrival in Nara
Written by Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton and Thom Greens
Performed by Alt-J
Courtesy of Atlantic Corp./Infectious Music Ltd
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
Published by Kobalt Music Publishing
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Don't let unjustified bad reviews stop you from seeing this film
2 September 2016 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

This film was truly well done, all three main characters were real. Regret, guilt, love buried in a challenging relationship. A soul journey that couldn't have been told any better. Matthew McC. had me in tears which really only rarely happens. He got me all through.

The film led you step by step towards the whole, you could follow each revelation, lesson of Arthur's journey as if you were with him, there. An atypical Gus Van Sant Film sure. BUT he was able to capture the fine in between the lines way of the Japanese culture which talks in symbols more than direct expression, in a beautiful and still GVS-creepy surprising different way.

Go see it if you had regret in your life, you won't regret it ;-)


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