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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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)
Man at Convenience Store (as Joseph Girard)
Jazmin Domenech ...
Young Woman
Luke DeWolfe ...
Young Man
Gabriella Laforte
Nada Despotovich ...
Maryanne Wescott
Christopher Tarjan ...
Gil Cramer


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.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, some disturbing images and brief strong language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

26 August 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A fák tengere  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$20,083 (USA) (9 September 2016)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Cast members Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe have both worked in films directed by Christopher Nolan (though not together). McConaughey starred in Interstellar (2014) and Watanabe appeared in Batman Begins (2005) and Inception (2010). See more »


Takumi Nakamura: You must know, this forest is very powerful.
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Uma Prece (A Prayer)
Written by Luiz Bonfá (as Luiz Bonfa)
Performed by Luiz Bonfá (as Luiz Bonfa)
From the recording entitled Solo in Rio 1959, SFW40483
Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, (p) (c) 2005
Used by permission
(c) Irmãos Vitale SA Indústria e Comércio. Administered by Peer International Corporation.
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Give it a Chance
13 September 2016 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

This was a very good movie. Yes, it starts slow but if you have the patience to watch until the very end you will find the writer and director did a wonderful job at tying everything up together. It shouldn't have been booed, as it was a heart warming story that had excellent acting. This movie deserves an opportunity at redemption in the world of movie downloads, and cable movies. So sad to see it destroyed by critics without having been given a chance. This is not a movie that I would watch over and over, but it is a very good one time watch. The use of flashbacks may be a turnoff for some as it drags out the movie a little longer than some may be comfortable with. The filming was different but captured the essence of the film, emotions and desperation. Trust me, do yourself a favor and give it a view on a weekend when you are bored... so no loss in the event you agree with the film festival crowd and critics.

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