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The Sea of Trees (2015)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery | 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.

Director:

Gus Van Sant

Writer:

Chris Sparling
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew McConaughey ... Arthur Brennan
Ryoko Seta ... Airport Desk Agent
Sienna Tow Sienna Tow ... Girl in Airport
Naoko Marshall Naoko Marshall ... Flight Attendant
Michiko Tomura Michiko Tomura ... Woman on Train
Yusuke Tozawa Yusuke Tozawa ... Man on Train
Abe Lee Tsunenori Abe Lee Tsunenori ... Taxi Driver (as Tshunenori Lee Abe)
Ken Watanabe ... Takumi Nakamura
Joe Girard ... Man at Convenience Store (as Joseph Girard)
Jazmin Domenech Jazmin Domenech ... Young Woman
Luke DeWolfe Luke DeWolfe ... Young Man
Naomi Watts ... Joan Brennan
Katie Aselton ... Gabriella Laforte
Nada Despotovich Nada Despotovich ... Maryanne Wescott
Christopher Tarjan Christopher Tarjan ... Gil Cramer
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Love will bring you home.

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

26 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El bosque de los sueños See more »

Filming Locations:

Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,877, 28 August 2016

Gross USA:

$20,444

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$906,995
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film's cast includes one Oscar winner: Matthew McConaughey, and two Oscar nominees: Naomi Watts and Ken Watanabe. See more »

Goofs

When Arthur is shown on the airplane, he has the orchid with him and then again when he arrives home (he is shown setting the potted flower down). An agricultural item such as this would have to go through quarantine and he would never just take it home. See more »

Quotes

Takumi Nakamura: [Upon discovering a flower as they try to find their way out of the forest at night] It is said a flower grows when a soul has crossed over from this place.
Arthur Brennan: There's hardly any soil.
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Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: The Sea of Trees/Morgan (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise
Written by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin (as Arthur Francis) and Buddy G. DeSylva (as B.G. Desylva)
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Beauty inside the inferno
3 June 2019 | by ReadingFilmSee all my reviews

So much beauty seamlessly inside the inferno. As a film experiment it brings textures of decay against fragments of the past to various resulting effect. Constantly it searches for the next image, the next revelation. Its tediousness is misunderstood. Its endless running time goes with the purposes of engulfing you. Ken Watanabe's landscape of a face in turmoil foils MM who is intimately de-contextualized, stripped of his stardom, creating a bizarre video fragment experiment. The movie the audience wanted is clipped inside like a nightmare Christmas Carol; it inverts, prods and guts the oscar bait in real time. The inferno of the purgatory is more like a trash compactor. The experience ought to be uncomfortable and painful as possible. "I like what I do"--as in the mainstream fare completing his career trajectory from romantic comedies to oscar winning leading man to meta-reflexive mindwarps (romanticism->modernism->postmodernism). While Japan is so accommodating of this westerner not casting him out as exploiting or fetishizing their culture. "We play baseball too." The thousandth 'artless finding art after trauma' movie--although I always put it art is not a reaction but the ritual, but that art is trauma itself. Remember when he made Native American sounds over fire? It is all this post-political correctness, post-globalism, post-horror, everyone is everyone, everything is connected, every culture is just the next iteration being renewed. We avoid pain while it is a violently necessary process.


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