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The sea is watching (Umi wa miteita)

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The sea watches takes place in the Ashi no Ya (House of Reeds), a brothel in Okabasho, an unlicensed red-light district near Fukagawa. There the madam and an elder sister, Kikuno (Misa Shimizu), warn the young prostitute O-Shin (Nagiko Tohno) to never ever fall in love with a customer. Of course, upon meeting the young samurai Fusanosuke (Hidetaka Yoshioka), that is exactly what happens. O-Shin loses herself completely to the young man and dreams of marrying him.

When things do not work out, O-Shin is left heartbroken and fears she will never find love. A young ne'er-do-well named Ryosuke (Masatoshi Nagase) captures her attention again. O-Shin is attracted to the purity of his heart she finds beneath his rough-hewn exterior. Just when she thinks she has found happiness, a violent thunderstorm strikes the Fukagawa area, the river spills over its banks and the sea rises in flood tide...

Persons of interest

  • Misa Shimizu .... Kikuno
  • Nagiko Tono .... Oshin
  • Masatoshi Nagase .... Ryosuke
  • Hidetaka Yoshioka .... Fusanosuke
  • Eiji Okuda .... Ginji
  • Renji Ishibashi .... Zenbei
  • Miho Tsumiki .... Okichi
  • Michiko Kawai .... Osono
  • Yumiko Nogawa .... Omine
  • Tenshi Kamogawa .... Umekichi
  • Yukiya Kitamura .... Kenta
  • Shugoro Yamamoto .. Novelist
  • Akira Kurosawa .... Screenwriter
  • Kei Kumai .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report


Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Medium level sex scene)

Surveillance time

114 minutes (1:54 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: Undated 2004

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