The Sea Is Watching
The Sea Is Watching (2003)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: June 5, 2003
DVD Release Date: November 18, 2003
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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

Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter

An undistinguished affair.

Brian Mckay

sad and compelling, yet laced with an underlying message of dignity and hope. Perhaps Kumai is no Kurosawa - but I don't know if Kurosawa could have done it much better.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

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

C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle

It is a little like following a Jane Austen novel.

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David Cornelius

It's not only worth seeing as "Kurosawa's last story," but also simply as a good, solid drama.

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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News

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.

Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times

[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.

Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

While this material isn't necessarily up to the standards of Kurosawa's best work, it does warrant at least a look.

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Saskia D.
Long and boring..