The Sea of Trees

The Sea of Trees

DVD - 2016
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Powerful story of love and redemption of an American professor, Arthur, who travels to Japan. He embarks on a spiritual and life-changing journey with Takumi, whom he found lost near the base of Mount Fuji. Takumi had gotten lost after attempting to commit suicide, now they fight for their survival while they are on their journey of reflection. Arthur's will to live reconnects him to his love for his wife.
Publisher: [United States] : A24, 2016
Edition: Widescreen ed
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA SEA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 110 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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bobbles1
Jul 02, 2017

Interesting movie, a bit macabre but touches some life and death issues and the ending is eye opening.....for thinkers....

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CatfoodShawn
Jun 14, 2017

Another beautiful piece from Gus Van Sant. It isn't for everyone by any means, but it's a meaningful work of art.

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fshum
Jun 02, 2017

It is interesting to note the various comments which have the two extremes: very positive or very negative. For those who understand the movie and realize the subtle messages it tries to convey, it is a great movie, and vice versa. This is not a movie for entertainment (e.g. to give you a laugh), but more for people to reflect on life and death. No doubt, it is not for everyone. However, if someone doesn't understand this movie and says it is the worst movie, then it is simply not fair. To me, this is one of the best movies I have ever seen.

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Neaj
May 09, 2017

This movie draws you in with the cinematography and wondering how the story will end, but it ended up being a big waste of time. We were sorry we saw it through to the end. Worst movie I've seen in quite awhile.

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jjvotnbot
Mar 02, 2017

Quality cinematography & acting wasted on a pathetic story with zero entertainment value.

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beaches4evr
Feb 16, 2017

Not for everyone but a spiritual story. Such a lovely ending. Very worthwhile.

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cmarie20
Jan 25, 2017

A love story with all the warts. Good movie!

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jimg2000
Dec 29, 2016

Liked the tenet of the troubled love story and the ghoulish Aokigahara place but not how they were joltingly presented in the film. Nonetheless, unlike "The Forest 2016," it has a potent message on life and death, not to mention the great actors. The revelation at the end was a pleasant surprise and closure.

AL_PAMELAM Dec 15, 2016

The sea of trees touches the soul spiritually and emotionally
Matthew McConaughey plays professor, Arthur Brennan, who travels to Aokigahara Jukai forest.
Aokigahara Jukai is known as Japan’s suicide forest.
There he meets a mysterious stranger who has lost his way.
This stranger takes him on a life-changing journey.
A journey of love, discovery and redemption.

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chriscoleman
Nov 17, 2016

There is a forest in Japan at the base of Mount Fujii called the Suicide Forest, aka Aokigahara, where people go to kill themselves. Over the past two years several movies have been made about this forest, including the Natalie Dormer film "The Forest" and a few others. None of them were done as well as this film. In the first half of the film, you will almost tune out because it's one long fight between a bickering couple. The husband, Arthur Brennan, cheated on his wife, then quit his lucrative job to become a lowly paid community college science teacher who makes less than $20,000 a year. So his wife Joan had to become a realtor and do all the "heavy lifting" as she says to keep their house, pay the bills, and keep them afloat. So understandably she has a lot of animosity toward her husband who keeps calling her a drunk. (She's not. She has a brain tumor.) When she unexpectedly dies in a freak accident, he remembers the last promise he made her, to go someplace beautiful to die. He types "beautiful place to die" into a search engine and up pops Aokigahara Forest. He buys a one way ticket and plans his suicide with sleeping pills. Only almost immediately he runs into an old Japanese man who is lost in the forest and trying to get to safety. Arthur tries to help him. The forest has volcanic iron underneath it, making a compass non-functioning. So they quickly travel in circles after the path disappears repeatedly. That's your hint that something mystical is taking place. If you listen to the what comes out of the old Japanese guy's mouth, including the song he sings, you'll understand who he really is. Joan. His purpose is for Arthur to finally get to say those last words he wanted to say to Joan, "I'm so sorry." I still hated Arthur at the end, but the story is very touching and handled exceptionally well. I'm not a Mathew McConaghey fan, but I love Ken Watanabe. They both did well, as did Naomi Watts.

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jimg2000
Dec 29, 2016

Promise me something, Arthur. Promise me that whenever it's your time... promise me it won't be in a place like that.
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Tamashii are spirits. They are souls wandering these woods until it is their time. Things are not what they seem here.
-It was probably just an animal.
There are very few animals in aokigahara.
-Well, then it was one of the few.
This place is what you call purgatory.
-Now, why would I call it that?
Because you are American.
-So?
You believe in god.
-I'm a scientist.
There are answers for this in science?
-There are answers for everything in science.
But not in god?
-God is more our creation than we are his.

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jimg2000
Dec 29, 2016

Why do you wanna die?
-I do not want to die.
Then why are you here?
-It is... I didn't want to live. ... You do not get real work. Nobody speaks to you. You are there, but you are not. Without job... I cannot take care of my family.
So you come here instead...
-You do not understand my culture.
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I didn't come here because of the loss. I didn't come here because of the grief. I came here because of the guilt. I was wrong to treat my wife the way I treated her and she was wrong to treat me how she did. Now neither one of us are ever gonna get the chance to say... I'm sorry.
-She's listening.
No she's not.
-It is during our darkest times that our loved ones are closest. Even those who have passed.
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(Pure Zen, from Wiki: 無為(むい) -- in Taoism, non-action or non-doing.)
Sometimes you do things. As much as you'd wanna take 'em back... you can't.

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jimg2000
Dec 29, 2016

He had a wife named Kiiro, and a... and a child named Fuyu.
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Yeah. Right here......on this little slip of paper. You wrote that, right?
-This? Yeah. Kiiro. Fuyu.
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Promise me. Promise me you'll find the perfect place.
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It is said a flower grows when a soul has crossed over from this place.
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Did you love her?
-More than anything on earth.
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She is with you. This forest holds her for you.
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Why do you love this song?
-I'm most happy near the water. It is my paradise. The song make me think of good memories there.
That's where you should go when you get out of here. You hear me? Hey! That's where you should go.

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