The Sea of Trees

August 23rd, 2016


The Sea of Trees

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Release Year: 2015

Rating: 4.9/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Gus Van Sant

Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts, Katie Aselton

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.

Matthew McConaughey - Arthur Brennan
Naomi Watts - Joan Brennan
Katie Aselton - Gabriella Laforte
Jordan Gavaris - Eric
Ken Watanabe - Takumi Nakamura
Hyunri - Cabin attendant
Susan Garibotto - Arthur's friend
James Saito - Dr. Takahashi
Anna Friedman - Anna
Owen Burke - Actor
Mark Burzenski - Gas Station Customer
Jeffrey Corazzini - Arthur's friend
Steven Dougherty - Mourner
Richard Levine - Funeral Director
Michael Steven Swanson - Funeral mourner

Taglines: Love will bring you home.


Official Website: Official site [Japan]

Country: USA

Language: English, Japanese

Release Date: 3 Jan 2015

Filming Locations: Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA

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Did You Know?

Aokigahara Forest near Mount Fuji in Japan, otherwise known as the "suicide forest" sees an average of 3 suicides a week. It is also said to be haunted by multiple "Yurei" - Japanese ghosts who are angry at their own deaths. This premise was previously explored in the short film Shawn4Ever (2012). See more »

User Review


Rating: 7/10

Saw it in a sneak preview screening.

After seeing the horrible "The Forest" i was a bit reluctant to see another movie about the suicide forest, but was surprised that this movie deals with different themes.

I watched the movie because i wanted to watch a movie, and in that i found a lot of enjoyment. The movie had some good pacing and it deals with basically a present and past storyline entwined and both are interesting enough to have you go "no wait, i want to know how it continues" with every switch.

The acting was good, the story was perhaps a bit on the "cliché" side near the end, but in all satisfying. I have to mention the cinematography, because there are some beautiful shots in there, sometimes it felt so strange when shots where done without a steady cam but in ends up feeling more "organic" in the end.

So if you want to watch a nice story driven film, give it a shot.


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