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- Movie: The Sea Watches
- Romaji: Umi wa miteita
- Japanese: 海は見ていた
- Director: Kei Kumai
- Writer: Akira Kurosawa (writer), Shugoro Yamamoto (novel)
- Cinematography: Kazuo Okuhara
- Release Date: July 27, 2002
- Runtime: 119 min.
- Language: Japanese
- Country: Japan
Oshin (Nagiko Tono) is a prostitute in 19th century Japan. When a young samurai named Fusanosuke (Hidetaka Yoshioka, Madadayo) arrives at Oshin's brothel having fled a drunken brawl in which he injured a man, the girl hides him from the authorities. Fusanosuke is subsequently banned from his father's house for having drawn his sword in the fight and must hide his identity as he moves about the streets of the city. In the course of his frequent visits to her, Oshin falls in love with him, but when his status is restored, he marries his betrothed, breaking Oshin's heart as well as those of the other girls at the brothel who'd tied their own hopes to the fantasy that Oshin might escape the prostitute's life.
When a desperate itinerant named Ryosuke (Masatoshi Nagase, Mystery Train) empties his soul to Oshin, she begins to fall in love with him, much to the chagrin of Kikuno (Misa Shimizu), an older, more savvy prostitute who is herself in love with a violent yakuza. A massive storm that brings up the sea, flooding the brothel district, sets up the story's climax as Ryosuke and the yakuza have it. Left on their own, Oshin and Kikuno climb atop the brothel's roof to escape the rising flood waters and await rescue or death
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