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SEA IS WATCHING aka UMI WA MITEITA
USA: Tristar Pictures
Cast: Misa Shimizu, Nagiko Tono, Masatoshi Nagase, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Eiji Okuda, Renji Ishibashi, Miho Tsumiki, Michiko Kawai, Yumiko Nogawa, Tenshi Kamogawa, Yukiya Kitamura, Kumiko Tsuchiya, Takayuki KatO
Director: Kei Kumai
Language: Japanese (English subtitles)
USA: 119 mins
USA Rated: R for some sexuality
USA Release Date: 18 July 2003
Set in the mid 19th century at a Japanese brothel near Fukagawa, Oshin (Nagiko Tono) a young prostitute is warned by the madam of the establishment not to fall in love with any clients. However when a young samurai Fusanosuke (Hidetaka Yoshioka) takes shelter there hiding from a powerful samurai that he wounded and who is now seeking revenge Oshin falls hopelessly in love with Fusanosuke.
When their relationship doesn't last Oshin is heartbroken as Fusanosuke leaves her. Bereft by her loss she's convinced she will never love again until she meets Ryosuke (Masatoshi Nagase). Finding happiness again her life is suddenly thrown into confusion when a violent storm strikes the area and the nearby river and sea levels rise lashing and flooding the surrounding area...