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Still the Water (2014)

Futatsume no mado (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 26 July 2014 (Japan)
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On a subtropical island, a teenage couple deal with the interwoven cycle of life, death and love.

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Naomi Kawase

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Naomi Kawase (screenplay)
4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Nijirô Murakami ... Kaito
Junko Abe ... Kyôko (as Jun Yoshinaga)
Miyuki Matsuda ... Isa
Tetta Sugimoto Tetta Sugimoto ... Tôru
Makiko Watanabe ... Misaki
Jun Murakami ... Atsushi
Hideo Sakaki Hideo Sakaki
Sadae Sakae Sadae Sakae
Kazurô Maeda Kazurô Maeda
Mitsuaki Nakano Mitsuaki Nakano
Yukiharu Kawabata Yukiharu Kawabata
Yukiyo Maeda Yukiyo Maeda
Kinue Yasuda Kinue Yasuda
Fujio Tokita Fujio Tokita
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Storyline

On the subtropical Japanese island of Amami, traditions about nature remain eternal. During the full-moon night of traditional dances in August, 16-year-old Kaito discovers a dead body floating in the sea. His girlfriend Kyoko will attempt to help him understand this mysterious discovery. Together, Kaito and Kyoko will learn to become adults by experiencing the interwoven cycles of life, death and love. Written by Cannes Film Festival

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Japan | Spain

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 July 2014 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Still the Water See more »

Filming Locations:

Amami, Kagoshima, Japan See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$383,948
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Japanese title of the film, Futatsume no mado, literally means 'the second window'. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK release was cut, scenes from the film were originally shown to the BBFC for advice. At which the company were informed that one scene was likely to be in breach of the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937 and was therefore unlikely to be suitable for classification. When the film was submitted for formal classification, this scene had been cut. This version of the film was consequently classified 15 without further changes. See more »

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From The Sky
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Cello by Keisuke Ohta
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Pretentious art film for the sake of art
8 May 2017 | by fellini_58701See all my reviews

I am a big admirer of Japanese cinema, film makers like Kurusawa, Koreeda, Oshima Imamura and the list goes on. And also from time to time I enjoy slow cinema, but in the case of Naomi Kawase Still The Water and her other previous film "Mourning Forest" for witch reasons i don't understand why the jury awarded it the grand prize there were far better films competing that year like Russia's entry and brilliant The Banishment. Still the water had an interesting concept for a great story and its tropical location and beautiful cinematography, still the screenplay falls flat the characters seem to sleepwalk through the whole film. I truly believe Naomi makes film for her and friends and she is unaware that audiences outside her realm are falling asleep to her films. i give this film a D.


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