Still the Water

Still the Water (2014)

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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. (Source: IMDb).

  • Native title:

    2つ目の窓
  • Also Known as:

    Futatsume no Mado; The Second Window;

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Oct 12, 2014
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.5
  • Rewatch Value 10
A movie about life, death, family, love acceptance etc....this film tackles this things in an artistic way that blends well in an Nature background, like a dialogue saying surfers tends to wait for the “last wave” cause its the last it gives a powerful energy and riding it will make you one with the wave THEN after receiving that energy with your entire body for a moment it turns into nothingness or read more stillness, He compares that wave to his wife she died now but to him “SHES THE BEST WAVE EVER!!!". But some scenes will may disturb you like the slaughtering of the goat scene it happens in the earlier part of the film( so its like saying he vegetarian this film is not for you LMAO ) but killing a goat is a ritual belief of those islanders like offering when something bad happen or going to happen. Its a R+15 movie so definitely its not for everyone, some nudity, underage sex scenes..but this is not porn this have meaning cause sex scenes without meaning is just a softcore clip.

The visuals are very engaging if you don't get what the filmmaker trying to say atleast the visuals will make you keep on watching, like that bicycle scene, girl in a high school uniform underwater scene. I love the camera work the zoom in and the unsteady camera gives you a documentary feel to it, you will feel what the characters are feeling.. A great example of this is when the father, dying shaman mother trying to tease their daughter as they relax to their kinda garden part of the house Its a great scene the laughter their bonding as the camera shows that to you...their connection WONDERFUL. The piano music the wind music and that folk kinda song blends well to those scenes plus sounds of the waves, wind and the leaves brushing to each other.

No famous actors here but the performance of the actors are natural it is great but to me 3 characters really stands out which is the daughter(the main female protagonist), the shaman dying mother, and the loving surfer father). The father as he deliver that lyrical dialogue about waves is spot on, And that dying mother....her dying scene is one of the best I've seen powerful performance by her those tears where not fake and her acceptance about dying is really well played. And lastly the female Protagonist Yoshinaga JUn....I will remember your name There something about your aura that tell me your gonna be a fine fine terrific actress someday maybe someone like doona bae, like doona you can show emotions just with eyes, powerful asset and like doona your not afraid of doing nude for the sake of film...if a guy does nude in a film its MANLY if a girl does nude its slutty ppl thinks that but im not one of those closed minded ppl to me they are brave ready to do anything for the sake of their art.
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Senpai
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May 11, 2017
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
Good story, not much execution.
For the conservatives "Futatsume no Mado" for the Americanized "Still the Water" for the Portuguese "The Secret of Waters" now recalled the film ne ...
At first the animal slaughter scene, which shocks, normal, the film itself says "... traditions that involve nature .." is the fastest and easiest way to slaughter any medium and large animal, If then cut your jugular and let bleed ... For read more the vegans and defenders of the animals must be a horrible death.
Returning to the film, the story is good but the performance and performance is flawed, the film does not convey everything they propose in the synopsis. Maybe a cast change and a little more vivid scenario in the story would be ideal.
The production was good, there are no mistakes of scenes or sequence of scenes, in this question is to be congratulated, the highlight goes even for the story, which is very good, a pity that the cast and execution did not help so it enters the list Of the medians who add moral value to an extremist society that thinks there is right and wrong for everything.
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Although the setting and people might have been different. Both main characters shared a peaceful characteristics. The movies had very nice way of explaining the story. Both of the movies are my favorite foreign movies so far. I was very impressed. :)
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    KwonSangSeung Oct 27, 2014

    It's been months since i last watched a movie, but i don't regret even a single second i passed with Still the Water. R15+ due to very few scenes. You have to adore the visuals of the overall scenery the movie's taking place and the emotional charge or tranquility of everything it depicts. Yoshinaga Jun is gonna be a great actress, her stare is from another world in this movie, it tells more than words would ever try to tell at times.

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    GirlOfTheEast Oct 15, 2014

    They say it's a good movie. It even plays on the film festival in my country

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    Nana8 Oct 1, 2014

    Is already out in gooddrama

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  • Country:

    Japan
  • Type:

    Movie
  • Release Date:

    Jul 26, 2014
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 58 min.

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    7.4 (scored by 63 users)
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