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).
Cast & Credits
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.
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 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.