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  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. An exquisite period film from a script Akira Kurosawa did not live to direct. It has a softer edge than the master probably would have delivered, but it is deeply affecting.
  2. A mostly unsentimental little gem.
  3. An absorbing slice of a lost world that's actually very reminiscent of Kurosawa's underappreciated 1957 film, "The Lower Depths."
  4. It has the big themes that obsessed Kurosawa at his greatest, and that alone makes it worthwhile.
  5. There's plenty to appreciate here but the story is tedious and some of the overacting runs into cultural translation problems.
  6. An unusually cheerful depiction of prostitution. You've never seen such wholesome hookers.
  7. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    30
    Though The Sea (and the sea) wants to capture some elemental, unruly truths, it's ultimately an over-lacquered jidai-geki curio, something for the appendix of the next book on Kurosawa.

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