I agree with Daniele, I really liked this movie; soft, quiet, and engaging, but the ending sort of threw me off guard. Left me a bit confused. This was my first movie by Takeshi Kitano that I've watched (DIDN't REALIZE the BATTLE ROYALE guy was a renowned director) - interested in seeing what else he has to offer.
Because of some his famous movies it's easy to forget that Kitano-san tells us stories not only about yakuza, gangsters, strong loners. He can be a child, passionate young man, can be changeable etc. "The scene at the sea" is beautiful and sad film at the same time. There is everything: love, farewell and the residue of bitterness, and the sea that gives life, the passion, the sense of life, death and eternity.
This simple story of a boy who loves surfing and a girl who loves the boy could easily have cascaded over the edge into sap territory but Kitano's empathetic yet detached viewpoint never allows it to happen. Deserves multiple viewings.