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3.4
260 Ratings

Journey to the Shore

Kishibe no tabi

Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Japan, 2015
Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Synopsis

Mizuki’s husband drowned at sea three years ago. When he suddenly comes back home, she is not that surprised. Instead, Mizuki is wondering what took him so long. She agrees to let him take her on a journey.

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Journey to the Shore Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2015 | Winner: Un Certain Regard - Directing Prize

Asia Pacific Screen Awards

2015 | Nominee: Best Film

Asian Film Awards

2016 | Winner: Best Supporting Actor

2016 | 2 nominations including: Best Screenwriter

I’m stumped when it comes to describing the film except to call it, tentatively, a realistic Japanese ghost story—that is to say, a lyrical and serious film about how to negotiate past regrets and deceased partners. I’m not even confident that I fully understand it, but it’s an excellent example of a film whose unsolved puzzles remain seductive and, yes, haunting, in the best ghost-story sense. And it certainly does gorgeous things with light in the pursuit of these mysteries.
December 20, 2016
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There are passages in this film that are so exquisitely tuned and delicately heartbreaking that they seem to have been experienced and remembered rather than seen on a movie screen.
July 01, 2015
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“Journey to the Shore” is more wistful and plaintive than strictly unnerving, with an emotional force that edges in like an afternoon shadow. One of the most meaningfully beautiful and moving images that I’ve seen in the festival so far is of a darkened bedroom wall that slowly brightens to reveal a mural of vibrantly hued flowers.
May 20, 2015
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