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Journey to the Shore(岸辺の旅)

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Japan, France
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2015

2h 8m

Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Starring Eri Fukatsu, Tadanobu Asano, Masao Komatsu, Yu Aoi

Genre Drama, Fantasy, Romance

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Mizuki’s husband Yusuke went missing for 3 years. He suddenly comes back home one day and asks Mizuki to go on a trip with him. Their trip consists of visiting the people that helped Yusuke on his previous travel. While travelling together, Misuki sees, touches and feels what Yusuke did for those 3 years.

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The Hollywood Reporter by David Rooney

Too much lethargic, unclear plotting and saccharine melodrama mean the gentle film is seldom as intriguing as its premise, even if Kurosawa as always provides arresting visual moments and has a commanding way of building atmosphere out of stillness.
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The Film Stage by Ethan Vestby

Journey to the Shore barely functions as a genre picture. If anything, it’s far more akin to Tokyo Sonata than Cure or Pulse.
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Slant Magazine by Jesse Cataldo

Kurosawa allows for a few brief flights of fancy, further abandoning realism for whimsical bursts of glowing color, but otherwise it's a humdrum slog of a voyage.
42

The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

Not wondrous enough to be likened to a ghost, "Journey to the Shore" is the corpse of a film: lifeless, bloodless, insensate.
70

Variety by Maggie Lee

Fans of Kurosawa’s earlier psycho-thrillers may desire more eeriness and visual panache, but those who’ve accepted the helmer’s conscious change of tune and pace should be gently touched.