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'The Man from the Sea’ opens in select Indonesian cinemas

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sat, February 16, 2019  /  06:06 pm
'The Man from the Sea’ opens in select Indonesian cinemas

Cultural mix: The Man from the Sea' director Koji Fukada (seated) poses with Japanese actors Dean Fujioka (left) and Taiga (second left), and Indonesian actress Sekar Sari during their visit to The Jakarta Post offices on Dec. 17, 2018. (The Jakarta Post/Wienda Parwitasari )

Umi wo Kakeru, a 2018 feature film by Japanese production company Nikkatsu that features Japanese and Indonesian stars, has been released under the title The Man from the Sea (Laut) at select local cinemas on Feb. 14.

Helmed by Japanese director Koji Fukada, The Man from the Sea is being screened at select movie theaters in several cities, including Jakarta, Tangerang (Banten) and Manado (North Sulawesi).

“Indonesian moviegoers can expect to see a film with a unique storyline that is rarely seen in other films,” Adipati Dolken, who appears in the film, said in an official statement.

Adipati said The Man from the Sea had an interesting plot twist and involved a mysterious man that appears in Aceh, a humanitarian mission, and romance arising from friendship.

Read also: ‘The Man from the Sea (Laut)’: Between tsunamis, love and identity

Set in the context of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, the film follows the story of "Laut" (Dean Fujioka), a man who has no memory of his past or identity and is stranded on a beach in Aceh. He is taken in by Takako (Mayu Tsuruta), who lives with her son Takashi (Taiga), and whose niece Sachiko (Junko Abe) is visiting from Japan.

The film also follows the friendships that grow between Takashi, Sachiko, Kris (Adipati Dolken) and Ilma (Sekar Sari), and their magical interaction with Laut.

The 107-minute film was screened last year at the Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival and Pekan Sinema Jepang (Japan Cinema Week). (wir/kes)

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