Watch: Official Japanese Trailer for Gus Van Sant's 'The Sea of Trees'

February 19, 2016
Source: The Film Stage

The Sea of Trees Trailer

"Things are not what they seem here. This place is what you call purgatory." The first official Japanese trailer for the new Gus Van Sant film, The Sea of Trees, has debuted online and it's in English so it's easy to watch. The film stars Matthew McConaughey as a suicidal man who goes to the mysterious Aokigahara Forest near Mt. Fuji in Japan, the same forest seen in that horror movie The Forest. There he meets a lost Japanese man and they connect while attempting to find their way out. Naomi Watts and Katie Aselton also star. This first premiered at Cannes and got some terrible reviews, but I'm still intrigued by this trailer (way more than the horror) and I want to check it out sooner than later. This is more of just a quick tease.

Here's the first official Japanese trailer for Gus Van Sant's The Sea of Trees, found via The Film Stage:

The Sea of Trees

A suicidal American (McConaughey) befriends a Japanese man (Watanabe) lost in a forest near Mt. Fuji and the two search for a way out. The Sea of Trees is directed by veteran American filmmaker Gus Van Sant, of Drugstore Cowboy, My Own Private Idaho, Good Will Hunting, Psycho, Elephant, Finding Forrester, Paranoid Park, Milk, Restless and Promised Land previously. The screenplay is written by Chris Sparling, of Buried, ATM and The Atticus Institute previously. This first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year, and still doesn't have any US release date yet. Opening in Japan in April. Thoughts so far?

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watts look like sienna miler in that poster

Quynh Truong on Feb 19, 2016


Always prepared to see Wantanabe in a film. This looks like it at the very least be a visually powerful film.

DAVIDPD on Feb 19, 2016


One of my favorite actors.

grimjob on Feb 20, 2016



Sean Taylor on Feb 19, 2016


This hit the top of my list. PLEASE let it come to LA SOON!

Rose DiMatteo on Feb 20, 2016


So since you hate Gus Vant Sant films does that mean you hate Good Will Hunting? I'm sorry, but if you hate that, then you don't know good cinema when you see it. Also, early McConaughey I'll give you is borderline un-watchable, but lately he has made excellent career choices, and has even won an Oscar.

Aaron on Feb 21, 2016


Ooooo big words, you're not scaring me with all those big words you looked up before you wrote this reply. You sound so pretentious, who uses the word maudlin? A pretentious dude, that's who. Throughout your long-winded and overstuffed response you were the only one who was acting conceited or like your opinion was higher than others, and it's ironic because that's exactly what you thought I was doing that ignited this overlong speech you felt you had to give me. You were very condescending and everytime you said "thanks for the reply" it was an extremely back-handed thing to say that only came off as smug; in fact, this whole reply came off as very smug. Also, trying way to hard to paint a picture of yourself as a film historian, seeing as how Reds was the most recent film you listed and that was in 1981 LOL take it down a notch, Bo, You come across as an old and out-of-touch film lover who's very cynical and hates everything post 1990, and if that's true, then maybe we are operating on different levels of "aesthetic" awareness lol. Oh, and Bo, thanks for the reply.

Aaron on Feb 23, 2016


LOLOLOLOL wow man I am busting a gut. I didn't realize I was dealing a man with an alarmingly high level of insecurity. Yet another extremely long-winded rant that doesn't help your case at all lol. Yes, go ahead, keep on proving how "superior" and "wise" you are by ranting in the comment section on a website and taking personal shots at a person you know nothing about. That's such a "wise" and "superior" thing for you to do lol. Think what you want. Your head is so far up your own ass you won't allow yourself to think anything else. Here's what happened: you got excessively offended by my simple opinion, which prompted a condescending and immature ran your part. I simply pointed out your ill-advised and smug rant, which prompted an even MORE smug and childish rant that even got personal on your part LOL. I can't realltake anythingou say seriously, as at this point I just feel bad for you.

Aaron on Feb 24, 2016


wasn't this the one that got severely panned at the Cannes film festival?

Joker's hideout on Feb 23, 2016


This looks deeply depressing and sad. No thanks.

RAW_D on Feb 24, 2016

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