When Mizuki’s (Eri Fuatsu) husband is lost at sea she imagines that she will never see him again, then three years later Yusuke (Tadanobu Asano) turns up at their flat. Problem is that he’s a ghost who has yet to pass beyond the physical plane. Mizuki is naturally delighted to see Yusuke again and when she discovers he is going on a journey to meet the people who helped him on his way back to her, she decides to accompany him.
As they travel through a world where the dead coexist with the living Mizuki hopes their life together will go on as it did before Yusuke’s death, but I think we all know that ain’t going to happen.
Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa (no relation to Akira) Journey to the Shore is a very different film to his more familiar Horror flicks like Pulse (2001) or Loft (2005). Don’t go into this expecting a typical J-Horror, what you actually get is a beautifully shot and hauntingly touching love story more like Anthony Minghella’s Truly Madly Deeply (1990) or Francois Ozon’s Under the Sand (2000), I give Journey to the Shore a 555/666.
Journey to the Shore was released as a Dual Format (Blu-Ray and DVD) edition as part of the Masters of Cinema series from 23 May.
DVD extras: English subtitles; Theatrical Trailer