The Woman from the Sea

Kaitei kara kita onna

dir. Koreyoshi Kurahara

TIFF Cinematheque - Retrospective

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A yacht-loving youth becomes infatuated by a mysterious young woman he finds adrift on the ocean, in this gorgeously dreamlike fusion of fantasy, romance and horror from Koreyoshi Kurahara.
A gorgeous, dreamlike fusion of fantasy, romance and horror from Koreyoshi Kurahara, one of the most accomplished, prolific and diverse directors in the Nikkatsu stable. The Woman from the Sea is set in a small fishing village, where one seagoing family has lost every one of its men to the unforgiving waves. The last surviving male member of the clan is yacht-loving youth Toshio (Tamio Kawachi), who one day meets a beautiful, mysterious young woman adrift on the ocean. He soon becomes infatuated by her, but her rather eccentric habits (such as a predilection for munching on live fish) hint that she may be something more than human — and perhaps even the creature responsible for sending Toshio's male ancestors to their watery graves. Gorgeous underwater photography and Kurahara's masterful creation of an otherworldly atmosphere make The Woman from the Sea a must-see on the big screen.