A Scene at the Sea

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A Scene at the Sea
Directed by Takeshi Kitano
Produced by Masayuki Mori
Written by Takeshi Kitano
Starring Claude Maki
Hiroko Ohshima
Sabu Kawahara
Susumu Terajima
Katsuya Koiso
Tetsu Watanabe
Music by Joe Hisaishi
Cinematography Katsumi Yanagishima
Edited by Takeshi Kitano
Distributed by Office Kitano / Totsu
Release date
  • October 19, 1991 (1991-10-19)
Running time
101 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Japanese Sign Language

A Scene at the Sea (あの夏、いちばん静かな海。, Ano natsu, ichiban shizukana umi, "That summer, the calmest ocean") is a 1991 Japanese film written and directed by Takeshi Kitano.


A deaf garbage collector, played by Claude Maki, is determined to learn how to surf.


This movie was a break from previous Kitano fare in that it features no gangsters or police. However, Kitano did return to darker themes in his next film, Sonatine, as well as many later works. In the film, Kitano develops his more delicate, romantic side along with his trademark deadpan approach. In 2002 the Japanese filmmaker directed a similar movie, Dolls, a romantic tale about three pairs of lovers.

This film marks the first collaboration between Kitano and composer Joe Hisaishi, who had previously created the acclaimed soundtracks of many of Hayao Miyazaki's anime films, including Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Hisaishi would go on to compose the OSTs for all of Kitano's films until Dolls, after which their collaboration ended.

Occasional Office Kitano actor, Claude Maki, who plays the mute main character, went on to appear in Kitano's film Brother as Ken, a Japanese-American punk set to become leader of a Yakuza clan. In Brother, Claude speaks mostly in American-English with some occasional Japanese.


A Scene at the Sea
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Soundtrack album by Joe Hisaishi
Released 25 November 1992
Label Toshiba EMI, Milan Records (2001)
Wonderland Records (2001)

The soundtrack CD was originally released on November 25, 1992, by Toshiba EMI; then, re-released many times by Milan Records and Wonderland Records.

  1. "Silent Love (Main Theme)" − 6:52
  2. "Cliffside Waltz I" − 3:58
  3. "Island Song" − 3:39
  4. "Silent Love (In Search of Something)" − 1:10
  5. "Bus Stop" − 5:11
  6. "While at Work" − 1:22
  7. "Cliffside Waltz II" − 3:44
  8. "Solitude" − 1:12
  9. "Melody of Love" − 1:41
  10. "Silent Love (Forever)" − 3:30
  11. "Alone" − 1:04
  12. "Next Is My Turn" − 0:45
  13. "Wave Cruising" − 4:02
  14. "Cliffside Waltz III" − 3:40

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