Koji Fukada leads a younger generation of Japanese directors who are more internationally minded than their predecessors. He even used French export titles for his first two features — “Hospitalite” (2010) and “Au Revoir l’Ete” (2013) — reflecting the influence of French cinema, particularly the work of Eric Rohmer. Also, he cast American actress Bryerly Long as the star of “Sayonara,” his 2015 sci-fi movie about a dying woman being cared for by a humanoid robot in a doomed world.
In his latest, the evocative — if frustratingly diffuse — “The Man from the Sea,” Fukada takes this internationalism several steps further: Based on his own script, he shot the film in Banda Aceh, the capital of Indonesia’s Aceh Province. Two of his lead actors are Indonesian and much of the dialogue is in Indonesian and English.
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