Japanese Story

Japanese Story

(2003)

Australian romance set in the Pilbara desert where Sandy (Toni Collette), a mineral geologist, is tasked with looking after a Japanese businessman (Gotaro Tsunashima) flown in from Kyoto.... More

Hiromitsu Tachibana (Tsunashima) marvels at the size of the iron ore mines, but his real purpose is more mysterious. He wants to lose himself in the vastness of the desert, a place he fears. Sandy finds him irritating, demanding and sexist. He finds her loud, aggressive and unfeminine. Their hostility gradually dissipates as they go further into the desert...Hide

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  • Offbeat and downbeat, it’s a film full of thoughtful stillness, powerful moods, reflective internal struggles and shattering, lonely self-realisation... Full Review

  • A simple, austerely told tale. But there is something memorable, even haunting, about it. Full Review

  • Gradually the full arc of Toni Collette's performance reveals itself, and we see that the end was there even in the beginning. This is that rare sort of film that is not about what happens, but about what happens then. Full Review