Japanese Story

Japanese Story

Japanese Story

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.

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...

2003Rating: M, Adult themes, low level sex scene, low level coarse language101 minsAustraliaEnglish and Japanese with English subtitles
DramaRomance

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Japanese Story / Reviews

Variety

Variety

A powerfully emotional experience thanks to a career-best performance by Toni Collette.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

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

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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

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