Against the background of an Australian desert, Sandy, a geologist, and Hiromitsu, a Japanese businessman, play out a story of human inconsequence in the face of the blistering universe. ...... (Full plot summary below)
Against the background of an Australian desert, Sandy, a geologist, and Hiromitsu, a Japanese businessman, play out a story of human inconsequence in the face of the blistering universe. ...
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Baltimore Sun - 10/10 by Michael SragowThe glory of Japanese Story is that even after a daringly abrupt plot turn, the cast maintains its empathy and lucidity without interruption.
culturevulture.net - 9/10 by Arthur LazereEpisodically effective...the likable characters and ever-present splendor of the desert landscape register strongly
ReelViews - 9/10 by James BerardinelliLooks at isolation and the fragility of human relationships. It's a poignant, unsettling motion picture that will baffle those who have become used to Hollywood's compact, tidy endings.
Miami Herald - 9/10 by Rene RodriguezFor all its cross-cultural hijinks, Japanese Story winds up as a tale about the fragility of human beings and the lasting strength of the bonds we form during times of crisis.
Philadelphia Inquirer - 9/10 by Steven ReaPlays with cultural stereotypes, and upends them as well. The picture starts as one thing and turns, dramatically, movingly, into something else.
MovieMartyr.com - 9/10 by Jeremy HeilmanBy its end, [it] has outgrown its unassuming premise and taken the audience on an emotional journey that is all the more affecting because of its serendipitous nature.
Time - 9/10 by Richard SchickelJapanese Story is a simple, austerely told tale. But there is something memorable, even haunting, about it.
Chicago Sun-Times - 9/10 by Roger EbertGradually 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.
Chicago Tribune - 9/10 by Michael WilmingtonA movie with surprises, some of which you should discover for yourself. But its main surprises may be the power of Collette's performance and the beautifully controlled mood and atmosphere Brooks creates.
One Guy's Opinion - 8/10 by Frank SwietekThe makers sustain its fragile, delicate spirit with considerable skill...in its curiously muted, ruminative fashion it proves oddly affecting.