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Following their feature debut, Road to Nhill, in 1997, screenwriter Alison Tilson and director Sue Brooks team up again for the Australian drama Japanese Story. Toni Collette stars as Sandy Edwards, an ambitious geologist who is most comfortable when working alone. She also runs a software design company with a business partner, Bill Baird (Matthew Dyktynski), and she doesn't get along very well with her mother (Lynette Curran). While trying to sell their software products, Bill asks for her help in catching a prospective client. Sandy reluctantly meets the quiet and reserved Japanese… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An underdeveloped film that requires all of [Collette's] ample skills merely to rise to the mediocre."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Starts off promisingly. Eventually, though, it collapses into melodrama."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"A beautiful piece of filmmaking with top notch acting..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Mixing cultural comedy, survival tension, unlikely romance and an extreme about turn, it's a moving and unusual film."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"Japanese Story gives Australian actress Toni Collette a chance to demonstrate the full range of her acting skills in a cross-cultural tale filled with many surprises."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Lots of pictures begin strongly only to lose their focus; this one gains momentum with every sequence -- ambivalent at first, we're firmly hooked by the final frame."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Fails to engage us in the lives of its characters because it never really introduces them."
‑ Vic Vogler, Denver Post
"Despite an uninspiring first half, the film delivers a strong emotional impact in its final reels.**"
‑ Angela Baldassarre, Sympatico.ca
"A raw emotional journey in which character is everything -- although the scenery is spectacular."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"Tender, original and moving."
‑ Nev Pierce, BBC
"Tsunashima gives a deft performance in a role that starts out as caricature but becomes full-bodied. Collette commands the screen virtually the entire time."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
"A mediocre, self-consciously arty story."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A heartbreaking and complex film about human relationships."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"It's powerful, but fatally contrived"
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"The film acts as a tale of human strengths and frailty as well as a barometer of cultural diversity."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
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