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A drama set in Western Australia's Pilbura desert. A geologist named Sandy, and a Japanese businessman, Hiromitsu, play out a story of human inconsequence, in the face of the blistering universe. The end of the journey leaves neither person capable of going back to the place from where they started.
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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.com
"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/Vulture
"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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