zenzen daijobu (Fine, Totally Fine)
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zenzen daijobu (Fine, Totally Fine)
Love threatens to turn two geeky guys against one another in this independent comedy from Japan. Teruo (YosiYosi Arakawa) is a self-conscious nerd who works at a bookstore when he isn't indulging his favorite pastime of scaring people. Teruo enjoys playing pranks on strangers and filming their reactions, and his latest project involves turning his home into a spook house. Teruo's best friend Hisanobu (Yoshinori Okada) works in a hospital by day and helps his pal with his outlandish stunts at night. However, when Hisanobu meets Akari (Yoshino Kimura), a clumsy but beautiful artist, he… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

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"Fujita adopts a dry, observational style reminiscent of Jacques Tati or Roy Andersson, making the madcap incidents and whimsical idiosyncrasies in his sketches seem all the funnier for being kept at such a cool distance"
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
"Picturesque in a slightly exaggerated, highly coloured comic-book style, the film is a little undercooked in terms of character and unpersuasive in its narrative. It's all quirks but no content of significance."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"Like a plate of cinematic sushi, writer-director Yosuke Fujita's debut is an off-the-menu mixture of crazy comedy and bland romance that won't satisfy everyone. But it's certainly worth a try."
‑ Elliott Noble, Sky Movies
"Likeable Japanese comedy-drama with strong performances and several funny moments, though it runs out of steam before the end."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"This laconic artificially quirky debut from Japanese writer-director Fujita Yosuke settles for a rudimentary comic inspection of the dreary existence of a clutch of twentysomethings forced to reject their aspirations in order to face up to adult realities"
‑ David Jenkins, Film4
"The sweetness and good nature of this film won me over, after a slowish start. The leftfield vignettes and eccentric dialogue make for a taste that didn't take me long to acquire - and Arakawa in particular is a winning performer, in his goofy way."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"It makes a refreshing change to watch a film about nice people where there is no swearing and laughs are gentle."
‑ , Sun Online
"A charming and funny tale of a bunch of sadsack losers piecing their lives together, Fine, Totally Fine combines slapstick and poignancy to create a gently beguiling romantic comedy."
‑ Hannah Forbes Black, Film4
"There are antics with fake ghosts and fish sausages - rather too many, but you've got to laugh."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Perhaps it's a tad overstretched at 110 minutes, but the film's performances and the sly, satirical tone are unfailingly attractive."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
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