Japanese Story
Japanese Story (2003)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 31, 2003
DVD Release Date: May 11, 2004
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An emotional film where Toni Collette gets to show her impressive range.

Richard Porton
Chicago Reader

Collette's pitch-perfect performance and the stunning evocation of the forbidding and beautiful outback make this film unexpectedly rewarding.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A beautiful piece of filmmaking with top notch acting...

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

An underdeveloped film that requires all of [Collette's] ample skills merely to rise to the mediocre.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Starts off promisingly. Eventually, though, it collapses into melodrama.

Angela Baldassarre

Despite an uninspiring first half, the film delivers a strong emotional impact in its final reels.**

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

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.

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Vic Vogler
Denver Post

Fails to engage us in the lives of its characters because it never really introduces them.

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Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

A heartbreaking and complex film about human relationships.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Curtis Lilly
Toni Collette is one of those hot old chicks that I can't say no to. The movie was fun, I like Aussie stuff. She makes a good Aussie with her bad teeth… More
Dean McKenna
Great drama and breathtaking views of the Australian desert landscape are compacted. Toni Collette now has a very beautiful sexy body in her brief naked scene… More
Wildaly M
It's a very nice movie to get if you're in a foreign romance movie kinda mood. I didn't think the story in itself was amazing but it was worth… More
Jesse Ortega
Good movie overall, carried by Toni Collete's strong performance. The problem with the movie is that it turns on the waterworks really heavy at the end… More
Bruce Bruce
Love Japanese Horror, This was not a Horror flix in anyway, But I screamed as loud as any Horror Flix I ever saw, Pretty boring, not sure how it got on my… More
John Ballantine
A shocking and touching film. A very unique tale that is executed with a true genuine quality to it.