Japanese Story

2006-03-30 12:25
 

Sandy Edwards (Toni Collette), an ambitious geologist, suddenly finds herself having to baby-sit Hiromitsu (Gotaro Tsunashima) a taciturn Japanese businessman. Hoping to strike up a business deal, she agrees to take him on a field trip around Western Australia's remote Pilbara desert.

Against the background of the outback these two diametrically opposed strangers are to find themselves thrust together in a potentially life or death situation. As they journey further and further into the desert, they leave more and more of what they know about each other and themselves behind.

The film oscillates between a cross-cultural journey, an emotional drama, and a haunting love story, while director Sue Brooks catches her audience off guard as she takes us down an unexpected route.

What the critics are saying:

"Totally convincing in a physically demanding role, Collette carries the movie on her shoulders -- and that weight is what it's all about."
- J. Hoberman, Village Voice

"This is that rare sort of film that is not about what happens, but about what happens then."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"A mediocre, self-consciously arty story."
- Desson Thomson, Washington Post


Toni Colette shows off her impressive range in this powerful and moving Australian film set in the starkly beautiful Pilbara desert.

Bomzie 2004/04/25 5:22 PM
Fighting Temptations THIS MOVIE IS ONE HELL OF A MOVIE AND WHAT'S FANTASTIC ABOUT IT IS THAT IT CLEARLY SHOWS HOW PEOPLE ARE CAPABLE OF CHANGING THEIR BAD HABITS. FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS
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