Japanese Story

Japanese Story

3.5 2
Director: Sue Brooks

Cast: Sue Brooks, Toni Collette, Gotaro Tsunashima, Matthew Dyktynski

     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

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…  See more details below

Overview

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 businessman Hiromitsu (Gotaro Tsunashima) in order to make a sale. After he requests that she take him on a driving tour, the odd couple find themselves stranded in the Pilbara desert for a night -- one of the most remote places in the Australian outback. During this time together, their relationship quickly escalates and both parties are changed by the experience. Japanese Story premiered at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Toni Collette's considerable talents are put to both good use and bad in service of an underwritten script in this beguiling -- some may say baffling -- down-under melodrama. At first, Japanese Story may seem to be little more than a peculiarly static culture-clash comedy, pitting Collette's gruff, workaholic Aussie geologist Sandy against Gotaro Tsunashima's impulsive, impractical Japanese businessman Tachibana. Director Sue Brooks gives the actors plenty of room to interact with one another as well as their landscape: Fred Schepisi's longtime cinematographer Ian Baker uses the widescreen format to its full advantage, dwarfing Story's characters against Australia's imposing rock formations and barren deserts. The laconic, foreboding scenery is almost -- but not quite -- enough to prepare the audience for the plot's 90-degree turn toward the weightier world of romantic drama. Collette in particular shines in these scenes: As brusque as she is for the first half of the film, her eventual thaw is believable and still wholly a part of her character's overall makeup. But the glacial pace remains, and it begins to wreak havoc with the film's tone. It's hard to say whether Brooks' meted edits are a deliberate aesthetic choice or just a newbie's slackness: There's a chance she could become the next Peter Weir or even Australia's answer to Antonioni or Malick. Based on Japanese Story, however, the jury's still out.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2004
UPC:
0043396044586
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Toni Collette Sandy Edwards
Gotaro Tsunashima Tachibana Hiromitsu
Matthew Dyktynski Bill Baird
Lynette Curran Mother
Yumiko Tanaka Yukiko
Kate Atkinson Jackie
John Howard Richards
Bill Young Jimmy Smithers
Reg Evans Bloke in Row Boat
George Shevtsov James
Justine Clarke Jane

Technical Credits
Sue Brooks Director
Ian Baker Cinematographer
Jill Bilcock Editor
Elizabeth Drake Score Composer
Rachel Evans Asst. Director
Peter Grace Sound/Sound Designer
Dina Mann Casting
Sue Maslin Producer
Paddy Reardon Production Designer
Kelvin Sexton Art Director
Alison Tilson Screenwriter
Margot Wilson Costumes/Costume Designer

Read More

Videos

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >