directed by: Sue Brooks
starring: Toni Collette; Gotaro Tsunashima
Bob says: "I was very impressed with this film, particularly Toni Collette’s performance. She communicates so much through her body language – the way she moves, carries herself, and generally tightens and loosens in reaction to her situation. You learn a great deal about the character just by watching her silently make her dinner. In fact, I thought that the scenes in the car, when we only have her face in view, were somewhat lacking because she’s playing the role with her whole body and we’re missing it.
"Like THE CUCKOO (thanks for
reminding me of that one, Esmé), the
language/cultural differences between the characters aren’t really
the point of the film. They help to stress the gap between them, but
the film is much
more about two people finding a connection to each other and dealing
with their own big issues than it is about crossing barriers as obvious
as not knowing what 'hai' means."
|Esmé says: "Well it made me cry till the back of my neck was soaked. I was irritated by Collette's irritability at the beginning, but really moved by her passion in the middle and her grief at the end. I loved the way that the movie set up it that he apologized for getting them stuck in the desert (In a very 'Japanese' way) and she did the same for his wife at the end (also Japanese and confusing to her Australian colleagues)."|
Michael says: "Written by Alison Tilson and
directed by Sue Brooks, the Austrlian film JAPANESE STORY is a spare
of two strangers who find common ground in the barren desert of central
Australia. The superb Toni Collette (MURIEL'S
Sandy, a geologist who finds herself unwillingly playing driver and tour
guide, to a visiting Japanese businessman Tachibana Hiromitsu (Gotaro Tsunashima).
She resents her situation, growing increasingly more frustrated as Hiromitus
insists they travel further and further into the outback, even as their
communication breaks down even further. When their vehicle becomes trapped
in the desert sand, the two must rely upon each other for survival, and
eventually find themselves moving into a new, passionate relationship.
And in response to Esmé: And I'm glad you liked
JAPANESE STORY, Esmé. A very visceral story, with Japan and Australia seeming light years apart culture-wise. I found