Japanese Story (2003)



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

Movie Info

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 person capable of going back to the place from where they started.

Rating: R (for some sexuality and language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Allison Tilson, Alison Tilson
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 11, 2004
Box Office: $0.2M
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as Sandy Edwards

as Tachibana Hiromitsu

as Yukiko Hiromitsu

as Jimmy Smithers

as Man in Row Boat

as Fraser

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Critic Reviews for Japanese Story

All Critics (98) | Top Critics (36)

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

Full Review… | August 20, 2004
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 20, 2004
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 23, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 9, 2004
Denver Post
Top Critic

Brooks's spare and reverberant film ... stands back from the actors and just lets them be with each other.

April 2, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Japanese Story


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 and leathery skin. Moral of the story: don't go swimming in Australia?

Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer


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 the watch.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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 rental list but will not be on my to buy list. Nice Australian scenes

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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