Reviews

  • Feb 25, 2014

    This film provides a great insight of Japanese society as well as an emotional ride

    This film provides a great insight of Japanese society as well as an emotional ride

  • Nov 07, 2010

    Not that good but the actress is really impressive and the story which is based on is very intriguing.

    Not that good but the actress is really impressive and the story which is based on is very intriguing.

  • May 27, 2010

    It starts slow, but if you stick with it, it has a really profound ending. It's a small, low-budget film, so don't bash it on the film making. I thought they did an excellent job with it. I would have liked a little more explanation of the background situation. They focus entirely on the present and don't really explain the past. You have to do a little bit of investigating on your own to understand the situation.

    It starts slow, but if you stick with it, it has a really profound ending. It's a small, low-budget film, so don't bash it on the film making. I thought they did an excellent job with it. I would have liked a little more explanation of the background situation. They focus entirely on the present and don't really explain the past. You have to do a little bit of investigating on your own to understand the situation.

  • Aug 21, 2009

    strange movie about a girl who volunteers and gets abducted in Iraq, and returns to Japan to be outcasted by everyone around her. a former Palm D'or nominee...

    strange movie about a girl who volunteers and gets abducted in Iraq, and returns to Japan to be outcasted by everyone around her. a former Palm D'or nominee...

  • Apr 22, 2009

    Interesting, gloomy, low budget ... another reminder of how alien Japanese culture can be ... they really need to lighten up ...

    Interesting, gloomy, low budget ... another reminder of how alien Japanese culture can be ... they really need to lighten up ...

  • Oct 10, 2008

    When I see the cameraman's shadow on the lead's butt & the reflection of the camera in a window, I find it hard to take the film seriously, especially when these filming fails occur consecutively & could've easily been edited out. I did not need to watch Yuko walk up the stairs in four different angles, two of which were tainted with the real world.

    When I see the cameraman's shadow on the lead's butt & the reflection of the camera in a window, I find it hard to take the film seriously, especially when these filming fails occur consecutively & could've easily been edited out. I did not need to watch Yuko walk up the stairs in four different angles, two of which were tainted with the real world.

  • Sarah G Super Reviewer
    Apr 11, 2008

    <u>Director:</u>Masahiro Kobayashi <u>Released:</u> 2005 <u>Stars:</u> Fusako Urabe, Nene Otsuka, Takayuki Katô and Kikujiro Honda <u>Genre:</u>Drama <u>Country:</u> Japan <a href="http://s137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/sarah88_uk/?action=view¤t=BAshing.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/sarah88_uk/BAshing.jpg" border="0"alt="Photobucket"></a> Yuko volunteered to be an aid worker in Iraq and was taken hostage there. When freed she returned to Japan, but after being home six months she is still the ongoing object of harassment from her own countrymen. A co-worker finds many angry postings on the Internet denouncing her and spreads them very vocally, causing her boss let her go. He tells her that the atmosphere at the hotel where she works as a chambermaid has changed negatively as a result. Possibly one of the most unusual films I have ever seen. Told so realistically and showing how a society can segregate an individual and so cold heartidly. More to follow...

    <u>Director:</u>Masahiro Kobayashi <u>Released:</u> 2005 <u>Stars:</u> Fusako Urabe, Nene Otsuka, Takayuki Katô and Kikujiro Honda <u>Genre:</u>Drama <u>Country:</u> Japan <a href="http://s137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/sarah88_uk/?action=view¤t=BAshing.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q202/sarah88_uk/BAshing.jpg" border="0"alt="Photobucket"></a> Yuko volunteered to be an aid worker in Iraq and was taken hostage there. When freed she returned to Japan, but after being home six months she is still the ongoing object of harassment from her own countrymen. A co-worker finds many angry postings on the Internet denouncing her and spreads them very vocally, causing her boss let her go. He tells her that the atmosphere at the hotel where she works as a chambermaid has changed negatively as a result. Possibly one of the most unusual films I have ever seen. Told so realistically and showing how a society can segregate an individual and so cold heartidly. More to follow...

  • Mar 28, 2008

    I'm not sure what to think about this film. A very interesting topic. Some very interesting, moving, poignant scenes... But a lot of very boring or even useless ones in between...

    I'm not sure what to think about this film. A very interesting topic. Some very interesting, moving, poignant scenes... But a lot of very boring or even useless ones in between...