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Japanese Story Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A beautiful piece of filmmaking with top notch acting...
Angela Baldassarre
August 23, 2004
Despite an uninspiring first half, the film delivers a strong emotional impact in its final reels.**
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 20, 2004
An underdeveloped film that requires all of [Collette's] ample skills merely to rise to the mediocre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
August 20, 2004
A heartbreaking and complex film about human relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 20, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
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.
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
July 16, 2004
Mixing cultural comedy, survival tension, unlikely romance and an extreme about turn, it's a moving and unusual film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
June 4, 2004
A raw emotional journey in which character is everything -- although the scenery is spectacular.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Christopher
Times [UK]
June 2, 2004
It's powerful, but fatally contrived
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 28, 2004
Japanese Story gives Australian actress Toni Collette a chance to demonstrate the full range of her acting skills in a cross-cultural tale filled with many surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nev Pierce
May 18, 2004
Tender, original and moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
April 29, 2004
The film acts as a tale of human strengths and frailty as well as a barometer of cultural diversity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
April 23, 2004
The conflict ... is all internal, and that's the problematic conceit on which Japanese Story turns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 23, 2004
Starts off promisingly. Eventually, though, it collapses into melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
April 13, 2004
An embarrassing bit of housewife Orientalism erotica... that easily could be summarized by Monty Python's "I Like Chinese" song.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Vic Vogler
Denver Post
April 9, 2004
Fails to engage us in the lives of its characters because it never really introduces them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 2, 2004
Brooks's spare and reverberant film ... stands back from the actors and just lets them be with each other.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 2, 2004
A mediocre, self-consciously arty story.
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
April 2, 2004
Japanese Story takes its audience on a series of physical and emotional journeys, but comes across as artificial and forced.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Loey Lockerby
Kansas City Star
March 26, 2004
It's not great, but it occasionally flirts with greatness. It's not bad, but it can be dull and repetitive. It's too smart to be mediocre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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