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Japanese Story Reviews

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April 29, 2009
A beautiful piece of filmmaking with top notch acting...
August 23, 2004
Despite an uninspiring first half, the film delivers a strong emotional impact in its final reels.**
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
August 20, 2004
A heartbreaking and complex film about human relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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.
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
June 4, 2004
A raw emotional journey in which character is everything -- although the scenery is spectacular.
| Original Score: 4/5
June 2, 2004
It's powerful, but fatally contrived
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
May 18, 2004
Tender, original and moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
April 23, 2004
The conflict ... is all internal, and that's the problematic conceit on which Japanese Story turns.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 23, 2004
Starts off promisingly. Eventually, though, it collapses into melodrama.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
April 2, 2004
Brooks's spare and reverberant film ... stands back from the actors and just lets them be with each other.
April 2, 2004
A mediocre, self-consciously arty story.
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
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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