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Japanese Story Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
March 18, 2013
Read More | Original Score: B-
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.**
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
RTÉ (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
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
June 4, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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
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

Baltimore Sun
May 14, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 9, 2004
Read More | Original Score: B-
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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.
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
Marc Mohan
March 19, 2004
[Collette] proves herself worthy of carrying a movie with a performance that runs the gamut of human emotion without striking one false note.
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle
March 16, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 4, 2004
It's entirely about the unique, unexpected ways we behave and the way our behavior can change if we're open to other people, other cultures, other terrain.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
February 11, 2004
The makers sustain its fragile, delicate spirit with considerable skill...in its curiously muted, ruminative fashion it proves oddly affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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