This is a delightfully well-written piece by Claude Gagnon. It truly captures the essence of small-town Japan, from the bizarre to the poetic, from taiko drums to snack bar girls. However, in my opinion, the personal journey of discovery that Ken-Antoine undertakes would be far more believable and enchanting if Matt Smiley's performance weren't so completely lacking emotion. In fact, all of the Westerners in this film (Lisle Wilkerson is possibly the worst actress I have ever had to endure and should stick to voicing video game characters) are as cardboard as they come. If it weren't for the talented Japanese contingent of the cast (most notably Tasuya Fuji), I don't know if I would have lasted the entire film.