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Oh Lucy! (2018)



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Setsuko is a single, emotionally unfulfilled woman, seemingly stuck with a drab, meaningless life in Tokyo. At least until she's convinced by her niece, Mika to enroll in an unorthodox English class that requires her to wear a blonde wig and take on an American alter ego named "Lucy." This new identity awakens something dormant in Setsuko, and she quickly develops romantic feelings for her American instructor, John (Josh Hartnett). When John suddenly disappears from class and Setsuko learns that he and her niece were secretly dating, Setsuko enlists the help of her sister, Ayako and the pair fly halfway across the world to the outskirts of Southern California in search of the runaway couple. In a brave new world of tattoo parlors and seedy motels, family ties and past lives are tested as Setsuko struggles to preserve the dream and promise of "Lucy."


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An idiosyncratic character study suggesting that the road to self-knowledge is beset with obstacles and uncertainties.

March 20, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's weird, sometimes challenging and surprisingly engaging, thanks in large part to Terajima, who is outstanding.

March 15, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Hirayanagi has a way of gradually getting inside her characters that slowly renders them comprehensively known, intimately exposed and surprisingly surprising.

March 8, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

What makes Hirayanagi's iteration of this familiar theme appealing are the quirky characters, the nuanced performances, and the curious cultural topography of Tokyo.

March 8, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Although Lucy is on a journey of self-discovery, she often hurts others in her quest for herself. That makes Hirayanagi's take on the later-in-life coming-of-age story more honest than most.

March 6, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The film's viewpoint is unsentimental but compassionate...The film itself could use a blond wig - it needs to be far more expansive, antic, and disturbing than it is...but there are moments in Oh Lucy! that stay with you.

March 2, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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