zenzen daijobu (Fine, Totally Fine) (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

zenzen daijobu (Fine, Totally Fine) (2008)




Critic Consensus: Sweet natured and gentle Japanese comedy, that never really hits the mark.

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Love threatens to turn two geeky guys against one another in this independent comedy from Japan. Teruo (YosiYosi Arakawa) is a self-conscious nerd who works at a bookstore when he isn't indulging his favorite pastime of scaring people. Teruo enjoys playing pranks on strangers and filming their reactions, and his latest project involves turning his home into a spook house. Teruo's best friend Hisanobu (Yoshinori Okada) works in a hospital by day and helps his pal with his outlandish stunts at night. However, when Hisanobu meets Akari (Yoshino Kimura), a clumsy but beautiful artist, he falls head over heels for her, and Teruo isn't so sure he wants to share his friend's time and attention with a woman. Zen zen daijobu (aka Fine, Totally Fine) was an official selection at the 2008 Hong Kong Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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Critic Reviews for zenzen daijobu (Fine, Totally Fine)

All Critics (10)

Fujita adopts a dry, observational style reminiscent of Jacques Tati or Roy Andersson, making the madcap incidents and whimsical idiosyncrasies in his sketches seem all the funnier for being kept at such a cool distance

May 7, 2009
Little White Lies

This laconic artificially quirky debut from Japanese writer-director Fujita Yosuke settles for a rudimentary comic inspection of the dreary existence of a clutch of twentysomethings forced to reject their aspirations in order to face up to adult realities

Full Review… | November 14, 2008

A charming and funny tale of a bunch of sadsack losers piecing their lives together, Fine, Totally Fine combines slapstick and poignancy to create a gently beguiling romantic comedy.

Full Review… | November 14, 2008

Picturesque in a slightly exaggerated, highly coloured comic-book style, the film is a little undercooked in terms of character and unpersuasive in its narrative. It's all quirks but no content of significance.

Full Review… | November 14, 2008
Times (UK)

The sweetness and good nature of this film won me over, after a slowish start. The leftfield vignettes and eccentric dialogue make for a taste that didn't take me long to acquire - and Arakawa in particular is a winning performer, in his goofy way.

Full Review… | November 14, 2008

There are antics with fake ghosts and fish sausages - rather too many, but you've got to laugh.

Full Review… | November 14, 2008
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Audience Reviews for zenzen daijobu (Fine, Totally Fine)


Cute Japanese film. Story is a bit slight, but still enjoyable and amusing and I really liked the clutsy girl character (could totally relate to the coffee spilling, not being able to make up boxes ect. LOL). Also some nice scenery of Tokyo in it. Fans of Japanese comedy/romance should check it out.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Reminds me a bit of "The Taste of Tea," with it's lowkey humor that comes from awkward situations in everyday life. The characters are all unique and very quirky, with their own faults and humorous personalities. From the book store clerk who wants to build a haunted house (and film scary scenes for research) to the red-faced pot mender who enjoys abstract art of a homeless women... Yes that doesn't make much sense but that is part of the fun in this film, all of this weird stuff happening in the everyday lives of these Tokyoites. Worth watching for that unique Japanese indie humor.

Zachary Long
Zachary Long

It's a little slow, but "off-beat comedy" is the best way to describe it. Very fun movie once you get into it, good characters. Something different.

m wells
m wells

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