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 (11) | Top Critics (1)

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.

Nov 14, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

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

Nov 14, 2008 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 14, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 14, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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

Nov 14, 2008 | Full Review…

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.

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