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Japanese Story

Not what it seems

At first glance Japanese Story, directed by Sue Brooks, may seem like a comedy but be very clear that it is not. Toni Collette is a brash geologist stuck with the laborious task of driving a mysterious and taciturn Japanese client, Hiromitsu (Gotaro Tsunashima), around the Australian outback. The two find themselves at odds, kept apart by language barriers and cultural stereotypes, until they get stuck in the desert.

The first half of the film is very different from the latter half; this difference is accentuated by both Collette, who churns out a heartbreaking performance that leaves you with a palpable sense of travesty, and a haunting score of traditional Japanese music.