Japanese Story Synopsis
An Australian geologist and a Japanese businessman embark on an unconventional romance.
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Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
The glory of Japanese Story is that even after a daringly abrupt plot turn, the cast maintains its empathy and lucidity without...
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Plays with cultural stereotypes, and upends them as well. The picture starts as one thing and turns, dramatically, movingly, into something...
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A movie with surprises, some of which you should discover for yourself. But its main surprises may be the power of Collette's performance...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Gradually the full arc of Toni Collette's performance reveals itself, and we see that the end was there even in the beginning. This is that...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This is an origami story, really, about what a construction of chance the big world is.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Japanese Story could have been a two-character play staged in front of a desert mural. It wouldn't have been as pretty, but it's that...
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Tsunashima is superb, and a never-better Collette (The Sixth Sense, About a Boy, The Hours) has a radiant intensity that hits you right in...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
This offbeat take on "The African Queen" stumbles on a couple of awkward transitions, but generally succeeds on the merits of Collette's...
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Best taken as a dazzling showcase for Collette, an actress who fits none of Hollywood's ideas of glamour or artistry, yet who grows like a...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
To mildly respect Japanese Story is easy. To enjoy it would require an act of will.
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