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Japanese Story [DVD] [2004]

Toni Collette , Gotaro Tsunashima , Sue Brooks    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Toni Collette, Gotaro Tsunashima, Matthew Dyktynski, Lynette Curran
  • Directors: Sue Brooks
  • Writers: Alison Tilson
  • Format: PAL
  • Dubbed: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Sep 2004
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002OHZPW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,778 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Romantic drama starring Toni Collette as Sandy, an archetypal Australian woman: ambitious, strong and confident. When her business partner asks her to play tour guide to a prospective new client, Japanese businessman Hiromitsu (Gotaro Tsunashima), Sandy is reluctant - and her guest's uncommunicative manner and sexist remarks don't help to break the ice. But events lead to the mismatched couple being stranded together in a remote part of the outback for a night, and an unusual and intense relationship begins to unfold that changes both their lives forever.

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Against the background of an Australian desert landscape, so much space and so few people, Sandy, a geologist, and Hiromitsu, a Japanese businessman, play out a story of human inconsequence in the face of the blistering universe. The end of the journey leaves no-one capable of going back to where they started from

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Story 16 Sep 2004
Japanese Cinema is growing at a fantastic rate in the UK. Yet, unlike the many cultural link films that India and the UK have (Bend it like beckham, My beautiful laundrette etc) there are few examples with Japense-Western cultures.
'Japanese Story' breaks the mould in this case.
It is a story that touches on both the stock type way western people see the Japanese, and indeed, how they see us. But this is more than just another run-of-the-mill 'cultural learning' film, it stands up as a great story in it's own right. In fact the cultural differences of the film are merely the backdrop to a beautiful love story.
There are many actresses who fall into the 'underated' pile. One such actress is Toni Collette. Certainly one of the greatest modern character actresses around (See 'Sixth Sense' and 'About a boy'). However,in Japanese Story she has excelled herself even more and gives, I think, the performance of her career.
Tsunashima has that rare acting gift of stillness. He barely needs to move a muscle in his face for us to see every layer of emotion. A truly great performance!
If this was a big budget Hollywood film, Both Collette and Tsunashima could be up for best actress and actor respectively. Sadly, I don't think that will happen.
Don't miss this funny and moving film.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional walkabout 5 Mar 2006
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Japanese Story may fall into the love it or hate it category, but for my money it’s one of the best films of the century and marks director Sue Brooks out as a real talent to watch.

The less said about the plot the better to get the most out of the film, which makes it a bit of a hard sell and may account for its low international takings. Suffice it to say, a less than happy Toni Collette draws the short straw and has to drive arrogant young Japanese businessman Gotaro Tsunashima around the Australian Pilbara desert while trying to sell a computer software program, only to find herself on an emotional journey that takes a genuinely unexpected turn (and not the unexpected turn you’re expecting). It’s ultimately powerful and affecting stuff, driven by a remarkable career-best performance by Collette and filmed with an emotional and visual assurance that is quite remarkable. Ian Baker’s Scope photography is superb, giving a sense of the vastness of the unforgiving landscape that drives the two together, and neither director nor editor is afraid to use long takes when they’re needed. Pretty damn amazing.

It's worth tracking down the Tartan DVD release of this one if you can: where the Prism release is pretty much bare bones, Tartan's DVD includes an interesting commentary, one deleted scene (the additional deleted scenes on the US disc are all scenes cut from this version for the US market), trailer and an informative Q&A with the film's writer, director and producer, as well as a superb 2.35:1 transfer. However, do bear in mind that the Region 1 NTSC version appears to be the cut version, with the deleted scenes included as extras.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving Love Story 1 Feb 2005
By A Customer
A story of a Japanese businessman's(Gotaro Tsunashima) trip to an Australian mining operation where he gets a straight talking career minded geologist(Toni Collette) as his guide.
The plot unfolds as a culture clash tale but then pulls the rug from under your feet in a lesson on how fragile life really is.
Toni Collette was criminally overlooked for any big awards for this role, but her performance here is world class. Gotaro Tsunashima is perfectly cast as are the more minor roles.
Have a box of tissues ready, you'll need them!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A memorable Austro-Japanese romance 2 Sep 2006
As promoted by the Australian tourist co-operation this film is predictably detailed in its vision of Australia as basically friendly, hot dry and sometimes inhospitable - but civilised and human. We also see the Japanese presence, essential for the Australian commerce and get a fascinating glimpse into the civilised, polite, quiet Japs, unsure of expressing themselves as fully as Australians bounded by their codes and sobriety. Toni Collis yields one of her finest performances and she really stands out in her full Australian glory. The combination of intimacy with an arid landscape and coming to terms with death Japanese style was moving and extremely subtle. Really well made and shows humanity in its fullness. If you want to know about Japan or Australia or both - this is it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 29 Mar 2005
This is truely a moving and beautiful movie. The less you know going in the better. While the pacing may be slightly different to what normal viewers may be used to, by sticking with it you will discover a film that gives a fantastic insight into how life can sometimes suprise you and catch you out when you are most vunerable.
Dont think about it. Just buy it and then tell your friends
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A japanese tale 1 Dec 2006
"Japanese Story" is a slow,mesmerizing movie thats told with delicacy and accuracy about two completely different charachters whose path intertwine by sheer coincidence. It centers on Sandy Edwards (Toni Collete),who unwillingly decides to care for a pontential client for her company.Hiromitsu(Gotaro Tsunashima)the japanese client,who seems unimpressed,estranged and slightly distant towards his escort.As if things weren't already heated enough,Hiromitsu demands to be shown the beautiful,sandy landscape of the australian desert, where they eventually become stranded due to a breakdown of their jeep vehicle. Without giving too much away,this two embark on a spiritual journey with far unseen consequences.I highly recommend this movie ,not only for the natural, and utterly believeable chemistry between the two leads actors but also for the beautifully captured shots of australia's hinterland.
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2.0 out of 5 stars We were disappointed with this film
We were disappointed with this film. There was some pleasant Australian scenery, and mildly interesting content about Japanese culture, but otherwise it was bland, boring and... Read more
Published 4 days ago by JW
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film
Great atmosphere, beautiful cinematography and great acting. And a good story too with more focus on moods an moments than dialogue.
Published 6 months ago by The Dork
5.0 out of 5 stars memorable movie
this is one of those films that will stay with me for along time .I found it incredibly moving and powerful and real lesson on the fragility of our lives and how a moment can... Read more
Published 9 months ago by naomi warner
5.0 out of 5 stars ABFAB
Just watched this film - i enjoyed it tremendously. It was very well made, artistic and i found the choice of cast a little unusual but if worked! Sad ending though.......... Read more
Published on 24 July 2011 by Ms. L. Golding
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful scenery and songs and moving performance
It is a very beautiful love story with beautiful background songs and music. My husband and I fell in love with the main theme song and although we do not understand Japanese, we... Read more
Published on 29 July 2009 by Celine Cheung
1.0 out of 5 stars Run for the hills
Do not waste any time in avoiding this turgid bore-fest. The landscape was the most interesting aspect of this movie. Read more
Published on 3 Nov 2007 by Rod Rigo
4.0 out of 5 stars Its a beaut.
I like the subtlety of the spiritual and cultural elements of this film. The story unravels slowly, building the personna of the characters and our appreciation of the stunning... Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2007 by E. L. Shiel
4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle, funny, sad film
Perhaps not quite up with greats but a well-made film on a low budget... worth buying for a quite evening at home with a loved-one. Recommended for all us romantics. Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2006 by "markpx67"
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Drama.
I'm a bloke, but I thoroughly enjoyed what I'd describe as a 'chick flick' - high on human emotion, and superbly acted out by the two main characters. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2006 by P. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars japanese story- my film of the year
Of all the films I've watched this year, this is the one that has stayed with me the most. It felt real in a way conventional hollywood never manages and as a result is very... Read more
Published on 19 Nov 2005 by P. Miller
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