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Japanese Story (2003)

Against the background of an Australian desert, Sandy, a geologist, and Hiromitsu, a Japanese businessman, play out a story of human inconsequence in the face of the blistering universe. ... See full summary »

Director:

Sue Brooks

Writer:

Alison Tilson
20 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toni Collette ... Sandy Edwards
Gotaro Tsunashima Gotaro Tsunashima ... Hiromitsu Tachibana
Matthew Dyktynski Matthew Dyktynski ... Bill Baird
Lynette Curran ... Mum
Yumiko Tanaka Yumiko Tanaka ... Yukiko Tachibana
Kate Atkinson ... Jackie
Bill Young ... Jimmy Smithers
Reg Evans ... Bloke in Row Boat
George Shevtsov George Shevtsov ... James
Justine Clarke ... Jane
Igor Sas Igor Sas ... Fraser
Mike Frencham Mike Frencham ... Blake
John Howard ... Richards
Phil Bennett Phil Bennett ... Barman
Heath Bergersen Heath Bergersen ... Petrol Bloke
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Storyline

Against the background of an Australian desert, 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. Written by Anonymous

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Some stories can change your life.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

25 September 2003 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Uma História Japonesa de Amor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,740,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,962, 4 January 2004

Gross USA:

$647,054

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,053,156
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Crazy Credits

Our thanks to the people of Nyamal, Ngarluma, Yinjibarndi, Bunjima and Nyiparli Nations. See more »

Soundtracks

ABC News Theme
(1986)
Written by Tony Ansell (as T. Ansell) and Peter Wall (as P. Wall)
Published by ABC Music Publishing and
Kindly reproduced with the permission of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
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Gender and Cultural Topsy Turvy in the Outback
22 February 2004 | by noraleeSee all my reviews

"Japanese Story" is a fascinating exploration of gender and cultural roles, with a more incisive take on the contrasts than "Lost in Translation," let alone than in the simplicity of "The Last Samurai."

The Australian outback is a harsher but beautiful landscape of blokes and sheilas than the Manhattan of "Sex and the City" but it brings into relief similar questions of expectations of guys and gals in life and sex.

Toni Colette's "Sandy" is one tough geologist required to guide Gotaro Tsunashima to his father's company's environment-destroying mining businesses. Each suspiciously views the other through narrow stereotypical lenses that block out the complexities of their real lives and potential.

They very gradually adapt to each other, opening each other up to new experiences in quite unexpected ways, even though their language and life communication is still limited. She is the shaggy, physical, confident one; he is the smooth, intellectual, diffident one. "Sandy" is aggressive in a way much more typical of males in U.S. movies, while "Tachibana" is redolent of the farm wife in "The Bridges of Madison County."

The third act is even more startling in its catharsis for "Sandy" as she finds inner strengths and vulnerabilities to deal with her responsibilities across the cultural chasm.


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