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Japanese Story (2003)



Critic Consensus: An emotional film where Toni Collette gets to show her impressive range.

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Movie Info

A drama set in Western Australia's Pilbura desert. A geologist named Sandy, and a Japanese businessman, Hiromitsu, play out a story of human inconsequence, in the face of the blistering universe. The end of the journey leaves neither person capable of going back to the place from where they started.

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Toni Collette
as Sandy Edwards
Gotaro Tsunashima
as Tachibana Hiromitsu
Yumiko Tanaka
as Yukiko Hiromitsu
Bill Young
as Jimmy Smithers
Reg Evans
as Man in Row Boat
Igor Sas
as Fraser
Heath Bergersen
as Gas Station Attendant
Kuni Hashimoto
as Translator
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Critic Reviews for Japanese Story

All Critics (92) | Top Critics (39)

Collette's pitch-perfect performance and the stunning evocation of the forbidding and beautiful outback make this film unexpectedly rewarding.

September 29, 2017 | Full Review…

An underdeveloped film that requires all of [Collette's] ample skills merely to rise to the mediocre.

August 20, 2004 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Lots of pictures begin strongly only to lose their focus; this one gains momentum with every sequence -- ambivalent at first, we're firmly hooked by the final frame.

August 20, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Tsunashima gives a deft performance in a role that starts out as caricature but becomes full-bodied. Collette commands the screen virtually the entire time.

August 7, 2004

A raw emotional journey in which character is everything -- although the scenery is spectacular.

June 4, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

It's powerful, but fatally contrived

June 2, 2004 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Japanese Story


Toni Collette is one of those hot old chicks that I can't say no to. The movie was fun, I like Aussie stuff. She makes a good Aussie with her bad teeth and leathery skin. Moral of the story: don't go swimming in Australia?

Curtis Lilly
Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer


It's a very nice movie to get if you're in a foreign romance movie kinda mood. I didn't think the story in itself was amazing but it was worth the watch.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

Love Japanese Horror, This was not a Horror flix in anyway, But I screamed as loud as any Horror Flix I ever saw, Pretty boring, not sure how it got on my rental list but will not be on my to buy list. Nice Australian scenes

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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