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 »

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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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Drama | Romance

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

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25 September 2003 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Uma História Japonesa de Amor  »

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$5,740,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$94,642 (Australia) (19 September 2003)

Gross:

$647,054 (USA) (4 June 2004)
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Our thanks to the people of Nyamal, Ngarluma, Yinjibarndi, Bunjima and Nyiparli Nations. See more »

Soundtracks

April Sun in Cuba
(1977)
Written by Paul Hewson and Marc Hunter
© 1977 EMI Songs Australia Pty Limited
Licensed by EMI Songs Australia Pty Limited
Administered by Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd
Performed by Dragon
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Australia
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The less you know about this film, the better.
12 May 2004 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

It would be impossible to say anything substantially meaningful about "Japanese Story" without spoiling the film for those who have not seen it. Suffice it to say, it's set in Australia and works with a an Aussie woman (Colette) and a Japanese man (Hiromitsu) to build slowly to an emotionally potent situation - a series of moments - and then lingers in the denouement allowing the audience to savor the emotions evoked. For some, those feelings may be nil. For others they may be powerful and overwhelming. Personally, I wept. Objectively, the film, about a woman by women, is well crafted and Colette's performance is outstanding. The film deserves high marks in all aspects from cinematography to music to casting, etc. However, when the closing credits roll, your experience will have been as unique as yourself. And whatever that experience is, it will be less if you know the outcome in advance. (B+)


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