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Stupeur et tremblements (2003)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 12 March 2003 (France)
A Belgian woman looks back on her year at a Japanese corporation in Tokyo in 1990. She is Amélie, born in Japan, living there until age 5. After college graduation, she returns with a ... See full summary »



(novel), (scenario)
5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »


Cast overview:
Kaori Tsuji ...
Tarô Suwa ...
Monsieur Saito
Bison Katayama ...
Monsieur Omochi
Yasunari Kondo ...
Monsieur Tenshi
Sokyu Fujita ...
Monsieur Haneda
Gen Shimaoka ...
Monsieur Unaji
Heileigh Gomes ...
Amélie enfant
Eri Sakai ...
Fubuki enfant


A Belgian woman looks back on her year at a Japanese corporation in Tokyo in 1990. She is Amélie, born in Japan, living there until age 5. After college graduation, she returns with a one-year contract as an interpreter. The vice president and section leader, both men, are boors, but her immediate supervisor, Ms. Mori, is beautiful and trustworthy. Amélie's downfall begins when she speaks perfect Japanese to clients. She compounds her failure by writing an excellent report for an enterprising colleague. The person she least expects to stab her in the back exposes her work. Thus begins her humiliations. What can become of her and of her relationship with Ms. Mori and with Japan? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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12 March 2003 (France)  »

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Bojazn i drzenie  »

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Fubuki's moles flip from one side of her face to the other during certain scenes. See more »


References Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983) See more »


Goldberg Variations
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Pierre Hantai, harpsichord
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Reality surpasses fiction
18 March 2003 | by (Paris) – See all my reviews

A friend of mine was wondering aloud whether the story could actually have happened in Japan. Well, I have no answer for that. All I can say is that to me, every detail was truthful to my not-so-in-depth knowledge of the Japanese culture. Only the gathering of them all in a single story line might yield such a surprising and delightful scenario worth being made into a movie.

All the Japanese characters were speaking to me in a moving way, for they were crafted according to real, human beings from everyday life. The casting was excellent and listening to the musicality of a once learned with enthusiasm and now forgotten foreign language was a treat. Casting was excellent and the Japanese actors all embodied perfectly their characters.

I missed seeing more Japanese female characters, especially those "office ladies" that would contrast with the leading Japanese lady (Fubuki-san) though, and help understand where she came from. I also missed seeing the French leading lady (Amelie-san) immersed in the Japanese very codified everyday life out of work : the kind of place where she lived, the kind of food she ate, the kind of places where she used to hang around when not spending her nights at the office, how she related with her co-workers, neighbors, friends during her spare time...

Have a wonderful time!

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