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Japanese Story (2003)
What story 2?
My g/f and I watched it last Friday. Now my g/f is rather cultured and goes often to art house and foreign language movies. Well on the drive home she could not shut up about it. The more she thought about it the more she thought how bad it was, on which I agreed. Some points are:
We were never told why the Japanese guy was there in the outback. No background story, nothing to involve the audience with the characters.
He obviously was lying about the phone, why was Toni not clued up on it?
Why did they go rowing in the middle of nowhere?
Toni played this cold emotionless person in the day, treating the Japanese guy with contempt. At night they would meet to have cold emotionless sex.
The characters were Aussie and Japanese sterotypes: Rock heads (geologists)are all scruffy, brown jacket guys, whereas the Japanese woman are little porcelean dolls.
And Tonis response on his death was totally over the top with repsect to their "relationship" before hand. Christ I wanted to shake some sense into her.
Finally we saw some people we knew come out of the theatre in the previous session and they were crying, but then these people never liked Chocolat (shakes my head).
This is BAD movie, stay away from it.