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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 »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sandy Edwards
Gotaro Tsunashima ... Hiromitsu Tachibana
Matthew Dyktynski ... Bill Baird
... Mum
Yumiko Tanaka ... Yukiko Tachibana
... Jackie
... Jimmy Smithers
Reg Evans ... Bloke in Row Boat
George Shevtsov ... James
... Jane
Igor Sas ... Fraser
... Blake
... Richards
Phil Bennett ... Barman
Heath Bergersen ... Petrol Bloke
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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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Some stories can change your life.

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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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Budget:

$5,740,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,119, 9 January 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$647,054, 6 June 2004
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Our thanks to the people of Nyamal, Ngarluma, Yinjibarndi, Bunjima and Nyiparli Nations. See more »

Soundtracks

Eagle Rock
(1970)
Written by Ross Wilson
© Mushroom Music Publishing
Master recording licensed by Pioneer Electronics Pty Ltd
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Stereotyped 3rd-class movie
20 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

I may be one of only few Japanese who watched this film (as it apparently was not released in Japan and I got to know of this film in Europe). I have to say that the stereotyped description of the Japanese character is outrageous to the extent of humiliation. Those who produced this film should have been left behind the age of globalization. And the music, which many people are commenting on here, is not typical Japanese. Instead it is a well-respected traditional Okinawan song, which reminds most Japanese people of the tropical islands of Okinawa, away from mainland Japan. The way that the song is used in this film bothers me a lot given the noted value of this song. (The Okinawans would be offended more than I am.) As for other people's comments on shallow relationship, weak personalities, insufficient explanations, poor scenario, etc., I cannot agree more. Third-class entertainment movies for exclusive domestic consumption exist in any country, and I thought this was just one of them, but what shocked me most was that this film had even been awarded in Australia! Oh, please, I have seen some better Australian films before...


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