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Stupeur et tremblements (2003)

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 »

Director:

Alain Corneau

Writers:

Amélie Nothomb (novel), Alain Corneau (scenario)
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Cast

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

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

France | Japan

Language:

French | Japanese

Release Date:

12 March 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bojazn i drzenie See more »

Filming Locations:

Kyoto, Japan See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Based on Amélie Nothomb's real-life experience when she was living Japan in her early twenties in the early 1990s . The real-life events narrated in the film took place at the same time than those narrated in Tokyo Fiancée (2014) which depicts Amélie Nothomb's romance with her then-fiancé Rinri. However, Tokyo Fiancée's director Stefan Liberski set his film in the early 2010s. See more »

Goofs

In the copying room, the hands of the clock on the wall behind Amelie do not move first at all, even though several minutes should have passed. A couple of hours later they are shown to have moved. See more »

Connections

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

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2 August 2004 | by rmvandijkSee all my reviews

This film may accurately depict Japanese office life or it may be full of stereotypes, I don't know. But whichever it is, it makes a wonderful story brought to life by a good cast.

Belgian Amelie seems to know Japan and it's culture, but can't help get into trouble by acting "Western" while working in a Japanese office. As the film goes on you see Amelie make mistakes and you get the urge to warn her not to get into trouble. Her sense of absurdity and courageous submittance make her a likable character. The constricted setting in which people don't express their feelings make the internal monologues and narration very functional.

The story is strong, the filming sober and functional, the cast well-picked. A nice experience for anyone who wants to watch a production from outside LA.


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