6.9/10
3,061
44 user 68 critic

Japón (2002)

R | | Drama | 4 April 2003 (Mexico)
A painter from the big city goes to a remote canyon to commit suicide. To reach some calmness, he stays at the farmstead of Ascen, an old, religious woman. Although but a few words are spoken, love grows.

Director:

Carlos Reygadas

Writer:

Carlos Reygadas
16 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Silent Light (2007)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In a Mennonite community in Mexico, a father's faith is tested when he falls in love with a new woman.

Director: Carlos Reygadas
Stars: Cornelio Wall, Miriam Toews, Maria Pankratz
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Marcos lusts after his boss's promiscuous daughter, but after botching an extortion scheme, he becomes wracked with guilt.

Director: Carlos Reygadas
Stars: Marcos Hernández, Anapola Mushkadiz, Bertha Ruiz
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Juan and his urban family live in the Mexican countryside, where they enjoy and suffer a world apart. And nobody knows if these two worlds are complementary or if they strive to eliminate one another.

Director: Carlos Reygadas
Stars: Nathalia Acevedo, Adolfo Jiménez Castro, Rut Reygadas
Our Time (2018)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A family lives in the Mexican countryside raising fighting bulls. Esther is in charge of running the ranch, while her husband Juan, a world-renowned poet, raises and selects the beasts. ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Reygadas
Stars: Natalia López, Phil Burgers, Carlos Reygadas
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A social movie about current life in the north of France. Freddy and his friends are all unemployed. They pass away time by wandering around on their motorcycles and by directing their ... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Dumont
Stars: David Douche, Marjorie Cottreel, Kader Chaatouf
L'Humanité (1999)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When an 11-year-old girl is brutally raped and murdered in a quiet French village, a police detective who has forgotten how to feel emotions--because of the death of his own family in some kind of accident--investigates the crime, which turns out to ask more questions than it answers.

Director: Bruno Dumont
Stars: Emmanuel Schotté, Séverine Caneele, Philippe Tullier
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Diamonds in the night is the tense, brutal story of two Jewish boys who escape from a train transporting them from one concentration camp to another. Ultimately, they are hunted down by a ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Nemec
Stars: Ladislav Jánsky, Antonín Kumbera, Ilse Bischofova
Maxhumain (1999)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A suicidal man recalls life with his mother as a boy.

Director: Carlos Reygadas
Stars: Stéphan Brodzky, Simon Gérard, Sandrine Laroche
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A professor in the film department at a provincial university goes to Seoul to meet his senior, who works as a film critic, and stays in a northern Seoul village for three days.

Director: Sang-soo Hong
Stars: Joon-Sang Yoo, Sang-Jung Kim, Seon-mi Song
Kaili Blues (2015)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

While travelling the countryside to locate his nephew, a small town doctor finds himself interacting with people from his past and future.

Director: Gan Bi
Stars: Yongzhong Chen, Yue Guo, Linyan Liu
Revolución (2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Made up of 10 short films, 'Revolucion' analyzes through the eyes of the directors what is the revolution today and what it means to the young minds of Mexico.

Directors: Mariana Chenillo, Fernando Eimbcke, and 8 more credits »
Stars: Yolanda Abbud L., Adriana Barraza, Mónica Bejarano
Serenghetti (2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Two female soccer teams face off in an ancient mountain range in central Mexico, shot as if for TV, complete with on-screen graphics, gratuitous replays and a leggy sideline reporter.

Director: Carlos Reygadas
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Alejandro Ferretis ... The man
Magdalena Flores ... Ascen
Yolanda Villa Yolanda Villa ... Sabina
Martín Serrano Martín Serrano ... Juan Luis
Rolando Hernández Rolando Hernández ... The judge
Bernabe Pérez Bernabe Pérez ... The singer
Fernando Benítez Fernando Benítez ... Fernando
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carlo Reygadas Barquín Carlo Reygadas Barquín ... The hunter
Edit

Storyline

A painter from the big city goes to a remote canyon to commit suicide. To reach some calmness, he stays at the farmstead of Ascen, an old, religious woman. Although but a few words are spoken, love grows.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

4 April 2003 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Japón See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$250,050 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,562, 23 March 2003

Gross USA:

$21,900

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$206,784
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| | (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.88 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Carlos Reygadas financed the initial shoot of $50,000 himself. See more »

Alternate Versions

UK release has 58 seconds (2 scenes of actual animal cruelty) cut out in accordance with the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937. See more »

Connections

Featured in Ayacatzintla (2003) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Throwback
20 March 2007 | by cokramerSee all my reviews

Wow. Didn't think there was this type of filmmaker still out there in this century. What's even amazing is I find out this director was inspired by most of my favourite directors, most of whom see a bigger picture about humanity than others: I mean Tarkovsky, Kiarostami, Kurosawa, Bresson, etc. This movie is definitely in their tradition. First of all, the woman in the film is unbelievable in the most exalted sense of the word. She is the anchor of it all and so naturally unassuming and modest. I don't want to give anything away but as Reygadas, the director, implies in a surreal beach sequence, beautiful beyond ... I'll leave it at that. Also, the most memorable singing sequence near the end of the film with this peasant labourer after he accepts the gift of a drink from the woman during a work break from smashing up her barn (or maybe from pretend filming). I mean, who says beautiful singing has to be technically beautiful? What he sings and how he sings it beats anything I've ever seen and that says a whole bunch. Anyways, a film definitely worth seeing in view of the overinflated monetary and materialistic attitudes of this new order world of ours. What is it we want? Can we really have everything? That's just one of the many questions posed to us from Reygada's film. Stick with it. The film may seem sluggish at the beginning but it might just blow you right out of the water (or cesspool) in the second half. I'd give it a perfect ten if I were more spiritual but Doestoevsky, most of us are not. Reygadas comes damn close though.


10 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 44 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed