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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

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Cast

Credited cast:
Alejandro Ferretis Alejandro Ferretis ... The man
Magdalena Flores 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
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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.

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Mexico | Germany | Netherlands | Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

4 April 2003 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Japón See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,050 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| | (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.88 : 1
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Trivia

The film's title only appears 13 minutes in. 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 »

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Featured in Ayacatzintla (2003) See more »

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a Festival film
8 December 2003 | by TheFerrymanSee all my reviews

A sloooooow, boring film shot in extreme conditions and with one single lens. It is starred by an amateur cast that now and then looks at the camera and a soundman that really wanted to get attention. Calling it `Japan' in order to associate an idea of spirit and transcendence that the western lacks is very naïve too, and that statement is certainly not translated in cinematic images during the film. I don't care if this is the real Mexico or not, I'd only seen very low filmmaking approached from a very low place. For similar stuff, Tarkovsky created better fiction and Flaherty better documentaries. Firm candidate to be awarded in prestigious film Festivals…


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