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Earthquake Bird (2019)

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An enigmatic translator with a dark past is brought in for questioning after an ex-pat friend, who came between her and her photographer boyfriend, ends up missing and presumed dead.

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Wash Westmoreland

Writers:

Susanna Jones (based on the novel by), Wash Westmoreland (written for the screen by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alicia Vikander ... Lucy Fly
Kiki Sukezane ... Natsuko
Kenichi Masuda Kenichi Masuda ... Mr. Yamada
Chiaki Kawamo Chiaki Kawamo ... Policewoman
Ken Yamamura ... Det. Oguchi
Kazuhiro Muroyama ... Det. Kameyama
Naoki Kobayashi ... Teiji Matsuda
Akiko Iwase ... Ms. Katoh
Yoshiko Sakuma Yoshiko Sakuma ... Mrs. Yamamoto
Naomi Urushibara Naomi Urushibara ... Ms. Ide
Jack Huston ... Bob Johnson
Riley Keough ... Lily Bridges
Tomoyasu Sakata Tomoyasu Sakata ... Karaoke Singer
Shôzô Sasaki Shôzô Sasaki ... Noodle Shop Owner (as Shozo Sasaki)
Chiaki Yamamoto Chiaki Yamamoto ... Teiji's Aunt (Younger)

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In 1989 Tokyo, Lucy Fly, an enigmatic expat haunted by a painful past, enters into an intense relationship with Teiji, a handsome yet similarly troubled local photographer. Lucy's imperturbable exterior begins to crack when a naive newcomer, Lily Bridges, becomes entangled in their lives and ends up missing - suspected dead.

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Rated R for some sexuality, full nudity, violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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In a Nov. 2019 interview with Harper's Bizarre, Alicia Vikander said she has no problem with onscreen nudity, but she told the production crew on Earthquake Bird and her other films that she will only allow one take during sex scenes so she isn't laying around nude in front of them for hours at a time. "I'm lucky to say that all of my sex scenes throughout my career have been nothing but technical. I probably did my first sex scene at 20 and it's always been technical, as it should be; it should never be anything but technical. I tell the crew it's a one-taker. That way, everybody on set is on point, because you have to get it done in one take. Like a dancer, we [choreographed it] the same way. I think that's the way to do it because then everyone feels comfortable and then hopefully, although it is super strange and uncomfortable, a little magic comes through a lens and people will be convinced." See more »

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When Teiji takes the two photos out of the drying plate they are face up. They would be face down in reality, the face of the photos in contact with the steel plate which glazes them as they dry. See more »

Quotes

Lucy Fly: [having just met] Just trying to make conversation.
Teiji: Why?
Lucy Fly: Because that's what normal people do.
Teiji: But you are not normal.
Lucy Fly: Neither are you.
Teiji: So let's not pretend to be.
Lucy Fly: Okay.
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Kitten Heel
Written and Performed by Micko Westmoreland
Courtesy of Landline Records
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The bad reviews are beyond my understanding. 7.5 stars
17 November 2019 | by sarah_czeSee all my reviews

Yes, it's a slow movie - so be prepared. However it kept me captivated until the very end and never felt boring or dry.

Alicia Vikander's performance of a guilt-ridden protagonist is outstanding. The cinematography is great, the soundtrack haunting, the setting in Japan just beautiful.

The end could've been a little bit more creative/original especially with how the narrative was building up beforehand and questioning reality, but I nevertheless didn't see it coming in the particular way.

I can't understand anyone who gives this movie a rating below 7, and I couldn't even give the worst movies I watched 1 star. However, I also wouldn't say it's the "best movie" on Netflix or give it a 10. I'm sorry, but only Joker/Interstellar and Blade Runner deserve a 10 from my side. Definitely recommend giving it a shot if you are into plots that are driven by character development.


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UK | Japan | USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

15 November 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan See more »

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