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The drama-comedy tells the story of Setsuko Kawashima (Terajima), a lonely, chain-smoking office lady in Tokyo who is past her prime. After deciding to take an English class, she discovers a new identity in her American alter ego, 'Lucy,' and falls for her instructor, John (Hartnett). When John suddenly disappears, Setsuko earnestly sets out on a quest to find him, eventually leading her to the outskirts of Southern California.Written by
How does one reconcile reality and delusion when the illusion of love is at hand? A rather wound up and repressed Japanese woman takes a leap. An interesting twist in a woman's search for love. What crawled under my skin was how Japanese culture was portrayed...emotionally repressed, and the 'awkwardness' that ensues. I felt like I was in Japan again...
Although topically a comedy, the underlying theme is loss. The actors do a magnificent job.
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