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.


Wash Westmoreland


Susanna Jones (based on the novel by), Wash Westmoreland (written for the screen by)





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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The movie that Lucy is looking at the beginning is Black Rain (1989) directed by Ridley Scott, the producer of this movie. See more »


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 »


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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Features Black Rain (1989) See more »


(I Just) Died in Your Arms
Written by Nick Van Eede (as Nicholas Eede)
Performed by Cutting Crew (as The Cutting Crew) and Jack Huston
Courtesy of Nick Van Eede
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Pop goes the tension
16 November 2019 | by matthewconnectSee all my reviews

Set in Tokyo, a surprisingly Japanese speaking Alicia Vikander, Lucy, is interrogated by police over the disappearance, and suspected murder, of fellow expat Lily. Tension grows throughout the film as Lucy grows increasingly jealous and paranoid of Lily, who slowly gets close to her mysterious photographer boyfriend Teiji.

Whilst the pace of the film is slow, Alicia Vikander is phenomenal as Lily, holding you at the edge of your seat as her mental state slowly crumbles. Time is taken to dwell on Lucy's expressions, her feelings, her psyche. Her eyes slowly welling up in one scene is magical.

The setting is a character in its own right, framed magnificently in a number of scenes- the grandeur of the mountains, the composition of the secret woodland temple, the liveliness of the festival... compared to the greys of Teiji's studio and Lucy's apartment near the end.

There is a quietness to the movie which I actually really like and unfortunately felt that the ending/resolve, which was rather abrupt did not feel right with the rest of the movie and was too convenient and expected.

Nonetheless, I found there was a lot to love about the movie that despite its pace, kept my attention throughout; with an emotional and reflective performance from Vikander, and was a much needed "quieter" film amongst all the noise of the world.

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