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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

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

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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Storyline

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 and brief language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Japan | USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

15 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Earthquake Bird See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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Trivia

When Lucy has a flashback of the children throwing pine cones and stones at her, she is protecting herself with a book. The book is an early edition of Pippi Långstrump (Pippi Longstocking) by the famous Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. 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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Shine On
Written by Claudia Sarne and Atticus Ross
Performed by Satomi Matsuzaki, Claudia Sarne and Atticus Ross
Courtesy of Missing Pieces Inc.
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Authentic depiction of Tokyo in the late 80's
19 November 2019 | by nakachanSee all my reviews

First of all, as a 50 something Japanese who experienced what is was like living in Tokyo back in the late 80's, I was really surprised the authenticity of the depiction of the period. They recreated the era so perfectly, it was easy for me to get into the story and take them seriously. That's not always happens when hollywood pictures try to portay my country. Good start.

And yes, as other reviewers points out, the story goes very slow, and they reveal the bare bones much much later, so sometimes it's a little difficult to follow and understand what's happening. But we will come to know the loneliness and anxiety of this caucasian woman from Sweden who lives in Tokyo bit by bit, and what happened to her life in the past, our patience will be nicely rewarded. This film is like a kind of psycological charachter study which disguises as a murder mystery. Maybe not for everyone's taste but I'm sure some people may find it interesting and fascinating.

Alicia Vikander's performance is wonderful as always and she speaks Japanese language maybe not so perfectly but beautifully. Naoki Kobayashi also did a fine job considering his low experiences as an actor which I'm looking forward more to come.

And nice surprise was a brief appearance of Yoshiko Sakuma who was one of the most popular beauty queens from the golden age of Japanese cinema and also one of the two divas (the other was Junko Fuji) of Toei Studio in the 60's.


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