Friday, March 16, 2007

Japanese Story (2002)

***
Australia

An arty vehicle for Toni Collette, who plays the unwilling tour guide to a Japanese businessman visiting the Australian outback. Like its leading lady's efforts, the picture is mannered and shallow until it takes a detour in the third act towards something ostensibly more authentic. Collette's performance grows flesh and bones even as the film stagnates and becomes repetitive and the Japanese character is rounded off as an exotic nothing.

dir: Sue Brooks
cast: Toni Collette, Gotaro Tsunashima, Matthew Dyktynski, Lynette Curran, Kate Atkinson, John Howard, Justine Clark

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