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Japanese Story

Japanese Story

by Sue Brooks



Japanese Story

Director: Sue Brooks

Screenplay: Alison Tilson

Cinematographer: Ian Baker

Editing: Jill Bilcock

Sound: Livia Ruzic

Art Director: Paddy Reardon

Music: Elisabeth Drake

Casting: Toni Collette, Tsunashima Gotaro, Matthew Dyktynski, Linette Curran, Tanaka Yumiko, Kate Atkinson

Production: Gecko films Production

Pretty Pictures
33 rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine
75011 Paris
Tel: 0033 1 43 14 10 00
Mail: info@prettypictures.fr

Year: 2003

35 mm, Color, 107 min, OV English and Japanese with French subtitles

Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2003

Sandy works for a company specialized in geographical maps. Overloaded with her work she does with passion, she is under an obligation to look after a Japanese potential client during his stay. As soon as they meet, Sandy finds Hiromitsu cold, arrogant, sexist and little voluble. He sees her as a rude, arrogant, charmless woman. While travelling through the Pibara Desert, they reconsider their a priori assumptions. 

“We move on top of this earth without stopping to think about what is beneath, or have retrospective insights. Sandy is like all of us, she is absorbed in a hectic pace of life. We rarely draw up an inventory of it, or reappraise it.” Sue Brooks. 

“To start with, Sandy and Hiromitsu are enclosed in their own cultural environment and make no effort to go beyond it, to “surpass” it. Yet, this beautiful and frightening landscape allows them to be aware of a larger world, a global world that can make them get closer… Besides, Sandy and Hiromitsu experience a situation exposing differences in terms of culture, history and language, while it also under lines what truly binds them.” Alison Tilson.

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