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Japanese Story is a romantic drama film that was released in Australia in 2003. It was also screened at the foreign section at that year's Cannes Film Festival, and was eventually distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films. The film was directed by Sue Brooks, and it was written by Alison Tilson. With a running time of 110 minutes, the language and sexuality depicted in it give the film an R rating. It stars Toni Collette and Gotaro Tsunashima. They play Sandy and Hiromitsu, respectively. The supporting cast consists of Matthew Dyktynski, Lynette Curran, Yumiko Tanaka, Kate Atkinson, and Bill Young.

The film opens up and establishes Sandy working for a software company in Australia. Sandy is delegated to host a Japanese businessman; a task she was initially reluctant to carry out. Her goal is to make sure he has a good time, and convince him to invest in their product. Hiromitsu, the Japanese businessman, does not pay much attention to Sandy in the beginning. He is just there to spend time by himself. This bothers Sandy as it prevents her from selling him on the product.

They are driving on rought terrains, and Hiromitsu orders Sandy to drive farther than expected. This causes the car to get stuck. Sandy attempts to call for help, but Hiromitsu stops here. They spend the night together, and Hiromitsu frees the car the next morning.

They are on the road again and they start to become friends. They begin to get romantic with each other, but Sandy finds out that he has a wife and children. As their journey continues, Sandy continues to sleep with him. Their bond grows more and more as there time in nature lengthens. The movie is about their journey together, and the different paths their brief relationship takes depending on whether they are in nature or back in society.

| 2003 | 1 hr 50 min | 6.7/10 | 73/100
Toni Collette, Gotaro Tsunashima, Matthew Dyktynski, Lynette Curran
Sue Brooks
Produced By
Sue Maslin

Also starring Gotaro Tsunashima

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