A culture-clash comedy that takes the notion of Japanese otherness to ludicrous extremes.
Stream Fear and Trembling
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Mr. Corneau, an eclectic director with a mildly perverse sensibility, turns the conflict of cultures into a psychodrama that is at once lighthearted and intense.
A marvelous cross between "Secretary" and "Lost in Translation."
A sleek and sublimely deadpan comedy of Japanese corporate manners.
Classy, funny cross-cultural adventure is Alain Corneau's most accomplished and entertaining film since 1991's "Tous les matins du monde."
The events in this film take place in the 1980s. Let's hope working conditions in Japan have "westernized."
Testud, who learned to speak Japanese phonetically for the role, is nothing short of sublime, her expressive face morphing from tear-stained frustration to slaphappy delirium with the speed of lightning flashing across the Tokyo sky.
Amelie is utterly charming. And so, too, is the film.
Hilarious from first frame to last.